The Cote D'Azur ep

Bill Nelson

ep - 8 October 1986

Cote D'Azur cover

TRACKS:

A1)  A Dream Fulfilled

A2)  Familiar Spirit

B1)  Palais Des Marine

B2)  Letter To Jacques Maritain

B3)  Villefranche Interior

ORIGINALLY:

 

All five songs were non-album tracks, although B3 would appear on Chance Encounters in the Garden of Lights
(Cocteau, 1987).

NOTES:

The Cote d'Azur EP was included in Issue #13 of the fan club magazine, Acquitted By Mirrors, and would turn out to be the final Cocteau Club EP.  Although the label would exist for another 3 years, the magazine would struggle to appear with anything like the regularity of 1982-84, and eventually would stop altogether with Issue 15.

 

The single was housed in a green die cut Cocteau sleeve, and oddly while side 2 was pressed at 33 1/3 rpm, when you play it, B2 should be played at 45 rpm.

 

 

PAST RELEASES:

B3 was included on Chance Encounters in the Garden of Lights (Cocteau, 1987).

CURRENT AVAILABILITY:

All tracks are out of print, although B3 is available on the 2017 reissue of Chance Encounters in the Garden of Lights.



BILL'S THOUGHTS:

from the Acquitted by Mirrors fan magazine:


"The music on the E.P. was recorded on my return from holiday in Villefrance-sur-Mer and it is an impressionistic soundscape of my 'adventures' there.  On the track "Familiar Spirit" you may recognise the voice of one J. Cocteau
(conjured into The Echo Observatory by various nefarious rites).
 

The track "Letter to Jacques Maritain" features yours truly reading Cocteau's words from the aforesaid letter.
I hope you find some things to enjoy within these hallowed grooves."

_____

"I venture to suggest that a big percentage of my soul belongs to the South of France, particularly the Cote D' Azur...
the one place I feel I could live in a sort of artistic exile, (provided I could return once in a while to the raw beauty of the
North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire coastline)."

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