Cocteau Twins Remaster

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 - Blue Bell Knoll (1988/2014) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz] RE-UP

Cocteau Twins - Blue Bell Knoll (1988/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 35:04 minutes | 832 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

"Blue Bell Knoll" from Cocteau Twins gets the reissue treatment, remastered some 26 years after its initial release. Strikingly beautiful at points, it features standouts such as 'Athol-Brose' and the title track 'Blue Bell Knoll', but it's a slow burner of an album that features them retreading their best path while venturing into unknown territory. 'Carolyn's Fingers' - perhaps the album's highest point - features Elisabeth Fraser intoning hip-hop rhythms and delightful guitar melodies as played by Robin Guthrie. While not their best work, it's a must for collectors and newcomers alike.
Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas (1990/2014) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz] RE-UP

Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas (1990/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 37:58 minutes | 830 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

"Heaven or Las Vegas" was released in 1990 and is recognized as their most commercially successful release, reaching number seven in the UK album charts. Numerous publications have since declared it one of the best albums of the 90s, Pitchfork calling it “a core of ungodly gorgeous songs that is every bit as moving and relevant today as it ever was.” Label founder Ivo Watts-Russell goes further, candidly revealing in the recent 4AD biography, Facing The Other Way, that this album wasn’t just his favorite Cocteau's album, but also his favorite all-time 4AD album, and “by a long shot”, calling it “the perfect record.”

Cocteau Twins - Treasure (1984/2018) [Official Digital Download]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by HDV at April 8, 2018
Cocteau Twins - Treasure (1984/2018) [Official Digital Download]

Cocteau Twins - Treasure (1984/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 41:35 minutes | 372 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

"Treasure" is the third studio album by Scottish alternative rock band Cocteau Twins. It was released on 1 November 1984 by 4AD. With this album, the band settled on what would, from then on, be their primary lineup: vocalist Elizabeth Fraser, guitarist Robin Guthrie and bass guitarist Simon Raymonde. This new lineup also coincided with the development of the ethereal sound associated with the band's music.
Cocteau Twins - Tiny Dynamine; Echoes In A Shallow Bay (1985/2015) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

Cocteau Twins - Tiny Dynamine; Echoes In A Shallow Bay (1985/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 32:47 minutes | 785 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Tiny Dynamine and Echoes in a Shallow Bay are two EPs by Cocteau Twins that were released in November of 1985. The tracks were originally recorded in order to test a new recording studio the band was using.