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3 stars This one is the first and the only official live document of ZAO, the first "child" of French zeuhl-legend Magma, recorded in 1976 and released in 2003. Sax player Yochk'o Jeff Seffer had just left the band and therefore we can hear four-piece-band here (Francois Cahen - kb, Didier Lockwood - vl, Gerard Prevost -bg, Jean-My Troung - d). In my oppinion the sound of recording is maybe too "plane" as compared to earlier studio recordings... but still solid listenable zeuhlish jazzrock. There are two tracks missing on earlier records - Improcol (19-minute improcomposition of the whole band) and Jumelles (electric violin solo tune by Didier Lockwood). My personal fave seems to be maybe "the most fragile" tune called Sadie. In spite of prefering to listen these four first records this live is still worth to check. 3,5 stars really.
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4 stars This is an outstanding live performance done shortly after Yochk'o Seffer left the band. Didier Lockwood provides his usual excellence on violin, and Jean My-Truong is absolutely outstanding on drums. The whole band breathes a high level of energy into tracks from the first four Zao albums - in particular you can hear this in the performance of "Isis", where this author found the studio recording a bit lackluster and flat. The one downside of this album (and certainly why it can't get 5 stars) is that the audio quality is barely tolerable - particularly on "Improcol" where it threatens to almost drop off completely - pretty much bootleg quality throughout. Still, highly recommended for jazz-rock and zeuhl fans.
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