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Magma

Magma
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France
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Magma is a French progressive rock band founded in Paris in 1969 by classically trained drummer Christian Vander, who claimed as his inspiration a "vision of humanity's spiritual and ecological future" that profoundly disturbed him. The group has been through many changes over the decades since its founding, with Vander's unique musical sensibility at the core, incorporating elements of jazz, classical, and rock music in a way so distinctive that it has been labeled a style of its own, called zeuhl. Much of the band's music concerns the epic story of the planet Kobaïa, and is sung in that planet's language. A large number of musicians have featured in the band, many of whom have had prominent careers on their own and in other bands. Bass players are notable among these: Jannick Top, Bernard Paganotti, and Francis Moze. Other noteworthy alumni are Didier Lockwood, Yochk’o Seffer, François Cahen, Patrick Gauthier, Simon Goubert, and so on. Aside from Christian Vander himself, singer Stella Vander has been the longest-serving member.
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http://www.seventhrecords.com
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Releases on file (43)
Magma — Nihao Hamtaï Magma — Nihao Hamtaï
(Seventh Records VDNHS, 2016, DVD)
Magma — Slag Tanz Magma — Slag Tanz
(Jazz Village JV570051, 2015, CD)
Magma — Rïah Sahïltaahk Magma — Rïah Sahïltaahk
(Jazz Village JV 570045, 2014, CDEP)
Magma — Félicité Thösz Magma — Félicité Thösz
(Seventh Records AXXXVII, 2012, CD)
Various Artists — Romantic Warriors II: About Rock in Opposition Various Artists — Romantic Warriors II: About Rock in Opposition
(Zeitgeist Media 2, 2012, DVD)
Magma — Ëmëhntëhtt-Ré Magma — Ëmëhntëhtt-Ré
(Seventh Records A XXXV, 2009, CD+DVD)
Various Artists — Hur! Hommage à la Musique de Christian Vander Various Artists — Hur! Hommage à la Musique de Christian Vander
(Soleil Zeuhl 19-20, 2009, 2CD)
Erik Baron / d-z Akørd — De Futura (Hiroshima) Erik Baron / d-z Akørd — De Futura (Hiroshima)
(Musea FGBG 4717.AR, 2007, CD)
Magma — Mythes et Légendes 1 Magma — Mythes et Légendes 1
(Seventh Records VD4, 2005/2006, DVD)
Magma — K.A. Magma — K.A.
(Seventh Records 274 1709, 2004/2009, CD)
Magma — Theusz Hamtaahk Trilogie Magma — Theusz Hamtaahk Trilogie
(Seventh Records SRA 29-30-31, 2001, 3CD)
Magma — Flöë Ëssi / Ëktah Magma — Flöë Ëssi / Ëktah
(Seventh Records SRA A26, 1998, CD)
Various Artists — Supernatural Fairy Tales Various Artists — Supernatural Fairy Tales
(Rhino Records R2 72451, 1996, 5CD)
Christian Vander — Baba Yaga la Sorcière Christian Vander — Baba Yaga la Sorcière
(Seventh Records AKT VII, 1995, CD)
Magma —  Magma — "Les Voix" - Concert 1992 Douarnenez
(Seventh Records AKT I, 1992, CD)
Magma —  Mekanïk Kommandöh Magma — Mekanïk Kommandöh
(Seventh Records REX IV Z, 1989, CD)
Various Artists — Enneade Various Artists — Enneade
(Musea FGBG 4005 AR, 1987/1990, CD)
Magma — Merci Magma — Merci
(Seventh Records 274 1708, 1984/2009, CD)
Magma — Concert - Bobino 1981 Magma — Concert - Bobino 1981
(Seventh Records AKT V, 1981/1995, 2CD)
Magma — Retrospektïw I & II Magma — Retrospektïw I & II
(Seventh Records REX XVI-XVII, 1981/1994, 2CD)
Magma — Retrospektïw III Magma — Retrospektïw III
(Seventh Records REX XV, 1981/1992, CD)
Magma — Mythes et Légendes Vol.1 Magma — Mythes et Légendes Vol.1
(Seventh Records REX XIV, 1980/1985, CD)
Magma — Attahk Magma — Attahk
(Tomato TOM-7021, 1978, LP)
Magma — Inédits Magma — Inédits
(Celluloid LTM 1001, 1977, LP)
Magma — Mekanïk Zeuhl Wortz Magma — Mekanïk Zeuhl Wortz
(KISS 30, 1976/1994, 2CD)
Magma — Theusz Hamtaahk - Premier Mouvement Magma — Theusz Hamtaahk - Premier Mouvement
(KISS 11, 1976/1992, CD)
Magma — Üdü Wüdü Magma — Üdü Wüdü
(RCA Victor FPL1-7332, 1976, LP)
Magma — Kompila Magma — Kompila
(Seventh Records REX XX, 1975/1997, CD)
Magma — Live (Hhaï) Magma — Live (Hhaï)
(Seventh Records REX X-XI, 1975/2012, 2LP)
Magma — Simples Magma — Simples
(Seventh Records REX II, 1975/1998, CD)
Magma — Théâtre du Taur - Concert 1975 - Toulouse Magma — Théâtre du Taur - Concert 1975 - Toulouse
(Seventh Records AKT IV, 1975/1996, 2CD)
Magma — BBC - Radio - Londres 1974 Magma — BBC - Radio - Londres 1974
(Seventh Records AKT XIII, 1974/1999, CD)
Magma — Köhntarkösz Magma — Köhntarkösz
(Seventh Records REX VIII, 1974/1988, CD)
Christian Vander — Wurdah Ïtah Christian Vander — Wurdah Ïtah
(Seventh Records 274 1704, 1974/2009, CD)
Magma — Wurdah Ïtah (Expanded) Magma — Wurdah Ïtah (Expanded)
(Seventh Records Rex IX, 1974/2017, CD)
Magma — Zühn Wöhl Ünsai – Live 1974 Magma — Zühn Wöhl Ünsai – Live 1974
(Mig Music 01102, 1974/2014, 2CD)
Magma — Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh Magma — Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh
(SP-4397, 1973, LP)
Univeria Zekt — The Unnamables Univeria Zekt — The Unnamables
(Musea FGBG 4086.AR, 1972/1993, CD)
Magma — 1001 Centigrades Magma — 1001 Centigrades
(6397 031, 1971, LP)
Magma — 2: 1001° Centigrades Magma — 2: 1001° Centigrades
(Seventh Records 274 1702, 1971/2009, CD)
Magma — Concert 1971 Bruxelles - Théâtre 140 Magma — Concert 1971 Bruxelles - Théâtre 140
(Seventh Records AKT VIII, 1971/1996, 2CD)
Various Artists — Puissance 13+2 Various Artists — Puissance 13+2
(Musea FGBG 4087.AR, 1971/1993, CD)
Magma — Magma Magma — Magma
(Philips 6395 001/002, 1970, 2LP)

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2018-02-18
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2018-02-15
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2018-02-14
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2018-01-30
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2018-01-18
Christian Burchard RIP – Multi-instrumentalist Christian Burchard, who founded the seminal band Embryo in 1969, has died at the age of 71. His January 17 passing was announced on the band's Facebook page. » Read more


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