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This re-issue of the Cocteau Twins 1993 album has been remastered by
Robin Guthrie and is pressed onto high quality 140g vinyl
Cocteau Twins vocalist Elizabeth Fraser, guitarist Robin Guthrie, and
bassist Simon Raymonde formed in Grangemouth, Scotland in the late
The brainchild of Guthrie and original bassist Will Heggie, by 1981 they had added
Fraser and the following year signed to 4AD, one of the most illustrious of the
indie labels. With Raymonde replacing Heggie in 1983, the trio went on to create
some of the most unique and otherworldly music of the 80s, built around
Guthries chiming guitar and Frasers unmistakable soprano.
By the early 90s, the group had just released their most successful album, the
commercial Heaven or Las Vegas, but the relationship with 4AD was coming to
an end. Mercury imprint Fontana was going through something of a purple patch,
signing former underground bands, and by 1992, Cocteau Twins had joined The
Fall and the House Of Love.
The groups debut album for Fontana, Four- Calendar Cafe, was released in
October 1993. Its gossamer melodies and largely upbeat pop bely the turmoil the
group were going through. Barney Hoskyns, writing in Mojo, said that FourCalendar Caf was "the most poignant, heartrending Cocteaus record of all, an
album of naked confession and raw beauty . . . Sadness never sounded so
luscious." Simon Raymonde agreed: "I think in time people will realise what a
great album Four-Calendar Caf is. Because I think its beautiful." Led by the single
Evangeline, the reached No 13 in the UK album chart and is much-loved by fans.
Tracks: Know Who You Are At Every Age / Evangeline / Bluebeard / Theft, And
Wandering Around Lost / Oil Of Angels / Squeeze- Wax / My Truth / Essence /
Summerhead / Pur

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