Album artwork for Third Eye by Monsoon

A 34-track Expanded Deluxe 2CD version of Monsoon’s ground breaking Third Eye album that was originally released in 1982. Featuring the original 10-track album plus a comprehensive selection of bonus tracks including B-Sides, remixes, edits and instrumental versions. Also included are six previously unreleased tracks including the four songs that the band recorded for a Capital Radio Session in 1982.

With a fully illustrated 32-page CD booklet featuring a brand new Q&A with Sheila Chandra.
Monsoon led by singer Sheila Chandra (best known for her role in the BBC’S Grange Hill) along with record producer Steve Coe and bass guitarist Martin Smith was a brave and pioneering pop trio that blended traditional music from the Indian sub-continent with 80s British pop.

The band originated in 1980 when keyboard player and producer Steve Coe developed an interest in Indian music. Hoping to form a band to pursue this direction, he discovered Sheila via some demo tapes which she had forwarded to Hansa Records when she was 14.

Sheila joined Monsoon in March 1981, three months before she left school. The Eastern music basis was reinforced by Dari Mankoo with his mastery of sitar and tabla which perfectly complimented guitarist Martin Smith. The textured combination attracted the attention of David Claridge, who signed the outfit to his Mobile Suit Corporation.

Monsoon’s first single ‘Ever So Lonely’/’Sunset Over The Ganges’ had been distributed by Rough Trade. Ignored upon original release, it was re-issued by Mobile Suit Corporation (Phonogram) in 1982 and reached No.12 in the UK singles chart.

Two further singles followed; ‘Shakti (The Meaning Of Within)’ and a cover of The Beatles’ ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ along with the debut album Third Eye but due to differences with their label, Phonogram, Monsoon dissolved later in 1982.

With the full involvement and co-operation of lead singer Sheila Chandra, Cherry Red are delighted to re-issue this expanded deluxe 2CD edition of the Third Eye album by the band that opened up the UK’s cultural consciousness to new possibilities – and changed it forever.

Monsoon

Third Eye

Cherry Pop
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Album artwork for Third Eye by Monsoon
CDx2

£12.99

Released 25/11/2022Catalogue Number

CRPOPD237

Monsoon

Third Eye

Cherry Pop
Album artwork for Album artwork for Third Eye by Monsoon by Third Eye - Monsoon
Album artwork for Third Eye by Monsoon
CDx2

£12.99

Released 25/11/2022Catalogue Number

CRPOPD237

A 34-track Expanded Deluxe 2CD version of Monsoon’s ground breaking Third Eye album that was originally released in 1982. Featuring the original 10-track album plus a comprehensive selection of bonus tracks including B-Sides, remixes, edits and instrumental versions. Also included are six previously unreleased tracks including the four songs that the band recorded for a Capital Radio Session in 1982.

With a fully illustrated 32-page CD booklet featuring a brand new Q&A with Sheila Chandra.
Monsoon led by singer Sheila Chandra (best known for her role in the BBC’S Grange Hill) along with record producer Steve Coe and bass guitarist Martin Smith was a brave and pioneering pop trio that blended traditional music from the Indian sub-continent with 80s British pop.

The band originated in 1980 when keyboard player and producer Steve Coe developed an interest in Indian music. Hoping to form a band to pursue this direction, he discovered Sheila via some demo tapes which she had forwarded to Hansa Records when she was 14.

Sheila joined Monsoon in March 1981, three months before she left school. The Eastern music basis was reinforced by Dari Mankoo with his mastery of sitar and tabla which perfectly complimented guitarist Martin Smith. The textured combination attracted the attention of David Claridge, who signed the outfit to his Mobile Suit Corporation.

Monsoon’s first single ‘Ever So Lonely’/’Sunset Over The Ganges’ had been distributed by Rough Trade. Ignored upon original release, it was re-issued by Mobile Suit Corporation (Phonogram) in 1982 and reached No.12 in the UK singles chart.

Two further singles followed; ‘Shakti (The Meaning Of Within)’ and a cover of The Beatles’ ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ along with the debut album Third Eye but due to differences with their label, Phonogram, Monsoon dissolved later in 1982.

With the full involvement and co-operation of lead singer Sheila Chandra, Cherry Red are delighted to re-issue this expanded deluxe 2CD edition of the Third Eye album by the band that opened up the UK’s cultural consciousness to new possibilities – and changed it forever.