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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 (20 May 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Disco Gecko
  • ASIN: B0000666CH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,815 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Last train to Lhasa
2. Kuos
3. Amber
4. Kincajou
5. White paint
6. 887 (structure)
Disc: 2
1. Kuos (Gnomes mix)
2. Kincajou (duck asteroid)
3. Eagle (Small Steppa mix)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Vince on 19 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
Some people label electronica and music in this genre as soulless, but this is definitely not a claim that can be given to this album. It was recorded in response to the Chinese government's decision to build a mammoth railway into the heart of Tibet's capital, Lhasa (see the CD inlay for more info. It is quietly powerful, both politically and musically, and features some haunting and beautiful eastern vocal and instrumental samples.
Last Train to Lhasa lends itself equally as well to background chillout music as it does to being listened to in its own right. There are no obvious weak tracks, instead many mighty fine ones! The epic 36 minute long "Kincajou (duck! asteroid)" is perfect for contemplative chillout, "China (clouds not mountains)" is quietly funky, "White Paint" quickly builds up out of the previous track, "Kincajou", into something not far short of genius and goes on to become the brilliant "887 (structure)", which has some excellent sampled vocals and superb eastern-influenced instumentation, which all add to the political 'sub-plot' of this album. "Last Train To Lhasa" is has an immensly catchy beat and some chants which make it infectious! And the understated "Eagle (small steppa mix)" is an excellent wind-down track to the album.
Whilst it is not as uptempo as say "The Magical Sounds of Banco de Gaia", nor is it as soft and brooding as "Big Men Cry", it is no worse off for this! The tracks are beautifully mixed together into a cohesive, reflective, multi-faceted album, which despite being 8 years old (and counting!) has not aged much at all, unlike many albums of this genre and era.
This is an album very hard to dislike, but rather easy to love. If you are a fan then this undoubtedly will already be in your collection, but if you are new to Banco de Gaia then invest in this - you shouldn't regret it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Sturgess TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
The version I have is the 3CD set which was a special limited edition (Amazon don't even seem to list it). I echo the other reviewers' comments - this is a truly classic recording. There are one or two sections which become rather too noise-oriented rather than rhytm or melody oriented (eg: Track 2 CD 1) but overall this is an intensely listenable and emotional album, full of etheral voices, sounds and rhythms.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Best heard on a long drive 2 Oct 2002
By John Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD on a whim because the name of the capital of Tibet in the album's title attracted me; I had no idea what Banco de Gaia was. And I owned the album for a couple of years before I learned that Banco de Gaia isn't a 12-member multi-ethnic band of cool people as I'd surmised but just one lone Englishman who happens to have a lot of talent.
It's best heard, in my experience, on a long drive. If you're hitting the road for a couple of hours or a couple of days, pack up the car, sit behind the wheel and turn on the CD player as you wheel onto the street. The slow chugging and shrill whistle of a steam engine that begin the CD will get the miles humming by under your feet as you journey through this album.
I must admit that Last Train to Lhasa makes me want to put the pedal to the metal. My two-year-old son also happens to like it -- in fact it's a favorite. I would hate this to turn off potential listeners. I like to think it's something we can both get emotional and intellectual pleasure out of, together -- pretty rare between an adult and a toddler.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
An organic, musical, electronic delight 19 July 2002
By Brian Dolan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It is such a joy to have this album back in print.
In 1995, Last Train To Lhasa struck me as an amazing fusion of true musicality and electronic sensibility. Sonically, it has an engrossing balance between real and synthesized sounds. The album as a whole (I'm referring mostly to disc 1 of the cd) is cohesive and covers a range of emotion and mood that is and was unusual for a piece of so-called 'electronica'.
Listening to a new copy seven years later, my original long dead, I enjoy it as much as ever. It's a bit less fresh, maybe, or a touch more repetitive than it needs to be, but a wonderful listen all the same. I'm reminded of places & times that I've listened to it before, which probably colors my opinion, but also speaks to its effecitveness. In 1995, I found that this was able open many a rocker's ear to electronic music.
With the exception of Kincajou, which more or less deconstructs a dance track, this album tends to be on the slower side of the tempo spectrum -- you'll be disappointed if you're looking for a dance album. But it's certainly worth your time to check out the samples (even though it's unlikely that they do the album justice), and if you enjoy anything on the slower side of the spectrum, or aren't generally a fan of electronic music I can't recommend this enough.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This album is a journey 30 May 2002
By Kevork V. Dikramanjian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you like an album which will take you on a journey, you have to listen to this one and decide yourself. It is like a landscape changing, as if you are in a train and going through the lands.
Give it a shot, you won't regreat.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
a landmark electronic music album 14 Aug 2005
By Joseph Geni - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I absolutely adore this album. It's political without being brash (in fact, without very many words at all), it's got dance beats but it's not your standard formulaic techno, and it's got a nice variety of Eastern instruments and that worldbeat sound, but it's fresh and uncliched, and, like Paul Simon and Talking Heads and other great artists from the U.S. or the U.K. who borrowed from musical styles from elsewhere around the globe, this feels like true musical exploration rather than theft. Toby Marks is a musician, not a sample plunderer, and a whole lot in the electronic music world today (many of them on the Six Degrees label) quite possibly owe their musical existence to groundbreaking records like this one.

More important even than all of the sociopolitical ramifications of the record, the record is REALLY REALLY GOOD. It's much lighter and more delicate than what I've heard of "Maya," the album that immediately precedes this one. But this is not electromuzak, and I assure you even when it's not danceable (which is actually rather often), that it's not boring.

P.S. The mixes on the second disc are so unbelievably long that it's a little over the top. But who cares?! Disc 1 is great.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
driving through mountains while the sun is rising 27 Feb 2004
By tsmedia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this in the summer of 1995 - just in time for a long drive with beautiful weather. That whole weekend I was mesmerized by the music. I still am. And whenever I get the opportunity to take a long drive, I savor putting in this cd at just the right time - when there ain't much traffic and the scenery is beautiful. . .
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