Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth / Loose Ends And Sharp Cuts: 40th Anniversary Edition


  • £27.99

In their short lifetime, Young Marble Giants (Alison Statton and brothers Stuart and Phil Moxham) released one album, a handful of singles and a Peel Session; the album, 1980's acclaimed Colossal Youth, is one of the most definitive records of the post-punk era. Taking the unprecedented step of making their first ever release a long player certainly paid off. Colossal Youth became a parallel soundtrack to the unsteady stabs of the post punk early eighties, and quickly became one of (the then nascent) Rough Trade Records best sellers. Becalmed, resigned and a little tense, it created a new vocabulary for song.

Since its release the sound of Colossal Youth has seeped into the vocabulary of personal music. Young Marble Giants made the abstract immediate and the introspective warm and natural. Their influence can be heard in every generation of indie and post-punk music that followed, and there is something almost canonical about the album's use of voice, muted instruments and space. Colossal Youth's attention to sparse detail is now a modus operandi for haunted electronica auteurs and spectral singer-songwriters alike, but ultimately, only the Young Marble Giants sound like Young Marble Giants.

This special 40th anniversary edition includes the titular album as well as second disc, Loose Ends And Sharp Cuts, containing songs from Salad Days, Is The War Over?, the Final Day single and their Testcard EP, plus a live DVD of their last ever US show at Hurrah in New York in 1980.


  1. Searching For Mr Right
  2. Include Me Out
  3. The Taxi
  4. Eating Noddemix
  5. Constantly Changing
  6. N.I.T.A.
  7. Colossal Youth
  8. Music For Evenings
  9. The Man Amplifier
  10. Choci Loni
  11. Wurlitzer Jukebox
  12. Salad Days
  13. Credit In The Straight World
  14. Brand - New - Life
  15. Wind In The Rigging
 Loose Ends And Sharp Cuts
  1. Have Your Toupée Ready (Taken from the ‘Salad Days’ album)
  2. The Man Shares His Meal With His Beast (Taken from the ‘Salad Days’ album)
  3. Hayman (Taken from the ‘Salad Days’ album)
  4. Loop The Loop (Taken from the ‘Salad Days ‘album)
  5. Ode To Booker T (Taken from the ‘Is The War Over?’ compilation)
  6. Final Day (Taken from the ‘Final Day’ single)
  7. Radio Silents (Taken from the ‘Final Day’ single)
  8. Cakewalking (Taken from the ‘Final Day’ single)
  9. This Way (Taken from the ‘Testcard’ EP)
  10. Posed By Models (Taken from the ‘Testcard’ EP)
  11. The Clock (Taken from the ‘Testcard’ EP)
  12. Clicktalk (Taken from the ‘Testcard’ EP)
  13. Zebra Trucks (Taken from the ‘Testcard’ EP)
  14. Sporting Life (Taken from the ‘Testcard’ EP)

DVD: Hurrah, New York, November 1980 
  1. N.I.T.A.
  2. Choci Loni
  3. Radio Silents
  4. Music For Evenings
  5. Colossal Youth
  6. Searching For Mr Right
  7. Credit In The Straight World
  8. Brand - New - Life
  9. Include Me Out
  10. Wurlizer Jukebox
  11. Salad Days
  12. Cakewalking
  13. Final Day
  14. Salad Days (second show)


Double-CD in printed inner wallet plus DVD with printed wallet and 16-page booklet; Double-LP in printed inner sleeves with 4-page booklet and DVD; limited clear transparent vinyl edition exclusive to independent shops; LP formats include download coupon; DVD is PAL format



Also available:
Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth   LP | 2CD
Michael Blair & Joe Bucciero - Young Marble Giants' Colossal Youth   BOOK

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