After finally confirming they had split, the expected trawl through the archives to find the Cocteau Twins' recorded work for the BBC has finally come to fruition. This 2-CD set mainly concentrates on their early 80's period when they were still a gothic outfit rather than an ethereal pop outfit. Their early material has stood up well too despite sounding similar to Siouxise And The Banshees at times. Robin Guthrie's fine production techniques and Liz Frazer's remarkable voice always ensured that whichever genre of music they took on they nearly always sounded superior to the competition. Tracks such as 'Garlands' (with it's urge to 'die in the rosary'), 'Dear Heart' and 'Wax and Wane' display all the Twins' qualities very well; of Frazer's mourning, clear voice complemented by the death-chamber like echo effects and cavernous bass. 'In Our Angelhood' and 'The Tinderbox (Of A Heart)' demonstrate that they were equally adept in playing sped-up and slowed-down post punk anthems respectively. The Billie Holiday classic 'Strange Fruit' also works suprisingly well amongst the goth surroundings. There are seven tracks from the final session offered by the Cocteau Twins which features one of their best ever songs in 'Fifty-Fifty Clown' although here it has lost some of its earlier beauty thanks to it being unnecessarily modernised. For devoted Cocteau Twins' fans much of what is on offer is largely faithful to the originals but there a few interesting variations on offer.