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Three Mantras Enhanced, Import

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Eastern Mantra - Cabaret Voltaire
  2. Western Mantra - Cabaret Voltaire

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 8, 2006)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Import
  • Label: Cabaret Voltaire
  • ASIN: B0000241NT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,675 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
“Western Mantra” (confusingly labelled “Eastern Mantra”) has everything you’d expect from an early Cabaret Voltaire (Mk1) record: hummable driving bassline, propelling drumbeat, Richard H. Kirk’s choppy distorted guitar play, Chris Watson’s tapes as well as organ (Vox Continental) stabs, and Stephen Mallinder’s demented vocals. Only minor drawback is that for a single song, this track is actually quite long (clocking in over 20 minutes). Four Stars for me.

“Eastern Mantra” (labelled “Western Mantra”) appears in contrast very experimental and difficult. It features no regular song structure and barely regular instrumentation (mainly some Richard H. Kirk woodwind stabs); instead, it consists mostly of this repetitive ‘Islamic preacher’ like voice (a mantra indeed), oriental sounding tapes loops (apparently Jerusalem market recordings), plus some occasionally chiming ominous bell sounds (slightly reminiscent of the sounds that would later appear on “Badge of Evil” or even “Yashar”). On top of that, this experimental/difficult track clocks in over 20 minutes as well (which was a minor complaint even for the much catchier “Western Mantra”) – maybe there’s some hidden ingenuity about this track (“Eastern Mantra”), which I failed to discover yet. The most remarkable thing for me so far is, that this looped ‘Islamic preacher’ voice (sounding something like ‘Be no leader’) is actually the band name of The Human League reversed (pronounced backwards). Two Stars.

Makes a total of three stars (only my personal rating/sentiment).

By the way, what/where is the purported third mantra? Is it just a joke, an unreleased resp. hidden track, or something more metaphorical? (like the constant complaints from certain parties about how “unlistenable” or “outrageous” early Cabaret Voltaire’s musical output was).
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By A Customer on October 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I saw Cabaret Voltaire perform Western Mantra live in Hammersmith, around 1980. It was one of the most awe-inspiring musical events I've ever seen, and the version here is almost good enough to live up to that night. Unfortunately, Eastern Mantra is crap, but the album is worth buying anyway.
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Format: Audio CD
This is one of those dadaist jokes the band had pulled to an unsuspecting public back in 1980. What's noticeable is that there are only two tracks or " mantras " on the CD and to confuse things even more " Eastern Mantra " sounds very Western and vice versa. The art of confusion was never perfected better ( except perhaps for Throbbing Gristle who were always joking ). There's a cryptic warning for us as well with the most noticeable lyric in the whole album which is " Symptom of a signal soon to be exhausted. " Perhaps a subtle warning - but nothing more.....
As it stands this sounds like a closing off chapter for the Cabs. Their first 2 albums were typical of industrial at the time but the second track is an open embrace of something new. It's almost like a prototype for things to come. Without it there would be no Yashar....and perhaps there wouldn't be a Red in a way this is a band coming in at a crossroads beginning to venture onto new paths.
This CD is probably one for the die hard Cabs fan as it is one of their more experimental of releases. But for those who want to jump into their more experimental approaches....or indeed love experimental music should enjoy the CD.
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