Three Mantras

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Three Mantras
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ReleasedMay 1980
RecordedJanuary 1980 at Western Works, Sheffield, England
Genre Industrial, post-punk
Length40:50
Label Rough Trade
Producer Cabaret Voltaire
Cabaret Voltaire chronology
Live at the Y.M.C.A. 27-10-79
(1980)
Three Mantras
(1980)
The Voice of America
(1980)
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Three Mantras is an album by English band Cabaret Voltaire. It was released in May 1980, through record label Rough Trade.

Contents

Background

Record Mirror originally publicised Three Mantras as, '..what's been described as "the world's longest single"..', evidently from a press release by 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
No.TitleLength
1."Western Mantra"20:39
Side B
No.TitleLength
2."Eastern Mantra"20:11

Personnel

Cabaret Voltaire
Additional personnel
Technical

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References

  1. Raggett, Ned. "Three Mantras – Cabaret Voltaire : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic . Retrieved 23 February 2013.
  2. Shearlaw, John (26 April 1980). "More Cabs (News section)". Record Mirror .
  3. Grant, Stephen; Sheridan, David. "trouserpress.com :: Cabaret Voltaire". trouserpress.com . Retrieved 23 February 2013.