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For nearly two and a half decades, Banco de Gaia has been consistently redefining world electronica, with his music leaving an indelible footprint on the global scene, sparking many a dancefloor and inspiring countless musicians to follow. His sound has been at the forefront of blending acoustic and electronic sounds, integrating themes and techniques from cultures and traditions the world ... Read more in Amazon's Banco De Gaia Store

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  • Audio CD (9 Jun. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Planet Dog
  • ASIN: B000024SL6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,908 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. M. Havicon on 29 July 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Banco de Gaia (aka Toby Marks) brings us another helping of his remarkable, sophisticated studio electronica, shot through with ethnic yodelling, intriguing soundscapes, strange wordy soundbites, and an overall sense of other worldliness. Not for those who think electronic music stops with Kraftwerk or Jarre!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stevie on 2 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
The crows and white noise swirl which open this, the fourth Banco De Gaia album, hint at it's more ambient nature than some of the earlier and later LPs.
Fans of Toby Marks' more upbeat work won't be completely disappointed, and "Drippy" is a stunning opener. This is about as close to a 'typical' Banco De Gaia track as you can get - echoed water drips and drops provide the skeleton for what builds into a 128 bpm dance beat, accompanied by a chugging bassline and wrapped in a lush, swirling choral sample. Just when you think it couldn't get any better, Marks unleashes a stunningly beautiful lead vocal sample which is guaranteed to raise goose bumps.
The church bell at the start of "Celestine" gives way to a steady reggae beat and dub bassline which is quickly complemented by a couple of jazzy sax solos courtesy of Dick Parry and Matt Jenkins. Although there's an obvious Pink Floyd influence here, Marks once again wraps it up completely in his own sound.
"Drunk As A Monk" is another chugging, dancey track punctuated by a bubbling electro bass line and riddled with wonderful samples, and a popular live favourite.
From here the album moves into a more down tempo, ambient mood. "Big Men Cry" ventures into Deep Forest territory, featuring a melodic string solo played over a steady drum machine beat. "Gates Does Windows" is a cheeky 35 second audio joke and leads into "One Billion Miles Out", an ambient string and choral piece which features some slow ethnic percussion at the back end of the track.
Finally, "Starstation Earth" is a 20 minute ambient epic which builds slowly to an (all to brief) drum and bass / dub style ending.
Although "Big Men Cry" starts with great promise in the form of "Drippy", and each track has its individual merits, the end result is never quite the sum of the parts. Perhaps one for ambient lovers / diehard fans / completists only.
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By Frank D. B. Hudson on 13 May 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Once again a lovely produced CD by Toby. Cannot fault it, some lovely melodies with good mixing. Who cannot like it!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Greatest gaian album 25 April 2003
By "groovesoup" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is trainmusic. It is also music hard to review since it hits the gaian, spiritual part of your mind more than your simple human intellect:-)...but I'll give it a try.
Banco De Gaia has always been onto something big, but somehow the music has been to mature to really excite. This is not the case with Big Men Cry. Still mature it also has the feeling of a sane child free to play. Hence this is the best album by the man. With tribal drums, exotic voices and live recordings of engines, mixed with alien electronic tweeked tones, fat base and also "silence", it has the capability to give you an out of the body experience towards the end of the album.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Galactic Distances. 27 Jan. 2007
By dream factory - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Toby Marks writes ecclectic electronic dance music; great. But what I came across on this CD were tracks 6 & 7. Polished well produced electronica space ambience. Not mysterious. Yet not new age....#6 "One billion miles out" tracks an elliptical heliopausal journey to the edge of our solar system. Kuiperian chants mix with intangable inner space communications to fill the dark void....#7 "Starship earth" is an intense (20 min) evolving oversized production. Somewhere out there filamentous infrared cirrus sounds support a base for various eclipsing binaries. Ghostly protogalactic hollow voices hold your attention while wonderfully balanced sound waves support the fabric of this space project.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Deep, Emotional, and Energetci 24 Oct. 2007
By Spaceghost - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderful album by someone who knows the formula for deep IDM music. There is a lot of thought, emotion, and energy in this album and by the second or third listen this will really move you. The overall speed of this is more of a faster IDM (intelligent dance music) while containing a ton of thought in each one of the tracks. There are some vocals in the tracks and you can tell the vocalists have a trained singing career (unlike bulk of house singers).

The album is injected with some east Asian instruments which at times will make you think while at other times it will put a tear in your eye. Everything is so well thought out, you wont be able to help but to listen to this over and over. Introduce yourself to Banco and enjoy this fantastic album. A+
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Less techno/electronica - more for ambient music fans! 24 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Personally, I found this album to be my favorite from Banco de Gaia. More ambient and mellow than his other works, I feel that "Big Men Cry" contains much more depth than the other albums and expands onto more creative grounds. The songs "Celestine" and "Big Men Cry" are both masterpieces yet very different from each other. True, this is an album that is more for the mind than for the feet, but maybe Banco de Gaia wanted to create a more introspective and atmospheric album this time around.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Tremendously Imaginitive and Inspired Album 27 Dec. 2004
By i must be bored - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl
This album is thoughtful and complex. The tracks start out simply and innocently enough, slightly timid and shy, and before you know you it, you're drawn into a sonic landscape and not only unfolds infront of you, but pulls you into its vortex.

The music is enraging, engaging, emotional, and spiritual. This album has it all, and clearly one of my all time favorites.

I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.
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