Mandalaband was the symphonic-rock project of English composer/arranger David Rohl. The project yielded a self-titled album on Chrysalis in 1975. The musicians on that recording became Sad Café. The Mandalaband nameplate was resurrected for the 1978 rock-opera The Eye of Wendor: Prophecies, which features Justin Hayward on one track. Members: David Rohl (keyboards), David Durant […]

Sad Café

Sad Café was an English ensemble that was active between the late 1970s and mid-1980s. Hailing from a then-furtive Manchester scene (10cc, Buzzcocks, Magazine) the band released six studio albums between 1977 and 1985. The instrumental core of the band congealed as Mandalaband, formed to backup composer David Rohl on a pair of album-length conceptual […]

Mandalaband ‎– Mandalaband (1975)

Mandalaband is the first of two albums by the namesake project of symphonic-rock composer David Rohl, recorded with Mancunian musicians and released in 1975 on Chrysalis. Tracklist: A1. “Om Mani Padme Hum – Movement One” (7:46) A2. “Om Mani Padme Hum – Movement Two” (4:34) A3. “Om Mani Padme Hum – Movement Three” (3:29) A4. […]

Sad Café ‎– Fanx Ta’ra (1977)

Fanx Ta’ra is the debut album by Mancunian art-rock/soul ensemble Sad Café, released in 1977 on RCA Victor. Tracklist: A1. “Babylon” A2. “Shellshock” A3. “Hungry Eyes” A4. “Shadow on the Wall” A5. “Black Rose” B1. “The Further Adventures of Mad Alan” B2. “Fanx Ta’Ra” B3. “Flingus’ Holiday” B4. “Immortal” B5. “Sail On” B6. “Clumbidextrous” B7. […]