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Blue Bell Knoll is the fifth album by Cocteau Twins. Originally released in 1988 by 4AD in the UK and Capitol in the US, Pitchfork listed this album as one of the best albums of the 80s. This was the band's first full studio album to be released in the US via a distribution deal with Capitol. The album marked a turning point for the band. Robin Guthrie stated ––At first you're just trying to make a record, and then you're trying to make a really good record. And then you're trying to go further.... Blue Bell Knoll was a really important record to me. It really sticks as one of my favorites. Perhaps not because of how it came out, although it is quite listenable, but because of the experience of making it."
Heaven or Las Vegas followed in 1990, and the release was also via 4AD in the UK and Capitol in the US. It was the band's last album for 4AD, and was their most commercially successful possibly due to Elizabeth Fraser's much more intelligible lyrics. Numerous publications declared it one of the best albums of the 90s and Pitchfork called it –a core of ungodly gorgeous songs that is every bit as moving and relevant today as it ever was".
Both of these albums have been unavailable on vinyl for some time. Heaven or Las Vegas has never been commercially available in the US on vinyl, while Blue Bell Knoll's vinyl via Capitol wasn't re-pressed after the initial release, and therefore hasn't been available in at least 25 years.
LP Track Listing:
1. Blue Bell Knoll
3. Carolyn's Fingers
4. For Phoebe Still a Baby
5. The Itchy Glowbo Blow
6. Cico Buff
7. Suckling the Mender
8. Spooning Good Singing Gum
9. A Kissed Out Red Floatboat
10. Ella Megalast Burls Forever