1. THE DREAM 3.27
The Ganges Orchestra
2. MYSTERIES OF THE EAST 3.22
Jhalib
3. THE CALLING 3.20 The Ganges Orchestra
4.  

WAVE SPEAK
1.45 Sheila Chandra
and The Ganges Orchestra

5.   11 2.35
Sheila Chandra
and The Ganges Orchestra
6.   ELEGY FOR INDIA 3.13
The Ganges Orchestra
7.   AMA 3.48
Voix de L'est
8.   EVER SO LONELY EP VERSION
3.41 Monsoon
9.   CAN'T FACE THE NIGHT
6.21 East West
10.   XIMERRE MIX
3.12 Sheila Chandra
11.   O.U.R. 2.49
Sheila Chandra and The Ganges Orchestra
12.   CRESCENT SILVER SCYTHE 3.52 Sheila Chandra
13.
  COME HOME
3.21 Sheila Chandra
14.
  UNANNOUNCED
1.01 Sheila Chandra
and The Ganges Orchestra
15.  

ContemplASIAN 9
17.00 The Ganges Orchestra

 
 

The World of Indipop CompilASIAN

'Elegy for India' The Ganges Orchestra

A lamenting shehnai (brilliantly played by Kadir Durvesh), field (street) recordings from Kerala, South India, thavil drum recorded in Madras (Bani Studios) eqtara and a relentless (symbolically 'Western' bass riff and drums... Every sound tells a picture, tells a story.

'Ama' Voix de L'est

This track is taken from an unreleased ambient project called 'Voix de l'est'. It incorporates street recordings I made in India within the atmospheric and evocative layered drones that are something of an Indipop trademark.

'Ever So Lonely' (1981) EP Version Monsoon

Monsoon's innovative style and chart successs from 1982 have been well documented. Less well known is this version of 'Ever So Lonely' which was the first track Monsoon ever recorded.
I formed the Indipop label in the summer of 1981 in order to release the track (as part of a limited edition 4 track EP) and to test reaction. Little did we know what was about to unfold! As they say, from small acorns more small acorns grow!

'Can't Face the Night' East West

A track from a popular 10 piece band from North London who combined Eastern and Western musical styles using tabla and electronic percussion alongside sitars and synthesisers etc.
They came first in TV's 'Eastern Eye' unsigned band competition in 1983. This won them the dubious honour of being produced by yours truly! We saw them as a kind of Indian 'Kool and the Gang' party disco sound...

'Ximerre Mix' Sheila Chandra

Since the Beatles, people have mused over the fact that rock tracks often sound eastern when played backwards (sdrawkcab) so the enquiring mind eventually retorts 'Do eastern tracks sound western when etc, etc.
For this track, Sheila learnt some of the backwards vocals and sang them forwards (not always over the same original backward lines). Sheila then sang some (forward) vocal lines in the style and tone of a typical backwards vocal... which reminds me, I never did get around to playing the track backwards to see what the new (forwards) vocals sound like backwards (if you know what I mean)...

'O.U.R.' Sheila Chandra

Aside of the drone and percussion, all other parts on the multi-track are Sheila's!