Seventh/Magma

Samy Thiebault (tenor saxophone)
Laurent Skoczek (trombone)
Dan Decrauze (guitar)
Patrice Kornheiser (keyboards)
Nicolas Feuger (bass)
Gilles Le Rest (drums, vocals)
Gildas Martin (guitar)

First release from a zeuhl-ish sextet who bring enough originality to the table that they got themselves signed to Magma’s label! This is really good. They are really good!

“What a wonderfully light, almost springy Zeuhl album, which the French drummer Gilles Le Rest recorde

Nicolas Feuger – Bass, Contrabass
Gilles Le Rest – Drums, Percussion, Jew's Harp
Matthieu Rosso – Guitar
Emmanuel Guerrero – Piano
Samy Thiébault – Tenor Saxophone
Laurent Skoczek – Trombone
with
Jocelyn Miennel – Flute
Jonathan Edo – Percussion
Bruno Ortega – Recorder [Flute à Bec Basse]
Camille Fritsch – Soprano Vocals

Second release from a zeuhl-ish sextet + more who bring enough originality to the table that they got themselves s

The drummer for Christian Vander's Offering, as well as in Soft Bounds, along with Sophia Domancich, Elton Dean and Hugh Hopper, has released this album of solos, duos, trios, quartets and sextets. Simon is also a pianist and depending on who else he i...

One of the greatest, most idiosyncratic & original bands ever. This was their 2nd, & the first where they began to find their own true voice. With a crack line up including Christian Vander, Francis Moze, Teddy Lasry, Francois Cahen, & many more. While somewhere between Zeuhl & good early jazz rock, this still features the truly twisted vision that is Magma.

First time ever on vinyl, this is limited to 1500 numbered copies.

One of the greatest, most idiosyncratic & original bands ever. This is their amazing recording in fine sound from Top Gear, featuring the classic 1974 line-up, including MONSTER bassist Jannick Top in rare, over the top form.
The definitive live versions of Kohntarkhosz and Wurdah Itah. Essential.
Be prepared for some intense listening, as these all feature amazing playing & a truly twisted vision.

One of the greatest, most idiosyncratic & original bands ever. This is their amazing recording in fine sound from Top Gear, featuring the classic 1974 line-up, including MONSTER bassist Jannick Top in rare, over the top form.
The definitive versions of Kohntarkhosz and Wurdah Itah. Essential.
Be prepared for some intense listening, as these all feature amazing playing & a truly twisted vision.

Back in print, in remastered and slightly improved form.
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This show is taken from the Attahk tour, recorded April 17, 1979. While it is simply a soundboard stereo recording, a lot of work has been done to make it sound as good as possible, and it sounds pretty darn good. .
This was a difficult period for Magma; times were changing and the amazing complex, other-worldly sound they were best known for was falling out of favor. To me, this album is a document of the sound of a band struggling...

One of the greatest, most idiosyncratic & original bands ever. This is a live recording (of reasonably good quality, given the time-period) featuring the 1001o Centigrade band! [Seventh]

The official story is that like Kohntarkhosz Anteria, Emenhntehtt Re (note: I've left many umlats off of the title) was a major, long-form work. It was part of a trilogy along with Kohntarkhosz and K.A. and was written circa in the early/mid 1970s...

The Ëmëhntëhtt-Rê trilogy performed and released in full for the very first time:
Köhntarkösz Anteria (K.A.)
Köhntarkösz
Ëmëhntëhtt-Rê

Recorded live at Le Triton in France in November, 2014.
"Initiated in 1973, its composition beholds its whole fulfillment after more than four decades. It is the testimony of an unwaveringly timeless inspiration, of which the expectant present asserts itself beyond history. Connecting wide and contrasted scenes, it sets its coherence within its.

Herve Aknin – vocals
Isabelle Feuillebois – vocals
Stella Vander – vocals
Laura Guarrato – vocals
Sandrine Destefanis – vocals
Sylvie Fisichella – vocals
Thierry Eliez – keyboards, vocals
Simon Goubert – keyboards
Rudy Blas – guitar
Jimmy Top – bass
Christian Vander – drums, vocals

Recorded live in 2020, before COVID cut the tour (very) short. This is your first chance to own a recording by the current initeration of the group! ...

