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PLAD 31XX - a 4AD Playlist

This is a 4AD Playlist For a Selected Discography as it is on the wikipedia page.

I strictly respected the wikipedia writer's choice even if I think some major issues are missing (Trompe le Monde !, The Amps,...).

-> N/A stands for not available @ Spotify.


Bauhaus, "Dark Entries" (AD 3); the only AXIS single to be re-issued under the 4AD name -> N/A

Modern English, Swans on Glass (AD 6); -> N/A

Rema-Rema, Wheel in the Roses (BAD 5); the first release bearing the 4AD logo

Bauhaus, In the Flat Field (CAD 13); the first full-length LP on 4AD

Modern English, Gathering Dust (AD 15); later the inspiration for This Mortal Coil's first record -> Mesh & Lace


The Birthday Party, Prayers on Fire (CAD 105); first full-length from revered post-punk band

Dif Juz, Huremics (BAD 109); debut EP from proto-"post rock" outfit -> N/A

Natures Mortes (Still Lives) (CAD 117); definitive summary of the label's post-punk years, originally only available in Japan


Colin Newman, Not To (CAD 201); Third solo LP from Wire frontman, featuring several previously unreleased Wire tracks

Modern English, After the Snow (CAD 206); LP contains 4AD's first mainstream hit, the New Wave classic "I Melt with You"

Cocteau Twins, Garlands (CAD 211); debut LP from band who would come to define the label's aesthetic


The Wolfgang Press, The Burden of Mules (CAD 308); debut LP from long-time 4AD mainstay, including former Rema-Rema members

This Mortal Coil, Sixteen Days/Gathering Dust (BAD 310); debut EP from Ivo's house band, including popular cover of Tim Buckley's "Song to the Siren" -> N/A :-(

Cocteau Twins, Head over Heels (CAD 313); the band's second LP begins to define the band and label's sound


Dead Can Dance, Dead Can Dance (CAD 404); debut from the band who would become the label's biggest-selling act

Cocteau Twins, The Spangle Maker (BAD 405); first release with new bassist Simon Raymonde crystallizes the band's sound

This Mortal Coil, It'll End in Tears (CAD 411); debut LP was an international underground success

Cocteau Twins, Treasure (CAD 412); a fan favourite, but one of the band's least favourite albums


Clan of Xymox, Clan of Xymox (CAD 503); debut LP from classic goth band

Dif Juz, Extractions (CAD 505); only full-length from the band, which is very much in-line with the classic 4AD sound

Colourbox, Colourbox (CAD 508); debut LP from pop-collage artists, considered ahead of its time today

Dead Can Dance, Spleen and Ideal (CAD 512); second LP that advanced the band's sound considerably

Cocteau Twins, The Pink Opaque (CAD 513CD); compilation of 1982-1985 material intended for US release; released only on CD in the UK, the label's first release on the medium


Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares (CAD 603); reissue of songs by the internationally renowned Bulgarian folk ensemble -> N/A

Throwing Muses, Throwing Muses (CAD 607); debut LP from the first American band signed to 4AD -> N/A

This Mortal Coil, Filigree & Shadow (DAD 609); second album from Ivo's project is the label's first double album


M|A|R|R|S, Pump up the Volume (AD 707); the label's only single to reach number one in the UK charts, generally regarded as a significant milestone in the development of British house music and music sampling

Lonely Is an Eyesore (CAD 703); compilation album released in many formats, showcasing the label's diverse lineup

Dead Can Dance, Within the Realm of a Dying Sun (CAD 705); another classic LP typical of the label's output of the era

Pixies, Come on Pilgrim (MAD 709); debut mini-album culled from the band's demo tape

Pieter Nooten/Michael Brook, Sleeps with the Fishes (CAD 710); atmospheric album from former Clan of Xymox member Nooten and noted guitarist/producer Brook


Throwing Muses, House Tornado (CAD 802); the band's second LP is their first to be released in the USA

Pixies, Surfer Rosa (CAD 803); Steve Albini-produced album that proved to be massively influential on nearly all alternative rock to follow

Cocteau Twins, Blue Bell Knoll (CAD 807); the band's most successful LP to date received major-label distribution in the USA by Capitol Records


Pixies, Doolittle (CAD 809); another extremely influential LP that now routinely ranks high in lists of all-time best albums

Lush, Scar (JAD 911); debut EP by English quartet that straddled the line between airy, melodic pop and shoegaze


The Breeders, Pod (CAD 0006); debut of Pixie Kim Deal's side project that eventually became her main band

His Name Is Alive, Livonia (CAD 0008); American band begins a long run at 4AD with a debut that carries on in the tradition of the label's 1980s heyday

Cocteau Twins, Heaven or Las Vegas (CAD 0012); the band's final album on 4AD; was said by Ivo to be "the best record 4AD ever released."

