This Is the Ice Age

Release date
12 Apr 2005
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Swimming 3:53 1,375
2 Women Around The World At Work 3:58 1,881
3 Casualties of Glass 5:17 596
4 Boy Without Filters 4:58 540
5 Jet Seem Slower in London's Skies 2:36 10
6 This Is The Ice Age 7:20 1,439
7 One Day in Paris 4:20 508
8 You sold the Cottage 3:59 683
9 Three Hundred Years/Chemistry 7:09 343
10 I'm No Good at Conversation 3:43 197
11 Twenty-Two in Cincinnati 4:15 183

About this album

This is the Ice Age was Martha and the Muffins’ third album, released on LP and cassette in 1981. The track “Women Around the World at Work” was released as a single in the UK and Canada.

The album was a debut for Daniel Lanois as a rock music producer; he would later be discovered by Brian Eno and produce for artists as diverse as U2, Bob Dylan, and Dashboard Confessional.

The cover image was taken by Muffins’ guitarist Mark Gane from an apartment he was living in on Bloor Street in Toronto. It depicts the Bank of Montreal tower over a building in poor repair.

After being unavailable for over 20 years, this much sought after album was finally re-released on CD in 2005 by EMI Canada and includes two bonus tracks that were not on the original release. The CD has been released with copy protection technology which may make it difficult to play in some players or rip for use on MP3 players.

The working title for this album was The Big Merge. [1]

Track listing

All tracks composed by Mark Gane; except where indicated

“Swimming” (Mark Gane, Martha Johnson, Andy Haas, Tim Gane, Jocelyne Lanois) – 3:54
“Women Around the World at Work” – 3:59
“Casualties of Glass” – 5:17
“Boy Without Filters” – 4:58
“Jets Seem Slower in London Skies” – 2:36
“This is the Ice Age” – 7:34
“One Day in Paris” (Martha Johnson) – 4:20
“You Sold the Cottage” – 4:01
“Three Hundred Years/Chemistry” (Martha Johnson) – 7:09

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  • Rhodriguez

    4 shouts! How is this not more popular?

    6 Jun 2011 Reply
  • poor-de-chirico

    Amazing... Pure genius.

    25 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Neva3

    I still can't enough of these guys after all these years - this will neva date and will always be a masterpiece of musical genius to me..........can't rave enough about it - you MUST listen to all of'll neva tire of it.

    18 Feb 2009 Reply
  • 8m2stereo

    .. boy without filters, after 27 years, still remains my favorite song of all times .. funny that they had to accept working on a lower budget with the rec. company due to using an (then) unknown producer, daniel lanois, any of his works and productions always a rewarding listen ..

    26 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Risingson

    No wonder why this is most fan's favourite. Their most ambient work, but also their most daring one, ranging from the pure catchy pop from Women around the world to the amazingly beautiful One Day In Paris or Boy Without Filters

    20 Jan 2008 Reply

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