BBC Sessions Live
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The remaining tracks are mostly from Milk and Kisses. On these tracks, especially, it's easier to hear details and nuances of Fraser's vocals that get lost in the highly produced studio versions of the tracks. This is especially noticeable in the quiet and personal "Half-gifts" and some of the heartier signing in "Seekers Who Are Lovers".
My only quibble with the album is that it's questionable just how "live" some of these performances are, particularly the recordings from the 80's. In spots, Fraser is obviously singing along with tapes of back-up vocals (either that or she brought a clone into the studio). Nearly the first minute of "The Tinderbox (of a heart)" sounds identical to the studio version.
In contrast, the tracks from the 90's sound more "live" (either the drum machines are better, or there are real musicians sitting in), and Fraser doesn't use any taped backing vocals. Since there's a lot of multi-tracked vocals on these tunes, Fraser has to choose which parts to sing. Although this helps you hear her singing more clearly, the absence of some of these parts leaves the songs sounding incomplete (especially true of "Violaine").
Still, those minor complaints aside, this is a great listen. Fraser's unique vocal style is why most of us love the Cocteau Twins, and it's great to be able to hear it front and center over the long evolution of the group's sound.
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Love the Cocteau Twins and I picked this up as I didn't have all the songs on this CD prior. What a huge choice of song selections and love the BBC session.Published 3 months ago by Cathleen Countryman
I was slightly disappointed by disk two.Some of the tracks lose their magic live.
But disk one and a pretty good chunk of disk two are still good. Read more
I am not a huge Cocteau Twins fan but find their music works well as a background for when I am working. Read morePublished on December 11, 2002 by Indian music lover
I'm as big a fan as they come, but live Cocteau has a problem -- there's just one Elizabeth. On studio albums, as you know, there are numerous vocal tracks, creating a rich,... Read morePublished on March 3, 2002 by Erik D. Robson
WOW. If you're like me, you NEED this. CD1 highlights- tracks 1, 2, and especially "Hazel" are essential whether you were into CT's first rough albums or not. Read morePublished on March 5, 2001 by old_hyperbolic_squiggly
Like anyone who is bound to review this compiliation, I am a big fan of the Cocteau Twins' wonderous music. Prior to this, I had heard two live Twins recordings. Read morePublished on February 14, 2001
A remarkable collection of live songs by the Cocteau Twins. Unfortunatly, no tracks are included from certain albums, and I really would've liked to have heard those songs live. Read morePublished on December 3, 2000 by Green Jeanz
Beeing a fan of Cocteau Twins since 1992 my reference album was and still is Heaven or Las Vegas. The BBC Sessions allowed me to understand more of the CT, specially the early... Read morePublished on July 4, 2000 by Antonio
this very nice set overcame my good-but-not-great impression of CT. another reviewer called their performances here "coarse" and that's exactly right: in a few places... Read morePublished on March 26, 2000