Heaven Or Las Vegas (Remastered)
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Heaven Or Las Vegas (Remastered)

July 26, 2004

  Song Title
Cherry-coloured Funk
Pitch The Baby
Iceblink Luck
Fifty-fifty Clown
Heaven Or Las Vegas
I Wear Your Ring
Wolf In The Breast
Road, River And Rail
Frou-frou Foxes In Midsummer Fires

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 26, 2004
  • Label: 4AD
  • Copyright: 1990 4AD Ltd
  • Total Length: 37:21
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  • ASIN: B000SZ21KY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,647 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jury still out October 4, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
HOLV is one of my favorite albums of all time. When I found out that remastered were being issued, I was excited and also a little perplexed. There are CT albums with which I could find some (minor) production faults, but HOLV was never among them. However, my copy was aging and beginning to show signs of the dreaded pinhole dropouts, I figured I could not go wrong by replacing the older version with the remastered. The production on the remastered version is quite similar to that on the original version, and i doubt that most casual CT fans or listeners could tell the difference. However, unlike my experience with the remastered BBK album, I found that some of the subtle differences on HOLV actually were detrimental to parts of the orginial album that I had liked. The bass line in Iceblink Luck (3rd track for those of you who, like me, perpetually ignore the song titles) is more subdued in the chorus. Road River and Rail (9th track) begins to fade out at the very last line, whereas the original did not. And Pitch the Baby (2nd track) is less lush than the original, with more separation between the vocals and background music. Overall, the latter is the major difference in production on the remaster: the instruments are somewhat brighter and more separated, as they are on the remastered BBK. But whereas I felt that worked quite well on BBK, I was a bit disappointed with how this affected HOLV. If you have never heard HOLV in its original format, I think you'll find this remastered version to be brilliant and you'll probably love it. But for those of us who have listened to the original version more times than Gene Simmons has had sex, the differences may take some getting used to. One caveat: I have yet to listen to this album through headphones, so there may be more subtle, positive differences that I have not yet picked up on.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unsurpassable July 11, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Ah... My entire life seemed to revolve around this album back in 1990/91. It was my first taste of the Cocteaus and remains my favourite album. It's only 37 minutes long but by the time track 10 fades out you'll swear you've been listening to it for hours, such is the emotional sweep that pervades it and carries the listener along. For me, the standout tracks were Cherry Coloured Funk, Fifty Fifty Clown, Pitch the baby, Heaven or Las Vegas and Road River & Rail. However, after playing those ones to death I 'rediscovered' the other five songs and played them to death too. Ten years later this album remains one of my top two albums of all time (the other being Hats by the Blue Nile). Heaven or Las Vegas was the Cocteau Twins at their finest, though their next album, Four Calendar Cafe, was also sublime, though it marked the beginning of the end. Check out the predecessor Blue Bell Knoll too: the Coc's first foray into keyboard/sequencer dominated sounds and away from the murky guitar and echoes of their past. And if you're REALLY lucky you'll track down the CD single of Iceblink Luck, the single from Heaven or Las Vegas, which features two unreleased tracks on the 'b' side, both of which are gorgeous (and it's quite beyond me why they were left off the album.) Heaven or Las Vegas? Well it sure ain't Las Vegas.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven Or Las Vegas ~ Cocteau Twins March 13, 2002
By Thijs
Format:Audio CD
Heaven Or Las Vegas, the beautiful title of the Cocteau's sixth album is a departure from their earlier work. The sound is much brighter and more accessible, but that isn't a bad thing, indeed! Heaven Or Las Vegas is one of the best releases from the Cocteau Twins, and also one of their best selling albums. Elizabeth Fraser's voice has matured somewhat and she sings more in her lower register. She still has the most distinct voice I have ever heard, in combination with the trademark murmuring lyrics. They are much better listenable then on the previous albums, and the Cocteau's would go on with Four-Calendar Café, were the lyrics are almost easy to decipher. Ok, back to the album, here are the songs:
1. Cherry-Coloured Funk opens the album with the great strength of the Cocteau Twins; shimmering guitars and Liz' heavenly vocals carry the song.
2. Pitch The Baby (funny title) reveals a new sound for the band. Liz almost raps the lyrics, and in the chorus you can clearly hear that she sings "I only want to love you". A very impressive vocal performance again.
3. Iceblink Luck was released as a single and for good reasons. The songs sticks in your head with a unforgettable melody. Liz' lower voice dominates and the lyrics are very good listenable.
4. Fifty-Fifty Clown has a strong bassline that opens the song and fades away at the end. It's quit a relaxing song, but not one of my favourites of the album, but still good. You can clearly hear Elizabeth Fraser sing: "Oceans of emotion".
5. One of the best songs on Heaven Or Las Vegas is absolutely the titletrack. A very impressive vocal performance from Liz who sings three dubbed vocal lines! Also a song that sticks in your head if you heard it once.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bliss... June 23, 2006
By Matt
Format:Audio CD
Amazing album! Embodies that soundscape west/coast mid-west wave over of the US....the backbone of the mood of the 90's for me. Mix the influences of this band and the darker contemplative Slint Spiderland...you've defined the 90's. This album is pure magic in its ability to alter my mood to shoegazing happiness....I close my eyes and I'm in the most formative years of my life feeling the warm summer nights lying on the grass with my close friends, ciggarettes and endless chatter and laughter, staring at the setting suns pink/orange clouds, awaiting another endless night.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album Cocteau Twins made. Start here.
Some might find stronger individual songs on other albums, but this in my mind was their strongest most cohesive album. If you are looking to get into the Twins, start here.
Published 3 months ago by Traxler
3.0 out of 5 stars Great cd
Good album, full of interesting sounds and good song writing. A must have for fans. Get it now, highly recommended
Published 3 months ago by Trezonator
5.0 out of 5 stars One of their best
From a catalogue full of great albums this is them at their peak. So good, especially on vinyl. Too bad it's out of print.
Published 5 months ago by Mary Landucci
5.0 out of 5 stars Cherry-Coloured Lightning
I was working in a big name record store when this Cd came out.
The New Releases on the In-Store Playlist were MC Hammer, Dee-Lite,
Depeche Mode, & Mariah Carey's Debut... Read more
Published 6 months ago by K. Enos
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete and Total Blockbuster, Fabulous
Cocteau Twins had already peaked before this, but Heaven or Las Vegas proved that they weren't over the hill and on the decline. Read more
Published 8 months ago by E. Ongerth
5.0 out of 5 stars bliss
how can mere mortals make such music as this? how did they manage to get everything so perfect? nothing approaches the cocteau twins at their best.
Published 9 months ago by Kim S. Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
The album quickly went into my top 10 favorite albums after just couple listens. The lyrics are completely unintelligible, even still it's hauntingly beautiful. Read more
Published 9 months ago by M. Goss
3.0 out of 5 stars downhill from here?
The last cd I bought from their catalog. I felt they lost their edginess. In my opinion this release was too much an atempt to cross over to pop! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Patrick D
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a disappointment
I loved Cocteau Twins ever since their Garland days. And I consider Treasure to be the masterpiece. The reason? i can't understand the lyrics! Read more
Published 12 months ago by David Cleary
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Really enjoyed this album. Don't think there was one song that I didn't care for. Best of the Cocteau Twins albums that I've ordered.
Published 13 months ago by Dan C
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