Since re-emerging in the late 90s, Magma have put on countless simply great performances and 2 stunning albums. But both of those albums (Kontarkosz Anteria (K.A.) and Emenhntehtt Re (E.R.)) were both recordings of 'big pieces' written during the band's 1970s heyday, but unrecorded until now. So, for me at least, the big question has been, "What happens when they run out of old, unrecorded things to record? Can C.V. come up with new material worthy of the band he's assembled?" Happily, the answer is yes...

One of the greatest, most idiosyncratic & original bands ever. This is all otherwise unavailable material, from 6/72-1/75. Musically great with awesome basswork by Janik Top, but it suffers from mediocre-at-best sound. Be prepared for some intense list...

One of the greatest, most idiosyncratic & original bands ever. This is their 1st album and it's quite good, but this is baby steps for the band. You can hear their roots in Soft Machine-style jazz/rock and even some traces (good traces too) of influences from 'horn-rock' like Chicago! Really nice but don't start here if you are looking for what they are most famous for.

One of the greatest, most idiosyncratic & original bands ever. This is rightly considered a avant/prog classic and features a great lineup of the band (Christian, Stella, Klaus, Bernard Paganotti, Didier Lockwood, Benoit Widemann, Jean-Pol Aseline, Gabriel Federow).
This is probably their most accessible work, as it is their most 'fusion sounding work' with extremely strong soloing from violinist Didier Lockwood, but it in no way compromises their vision.
And what a great live recording!...

Klaus Blasquiz-vocals, percussion
Claude Osmos-guitar
Michel Graillier-keyboards
Gerard Bikialo-keyboards
Jannick Top-bass
Christian Vander-drums

There are certain bands and certain tours in music that assume rightly legendary status.
The European tour of April 1964 by Charle Mingus comes to mind as one for me, as does – in an entirely different way – the European tour in the early spring of 1974 by this edition of Magma.
There are several live recorded sets...

One of the greatest, most idiosyncratic & original bands ever. This is their 3rd & is rightly considered a avant/prog classic and the start of Zeuhl. Very strongly vocal, which either makes it a great place to start, if you love 'Klingon opera', as someone once called Magma, or one of the very worst places to start with this magnificent band!
Be prepared for some intense listening, as these all feature amazing playing & a truly twisted vision.

One of the greatest, most idiosyncratic & original bands ever. This is their 3rd & is rightly considered a avant/prog classic and the start of Zeuhl. Very strongly vocal, which either makes it a great place to start, if you love 'Klingon opera', as someone once called Magma, or one of the very worst places to start with this magnificent band!
Be prepared for some intense listening, as these all feature amazing playing & a truly twisted vision.

One of the greatest, most idiosyncratic & original bands ever. This is a previously unheard version of MDK, recorded about 9 months before the released version, & with some unique differences too! Be prepared for some intense listening, as these all fe...

One of the greatest, most idiosyncratic & original bands ever. This is a previously unheard version of MDK, recorded about 9 months before the released version, & with some unique differences too! Be prepared for some intense listening, as these all feature amazing playing & a truly twisted vision.

"From the very first short version recorded in the summer of 1971 on the compilation album “PUISSANCE 13 + 2” to the spring 1973 version on the eponymous album, “MEKANIK DESTRUKTIW KOMMANDOH” slowly...

Magma has basically made the wonderful Parisian club "Le Triton" their home for multi-date residencies.

In addition to it being a great, small club with terrific sound, they have built in professional audio and video recording facilities!...

In May, 2005, Magma took over the wonderful Parisian club "Le Triton" for four weeks with an ambitious, over the top project; a retrospective of 35 years of Magma music, showcasing some of their best known pieces from 1970 to the present. The four sold...

In May, 2005, Magma took over the wonderful Parisian club "Le Triton" for four weeks with an ambitious, over the top project; a retrospective of 35 years of Magma music, showcasing some of their best known pieces from 1970 to the present...

One of the greatest, most idiosyncratic & original bands ever. This is from their reunion concert in Paris in 1980. This is sorta weak; don't start here! [Seventh]

“After four decades, there is still nothing in rock, prog or otherwise, like Magma. At least in this world.” — Rolling Stone

This nearly 25' EP contains a really great, completely newly recorded version of the piece Riah Sahiltaahk, originally appearing on Magma's 2nd album, 1001 Degrees Centigrade and now recorded by the current version of the band. This is also the first new studio recording not self-released by the band in 30-some years!

"The original version of Rïah Sahïltaahk that...

