Cocteau Twins Vinyl
On July 14 4AD will reissue vinyl versions of the band’s 1988 album Blue Bell Knoll and the 1990 album Heaven or Las Vegas.
Both are on heavyweight black vinyl, with the tracks having been reworked from brand new HD 96/24 masters, according to a press release from 4AD.
Blue Bell Knoll contains one of this blogger’s favorite Cocteau Twins songs “Carolyn’s Fingers”. This was reflected on the album’s cover which features a close-up of their friend Carolyn’s hand as photographed by Juergen Teller.
Heaven or Las Vegas is the band’s most commercially successful release, reaching number seven in the UK album charts. It is considered by many to be one of the best albums of the 1990’s. Pitchfork called it “a core of ungodly gorgeous songs that is every bit as moving and relevant today as it ever was.” Label founder Ivo Watts-Russell said in the recent 4AD biography, Facing The Other Way, that this album wasn’t just his favorite Cocteaus album but also his favorite all-time 4AD album, and “by a long shot”, calling it “the perfect record.”
You can pre-order both albums here and here.

Stacy Sobotka
Big Sonic Heaven Contributing Writer