Martha And The Muffins ‎– This Is The Ice Age

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A1 Swimming 3:52
A2 Women Around The World At Work 3:47
A3 Casualties Of Glass
Backing Vocals [Additional] – Alyx Skriabow, Gordon Deppe, Sandy HorneHandclaps – Andy Condon*
A4 Boy Without Filters
Keyboards [Casiotone M10], Noises [Noise Generator] – Nick Gane
A5 Jets Seem Slower In London Skies 2:34
B1 This Is The Ice Age
Percussion [Additional] – George Axon
B2 One Day In Paris 4:15
B3 You Sold The Cottage 3:55
B4 Three Hundred Years / Chemistry 7:00

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Basic tracks recorded May - June 1981 at Nimbus 9, Toronto.
Additional recording and mixing June - July 1981 at Grant Avenue Studio, Hamilton [Ontario, Canada].

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched): DID-10-A2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched): DID-10-B1
  • Matrix / Runout (Both sides, stamped): TOWNHOUSE

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October 16, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
You will of probably heard their breakthrough track & worldwide hit from 1979 'Echo Beach'. Well forget about that. This album recorded two years later is on another level. From the bleak yet mesmerizing front & rear cover of Toronto's 'First Canada Place' photographed by Mark Gane from his bedsit, to the ambient, moody funked up new wave tracks on the album this is a pure masterpiece. I Am not going to go into a full in depth review of every track except to say there are a few surprises (especially if all you know is Echo Beach). The album plays better when the bonus track from the CD is added 'Twenty Two In Cincinnati' recorded at the same time as this album but was the b-side to 'Women Around The World At Work' the albums single. Marthas voice is as always silky smooth & lets be honest if she was as good looking as Debbie Harry of Blondie the group would of been massive. Jocelyne Lanois provides some superb bass-lines as well as backing vocals & the production by her brother Daniel is crystal clear & pin sharp. Theres so much going on on this album, best listened to in the dark while wearing a pair of headphones. And again, if you do buy it set your running order to include 'Twenty-Two In Cincinnati' as the last track. 10/10, 5 stars...


August 8, 2012
edited over 5 years ago
The first album that Martha & The Muffins recorded with Daniel Lanois, then an unknown producer, is different from their breakthrough and their sophomore effort, and funny enough, very similar to Brian Eno produced albums (though it will be the later "Danseparc" the album that could be part of the Talking Heads discography). More than that: it's a masterpiece of mostly ambient pop, with a couple of uplifting singles ("Women around the world at work" and "You sold the cottage") and lots of studio trickery that came from the minds of the entire group and Lanois himself: noise from the instruments, layers and layers of melody, the wonderful baritone voice of Mark in "Swimming", a certain lack of structure that makes it loose and refreshing... and the most powerful ballad they have recorded, "One day in Paris". A fan's favourite, reissued a couple of times and sadly dissapeared after one month of the reissue, and one of the new wave best ones.