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Album Review

Young Marble Giants' Colossal Youth is a collection of sparse, evocative tunes emphasizing Alison Statton's floating vocals and minimal guitar/organ/bass/drum machine arrangements. Comparable to little else from its time or since, this is rock music at its most austere. The original album had 15 songs; subsequent CD editions added a few more. But the 2007 edition on Domino is the one to buy, pushing the total to 46 tracks, with additions from the Testcard EP, the 1979 "Final Day" single, the Salad Days album, a compilation cut, and a 1980 session for John Peel — everything they ever did, in fact.

Customer Reviews

So why did I not get round to buying this before?

This was an album I wanted to buy when it came out, but the restrictions of a paperboys wage meant I missed out. Cut forward many years and I spot this in a well known high street music shop. I have a job now. I can make the occasional random purchase. I buy it and go home and listen. They could never have been massive, the music is too spartan, but the melodies are undeniably beautiful, anybody who later loved Field Mice, possibly even The Sundays and early St Etienne will love it. I'm not a fanboy but this would appear to be THE compilation. The second CD doesn't add too much to the original album, but the Peel Session is possibly the way in. Incidentally, does anybody know what Noddemix is?

Too expensive

This is really haunting little album and a true one of a kind. It takes me back to more innocent times and there is much to admire here for fans of present day lofi and diy rock. The whole of the original vinyl disc is spine tingling but the title track is a good one to try for a taste.But 16 quid? The bonus tracks just don't add that much value. I'm all for downloading, it saves on clutter but you do lose out a bit by not actually getting anythin tangible for your money. Unless you are part of the antarctic survey team, you can probably find this cheaper somewhere else. (A record shop would be a good place to start)

Greed greed greed.

HMV are selling the real article at £8.99.How can you expect people to pay nearly sixteen quid for this ? Oh yeah its been deleted for years.You could have sold much more if you got the price right.Oh dear.Now youve missed the boat and the opposition have ad yer trousers down.


Formed: 1978 in Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s

One of the quirkiest and most idiosyncratic groups to emerge from the early British new wave indie scene, Young Marble Giants (from Cardiff, Wales) were not so much new wave in sound as in strategy. They subverted conventional pop/rock methods by stripping both song construction and instrumentation to its essence. A reverberant funky bass, a shrill organ, short choppy bursts of guitar chords, a softly clicking drum machine -- that was all the trio needed. The hauntingly spacious sound was made both...
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