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The Pink Opaque

“I had known Robin and Liz for a while through Ivo, and travelled around with all 4AD people to see shows all over Britain. Then while working in an 8-track studio in Camden, I invited Robin and Liz over to make use of the studio while the boss was off on holiday. One thing very naturally led to another and Robin and I wrote a song together, which was released as ‘Millimillenary’ on The Pink Opaque. After, I went back to writing music at home, until I got a call from Robin and Liz asking if I fancied going to Scotland for a week to write some songs. The rest, as they say, is history…” Simon Raymonde

The Pink Opaque

  • November 1985
  • 4AD / Relativity
  • CAD 513
  • 40 min, 39 sec

Track listing

  1. The Spangle Maker
  2. Millimillenary
  3. Wax and Wane
  4. Hitherto
  5. Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops
  6. From the Flagstones
  7. Aikea-Guinea
  8. Lorelei
  9. Pepper-Tree
  10. Musette and Drums


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  • CD
  • Digital


Release notes

  • “Wax and Wane” is re-mixed from the album Garlands, recorded in spring 1982, when Cocteau Twins comprised Robin Guthrie, Elizabeth Fraser, and Will Heggie.
  • By the summer of 1983, Heggie had departed and material was produced for the subsequent release, Sunburst and Snowblind, from which “Hitherto” and “From the Flagstones” are taken.
  • Simon Raymonde joined Cocteau Twins in late 1983 and new material included “Millimillenary,” “The Spangle Maker,” “Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops,” and “Pepper-Tree,” which were released as a 12” EP, The Spangle Maker. “Millimillenary,” appeared on an NME compilation tape.
  • “Lorelei” was recorded in the summer of 1984 for the album Treasure.
  • “Aikea-Guinea” produced for 7” and 12” EP release in early 1985.
  • All songs produced by Cocteau Twins except “Wax and Wane,” Cocteau Twins/Ivo.
  • Art direction and sleeve design by 23 Envelope.

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  • The Pink Opaque was released by 4AD as a special retrospective to coincide with the band’s first US-based label and distribution contract with Relativity.
  • It was the first Cocteau Twins album to be released domestically in the USA.
  • This was the first 4AD album to be pressed in the Compact Disc (CD) format.
  • “Millimillenary” was performed live during 1984/85.
  • “Millimillenary” was the first song Simon Raymonde recorded with Robin Guthrie and Elizabeth Fraser.

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  • Live performance of "The Spangle Maker" on 'Whistle Test,' 1984.
  • Live performance of "Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops" on 'Whistle Test," 1984.
  • "Millimillenary" live performance at Restaurang Continental, Örebro, Sweden, 1984.
  • "Wax and Wane" performed live at De Meervaart, Amsterdam, 1983.
  • "From the Flagstones" live performance on 'The Tube,' 1983.
  • "Aikea-Guinea" official video © 4AD 1985.
  • Live performance of "Lorelei" on 'The Tube,' 1983.
  • Live performance of "Musette and Drums" on 'The Tube,' 1983.


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