Monsoon

Sheila Chandra, Steve Coe, Dari Mankoo, Martin Smith

Also known as Moonsoon

Short biography of Monsoon: Monsoon was a brave and pioneering attempt to blend traditional music from the Indian sub-continent with '80s British rock. Led by Sheila Chandra, best know for her role in the BBC production Grange Hill, Monsoon originated late in 1980 when keyboard player and producer Steve Coe developed an interest in Indian music through an Asian girlfriend. 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. She joined Monsoon in March 1981, three months before she left school. The Eastern music basis was reinforced by Dari Mankoo and his mastery of sitar and tabla. Rooting for the West was guitarist Martin Smith. The textured combination attracted the attention of would-be record mogul David Claridge, who signed the outfit to his Mobile Suit Corporation after a great many major labels had turned them down. Monsoon's first single, distributed through Rough Trade was 'Ever So Lonely/Sunset Over The Ganges'. Ignored upon original release, it was reissued as a 12 inch disco remix, with the extra tracks 'Shout' and 'Mirror Of Your Mind'. Second time round, 'Ever So Lonely' was heavily supported by John Peel on the BBC. Two subsequent singles 'Shakti' and a cover of The Beatles 'Tomorrow Never Knows', were issued in 7 and 12 inch formats. However, sales and attention were only moderate and the group called it a day at the end of 1982.

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# Album cover Album title Tracks amount Download album in mp3? Official release date Production label
1 Monsoon - Ever So Lonely Ever So Lonely 2
mp3, CD
1982 The Mobile Suit Corporation
2 Monsoon - Shakti (The Meaning Of Within) Shakti (The Meaning Of Within) 2
mp3, CD
1982 The Mobile Suit Corporation
3 Monsoon - Third Eye Third Eye 10
mp3, CD
1983
4 Monsoon - Shakti (The Meaning Of Within) Shakti (The Meaning Of Within) 3
mp3, CD
1982 The Mobile Suit Corporation
5 Monsoon - Ever So Lonely Ever So Lonely 4
mp3, CD
1981 Indipop
6 Monsoon - Ever So Lonely Ever So Lonely 2
mp3, CD
1982-03-00 The Mobile Suit Corporation
7 Monsoon - Ever So Lonely (Remixed By Ben Chapman) Ever So Lonely (Remixed By Ben Chapman) 2
mp3, CD
1990
8 Monsoon - Ever So Lonely Ever So Lonely 2
mp3, CD
1982
9 Monsoon - Monsoon Monsoon 16
mp3, CD
1995 Mercury
10 Monsoon - Ever So Lonely Ever So Lonely 2
mp3, CD
1982-03-00 Mercury
11 Monsoon - Third Eye Third Eye 10
mp3, CD
1983 Great Expectations
12 Monsoon - Tomorrow Never Knows Tomorrow Never Knows 2
mp3, CD
1982 The Mobile Suit Corporation
13 Monsoon - Ever So Lonely (Remix) Ever So Lonely (Remix) 2
mp3, CD
Mercury
14 Monsoon - Third Eye Third Eye 10
mp3, CD
1988 Great Expectations
15 Monsoon - Wings Of The Dawn (Prem Kavita) Wings Of The Dawn (Prem Kavita) 4
mp3, CD
1982
16 Monsoon - Shakti (The Meaning Of Within) Shakti (The Meaning Of Within) 2
mp3, CD
1982 The Mobile Suit Corporation
17 Monsoon - Ever So Lonely (Remixed By Ben Chapman) Ever So Lonely (Remixed By Ben Chapman) 3
mp3, CD
1990
18 Monsoon - Third Eye Third Eye 10
mp3, CD
1983 Mercury
19 Monsoon - Ever So Lonely Ever So Lonely 2
mp3, CD
1982 Vertigo
20 Monsoon - Ever So Lonely Ever So Lonely 2
mp3, CD
1982
21 Monsoon - Ever So Lonely Ever So Lonely 2
mp3, CD
1982 Mercury
22 Monsoon - Ever So Lonely Ever So Lonely 2
mp3, CD
1982 Mercury
23 Monsoon - Ever So Lonely Ever So Lonely 2
mp3, CD
1982 Mercury
24 Monsoon - Shakti (The Meaning Of Within) Shakti (The Meaning Of Within) 3
mp3, CD
1982 Mercury
25 Monsoon - Wings Of The Dawn (Prem Kavita) Wings Of The Dawn (Prem Kavita) 2
mp3, CD
1982
26 Monsoon - Ever So Lonely Ever So Lonely 2
mp3, CD
1982 Mercury
27 Monsoon - Monsoon Monsoon 16
mp3, CD
1995
28 Monsoon - Shakti (The Meaning Of Within) Shakti (The Meaning Of Within) 3
mp3, CD
1982 Mercury
29 Monsoon - Shakti (The Meaning Of Within) Shakti (The Meaning Of Within) 2
mp3, CD
1982 Mercury
30 Monsoon - Shakti (The Meaning Of Within) Shakti (The Meaning Of Within) 3
mp3, CD
1982 Mercury
31 Monsoon - Tomorrow Never Knows Tomorrow Never Knows 2
mp3, CD
1982 Mercury
32 Monsoon - Ever So Lonely (Me Siento Sola) Ever So Lonely (Me Siento Sola) 2
mp3, CD
1982 Mercury
33 Monsoon - Shakti (The Meaning Of Within) Shakti (The Meaning Of Within) 2
mp3, CD
1982 The Mobile Suit Corporation
34 Monsoon - Ever So Lonely Ever So Lonely 4
mp3, CD
1981 Mercury
35 Monsoon - Tomorrow Never Knows Tomorrow Never Knows 2
mp3, CD
1982 Mercury

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