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Udu Wudu [Import]

MagmaAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Vinyl, 1976 --  

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 30, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Indie Europe/Zoom
  • ASIN: B0000C6VSO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,405 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Udu Wudu
2. Weidorje
3. Troller Tanz (Ghost Dance)
4. Dokeil D'ork (Ork'sun)
5. Zombies (Ghost Dance)
6. De Futura

Editorial Reviews

2003 reissue of 1976 album packaged in a digipak. Charly.

Customer Reviews

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Menacing, evil, and positively brilliant. July 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Wow. Another amazing recording that dazzled me with wild daring and technical excellence (the other being Birds of Fire by The Mahavishnu Orchestra). The music on Udu Wudu (1976) is unlike anything I have ever heard - it is not quite prog or jazz rock, although elements of both can be heard along with Carl Orff and Bartok influences. This stuff is very heavy, with positively excellent drumming/percussion work from bandleader Christian Vander and incredible bass work from both Janik Top (who plays on five of the six tracks) and Bernard Paganotti (who plays on Weidorje only). The bass sound Janik Top gets is just awesome, heavily distorted with lots of octave swoops, although much of his bass work is in the lower register (there is one point where he hits a low B - I am not sure if his E string was tuned lower or used a 6-string bass). Scattered throughout the recording are "evil" sounding synthesizer and bass synthesizer parts, bizarre, almost menacing vocal arrangements sung in a fabricated language called Kobaian, and a pretty cool trumpet/sax arrangement written by bassist Janik Top (on the first piece only). Five of the six pieces on Udu Wudu range from 3-5 minutes in length although the centerpiece of the disc is the lengthy 17'37" De Futura. Evidently, De Futura relates the story of a voyage through time and it is only through time-travel that we can see the people of "Ork". Well, that is what the liner notes say at any rate. This is truly distinct music that has been termed "chamber progressive rock" and spawned a number of similar European bands including Univers Zero and Art Zoyd amongst others. Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I LOVE this disk. Someone gave me a tape of it around 1978 when I was 16. Ever since I've looked all over for their stuff with no success. Thanks to the internet I've found a bunch and even gotten to see them live twice. I can now die happy. This really is one of my fav's.
Really great drumming in an urgent and articulate style. An unbelievable fretless player. Mock Operatic singing in a made up language from another planet. Elements of Coltrane. Elements of the headrush of a spike hitting your vein...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Collision of styles April 23, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The first track is a fast male/female call-and-response mambo, sung in an alien language. The signature sound of the album, a heavy fuzzy bass (mostly played by Jannik Top, the most metallic bassist since John Wetton), doesn't kick in until the second track. Then you get stuff that sounds like science fiction fusion and Middle Eastern funk, with eerie keyboard interjections. Which is just prologue for the amazing tour-de-force finale, which sounds like a cross between 'Red' era King Crimson and the Butthole Surfers -- I'm not kidding here. This is for more adventurous fans of prog rock, as well as fans of weirdness. In my opinion, this one is more accessible than MDK, a fan favorite, and will certainly appeal more to fans of straight-forward rock, for all its strangeness.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Essence of Zeuhl Music August 13, 2002
Format:Audio CD
As a rabid Magma fan since the mid-70's, familiar with all their albums, I would classify Udu Wudu as the "purest" Magma album (with the possible exception of Wurdah Itah). Magma's music may be inspired by John Coltrane, but this is progressive jazz-rock taken to ends which Coltrane never imagined in his worst nightmare. Chilling and exhilerating! A must-have. Very streamlined in sound compared to the full-blown production of Magma's other classic, Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh, but not as spare as Wurdah Itah, and with none of the pop/R&B influences which characterized their later album, Attahk. The incredible 18-minute finale "De Futura" essentially invented the classic "zeuhl" sound typified by growling lead fuzz-bass lines, harsh otherworldly keyboard textures, and relentless mind-numbing drumming which was continued on by a host of great zeuhl bands during the late 70s and 80s, particularly the great Magma spin-off band Weidorje, the first album "Drones" by ex-Weidorje keyboardist Jean-Philippe Goude, and the "4 Visions" album by the great Magma sound-alike band Eskaton. This album, however, is where it all began. There is nothing quite like playing this album late at night really loud in the dark -- a menacing exploration of pristine darkness -- a disturbing tour through the homeworld of a sinister, merciless alien race. Utterly mesmerizing!