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Magma - Zühn Wöhl Ünsaï - Live 1974 CD (album) cover

ZÜHN WÖHL ÜNSAÏ - LIVE 1974

Magma

 

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3.98 | 25 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This really makes for an excellent companion record with their live "BBC 1974-Londres" album. The London sessions were recorded about a month after this Radio Brememn recording from Germany and feature the exact same lineup. Nice thing too is that only one track is featured on both albums, that being "Theusz Hamtaahk". This one is a double cd release with both discs clocking in at around 45 minutes which is just right in my opinion. The lineup here features Vander on drums, Top on bass, Blasquiz on vocals, Olmos on guitar and Graillier and Bikialo on keyboards. Sort of a stripped down lineup I suppose with Stella not being part of it as well.

"Sowiloi(Soi Soi)" is like a slow burn as it never really breaks out like you would anticipate. Sparse piano, cymbals and more are added but it's still very laid back early on. Vocals before 2 1/2 minutes then it all picks up about a minute later. It then settles back before 6 minutes. I like this section a lot, it's building. So good! The fuzzed out bass especially. The guitar is killer later on. Great track! "MDK" is a 35 minute version but it is divided into six parts. The first section builds like a slow moving train. High pitched vocals join in then it seems to settle in around 2 1/2 minutes with normal sounding vocals. It's kind of odd hearing the CAMEL-like guitar after 6 minutes, nice bass though. The second part puts the focus on the drumming and vocals. Guitar to the fore after 2 1/2 minutes. Piano is good too. I love the third section with the electric piano and fuzzed out bass. Some passionate vocal expressions late. Part four builds as the vocals dominate along with drums and piano. Great sound on part five early on. Such a cool atmosphere as piano and cymbals lead. A change after 4 minutes as it turns more intense but not for long. The final section continues where the last section left off with the focus on the vocals and it's an uptempo piece.

The second disc starts off with "Korusz" and it's pretty much a Vander drum solo throughout. It's interesting though and quite laid back at times. Some strange vocal expressions too. A big applause when it ends."Theusz Hamaahk" is the almost 26 minute closer. A frantic intro but it settles down quickly. It stays laid back with vocals to match with several outbursts. A change around 13 minutes as we get some intricate guitar along with electric piano and cymbals. A beautiful section. It kicks back in after 16 minutes and the vocals are more passionate as well. An intense instrumental section starts 17 1/2 minutes in. So good! Vocals are back after 19 minutes. The guitar comes to the forefront before 23 minutes but the vocals still dominate until the final 2 minutes(all-instrumental) arrive which is such a great way to end the album.

Easily 4 stars and the German audience seems to be in wonder with what they are seeing and hearing on this 6th day of February 1974. It was a free concert too by the way. Killer sound as usual from the Radio Bremen people.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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