Martha and the Muffins | Mystery Walk (30th Anniversary Edition)

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Mystery Walk (30th Anniversary Edition)

by Martha and the Muffins

Originally released in 1984, the fifth studio album co-produced with Daniel Lanois featuring The Brecker Brothers on the US dance hit 'Black Stations / White Stations' has been remastered and reissued as a 30th Anniversary Edition CD.
Genre: Pop: 80's Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Black Stations / White Stations
5:12 $0.99
2. Cooling the Medium
3:43 $0.99
3. Come Out and Dance
4:50 $0.99
4. I Start to Stop
4:36 $0.99
5. Big Trees
1:12 $0.99
6. In Between Sleep and Reason
3:18 $0.99
7. Garden in the Sky
4:00 $0.99
8. Nation of Followers
5:08 $0.99
9. Alibi Room
3:53 $0.99
10. Rhythm of Life
3:13 $0.99
11. Xoa Oho
3:48 $0.99
12. Black Stations / White Stations (Extended Dance Remix)
6:30 $0.99
13. Black Stations / White Stations (Instrumental Remix)
5:01 $0.99
14. Cooling the Medium (Dance Remix)
6:22 $0.99
15. Cooling the Medium (Dub Version)
5:49 $0.99
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Album Notes
In 1983, Martha and the Muffins principals Martha Johnson and Mark Gane returned to the studio for a third time with Daniel Lanois to start recording what would become the ‘Mystery Walk’ album. Originally released in 1984 under the abbreviation ‘M+M’, the first single, ‘Black Stations/White Stations’, with its Brecker Bros. fueled horn riff, became a #2 dance hit in the U.S., attracting a lot of attention for openly challenging mainstream radio stations to break down the playlist formats that divided “black stations” from “white stations”. With other notable tracks like ‘Cooling The Medium’, ‘Come Out And Dance’, ‘Garden In The Sky’ and ‘Nation Of Followers’, the writers of ‘Echo Beach’, ‘Danseparc’ and ‘This Is The Ice Age’ made yet another stylistic change while at the same time attracting a wider audience.

Now, three decades after its initial release, ‘Mystery Walk’ is available on CD, remastered by Peter J. Moore, complete with a 20 page booklet of album notes, lyrics, photos, band and press quotes as well as five bonus tracks from the same recording sessions.

What reviewers have said about 'Mystery Walk':

"This is a great album with a wide diversity of sounds, tons of hooks, tunes you can dance to...the kind of thing we could use more of today...Anyone who ever liked this band should definitely get their mitts on this anniversary edition."



"Without a doubt the best abum Current Records ever released..."

Gerry Young, CURRENT RECORDS, December 2, 2014


"The album sounds fresh. It eschews the post-New Wave and New Romantic fadism that preceded it and delves into more mature musical themes being established by Bowie and Gabriel at the's got staying power – especially on tracks like 'In Between Sleep and Reason' or 'Rhythm of Life'".

Jamie Vernon – THIS IS 1984, SEGARINI: DON'T BELIEVE A WORD I SAY / WORDPRESS, December 6, 2014


"Five stars."
MUSIC EXPRESS, December 10, 2014


"This classy reissue reveals the record has stood the test of time..."

Kerry Doole, NEW CANADIAN MUSIC, December 12, 2014


"Still sounds remarkably fresh today."

Leonard Nevarez, Favorite Music of 2014, MUSICAL URBANISM Blogsite, December 29, 2014


"To many, the Martha and the Muffins story begins and ends with the still omnipresent 'Echo Beach', but the good stuff kept coming long after that, perhaps never more so than on 1984's 'Mystery Walk'...World class..."

Ben Rayner, TORONTO STAR, January 4, 2015


"Mystery Walk…is by far the best Canadian pop album of the year…Gane and Johnson have managed to last beyond the latest musical trend, and in the same process, offer us challenging new music…Buy two copies."

Benoit Dufresne, SUNDAY EXPRESS, February 26, 1984


"…the 10 tunes on Mystery Walk demonstrate yet again that Martha and the Muffins are far and away the best group on the Canadian rock scene."

James Adams, THE EDMONTON JOURNAL, March 8, 1984


"Black Stations/White Stations…Becoming one of the most talked-about records in the U.S.A…."

IMPACT, May 14, 1984


"Mystery Walk still bears many of the original and desirable characteristics of the Johnson/Gane partnership — notably Martha’s sweet, fluid vocals, the abundance of highly stylised but melodic guitar chord structures and a certain wistfulness of lyrical content — but there's much more feel, much more emotion in evidence now."

Tony Mitchell, SOUNDS, August 11, 1984


"Following ‘This Is The Ice Age’ and ‘Danseparc’, ‘Mystery Walk’ is their third fine record of the ‘80s…Ms. Johnson…sighs and sings with a breathy, almost secretive knowingness…M+M eschew the clichéd cul-de-sacs, they engage and spark."

Danny Kelly, NME, September 1984



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