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Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1
1. Sowiloï (soï soï) (12:24)
Mëkanïk Dëstruktïw Kömmandöh (35:12)
2. I. Hortz Fur Dëhn Stëckëhn West (8:46)
3. II. Ïmah Sürï Dondaï (4:42)
4. III. Kobaïa Iss Deh Hündïn (2:23)
5. IV. Da Zeuhl Wortz Mëkanïik (7:41)
6. V. Nëbëhr Gudahtt (7:40)
7. VI. Mëkanïk Kömmandöh (4:01)

CD 2
1. Korusz II (20:09)
2. Theusz Hamtaahk (25:49)

Total Time 93:34

Line-up / Musicians

- Christian Vander / drums, vocals
- Jannick Top / bass
- Michel Graillier / keyboards
- Gérard Bikialo / keyboards
- Claude Olmos / guitars
- Klaus Blasquiz / vocals, percussions

Releases information

Recorded at Radio Bremen Sendesaal on February 6th, 1974

2CD MIG - Music GmbH MIG 01102 2CD (2014/04/25)

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
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Review by Mellotron Storm
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.

Review by siLLy puPPy
3 stars Christian Vander and MAGMA were fairly busy during the early 70s when they pumped out an amazing number of complex and innovative progressive rock albums that cleverly mixed and mingled jazz and rock together and would ultimately fuse into their new style tagged as zeuhl. During this productive time the band not only put out five studio albums but created enough retro material to fuel a new series of releases well into the 21st century. Amongst these archival gems are a great number of live recordings and in 2014, Vander released a 40th anniversary collection of material titled ZÜHN WÖHL ÜNSAÏ - LIVE 1974 which was recorded at Radio Bremen Sendesaal in Germany on the 6th of February, 1974.

The two disc set contains the majority of the 'Mëkanïk Dëstruktïw Kömmandöh' album (on CD 1) in a live setting with only the final 'Kreühn Köhrmahn Iss De Hündïn' missing from the set however a new intro 'Sowiloï (soï soï)' (12:24) is included which adds a bizarre slow moving rhythmic build up to the main show mostly focusing on Vander's percussive and vocal combo evoking a sense of Kobaian harmony with the universe. It is accompanied by the guitar and keys and ratchets up so slowly it could possibly qualify as the most extensive intro in music history. It also has a noticeably different feel from the rest of the set which while competently performed seems a little isolated in mood and feel.

Disc 2 contains only two long tracks each clocking in over twenty minutes. The first 'Korusz II' is basically nothing more than a twenty minute drum workout by Vander himself as he uses percussion as the sole means to narrate a cosmic tale as he paints the picture with one rhythmic drum roll at a time. The second track 'Theusz Hamtaahk' is the opening first movement in the 'Trianon Trilogy' which is was already released as a live album of the same title in 2001 along with the second movement 'Ẁurdah Ïtah' and 'Mëkanïk Dëstruktïw Kömmandöh' thus making this one a little redundant in the live archival releases.

Most importantly rather than the material presented which has been released in better forms, this album seems to be about displaying a short timeframe in the band's short lived lineup which included Christian Vander on the usual drums and vocals, Jannick Top on bass, Michel Graillier and G'rard Bikialo on keyboards, Claude Olmos on guitars and Klaus Blasquiz on additional vocals and percussion.This lineup is the bridge between the heavily fortified personnel on 'Mëkanïk Dëstruktïw Kömmandöh' and the majorly trimmed down simplification of Vander's 'Ẁurdah Ïtah' which originally emerged as the soundtrack for the avant-garde film 'Tristan et Iseult'

Personally i don't find ZÜHN WÖHL ÜNSAÏ - LIVE 1974 to be in the same league as other MAGMA live releases. Firstly, almost all the material has already been unleashed from the vaults and the small differences are of no significant interest or consequence. Secondly i really find the stripped down versions of 'Mëkanïk Dëstruktïw Kömmandöh' to sound woefully incomplete and missing all the stuff that made it so powerful and dramatic. Without the horn section and woodwinds, the whole thing comes off a nothing more than stripped down Teutonic stomp into rock opera territory which is the same reason the 1989 release of 'Mëkanïk Kömmandöh' has never much appealed to me either. And thirdly, the twenty drum solo 'Korusz II' is well performed but frankly doesn't seem too exciting either as it simply churns on and on without the dynamics and bombast that make MAGMA live experiences so magical. A nice supplement to a MAGMA collection but this one just seems mediocre.

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