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
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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.


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


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


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