In 1997 when “Big Men Cry” was originally released on Planet Dog Records, no one could have predicted the chaos that would surround and follow it. The campaign was a classic case of the record company marketing one thing and the artist recording another. In this instance, the label and many of the public alike wanted “another Last Train to Lhasa” but for Toby Marks (AKA Banco de Gaia), another “Lhasa” was the last thing on his mind.
Add to that a breakdown of relations between Toby and the record label and you have all the necessary components for a pretty uncomfortable album release. This was compounded by Ultimate Records, who licensed the Planet Dog label, going into liquidation shortly after the album’s release.
As a result “Big Men Cry” never really got the attention it deserved and didn’t come close to the chart success of “Lhasa” or its predecessor “Maya”.
This sorry state of affairs was little to do with the musical content: the reviews in the press were good; the opening track “Drippy” was used to great effect in Darren Aronofsky's film “Pi” and Rabbit in the Moon’s remix of “Drunk as a Monk” became a cult American rave anthem, championed by DJs like Adam Freeland and Dave Seaman.
All of this meant that “Big Men Cry” became the ‘lost’ Banco de Gaia album, a situation this 20th Anniversary edition so justly rectifies. The reissue comes with a bonus disc which features previously unreleased alternative versions, classic remixes by Rabbit in the Moon, Temple of Sound and Future Loop Foundation, new remixes by Toby, longtime collaborator 100th Monkey (Andy Guthrie), and sound artist Digidub plus a live version of ‘Celestine’, recorded in Banco’s ‘local’, The Bruton Dub Club, by his three piece band.
As with the previous 20th Anniversary reissues of Banco albums, “Big Men Cry” will only be available in limited edition CD format, with no downloads or streams available.
released July 7, 2017
All tracks written by Toby Marks.
Recorded at World Bank.
Produced by Toby Marks and Rob Risso.
Originally mastered at The Exchange
Remastered by Toby Marks at Bruton Mastering.
Celestine: Baritone, tenor and alto saxophones played by Dick Parry.
Soprano saxophone by Matt Jenkins.
Drunk as a Monk: Uilleann pipes played by Aidan O’Brien
Additional instruments recorded at Gighouse, Leamington.
Outdoor recordings made at Holly farm, Honiley.
Drippy (Deeply Dipped Remix)
Remixed by Andy Guthrie and Si Wild, 1997
Celestine (Radio Rerun)
Remixed by Al Scott, 1997
Drunk as a Monk (Temple Of Sound Remix)
Remixed by Temple of Sound, 2003
Big Men Cry (Nigle Mazlyn Jones Version)
Arranged and performed by Nigel Mazlyn Jones, 2003
Gates Virtually does the Windows (Digidub Reconstruction)
Remixed by Digidub, 2017
One Billion Miles Out (One Billion Hearts Mix)
Remixed by Toby Marks, 2017
Starstation Earth (100th Monkey Remix)
Remixed by Andy Guthrie, 2017
Celestine (Future Loop Foundation Night Time Deluxe Remix)
Remixed by Future Loop foundation, 2003
Drunk as a Monk (Rabbit In The Moon's Brass Monkey Remix)
Remixed by Rabbit in the Moon, 1997
Celestine (Live at Bruton Dub Club)
Recorded in March 2015
Toby Marks: guitar, guitar synth, electronics
James Eller: bass
Ted Duggan: drums
Mastered by Toby Marks at Bruton Mastering.
Artwork by Redline
Original design by chris@kleber.
Thanks to all involved past and present, especially Sandy, Jasper, Andy Blackspring, Ted, James, and the pyramid builders of Ankh-An-Atum.
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