Recorded live at Magma's 30th anniversary concerts in May, 2000, this is the first time that the complete Theusz Hamtaahk trilogy has been released in one set. Excellent live recording and terrific energy coming off of the stage. While you've heard the...

One of the greatest, most idiosyncratic & original bands ever. This is the last ''real'' Magma disc, recorded as the band was collapsing. But it includes the side long smoker ''De Futura'', which launched a thousand zeuhl bands on their careers...and that's just side two - side one is really good too, if not as intense. A total winner!

This great album, which was recorded in April, 1974, has an interesting history. When originally released, this was released as a 'solo' album by Christian Vander, but for all intents & purposes, it was (and is) the fourth Magma album, having been released between M.D.K. and Kohntarkhoz.
The album is also interesting because it is a Magma album stripped down to the barest essentials of electric and acoustic pianos (all played by Christian), bass by Janick Top, choir (Vander, Klaus Blasquiz and Stella

“Zess is the story of the end of everything. The end of time and of everything that has ever existed. Absolute oblivion, like a dreamless night. It feels like nothing has ever existed nor will it ever exist again. All forms of consciousness have vanished.”-Christian Vander.

The legend of Magma’s Zess is that when Zess is recorded and released, it will signal the end of Magma. Happily the band are walking that back ... I guess we'll see, won't we...
This is a less intense, more choral work...

“Zess is the story of the end of everything. The end of time and of everything that has ever existed. Absolute oblivion, like a dreamless night. It feels like nothing has ever existed nor will it ever exist again. All forms of consciousness have vanished.”-Christian Vander.

The legend of Magma’s Zess is that when Zess is recorded and released, it will signal the end of Magma. Happily the band are walking that back ..

This amazing document has been lying in the archives at Radio Bremen for 40 years. A decade ago, when we were licensing a lot of material from Radio Bremen, I tried to get permission from the band to release this incredible show and they said 'no'. Why they said 'yes' to someone else a decade later, I don't know, but the world is a better place because of it!
This is the entire radio broadcast, featuring the touring version of the Köhntarhosz band:...

This amazing document has been lying in the archives at Radio Bremen for 40 years. A decade ago, when we were licensing a lot of material from Radio Bremen, I tried to get permission from the band to release this incredible show and they said 'no'. Why they said 'yes' to someone else a decade later, I don't know, but the world is a better place because of it!
This is the entire radio broadcast, featuring the touring version of the Köhntarhosz band:...

This is just over 2 hours of music, recorded at Magma's 'home base' for residencies.
Christian Vander : vocal, drums
Stella Vander : vocal, percussions
Isabelle Feuillebois : vocal , percussions
Hervé Aknin : vocal , percussions...

This used to sit here and sit here and sit here and suddenly now everyone wants Offering. Why? I dunno, but a small smile crosses Mr. Vander's face because of it.
This box brings together all of the releases by Christian Vander's other main project, which is a more vocal/jazz/piano oriented ensemble. This box includes over 30' of never before heard material, and the individual CDs have been remastered. The individual CDs have been phased out and this is now the only way to get the complete...

James MacGaw, the great guitarist of Magma and One Shot, has been struggling with illness for some time. And due to the illness, he is struggling financially. This is a release that he worked on and finished in 2010, but hadn't done a final mix of, but when he got ill, his friends all pitched in and finished for him and that his friends all pitched in to release, with all proceeds going to James.

"Seven independent souls - a septet of mercenaries without a map or compass, let loose in the studios..

Before C.V. jump-started Magma back into life, one of his main activities during the late 1980s and early 1990s was his trio with Philippe Dardell-double bass and Emmanuel Borghi-piano. When I saw them in the 90s, I thought it would be the only time...

A professional, one hour documentary on Vander with interviews and (solo) performances. He explains some of his ideas and background (English subtitles available) and plays. You wouldn't think it would be this interesting to watch a sweaty guy play...

Well, first off, you need to know that this isn't a Zeuhl album. Stella sings beautifully a number of French-style chansons, with backing by a number of the Magma & related musicians (James Mac Gaw, Frederic D'Oelsnitz, Didier Lockwood, Simon Goubert, ...

"Stella speaks of dreams, children, love, innocence, light... After many years sharing the spotlight with Christian Vander, she steps up and takes center stage. From the very beginning of her performance, she manages to create a double climate...