At this point, you hear the engine slowing down but it is still willing to take you places for one last time. Thankfully I did wait as I discovered what must be a very rare gem, so much so that I think I must also share this : This is rocking horse poo and is about as rare to find as one of the these four versions of the Lullabies single. Then you can really go hard-core and release your entire back catalogue. The end result is Lullabies to Violaine. I promised to add to this blog whenever I got every version of a release and show all the different versions. Spending nearly four hours, you do get to hear significant chunks of the Cocteau Twins history.
This is always tricky as how is one to know whether there are other versions other than than the ones I know about. But either some were sold separately or since then, some scrupulous traders have split them on the second hand market to make more money. Plus this limited edition is absolutely gorgeous in terms of packaging and not only in terms of its look. In the Cocteau Twins case, nearly a decade after they called it quits, they seem to do all the above. This is a big task which will have some interesting twists and turns along the way.
You can re-release the albums, remaster them and even throw in some treats for both hard-core fans and the upcoming ones. Somewhere out there may be something even rarer than the above, an original poster or postcard for the Lullabies single. It wasn't until very recently that I discovered that it was also released in the Netherlands. I haven't found one yet, but as always, that doesn't mean that one doesn't exist. There are different ways of reclaiming the past.
I used to think that there were only three versions of the Cocteau Twins first single Lullabies, only one of these being an original from 1982. That is strictly outside of my collecting remit of the first ten years, but it would be a shame not to include them when there are just these four versions. Something had to belong to the missing catalogue number, so I took it as a hint that this ebay item may be genuine. Overall, this is the best way to know what the Cocteau Twins were about and you can hear their story, more or less, from beginning to end. . All in all, it's a four-hour sleep with dreams and the ability to stay awake.
As an upcoming fan of the Cocteau Twins, this release is an excellent crash course in the history of the Cocteau Twins in terms of hearing the evolution of their sound and how they released it commercially. For many people, these last two discs are optional extra. There are some modifications but that's a good general way of looking at it. When this happens, I hold back a little to give myself time to discover any other versions. You can release a best-of compliation, which can either be dictated by single releases or even by the group itself. So after acquiring that version, I've added it to the blog entry at the end, please reference for the additional information at the bottom of the page As I said, it's difficult to know sometimes whether there are other versions that exist.
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