Belly, Star (CAD 3002); debut album of the side-project by Throwing Muses' Tanya Donelly

Red House Painters, Red House Painters, a.k.a. Rollercoaster (DAD 3008); acclaimed, sprawling double album from the pioneering slowcore band

Unrest, Perfect Teeth (CAD 3012); jointly-released with TeenBeat Records

Lush, Split (CAD 4011); the band's critically acclaimed second album

Mojave 3, Ask Me Tomorrow (CAD 5013); debut album from former members of shoegaze band Slowdive

Thievery Corporation, Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi (CAD 8006); an unlikely and short-lived foray into the electronic, downtempo world for 4AD


The Breeders, Title TK (CAD 2205); strangely intimate, feminine garage rock and an admirably honest portrait of the band


Blonde Redhead, Misery Is a Butterfly (CAD 2409); a creative leap forward for the band

TV on the Radio, Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes (CAD 2420); otherworldly debut album from feted Brooklyn band


Cocteau Twins, Lullabies to Violaine (CTBOX 2); compilation of all Cocteau Twins' EPs, singles, and B-sides spread over four compact discs; remastered by Robin Guthrie and released to coincide with the label's 25th anniversary

TV on the Radio, Dry Drunk Emperor (n/a); a free download track, never formally released, gifted to fans and to remember those affected by Hurricane Katrina -> N/A


TV on the Radio, Return to Cookie Mountain (CAD 2607); "the best album of 2006" according to many critics' end-of-year lists

Scott Walker, The Drift (CAD 2603); the first album from the reclusive Scott Walker in over a decade

Beirut Gulag Orkestar (CAD 2619); accomplished debut album from the then 19-year old Zach Condon

Plague Songs (CAD 2616); an album of songs by various artists (including Rufus Wainwright, Brian Eno & Robert Wyatt, and Scott Walker) about the ten Plagues of Egypt as described in the Book of Exodus


Blonde Redhead, 23 (CAD 2717); second album for 4AD from the New York trio

Scott Walker, And Who Shall Go to the Ball? And What Shall Go to the Ball? (CAD 2731); original score for a modern dance performance by CandoCo; limited to just 2,500 copies

Beirut, The Flying Club Cup (CAD 2732)


The Breeders, Mountain Battles (CAD 2803); the band's first new material for nearly six years

Atlas Sound, Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See but Cannot Feel (CAD 2811 CD); expanded version of the debut album by Bradford Cox

Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago (CAD 2809)

Stereolab, Chemical Chords (CAD 2815); first 4AD release from the band; released almost a year before announcing their hiatus

TV on the Radio, Dear Science (CAD 2821)


Dark Was the Night (DAD 2835); a compilation album with proceeds going to the Red Hot Organization -> N/A

Camera Obscura, My Maudlin Career (CAD 2907); fourth studio record from Glasgow-based indie pop act

St. Vincent, Actor (CAD 2919)

The Big Pink, A Brief History of Love (CAD 2916)

Atlas Sound, Logos (CAD 2930); second album from Bradford Cox; features collaborations with Noah Lennox (Panda Bear) of Animal Collective and Lætitia Sadier of Stereolab


Tindersticks, Falling Down a Mountain (CAD 3X02); first release of 2010 for 4AD using the new catalog numbering scheme 3X--

The National, High Violet (CAD 3X03)

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Before Today (CAD 3X15)

Fragments from Work in Progress (BAD 3X17); a Record Store Day exclusive 12" vinyl EP featuring unreleased tracks from Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Tune-Yards, Blonde Redhead, Gang Gang Dance, and The Big Pink -> N/A

Stornoway, Beachcomber's Windowsill (CAD 3X20); debut long-player from Oxford based indie folk four piece

Blonde Redhead, Penny Sparkle (CAD 3X27)

Deerhunter, Halcyon Digest (CAD 3X38)


Iron & Wine, Kiss Each Other Clean (CAD 3103)

tUnE-yArDs, w h o k i l l (CAD 3106)



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