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MANDALABAND is the third reincarnation of an extraordinary progressive rock band with a long history. The first and original album 'MANDALABAND' was released by Chrysalis in 1975 and created quite a stir with its bombastic 'Om Mani Padme Hum' – a four-movement work for rock band and choir, the lyrics of which form the basis of the Tibetan national anthem. These Tibetan lyrics were 'performed' by lead singer Dave Durant and the London Chorale, whilst the other members of the band were Vic Emerson (keyboards), Ashley Mulford (guitars), Tony Cresswell (drums) and John Stimpson (bass), with David Rohl as founder, writer and studio engineer for the band.

Chrysalis then asked David to write and produce a second Mandalaband album, making use of all the singers and fellow musicians he had befriended during his time as engineer and producer during the 70s. The result was 'THE EYE OF WENDOR' – a concept album based on a Tolkienesque fantasy set in a world of warlocks, witches, battling heroes, and a magical gemstone of supernatural power. Vocalists on this album included: Justin Hayward, Eric Stewart, Maddy Prior, Graham Gouldman, Kevin Godley, Lol Creme, and Paul Young. Musicians included: Ritchie Close, David Rohl and Woolly Wolstenholme on keys; Noel Redding, Les Holroyd, Graham Gouldman on bass; Steve Broomhead and John Lees on guitars; Kim Turner and Mel Pritchard on drums & percussion; plus the Halle orchestra for all the classical bits. THE EYE OF WENDOR was released in 1978 and, over the years, has come to be recognised as one of the classic prog rock albums and the most complete concept album of its genre.

The musicians and singers who played their part in the Mandalaband IV project were: David Rohl (writer, engineer, producer, vocalist and keyboards; Mandalaband I to IV), Ashley Mulford (guitars and vocals; Mandalaband I & III, Sad Café), Troy Donockley (Uilleann pipes, whistles, guitars and bouzouki; Iona & the Bad Shepherds), Marc Atkinson (acoustic guitar and vocals; Gabriel & Riversea), Jose Manuel Medina (keyboards, Spanish guitar and backing vocals; Last Knight), Sergio Garcia (acoustic guitar; Last Knight), Kim Turner (drums, percussion and mandolin; Mandalaband II & III, Maestoso), David Clements (bass guitar), Craig Fletcher (bass guitar and backing vocals; Mandalaband III, Maestoso & John Lees’ BJH), Morten Vestergaard (bass guitar), Pablo Lato (bass guitar; Last Knight), Alison Carter (backing vocals), Lynda Howard (backing vocals), and Barbara & Briony Macanas (backing vocals). Woolly Wolstenholme (keyboards and vocals; Mandalaband II & III, Barclay James Harvest & Maestoso) sadly passed away during the last stages of recording AD. This album is dedicated to his memory.

This new Mandalaband released 'BC – ANCESTORS' in 2009 and has just released the follow-up 'AD – SANGREAL' in July 2011. The double CD ‘RESURRECTION’ (a completely re-mixed and re-mastered special edition of the two original 1970s albums) was released in November 2010.

AD — Sangreal  

Released worldwide June 19th 2011 Mandalaband IV brings you the legend of the Holy Grail ... but not the tradition surrounding Arthur and the Round Table knights. This is the story as handed down to us through the Romano-Spanish tradition of the Sangreal – the true history of the cup used by Christ at the Last Supper. Arriving in Europe with Mary Magdalene and Joseph of Arimathea, over the centuries, it was transformed into the mystical relic known as the Holy Grail. Fourteen epic tracks, many of which are majestic anthems, make this an album worth waiting a little longer for.

 

Resurrection

Released: 1 November 2010

2CD digipak
including 6 Bonus Tracks
and 16pp Booklet

The two legendary 1970s albums ‘Mandalaband’ and ‘The Eye of Wendor’ have been completely re-mixed and digitally re-mastered by David Rohl – the mastermind behind Mandalaband and composer-producer-engineer extraordinaire.

Total running times:

CD 1: 57 mins 28 secs
CD 2: 53 mins 19 secs

The original 1970s Mandalaband albums reborn! Re-mixed and re-mastered to give a clarity and depth previously unheard on the original vinyls.

 

BC - Ancestors

Ancestors (Overture)
Eden
Nimrod (Journey’s End)   Shemsu-Har
Karum Kanesh
Beautiful Babylon
The Sons of Anak
Aten
Ozymandias
Solomon the Wise
Akhiyawa
The Wine Dark Sea
Elissa
Roots

The first new Mandalaband album in more than thirty years. Fourteen superb symphonic rock tracks that were released in October 2009 to great acclaim from reviewers and prog rock fans alike.

 

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http://melodicrevolutionrecords.com/

 

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At 7:41pm on September 26, 2012, Len Rice said…

Do you like discovering great music, but don’t have the time to wade through hundreds of Power of Prog pages? Then this is for you! No approval required. Get the most out of Power of Prog, Join “Awesome Band of the Day” Now!  http://powerofprog.com/group/awesome-band-of-the-day

At 12:33pm on August 14, 2011, Marc Moingeon said…
Hello David. :o) "Sangreal" was here when I came back. Beautiful album, with a lot to discover still. I'm preparing soon some questions for you. :o) Marc
At 5:59am on July 9, 2011, Cédric Avril said…
very honored as well.
At 5:19am on July 9, 2011, ifsounds said…
Thanks David for your request!
It's an honour to be in the same label with you!
At 11:04pm on July 8, 2011, Kirk Anderson said…
Thanks for the friend request - I'm honored!
At 10:53pm on July 8, 2011, Brook Breland said…
Thanks for the friend request....was listening to some of your stuff earlier....very good.....keep on proggin'
At 9:42pm on July 8, 2011, Webmaster said…

Welcome to Power of Prog. We are proud to have you in our family at Melodic Revolution Records.
Much Love and respect Nick

At 7:02pm on July 8, 2011, Unified Past said…
Hey Guys - great to see you on here - I'm sure you know I'm a big fan!

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MANDALABAND IV - AD SANGREAL Review from Alex Torres

Posted on July 24, 2011 at 8:28pm 0 Comments

Alex Torres wrote about Mandalaband IV-AD Sangreal:   Excellent - Possibly their best   Mandalaband's fourth album, their second in a few years after decades of inactivity, is possibly also their strongest. This is a group of musicians, under the guardianship of project leader David Rohl, that seems perfectly content making music in…
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