Three Mantras

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Three Mantras
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ReleasedMay 1980
RecordedJanuary 1980
StudioWestern Works, Sheffield
Genre Industrial, post-punk
Label Rough Trade
Producer Cabaret Voltaire
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Three Mantras is the second studio album by English band Cabaret Voltaire. It was released in May 1980, through record label Rough Trade.


Background and reception

Record Mirror originally publicised Three Mantras as, '..what's been described as "the world's longest single"..', evidently referring to a press release supplied by the group's label, Rough Trade. [2] The album was packaged in an intentionally confusing manner, with the 'Eastern' and 'Western' titles reversed on the cover, the same label on both sides and a sticker on early pressings apologizing for there only being two mantras (despite the title) and explaining that the album was being priced as a single to make up for it. The reversed vocal that runs all the way through 'Eastern Mantra' is the name of another Sheffield electronic band - The Human League.

According to Trouser Press , Three Mantras is "the group's first explicit venture into non-Western musical forms". It further commented, "The record also marks a shift in technique, as musical demands take precedence over production to strange and beautiful effect." [3]

Track listing

Side A
1."Western Mantra"20:39
Side B
2."Eastern Mantra"20:11


Cabaret Voltaire
Additional personnel

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  2. Shearlaw, John (26 April 1980). "More Cabs (News section)". Record Mirror .
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