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Mandalay - Empathy Album

Mandalay - Empathy Album
Performer: Mandalay
Genre: Electro
Title: Empathy
MP3 album size: 1264 mb
FLAC album size: 2566 mb
Style: Downtempo, Trip Hop, Synth-pop
Country: Europe
Released: 1998
Catalog number: VVR1001292
Label: V2


1Flowers Bloom
Electric Piano [Wurlitzer], Piano, Sampler – Guy SigsworthSampler, Piano, Guitar, Bass – Saul Freeman
2Enough Love
Drums, Percussion – Steve JansenSampler, Electric Piano [Wurlitzer] – Guy SigsworthSampler, Guitar – Saul FreemanTrumpet – Jon Hassell
Double Bass [Bowed Harmonics] – Danny ThompsonDrums – Steve JansenPiano, Synthesizer, Sampler – Guy SigsworthSampler, Guitar, Synthesizer – Saul Freeman
4About You
Arranged By [Strings] – Warwick BlairLeader [Strings] – Gavin WrightSampler, Synthesizer, Piano – Saul Freeman
5This Time Last Year
Drums, Percussion – Steve JansenSampler, Electric Piano [Wurlitzer] – Guy SigsworthSampler, Guitar – Saul FreemanTrumpet – Jon Hassell
6This Life
Arranged By [Strings] – Guy, SaulDrums – Jim CarmichaelElectric Piano [Rhodes], Sampler, Synthesizer – Guy SigsworthLeader [Strings] – Gavin WrightSampler, Guitar – Saul Freeman
Sampler, Electric Piano [Wurlitzer], Synthesizer – Guy SigsworthSampler, Guitar, Synthesizer – Saul FreemanTrumpet – Jon Hassell
Drums – Jim CarmichaelGuitar, Bass, Sampler, Synthesizer, Piano – Saul FreemanSynthesizer, Sampler – Guy Sigsworth
9Kissing The Day
Bass – Saul FreemanElectric Piano [Rhodes], Sampler, Piano, Synthesizer – Guy SigsworthSampler, Guitar, Bass – Saul Freeman
10All My Sins
Baritone Vocals – Jaak van der BentDrums – Steve JansenEffects [Live Dub Fx], Tape [Tape Edits] – Michael AdeSampler, Synthesizer – Saul FreemanSampler, Synthesizer, Electric Piano [Wurlitzer] – Guy SigsworthTenor Vocals – David Watters
Drums, Piano [Prepared] – Steve JansenSampler, Piano, Guitar [Treatments], Bass – Saul FreemanSynthesizer, Sampler – Guy Sigsworth


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
VVR1001292Mandalay Empathy ‎(CD, Album)V2VVR1001292Australia1998
VVR1001292, 707.0129.2Mandalay Empathy ‎(CD, Album)V2, V2VVR1001292, 707.0129.2UK1998
VVR1001292Mandalay Empathy ‎(CD, Album, RP)V2VVR1001292Europe2000
VVR1001292PMandalay Empathy ‎(CD, Album, Promo)V2VVR1001292P1997
VVR1005402Mandalay Empathy ‎(CD, Album)V2VVR1005402Germany1998


  • Art Direction, DesignChris Bigg , Vaughan Oliver
  • Composed By, Written-BySaul Freeman
  • Composed By, Written-By, Lyrics By, VocalsNicola Hitchcock
  • Mastered ByTom Coyne
  • Mixed ByAndy Bradfield (tracks: 1), Michael Ade (tracks: 2 to 11)
  • Photography ByJim Friedman
  • Photography By [Portrait]Blinkk
  • ProducerGuy Sigsworth, Mandalay
  • Recorded ByMichael Ade, Saul Freeman
  • Recorded By [Additional Recording Assisted By]Chris Scard, Ian Rossiter, Paul Stoney, Russell Evora, Simon Burwell, Tom Jenkins
  • Recorded By [Additional]Roland Herrington, Steve Price , Tony Slater
  • Technician [Hard Disc Manipulation]Saul Freeman


Recorded at Morocco Street, Trident, The Church, Matrix Maison Rouge, Livingstone, Falconer and the Angel.
Mastered at Sterling Sound, N.Y.C.

Published by Chrysalis Music Ltd

Track 5 contains a sample from "Unfamiliar Winds" by Brian Eno under licence from Opal Music, Virgin.
Track 6 contains a sample from "I Don't Believe In You" by Talk Talk, courtesy of EMI Records Ltd and written by Mark Hollis and Tim Friese-Greene courtesy of Zomba Music Publishing / Polygram International Publishing.

℗ & © V2 Music Limited 1998.

Distribution: U.K.: 3mv/Pinnacle, Benelux: P.I.A.S., France: Sony Music, Germany/Austria: Rough Trade, Italy: Universal, Scandinavia: M.N.W., Eire: Record Services.


  • Barcode (Text): 5 033197 012926
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5033197012926
  • Matrix / Runout: S VVR 1001292 DISCTRONICS
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L201
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 8716
  • Rights Society: M.C.P.S.
  • Label Code: LC1801
  • Distribution Code: 707.0129.2
  • Price Code: CB791


  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – V2 Music Ltd.
  • Copyright (c) – V2 Music Ltd.
  • Distributed By – 3MV
  • Distributed By – Pinnacle
  • Distributed By – Pias
  • Distributed By – Sony Music
  • Distributed By – Rough Trade
  • Distributed By – Universal
  • Distributed By – MNW
  • Distributed By – Record Services
  • Published By – Chrysalis Music Ltd.
  • Recorded At – Morocco Street
  • Recorded At – Trident Studios
  • Recorded At – The Church, London
  • Recorded At – Matrix Maison Rouge Studios
  • Recorded At – Livingston Studios
  • Recorded At – Falconer Studios
  • Recorded At – Angel Studios
  • Mastered At – Sterling Sound
  • Glass Mastered At – Disctronics S
  • Designed At – v23


Gave it a deep listen in the record store when published in 1998. At that time, I was very much into this stuff. This album features a simple, light version of the top half of Trip Hop duos featuring a female vocal part. Yet, it lacked a certain odd rhythm structure or dark layer that many of the well remembered projects had and thus was left at the store. In 2018, I felt happy to find stuff from the warmly remembered era in a 2nd hand store and picked the album up on occasion. Well, after two rounds, Empathy is just cheesy pop. Too much mediocre teenage heartbreak love sond lyrics, too many 'that sounds cool' samples that haunt the listener repeatedly throughout the songs. I would be interested in the voice working with some less boring lyrics and a more complex production structure.
Golden Lama
No one needed to pretend this was a Portishead album to make it worth listening to. It is an absolutely gorgeous album with etherial, atmospheric tones and chilled beats. Madonna said it was her favourite album of 1998, which is surprising as it is a million miles from anything she has ever recorded. Guy Sigsworths production shines through with layer upon layer of sound topped by Steve Jansen's wonderful percussion. One track, All My Sins, includes samples from Talk Talk's 'I Don't Believe in You'.
This album was at the centre of a controversy involving Portishead. Someone expertly repackaged it and titled it "Pearl", claiming it was a new album from Portishead. Fans of Portishead often discussed the "obscure new Portishead album". While the album doesn't sound that much like Portishead, when I bought it I fell for the hoax, thinking Portishead had stripped down their sound and lightened up! Anyway, it's a good album, but definitly NOT Portishead. Beware!
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