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  • Audio CD (January 7, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Seventh Records
  • ASIN: B0006PV5OE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,001 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Strobe Lights And Blown Speakers on September 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
From the beginning, you can clearly tell that it is Magma (I was acquainted with their later work, like _MDK_ and _Üdü Wüdü_ before I had ever heard this, their debut) - the trademark choral-like vocals, Christian Vander's fluid and dexterous jazzy drumming, the experimental aesthetic and engrossing atmosphere. What makes this album much different from any other Magma I have heard is that it is basically full-on JAZZ FUSION with their experimental trademarks and nuances. But not fusion in a "rock band with saxophone" kinda way; they use saxophone, flutes, trumpet, and contrabass more effectively and in a more engaging manner than 99% of all straight-up jazz bands.

AND IT IS PLAYED FIERCELY. The pacing of this album is crazy. _Magma_ announces to the world an incredibly original, innovative, and f---ing amazing band that is bursting with energy and ideas. This album is just so fun to listen to because of the pacing, but it has such depth to it that it is so easy to get lost in by analyzing the instrumentation and complexity of the arrangements.

Basically, if you enjoy Magma at all, this is among their best work (in fact, the only other Magma album I like more is _Mëkanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh_). If you don't know too much about Magma, here's what this album kinda sounds like: Miles Davis _Dark Magus_ (the dark, thick, funky fusion) bred with Godspeed You Black Emperor _Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada_ (the intensity and emotional weight it carries) bred with King Crimson _Red_ (the basic aesthetic and metal-ness that KC has) - but this album predates all of those. This is totally and completely essential.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DigitalMan on December 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have been listening to the music of Christian Vander for many years now, and it is difficult to remember back to how and when I was first really exposed to his life vivifying music. But I do know that this was the first album of his work that I ever owned.

And what an album it is! This is the very first album of Vander's most well known band Magma and it remains to this day an incredible and powerful listening experience. There are other Magma CD's (and indeed, other Vander related projects) which move me even more than this one does, but this one will always hold a special place with me due to the fact that it is the first I owned and the real birth of Vander's exhaustive and wonderful musical output.

For the uninitiated who are truly seeking a rigorous and wonderful musical listening adventure, I do recommend starting here and then continuing on through Vander's incredible body of work.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By deraemy@bluewin.ch on October 17, 1998
Format: Audio CD
You love Magma or you don't. No half measure. If you are in the first category, then you need the complete collection. This double album is somewhat calmer that their usual music, more melodious, with fully developed pieces.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Gulick on January 29, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I discovered Magma in rather an interesting fashion...backwards! I actually started my collection with "K.A," and from there it's been a wild ride. So now, at last, I have arrived at the beginning of the Magma saga, and I have to tell you that you need this album. Even if you aren't a Magma fan, you need this album, because the music is just plain great!
It sounds rather snobbish of Christian Vander to declare that the music is expressive enough to tell the story even though you don't understand the lyrics, but he's right; and since he does provide a (French) synopsis for each track on the album, you won't be totally in the dark. I especially liked "Sckxyss" (never mind trying to pronounce it...I haven't figured it out), "Thaud Zaia" (who's in love, and with whom? Hint: Thaud Zaia has been Stella's Kobaian monicker for ages!), "Nau Ektila" (in which the Kobaians learn how to live in harmony with their new world), and "Muh" (the unfortunate reaction of Earth to the Kobaians). But all of the tracks are wonderful to listen to. The style is more rock than the second album, "1,001 Degrees Centigrade," and it's obvious that the band hadn't yet decided what "celestial music" (zeuhl) ought to sound like; but this is not a recording by novices. Christian and his mates know their craft, and it shows.
So my advice to you is to get a copy of this album while you still can. You certainly won't regret it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott McFarland on June 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The music of Magma is something intense and reasonably complex. And, very much grounded in non-rock aesthetics (particularly classical ones, to include choral music and 20th-century minimalism but also Wagnerian opera). Make no mistake, it's worth investigating. This is not just another obscure prog act who emulated the sounds of the time. This band was SERIOUS about striving for something very different and pure. The idea that they actually invented their own language to sing their songs in sounds strange or even quaint; on investigation it's I think a brilliant aesthetic choice by a band that sought to express in new ways.

The band's first two album had lots of horns playing nice slightly jagged parts - a bit like Soft Machine when they had their hown phase, a bit like Chicago and Blood sweat and Tears - nice stuff. There's some great impressive music on here but also large portions of musical abstraction that don't really cut it for me or I would think most listeners. the band's best was yet to come but again I say some of the music on here is tremendous.
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