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The Pink Opaque [Import]

Cocteau TwinsAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 7, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 4ad Records UK
  • ASIN: B00000G5VP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,861 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Spangle Maker
2. Millimillenary
3. Wax And Wane
4. Hitherto
5. Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops
6. From The Flagstones
7. Aikea-Guinea
8. Lorelei
9. Pepper-Tree
10. Musette And Drums

Editorial Reviews

Unavailable in the U.S., this is the Scottish trio's 1985 compilation of rarities and cuts then available only on 7-inch and 12-inch singles. An excellent overview of their early works, itincludes an exclusive remix of 'Wax And Wane', plus thecult favorites 'The Spangle Maker', 'Aikea-Guinea' and 'Lorelei'. 4AD.

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THERE AREN'T ENOUGH STARS IN THE SKY TO RATE IT May 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The Pink Opaque is not an album. It is, granted, a collection of songs put onto a single CD, packaged and sold for public consumption. But if you think that puts into the same category as Clay Aiken or Fantasia's latest bilge-droppings, or even ordinary by comparison fare like Pet Sounds or Sgt Pepper, you are sadly and bitterly mistaken. The Pink Opaque is not like anything else on amazon.com- it is a magical talisman.

There is a school of parapsychology that posts that what would classify as paranormal, magical or spiritual phenomena are actually events that have reached our plane of existence from parallel dimensions. These planes are like our own in some ways, but profoundly different in others. Hence this theory would have it that ghosts are actually images of departed spirits from the other dimensions trapped in our plane or between planes by a traumatic death. UFOs are dimension-hopping visitors who have learned to pierce the veil between the worlds and come here to put things in our orifices to get their kicks. Trans-dimensional migration is the only way I can explain Elizabeth Fraser. She's not of this earth.

Pink Opaque is not like the cozy, Starbucks-friendly lullabies of late period Cocteaux. This album has sharp points and rough edges. And every single note of every single song on this album will jar your consciousness loose from it's earthly moorings. Every single utterance from Liz's beautiful lips is an invocation to the elder spirits of the otherworld. Even if you have all of these songs from other sources, you need to buy this CD. Magic is about doing things properly, so don't put the tracks on your IPod. Or that is, don't if you expect to pierce the veil of Eternity.

