Stars and Topsoil: A Collection 1982-1990

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Stars and Topsoil collects some of the Cocteau Twins' better-known 4AD material, which ends at 1990, before their departure to Fontana in the U.K. and Capitol in the U.S. Outside of college radio support and some late-night MTV rotation, the Cocteaus were basically invisible and unheard of in the U.S.; in the U.K., they were a higher profile act, but they still remained more of a cult band with a rabid following. As a barometer for the unfamiliar more than anything else, the compilation will either lead to the purchase of the group's entire catalog or nothing more, because those who are familiar tend to fall into two distinct camps: There are those who find the group to be...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Stars and Topsoil collects some of the Cocteau Twins' better-known 4AD material, which ends at 1990, before their departure to Fontana in the U.K. and Capitol in the U.S. Outside of college radio support and some late-night MTV rotation, the Cocteaus were basically invisible and unheard of in the U.S.; in the U.K., they were a higher profile act, but they still remained more of a cult band with a rabid following. As a barometer for the unfamiliar more than anything else, the compilation will either lead to the purchase of the group's entire catalog or nothing more, because those who are familiar tend to fall into two distinct camps: There are those who find the group to be from the gods, and there are those who are in firm belief that they were birthed from the stinking pit of the precious art-fluff well. Though the Cocteaus never really repeated themselves, they held a set of characteristics throughout their discography that made them extremely unique -- characteristics that launched a legion of imitators. While the selection here is fairly representative, there still isn't a definitive first place to go with the Cocteaus. An era spanning seven LPs of studio material and nine singles is a good load to pick from, and this particular track listing is just one of hundreds a fan could come up with. The disc is just as quality as most other Cocteaus releases, though it obviously misses the feel of a proper studio album. Since 4AD began reissuing those studio works in 2003, devout fans will have little use for this overview.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2003
  • Label: 4ad / Ada
  • UPC: 652637001921
  • Catalog Number: 70019
  • Sales rank: 71,690

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blind Dumb Deaf (3:47)
  2. 2 Sugar Hiccup (3:41)
  3. 3 My Love Paramour (3:38)
  4. 4 Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops (4:11)
  5. 5 Lorelei (3:43)
  6. 6 Pandora (5:26)
  7. 7 Aikea-Guinea (3:57)
  8. 8 Pink Orange Red (4:38)
  9. 9 Pale Clouded White (4:59)
  10. 10 Lazy Calm (6:34)
  11. 11 The Thinner the Air (3:16)
  12. 12 Orange Appled (2:50)
  13. 13 Cico Buff (3:46)
  14. 14 Carolyn's Fingers (3:06)
  15. 15 Fifty-Fifty Clown (3:11)
  16. 16 Iceblink Luck (3:18)
  17. 17 Heaven or Las Vegas (4:55)
  18. 18 Watchlar (3:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cocteau Twins Primary Artist
Elizabeth Fraser Vocals
Robin Guthrie Guitar
Simon Raymonde Bass Guitar
Will Heggie Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Cocteau Twins Producer
John Fryer Producer
Robin Guthrie Mastering
Vaughan Oliver Art Direction
Nigel Grierson Sleeve Photo
Alan Warner Liner Notes
23 Envelope Original Sleeve Design
Walter Coelho Mastering
Martin Andersen Graphic Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Cocteau Twins: The great dark wave of the 80's

    The Cocteau twins are definalty pioneers with their music, and yet people try to mimic them they just can't get that sound! Elizabeths voice is like no others! And though people try to they just can't come close to the angelic light hearted vocals that seem so hard to fathem, but are fantastic to listen to.

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