Banco De Gaia ‎– Big Men Cry

Planet Dog ‎– BARKCD025
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1 Drippy 8:59
2 Celestine
Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone – Dick ParrySoprano Saxophone – Matt Jenkins*
3 Drunk As A Monk
Bagpipes [Uilleann] – Aidan O'Brien
4 Big Men Cry 6:11
5 Gates Does Windows 0:38
6 One Billion Miles Out 10:38
7 Starstation Earth 19:38

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Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 5018791600816
  • Barcode (Text): 5 018791 600816
  • Matrix / Runout: BARKCD025 10460501 01 &
  • Matrix / Runout: MADE IN THE UK BY PMDC
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 0461

Other Versions (5 of 15) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MR0163-2 Banco De Gaia Big Men Cry(CD, Album, Unofficial) Mammoth Records MR0163-2 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
MR0163-2 Banco De Gaia Big Men Cry(CD, Album) Mammoth Records MR0163-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
GKOCD025 Banco De Gaia Big Men Cry (20th Anniversary Edition)(2xCD, Album) Disco Gecko GKOCD025 UK 2017 Sell This Version
DSCGCKDIG005 Banco De Gaia Big Men Cry(11xFile, FLAC, Album) Disco Gecko DSCGCKDIG005 US 2011
MR0163-2 Banco De Gaia Big Men Cry(CD, Album, Unofficial) Mammoth Records MR0163-2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version


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May 14, 2018
edited 6 months ago

It's been more than 20 years since this album came out, so I can safely say this is Toby Marks' career high. It shows a producer that is not lacking original ideas, with enough studio skills and confidence to pull them off.
The first half is sonically so densed with beats, instruments, melodies and samples that you'll be hearing new things with each listen. It never sounds overcrowded, though.

The second half left many Banco's fans baffled, which is where most negative or luke reviews still are coming from. But this is where "Big Men Cry" actually shines. After floor-thumping tracks 1-3 and weeping strings of the titular track, there comes an epic half-hour ambient journey which slowly lifts you up to the stars, launches you into hyperspeed, and then lands you safely back to Earth. Too bad Toby hasn't tried anything so bold and exciting ever again (there is something vaguely similar on "Igizeh", track "Sixty Sixteen", but not nearly as adventurous as "One Billion Miles Out / Starstation Earth" combo).


November 26, 2009
After the exceptional first two albums by Toby Marks on Planet Dog records, this third release has to go down as a disappointment for most Banco De Gaia fans I would imagine.It starts well enough with Drippy which is fairly typical Banco though it takes a while to get going.The next track Celestine is the highlight of the album-a beautiful piece of music.Drunk as a Monk keeps things going pretty nicely and the title track Big Men Cry is lovely.After that though the album really loses its way I feel.Gates Does Windows is a cop out fill in track,a waste of album space in my view.Then the last two tunes-Toby's attempt at Orb-esque chillout tracks doesn't really work for me.The best part of Starstation Earth is when it finally kicks in near the end,but too late I feel.Worth having for Celestine and Big Men Cry alone but if you're new to Banco I recommend Maya or Last Train to Lhasa.