Taken on a mere earthly musical level, these songs are ecstatic mantras.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic collection of early Cocteau gems January 8, 2005
Format:Audio CD
An early compilation of material culled from three albums and three EPs released between 1983 - 1985, showcases the early, musical brilliance of two young kids from Scotland (Robin Guthrie, Elizabeth Fraser) and a lad from England (Simon Raymonde). Collectively known as Cocteau Twins, the Twins became more well-known in the late eighties, early nineties, but their musical genius was laid during this time. This compilation showcases that brilliance. Whereas the Twins began to experiment with sequencers and more elaborate production in the mid-to-late eighties, the power of these songs is in the raw, emotional energy and sparse production. This was the period the Cocteau Twins laid the foundation for a sound that later became imitated and enormously influencial among musical artists.
Standout tracks include, "From the Flagstones" (originally recorded for the "Sunburst and Snowblind" EP) which has a simple guitar, piano foundation, yet is such an elegant and romantic piece, "Aikea-Guinea (remixed from the the same titled EP from 1985 with slightly louder guitars) showcases how the Twins were able to evoke incredible feeling and emotion, and "Hitherto" which showcases the early guitar brilliance of Robin Guthrie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly half-formed August 18, 2003
A Kid's Review
Format:Audio CD
This compilation has apparently been deleted and replaced by "Stars and Topsoil", which is unfortunate as the latter album seems to over-emphasise the "more accessible" ambient-tinged side of the band. "The Pink Opaque", though short (even for the LP era), better reflects the diversity of the Cocteau Twins' music.
Tracks like "The Spanglemaker", "Wax and Wane", "Hitherto", "Lorelei" and "Musette and Drums" proved influential on the goth movement, whilst other tracks, especially "Aikea-Guinea", could be said to anticipate shoegazing/dreampop. And then there's the genuine rarity - "Millemillenary" - otherwise only available on the increasingly rare CD Singles Box Set (and a lovely song, too!)
While it's a slight exaggeration to say that "Stars and Topsoil" may leave newcomers wondering what all the fuss was about, the fact is "The Pink Opaque" best explains why they generated so much excitement and acclaim in the first half of the '80s.
(Please Note: I am in fact ghengisadonis, aged twenty-something, using the Kids Review form due to a technical mishap that has deleted the regular form).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty and Power - an excellant portrait. February 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is the first album I heard from Cocteau Twins, back around 1987. The first two tracks had me captivated. The towering vocals, the beautiful guitars, the melodies from Heaven. Because of this album, I became a lifetime fan, and few of their releases compare to the power of this CD. It is too bad it is still expensive, but if you have already heard the band and are wondering about this release, IT IS WORTH THE PRICE BY FAR. Even though this is a collection, there are many tracks on here unavailable on any album, and would very spendy to collect all the CD Singles they came from. I give very few albums a 5 star rating. Other standout tracks: Lorelei - a driving anthem, From the Flagstones - quiet psychedelica (a la Siouxie).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice - if incomplete - introduction June 23, 2000
By fbenv
Format:Audio CD
This is both a fairly decent introduction to an early phase of the Cocteau Twins' fifteen years long career, *and* a must have for completists: Millimillenary - allegedly their first song recorded festuring Simon Raymonde on bass - and the Wax and Wane remix are unique to this release.
This is certainly not a complete overview of their work up to that time, and I would personally recommend to get "Head over Heels" or "Treasure" first.
I am sorry to disagree with somebody who shares a great part of my musical tastes - and who granted this compilation four stars as well - but I have to say that "Musette and Drums" is one of my favourite tracks from "Head over Heels", if not my favourite Cocteau track ever. Oh, well, different strokes for different people.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Dishonesty in action
did not download it immediately because I was taken to the Amazon Cloud
Player. Then, I got distracted by trying to buy games, thinking the storage
of the album on Amazon... Read more
Published 6 months ago by the sad clown
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Compilation
Probably the best compilation of early Cocteau Twins's songs. This is an excellent place to start. I even prefer this to the greatest hits that came out later.
Published 8 months ago by A. E. Rivas Velez
5.0 out of 5 stars goth style moody melodic industrial 80's
moody and gothic art ambient industrial mood rock predating the shoegaze era..post eno..pre my bloody valentine..very 80's and celtic melodic...great gothic mood music
Published 9 months ago by frederick franklin
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best bands ever
A great one to have, although if you have all of their other stuff, this one only has one new song (Millimillenary).
Published 14 months ago by rol1134
5.0 out of 5 stars About CD
I received all items intact and unspoiled. Package seemed brand new, and all songs playable. No damages or skips to disc
Published 18 months ago
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Album
"The Pink Opaque" by the Cocteau Twins is an absolutely fantastic album. By far one of my favorites of all time.
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless
I remember this album came out when I was in high school. I always loved the cocteau twins growing up but this album topped it off. This is a must have if your into them. Read more
Published on July 27, 2009 by bonna bing
5.0 out of 5 stars In my top 10 of all time.
It's so strange to read these reviews; several reviews mentioned that the reviewers were in their teens in the 80s, discovered this band via this album and loved it. Read more
Published on November 29, 2007 by Jeremy Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Please....10 Stars
How many singers do you know who can sing in a language (or seemingly a real language) and make sense of it all? Who knows what this woman is singing about? Read more
Published on May 2, 2007 by KA
4.0 out of 5 stars Did you arrive here from staring at your foots?!
Basically there are two crowds who seem to find themselves researching the purchase of a Cocteau Twins release. Read more
Published on November 15, 2006 by Stowaway
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