Featuring 25 minutes of previously unreleased material!
Paris, France - French music legends Magma have released a new remastered version of their critically acclaimed 1974 album“Wurdah Ïtah” on CD! The release includes for the first time, “Wurdah Ïtah Prima Materia,” the Original Demo used for the soundtrack to the film “Tristan & Iseult.”
“Winter 1971. Between two series of concerts, we are pacing in circles like caged animals. Georgio Gomelsky senses the tension in the air and decides to book the little Chappell studio for us for a few days in order to release our pent-up energy. On 3 January 1972, Klaus Blasquiz, Jean-Pierre Lembert, René 'Stundëhr' Garber and I enter the studio. Despite the many imperfections of this recording, it remains an essential document to understand the origin of 'Wurdah Ïtah' and to feel our frenzy at the time.” - Christian Vander 1974
“Wurdah Ïtah” was recorded in April 1974, just one month before the sessions which produced “Kohntarkosz.” It forms the second movement of “Theusz Hamtaahk,” an epic work in three movements of which “Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh,” recorded a year earlier by Magma, forms the final part. Performed by the core players in Magma at that time - Christian Vander (piano, drums, vocals), Jannick Top (bass), Klaus Blasquiz (vocals, percussion) and Stella Vander (vocals) - “Wurdah Ïtah” is music stripped down to its bare essence. Although a total contrast to the splendour and orchestral power of “M.D.K.,” it nevertheless has just as great rhythmic power and surprising vocal lyricism, unquestionably marked by the claws of Magma!
Recorded and mixed April 4th, 5th& 8th 1974 at Studio de Milan (Paris) by Jean-Pierre Bameulle
New booklet – Lyrics included!
To purchase: http://www.seventhrecords.com/en/magma-19/wurdah-itah-remastered-25-mn-unpreviously-1263.html
Paris - It was in 1970 that the explosive compound of a cavernous bass and a hammering beat erupted from our record players, marking Magma's blazing entry into the nascent world of French rock. Thus began a first album, quite simply entitled Magma. Today, after 46 years and thousands of live performances, Magma continues to put a spell on three generations of fans, who gather all over the world to see the cult band's thrilling live show.
In May 2015, Coralie Van Rietschoten traveled with the band on their first Chinese tour. Glimpses of Shenzhen's tropical vegetation, Beijingers exercising in public parks, and Shanghai's psychedelic city lights are interspersed with concert footage.
Nihao, “Hello” in Mandarin, the official language of the People's Republic of China.
Hamtaï, “Hello” in Kobaïan, the official language of planet Kobaïa and Magma.
Subtitles in English - Spanish - Japanese - Chinese - DVD Multi Zones - 86 min
To purchase “NIHAO Hamtaï - MAGMA IN CHINA”:
Paris, France - Completing the series of vinyl reissues, French music legends Magma will be issuing their iconic 1975 live album Magma Live Hhaï on limited edition vinyl. This double LP was released by Jazz Village Records on October 2, 2015.
Magma has joined up with Jazz Village to celebrate its 45th anniversary with an impressive series of new and classic releases. A series of new and classic Magma titles has been scheduled for release every month from September 2014 to November 2015. A legendary French group if ever there was one, Magma has continued to influence the course of contemporary music since their debut in 1969.
After the departure in autumn of 1974 of Jannick TOP and most of the other members of the band, MAGMA rose phoenix-like from the ashes with a new, hot, line-up which saw the musical opportunity lying before it. After long rehearsals Christian VANDER realized that he had yet another exceptional groupand the decision was taken to record the first MAGMA live album. The recording, made in June 1975 at the Taverne de l'Olympia, perfectly demonstrates the incredible impact made by MAGMA. Absolutely dedicated to the music of Christian VANDER, who by that time had reached the summit of his art, the band plays as if it were one man and sweeps all before it in its triumphant passage. Whether it was a new arrangement of any of the old pieces (KOHNTARK, KOBAIA, MEKANIK) or a previously-unheard piece (HHAI, LIHNS), the sound of MAGMA has never been heard more powerfully as on this incredible recording. Although it remains difficult to point to any one performance as being outstanding, it would nevertheless be difficult not to react to the mind-blowing performance by Didier Lockwood, whose violin playing contributes so greatly to the profound originality of this magnificent double-album.
Christian VANDER drums, vocals - Klaus BLASQUIZ vocals - Stella VANDER vocals - Bernard PAGANOTTI bass - Gabriel FEDEROW guitar - Didier LOCKWOOD violin - Benoit WIDEMANN keyboards - Jean-Pol ASSELINE keyboards
1 - KOHNTARK part 1
2 - KOHNTARK part 2
1 - HHAI
2 - KOBAH
3 - LIHNS
5 - MEKANIK ZAIN
Recorded live between June 1 & 5, 1975 at la TAVERNE DE L’OLYMPIA, Paris by Frank OWENS. Mixed at studio Le Chateau by George Chkiantz
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