Memories Dreams Reflections is a double CD which encapsulates everything that Toby Marks' sound has evolved from, and into, over the past two decades. Featuring new tracks, remakes and overhauls of widely favoured classics, and not at all in the least, the stellar twenty two minute remake of the legendary Pink Floyd ensemble, “Echoes”, it illustrates in painstaking detail the history of Banco de Gaia. Disc 1 features cover versions of tunes which coloured Toby's musical growth as well as remakes of early, little-known, Banco classics. Disc 2 brings together live recordings from across years covering every aspect of the live and recorded sound.
This is a recording of the complete sets performed in the Field of Avalon at Glastonbury Festival in 1995 and 2015.
1995: fresh from finishing and releasing his magnum opus, 'Last Train to Lhasa', Toby Marks, aka Banco de Gaia, rolled down to Glastonbury Festival to play on the Avalon Stage in the Field of Avalon. The year was one of the first times dance music had been given significant space at the festival, and Toby’s set was much anticipated, with the marquee completely full by the time he came on stage. The set featured many of his most familiar songs, often given radically new arrangements, turning some previously un-danceable tracks into driving club tunes…
An enchanting journey through nine responses to love, Banco de Gaia’s ninth studio album arrives at a time when the world needs it more than many of us may realise. Featuring special guest artists, from Pink Floyd’s Dick Parry, Zero 7’s Sophie Barker, The The’s James Eller and No-Man’s Tim Bowness, The 9th of Nine Hearts is a celebration of the spark in all of us: the concept of love itself. Fusing ambient, psychedelia, art rock and acid house, each track evolves naturally into the next, with love the starting point to them all.
In 2012 and 2013 Sony Music produced two box sets to celebrate the first two albums by Banco: 40 anni, issued in 2012 as a 2-LP or 2-CD set, contains the first album along with a second record including new unreleased live and studio recordings. Darwin!, issued in 2013 as a triple vinyl or double CD, contains the original second album and a live version recorded in 2012, along with an unreleased studio track sung by Franco Battiato. Both the sets include a picture book. The 2CD / 3LP set Un’idea che non puoi fermare was issued in 2014 to commemorate Francesco Di Giacomo and contains some lyrics of the group declaimed by movie and theatre actors. The 3 LP version was also issued in a limited edition on clear vinyl, only sold by Amazon.