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|What is "Nature Mortes - Still Lives"?|
What is "Lonely Is an Eyesore"?
What is "Lilliput"?
What is "And dog bones too..."?
What is "Mai Pen Rai..."?
What is on the special "13 Year Itch" CD compilation?
What is "No Balls"?
What are "Facing The Wrong Way" and "...think I'm getting the hang of it" compilations, and how do they differ?
What is "The Pink Opaque"? How can I get a copy?
What is "Thurtene"?
What is the "4AD 1987" compilation?
What is "Shoe Pie"?
What is this "Volume" thing?
What is "Anakin"?
|What is "Nature Mortes - Still Lives"?|
Was originally released as a vinyl compilation album in Japan
by 4AD and WEA International in 1982. Only a scant 500 copies of the
vinyl edition were imported from Japan back to England and from
there a handful managed to hit import shops elsewhere. It was therefore
a very rare item, until re-released on CD in December 1997.
The re-released compilation features 12 tracks including early singles and material from the 1980 "Presage(s)" compilation. Overall, of the 12 tracks only six have been released on CD in some form. If you want a sampling of the 4AD roster circa 1980-81, this is a very "interesting" compilation, if you're interested in the pre-Cocteau Twins 4AD sound. The track listing is:
Nature Mortes - Still Lives
|What is "Lonely Is an Eyesore"?|
A 4AD compilation from 1987, featuring the usual suspects (Cocteau
Twins, Dead Can Dance, This Mortal Coil, Throwing Muses, Dif Juz and
more.) In addition to the usual LP, CD, cassette and videocassette
versions, there is a limited-edition LP with a sleeve of mind-blowing
complexity and beauty (according to those who've seen it.) There is
even an extremly limited wooden box version, of which only 100 were
made, and if you ever find one expect to pay at least $800 for it.
Brant Nelson says "there's one near where I live and the
owner wants over $2000!" The video is available in both PAL
(British) and NTSC (US, Japanese) formats.
From Eyesore: "CAD703X is a deluxe limited edition wooden box (100 of them exists) containing all the different editions of Lonely Is An Eyesore and some additional prints. About the box: 30 were released for sale (200 pounds each directly from 4AD), 70 were given away to the bands, distibutors of 4AD material and others. The prints were rather expensive, bringing the cost of production of the box up to 500 pounds. There are two prints, one 15x20 cm (etching) by Jinny m'Garrity, where small details differ from box to box. The other is larger, 100x200cm (by Terry Dowling), printed on rice paper. The prints were wrapped in a sealed plastic-like paper."
If you're in the UK and particularly interested, you'll find one box in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. It may not be on permanent display, but they do have regular "design" exhibits.
Lonely is an Eyesore
|What is "Lilliput"?|
An ultra-fancy limited-edition boxed 4AD compilation released in 1992
as a promotional release only to mark 4AD joining with Warner Bros.
It was sent to radio stations, stores and the press and was never
available for purchase. It contains two CDs; one of older material,
one of new material. Copies have been sighted in used record stores
for up to $100. Good luck finding one.
|What is "And dog bones too..."?|
The first 4AD "retail sampler". It's a promotional release only sent
to stores and radio stations. Copies were also given out at CMJ shows
...and Dog Bones Too
|What is "Mai Pen Rai..."?|
A second retail 4AD sampler with sleeve printed by Bruce Licher (of
Savage Republic) from Independent Project Records in Sedona, AZ.
(Trivia: what 4AD song mentions this town?) In typical Licher fashion,
eight different colour combinations were printed. The CD holder is
entirely cardboard, with a fold-out insert containing the CD.
Mai Pen Rai
|What is on the special "13 Year Itch" CD compilation?|
There were a CD and a video (PAL and NTSC), both with slightly
different track listings, plus a free poster given out to everyone who bought
the third 4AD poster set (FAD23) at the festival.
The 13 Year Itch
|What is "No Balls"?|
A 4AD promo compilation, PRO CD7300, released in January 1995.
This is almost identical to the "All Virgos Are Mad" compilation,
except for the RHP track...
|What are "Facing The Wrong Way" and "...think I'm getting
the hang of it" compilations, and how do they differ?|
Both 4AD promo compilations, released mid-1995. The former (catalog
FTWW1) was released in the UK only with a "buy one 4AD release from
the back catalog and get FTWW free" offer at certain stores.
The latter (PRO-CD-7625) was released in the US only as a giveaway
at The Body Shop stores in the US. The track listings are similar
but not identical.
Facing The Wrong Way:
...think I'm getting the hang of it:
|eyesore listing (ftww)|
eyesore listing (tigthoi)
Facing the Wrong Way
Think I'm Getting the Hang of it
|What is "The Pink Opaque"? How can I get a copy?|
It's a Cocteau Twins compilation from 1985, their first US release
and their first CD release. It has a variety of stuff from
garlands through treasure.
The more obscure things on it are:
As far as we know it is out of print. Copies still regularly show up in used bins, however.
The Pink Opaque
|What is "Thurtene"?|
Thurtene is a 4AD tribute compilation CD put together by Brant
Nelson (list member and editor of
a fanzine which covers much music from 4AD). It consists of 13 bands
covering 13 songs originally released on 4AD. It may be ordered from
|What is the "4AD 1987" compilation?|
This is a Japanese-only CD compiling the 12 inches
released by 4AD in 1987, viz:
(Note that this current the only form in which Chains Changed has been released on CD, but 4AD have plans to release this EP with other Muses material during 1998).
|What is "Shoe Pie"?|
A promotional CD given away free with Doctor Martens shoes and
boots in US and the UK in 1997. The track listing is:
Art direction & Design by Paul McMenamin Photography Matthew Welch (p) and (c) 1997 4AD
Ralf Henneking mentions: "not only was it also given away in the UK, there also is a real UK version with different design on the disc itself and completely altered artwork - same ingredients but put together quite differently...Other than the US version the UK issue has a proper catalogue number, SHOE 1CD, which is only given in the matrix."
Shoe Pie Poster
|What is this "Volume" thing?|
Volume was a periodical thingy - a CD with a very
large booket, or a magazine with a free CD, depending on how you
looked at it. It frequently published otherwise unreleased articles
and songs of indie/alternative artists which were unavailable
Easily recognizable in your local record shop by its 'cover starlets' (rare species of fish) it came in a 150+ page thick multi-coloured booklet in cd format and was more recently accompanied by a CD-ROM called 'it' featuring surplus multi-media adventures. Issue 5 ("Volume 5", natch) had much notoriety on this list due to the Cocteau Twins' version of "Frosty the Snowman" and a nice interview with them.
Volume was published in the UK, but has now gone out of business. You might be able to find it in used record stores. It's the one with the fish on the cover. Frosty the Snowman was also available as a single on Fontana c/w Winter Wonderland. 4AD and related artists have contributed the following tracks for your listening and collecting pleasure:
defunct web site
|What is "Anakin"?|
A low price digipack released by 4AD in the UK previewing their
releases for 1998, released February 1998.
Quite a varied selection, and a few new artists.
The catalogue number is TAD8001CD and is subtitled "1998 - A Preview".
Cover is negative photograph of bald man [is this Vaughan Oliver?]
standing in bushes with his back to us and shirt around his elbows,
with Dog superimposed on his head. I presume the Dog is Anakin.
The track listing (with notes) is:
Also Recording: The Breeders and Cuba
This package was Art Directed and Designed by Vaughen Oliver & Chris Bigg at v23. Photography by Chris Bigg at v23.
4AD Web Site http://www.4ad.com This Complication P & C 1998 4AD LTD (this package is dedicated to Anakin)
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