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Udu Wudu

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2003 reissue of 1976 album packaged in a digipak. Charly.
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  • Audio CD (March 11, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Edge J26181
  • ASIN: B0000C6VSO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,656 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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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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