Cocteau Twins CD Single Boxed Set

Bill Nelson - My Secret Studio, Vol. 1 (2017) {4CD Box Set Cocteau Discs COCD 41013 rec 1988-1992}

Bill Nelson - My Secret Studio, Vol. 1 (2017) {4CD Box Set Cocteau Discs COCD 41013 rec 1988-1992}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 1.39 Gb | MP3 @320 -> 554 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (png) -> 598 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1988-92, 2017 Cocteau Discs / Esoteric Recordings / Bill Nelson / Cherry Red Records | COCD 41013
Rock / Alternative / Ambient / Experimental / Modern Instrumental / Post Rock / Guitar

My Secret Studio really isn't a secret, and never has been, unless you count the period of time when problems of life and surroundings seemed to make it impossible for Bill Nelson to actually get anything musical out into the open. His larger commercial connections had evaporated, his own label had been wracked by unethical behavior by his manager, and his life as a whole seemed to be one gigantically complex knot. Rather than letting these problems crushing the inspiration out of him, Nelson was energized by them. He might not have been able to release much of a anything for a while, but this didn't stop him from recording hundreds of new songs and instrumental pieces.
Cocteau Twins - The Pink Opaque (1985/2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

Cocteau Twins - The Pink Opaque (1985/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 40:07 minutes | 912 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

The Pink Opaque is the first compilation album by Cocteau Twins, composed of tracks recorded between 1982 and 1985. A joint release by the UK-based 4AD (the band's label) and the USA-based Relativity Records, it was the band's first official domestic USA release. The American label Relativity Records reached an agreement to distribute the band's albums on license from 4AD. Rather than reissuing all of the band's releases to that point, it was decided that the compilation The Pink Opaque would be issued instead, as a sampler of the Twins' output up through early 1985.

Cocteau Twins - The Pink Opaque (1986)  Music

Posted by uff at Dec. 31, 2014
Cocteau Twins - The Pink Opaque (1986)

Cocteau Twins - The Pink Opaque (1986)
Rock | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
4AD CAD 513 CD | rec: 1982-85 | 270Mb

After having built up a considerable reputation in the U.K. and Europe, the Cocteaus first fully reached America via this compilation, cherry-picking some of the group's finest moments for this trans-Atlantic co-release between home label 4AD and then-stateside label Relativity. None of the ten tracks had been released in America before, but whoever assembled the release knew exactly what they were doing in terms of whetting appetites. The only absolute rarity on the disc was "Millimillenary," originally turning up on a compilation tape given away by New Musical Express.

Cocteau Twins - Milk & Kisses (1996) (2006 Remaster)  Music

Posted by uff at Dec. 17, 2014
Cocteau Twins - Milk & Kisses (1996) (2006 Remaster)

Cocteau Twins - Milk & Kisses (1996) (2006 Remaster)
Rock | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
Fontana 9840686 | rel: 2006 | 325Mb

Throughout the '80s, Cocteau Twins created some of the most beautiful and innovative music of the decade. Liz Fraser's uncanny, gossamer voice and Robin Guthrie's shimmery guitar work both garnered acclaim and inspired bands. Milk & Kisses finds the band in a comfortable rut; they've created, and now perfected, a style of music so distinctive that there seems to be little recent creative growth. The result is a beautiful, lush, but somewhat dated and unengaging sounding album that tends to wash over the listener without making any real impact.

Cocteau Twins - Four-Calendar Cafe (1993) (2006 Remaster)  Music

Posted by uff at Dec. 10, 2014
Cocteau Twins - Four-Calendar Cafe (1993) (2006 Remaster)

Cocteau Twins - Four-Calendar Cafe (1993) (2006 Remaster)
Rock | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
Fontana 9840683 | rel: 2006 | 315Mb

Cocteau Twins' first release following their exodus from the 4AD stable, Four-Calendar Cafe is also, tellingly, their most earthbound effort; as with Heaven or Las Vegas, the emphasis here is on substance as much as style – "Evangeline," "Bluebeard," and "Know Who You Are at Every Age" continue the trio's advance into more accessible melodic and lyrical ground without sacrificing even an ounce of their trademark ethereality.
Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas (1990) (2004 Remaster)

Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas (1990) (2004 Remaster)
Rock | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
4AD, Gad 0012 cd | rel: 2004 | 290Mb

Deciding to scale back the overly pretty sound on Blue Bell Knoll while experimenting with more accessibility – the Twins ended up creating their best album since Treasure. From the start, Heaven… is simply fantastic: on "Cherry-Coloured Funk," Guthrie's inimitable guitar work chimes leading a low-key but forceful rhythm, while Raymonde's grand bass work fleshes it out. Fraser simply captivates; her vocals are the clearest, most direct they've ever been, purring with energy and life.

Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll (1988) (2004 Remaster)  Music

Posted by uff at Nov. 26, 2014
Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll (1988) (2004 Remaster)

Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll (1988) (2004 Remaster)
Rock | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
4AD, GAD 807 CD | rel: 2004 | 275Mb

The first Cocteaus album to feature a full-band lineup since Treasure was also their first full studio record released in America, resulting from the group's stateside deal with Capitol. Much to longtime fans' surprise, the Twins in fact were much more content with Capitol than 4AD, hinting at their eventual full departure from that label. This was all well and good, but the trio's new inspiration didn't fully translate into their work, unfortunately. While Blue Bell Knoll has some striking moments that are pure Cocteaus at their best – the opening title track is especially lovely with a keyboard loop leading into Fraser's ever-wonderful vocals, a light rhythm, and a great final Guthrie solo – it's still the band's least noteworthy release since Garlands.

Cocteau Twins - Victorialand (1986) (2002 Remaster)  Music

Posted by uff at Nov. 19, 2014
Cocteau Twins - Victorialand (1986) (2002 Remaster)

Cocteau Twins - Victorialand (1986) (2002 Remaster)
Rock | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
4AD, GAD 602 CD | rel: 2002 | 195Mb

With Raymonde taking a break to work on the second This Mortal Coil album, Fraser and Guthrie made up the Cocteaus for the first full-length follow-up to Treasure. Rather than trying for a full-band approach, Fraser and Guthrie instead created a much more simply beautiful effort, with a relaxed air to it. Rhythms are subtler, with bass and drum machine often totally eschewed in favor of Guthrie's delicate guitar filigrees and lush, produced textures. Fraser is, as always, in wonderfully fine voice; her words are quite indecipherable, but the feelings are no less strong for it. "Lazy Calm" starts things perfectly, as deep, heavily-treated guitar strums combine with a heavy flange and guest saxophone from Dif Juz member Richard Thomas.

Cocteau Twins - Head Over Heels (1983) (2002 Remaster)  Music

Posted by uff at Nov. 12, 2014
Cocteau Twins - Head Over Heels (1983) (2002 Remaster)

Cocteau Twins - Head Over Heels (1983) (2002 Remaster)
Rock | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
4AD, GAD 313 CD | rel: 2003 | 265Mb

Losing original member Heggie might at first have seemed a troubling blow, but in fact it allowed the duo of Fraser and Guthrie to transcend the darkened one-note gloom of Garlands with Head Over Heels. The album introduces a variety of different shadings and approaches to the incipient Cocteaus sound, pointing the band towards the exultant, elegant beauty of later releases. Opening number "When Mama Was Moth" demonstrates the new musical range nicely; Fraser's singing is much more upfront, while Guthrie creates a bewitching mix of dark guitar notes and sparkling keyboard tones, with percussion echoing in the background.

Cocteau Twins - Garlands (1982)  Music

Posted by uff at Aug. 15, 2014
Cocteau Twins - Garlands (1982)

Cocteau Twins - Garlands (1982)
Rock | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
4AD GAD 211 CD | rem: 2007 | 230Mb

Those hearing Garlands for the first time who only know the band's other material will likely be more than a little surprised. Whereas the typical vision of the Twins is of beautiful washes of sounds and exultant vocals from Fraser, on Garlands the trio is still only part of the way there. Instead, the best comparison points are to the Cure on Faith and Pornography, perhaps Metal Box-era PiL, a touch of Joy Division here and there – in sum, deep, heavy mood verging on doom and gloom. Bassist Will Heggie, in the only full album he did with the Twins, clearly follows the Peter Hook/Simon Gallup style of low, ominous throb, while Guthrie's guitar work more often than not screeches loudly than shimmers.