Last Train to Lhasa

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Last Train to Lhasa
Studio album by Banco de Gaia
Released 21 June 1995
Genre Trance
Length 120:55
143:20 (limited edition)
Label Mammoth Records/Planet Dog Records
Banco de Gaia chronology
Last Train to Lhasa
Live at Glastonbury
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Last Train to Lhasa is an album by Banco de Gaia which was released in 1995. It was released as double CD or triple LP. A "Special Limited" 3 CD/4 LP edition contained three additional remixes.

The album's techno and ambient compositions contain sampled chantings of the people of Tibet.

The album reached No.31 in the UK's Album Charts.


After a big success of the debut album Maya and a European tour with Transglobal Underground Toby Marks travelled the world collecting inspirations. He joined The Tibet Support Group, a part of International Tibet Independence Movement. As a response to the decision to build the Qingzang railway between the cities of Xining and the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, in 1995 Marks recorded a 12-minute long track with looped chants from Tibet. It soon appeared to be a start for the whole project, eventually creating a new album. As Marks said, the compositions were made as a result of political and human sensitivity.[citation needed]

"Amber" contains the sampled line "My god, it's full of stars…" from the Peter Hyams movie 2010: The Year We Make Contact.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Last Train to Lhasa"   11:44
2. "Kuos"   6:56
3. "China (Clouds Not Mountains)"   7:30
4. "Amber"   7:34
5. "Kincajou"   6:48
6. "White Paint"   6:05
7. "887 (Structure)"   14:17

Disc two[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Kuos (Gnomes Mix)"   11:19
2. "Kincajou (Duck! Asteroid)"   36:09
3. "Eagle (Small Steppa Mix)"   12:33

Disc three (limited edition)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "China (Follow The Red Brick Road)"   9:30
2. "Amber (Insect Intelligence)"   10:23
3. "887 (Darkside Return)"   22:32

Special Edition (2011 Digital Release)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Last Train to Lhasa"   11:44
2. "Kuos"   6:56
3. "China (Clouds Not Mountains)"   7:30
4. "Amber"   7:34
5. "Kincajou"   6:48
6. "White Paint"   6:05
7. "887 (Structure)"   14:17
8. "Eagle"   7:31
9. "Kuos (Gnomes Mix)"   11:19
10. "Kincajou (Duck! Asteroid)"   36:09
11. "Eagle (Small Steppa Mix)"   12:33
12. "Amber (Live in Seattle)"   7:32
13. "White Paint (Live in Seattle)"   7:10
14. "Kincajou (Live in Seattle)"   7:58
15. "Last Train to Lhasa (Radio edit)"   3:47
16. "Kincajou (Here Come the Norse Gods)"   5:22


Last Train to Lhasa[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Last Train to Lhasa (Radio edit)"   3:45
2. "Last Train to Lhasa (original version)"   12:03
3. "Last Train to Lhasa (extended ambient mix)"   12:15


No. Title Length
1. "Kincajou (Oliver Lieb Remix)"    
2. "Kincajou (Here Come the Norse Gods)"    
3. "Kincajou (Speedy J Remix)"    
4. "Kincajou (Album Version)"    


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