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You do Voodoo October 30, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is some serious stuff here. As anyone will tell you, Magma music can put you through some altered states of consciousness if you attend seriously to the vibe of the sound. The epic "De Futura" is of course the killer track here; Jannick Top's unbelievably heavy bass lines literally domiante the track. The previous tracks might have been the soundtrack for the concluding scene of Return of the Jedi--festive, sometimes joyous, always primal. Udu Wudu is not for the faint of heart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd try as good as the 1st! October 2, 2007
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I'll be brief. Magma was referred to me back when I was in high school (75-78). I finally picked up Ka - The band's 2004 release. Intrigued with Ka, I started searching for videos on YouTube. What I found was a title that was also on this 1976 album release so I thought I might like it. Magma is a dark, Gothic-classically influenced Jazz, hard rock sound with operatic sounding vocals. The sound is uniquely Magma. I am continually intrigued! I check on various web sites and I have not seen any plans for the band to play anywhere in the United States. I wish they would. Music of this caliber appeals to a small but very enthusiastic audience. This is an excellent spin! This is a good starter album if you want to check Magma out. Recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Rhythmically challenging, exciting, rocks!
I bought this on a recommendation from Jello Biafra in a 20-year-old interview with V. Vale. I like jazz fusion of this period (well, some of it), but most is pretty boring or... Read more
Published 3 months ago by John M. Bordeaux
4.0 out of 5 stars Do NOT get the Tomato release
Great Magma album, do not be tempted by the low price of the Tomato release as it is recorded to digital from the vinyl record. Snap, Crackle, Pop.
Published 6 months ago by anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable deal!
Found this rare record for less than $25. I'm extremely surprised it was so cheap and in such good condition. It was still in the original vacuum sealed plastic, never opened.
Published 19 months ago by Nolan Potter
1.0 out of 5 stars ok
Wagner, King Crimson, John Coltrane. Pizza, coffee ice cream, Starburst. All great, but not necessarily great mixed together. Read more
Published on December 30, 2010 by A Dinosaur-Shaped Car
3.0 out of 5 stars Fiercely fragmented
3 1/2

Retains an entrancing atmosphere of creepy but fun ambition, if unable to seal the whole deal with an uneven package.
Published on May 11, 2010 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Magma is really like nothing I've ever heard before. Their music is really that original. Udu Wudu is the second Magma album I've picked up, and I would say it's an amazing... Read more
Published on October 21, 2009 by Joseph C. Helton
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique, good record from a very strange band
I couldn't really get into Mekanik Destructiw Kommandoh or Kohntarkosz Anteria, but UIdu Wudu has a lot of strong and extremely unique textures that you just won't find in the... Read more
Published on October 11, 2009 by S 139
5.0 out of 5 stars Udu WOW!!!
I had heard bits and pieces of this album live, but from the moment I stuck this CD into my player, I was floored. No lyric sheet (again! Read more
Published on May 12, 2008 by L. M. Gulick
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint of 'ear'
You have to be a bit krazee to appreciate Magma, but that is not to say that their music is entirely wacko. Read more
Published on May 6, 2008 by E. Minkovitch
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant avant-funk
What a piece of St. Vitus dancing we've got here. Mad, really schizofrenic music, piano driven music and chorus as a mad Sufjan Stevens and then funk coming out from all early... Read more
Published on August 30, 2006 by Nuno Leal Da Silva
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