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4 stars Another compilation album from Yochk'o Seffer but this one has a lot of value compared to the "Chromophonie" compilation record I just reviewed. Half the tracks here are previously unreleased including an outtake from the "Ghilgoul" sessions called "Mazal". These tracks have bass and drums unlike the previous compilation I just reviewed including Jean-My Truong on three tracks but there's also two other drummers. And on bass Dominique Bertram who is nothing short of incredible. Oh and how about Mauricia Platon on vocals on that classic opener "Noce Chimique". We get the Quatuor Margand string quartet on five tracks. Seffer adds his usual sax, piano and bass clarinet but also synths and vocals. His Hungarian friend Lajos Horvath adds some unbelievable violin on several songs here. This is outstanding music!

Top three would actually include two of those previously unreleased tracks but first the opener "Noce Chimique" from the "Ima" album. By the way we get two songs from "Delire" another one from "Ima" as well as one from "Ghilgoul" on here. The opener is about the sax, bass and piano early before Mauricia arrives and check out how haunting it gets. Piano and bass lead before 3 minutes then add violin and drums at 4 1/2 minutes. Love that bass. Strings alone lead before 6 minutes for a minute then it's bass, soprano sax, drums and vocals. Bass is the focus from around 9 1/2 minutes to after 10 1/2 minutes when drums, sax and vocals return. Go Mauricia!

I also really like "Kalapoch-Tanz" with the piano and violin leading the way early before it turns more lively when bass, drums and sax arrive. Atmosphere after a minute and this sounds really cool. Just so impressive then Seffer lets it rip on the sax. Oh my! Last top three would be "Aditys" and in part for that Zeuhl rhythm. Synths on this one as well making it sound a little unique. Seffer adds vocals here too making it sound even more Zeuhlish. There are eleven ultra talented musicians on this recording and a one of a kind vocalist which makes this a must for fans of adventerous music.

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