Three Mantras

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Three Mantras
Three Mantras.jpg
EP by Cabaret Voltaire
Released May 1980
Recorded January 1980 at Western Works, Sheffield, England
Genre Industrial, post-punk
Length 40:50
Label Rough Trade
Producer Cabaret Voltaire
Cabaret Voltaire chronology
The Voice of America
(1980)
Three Mantras
(1980)
Red Mecca
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Three Mantras is an extended play by English band Cabaret Voltaire. It was released in May 1980, through record label Rough Trade.

Background[edit]

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."[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Western Mantra" 20:39
Side B
No. Title Length
2. "Eastern Mantra" 20:11

Personnel[edit]

Cabaret Voltaire
Additional personnel
  • John Clayton – percussion (on "Eastern Mantra")
  • Jane – tapes, Jerusalem market recordings (on "Eastern Mantra")
Technical

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