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

Steve Coe CompilASIAN Biography

  • It's 1980. Indian music is positively outré. And this is exactly the time Steve Coe gets really excited about it. It wasn't Ravi Shankar. It wasn't the hippy trail to India. It was moving next door to an Indian family in London and hearing Hindi film music.

  • It was love at first listen. The Indian influence immediately seeped out in his writing and 'Monsoon' was born - a band dedicated to Asian fusion before the term had even been invented.

  • Steve Coe is credited with kick-starting the World Music genre. 'Monsoon' were the only Asian influenced act to have mainstream chart successes in the 1980s - something that seems inconceivable now.

  • His chance meeting with Sheila Chandra, 'Monsoon's' hits and Coe and Chandra's subsequent work together (he has produced all her solo albums to date) have been well documented. What is less well known, primarily because Coe is an eccentric who eschews the limelight, is how much work he did to help the embryonic World Music scene (through the tireless networking and releasing 'CompilASIAN' albums to showcase the genre) in those heady early days.

  • Coe's influence through the Indipop labels pre-dated the Bhangra explosion, World Music festivals and the Ambient/Chill-Out/Asian underground movements. Indipop was the earliest World Music label and its success with Monsoon opened doors in the music business previously shut to Asian and World artists.

  • In addition to this, his work as a producer, writer and visionary should not be underestimated. Asian fusion in the early 80's was an undiscovered and uncodified musical arena, and structures in his work with Sheila Chandra from as early as 1983 and 1984 are still to be seen influencing artists such as Talvin Singh, Nitin Sawney etc.

  • So, for this 'World of Indipop CompilASIAN' Steve Coe has gone back into his archives for his favourite recordings. Showcased here are tracks from 22 years of Indipop's output, many previously unreleased or long deleted. A rare set of tracks that chronicle Indipop's involvement in the development of this exciting genre.

Spring 2003