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4.90 | 71 ratings | 6 reviews | 89% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD1 - Kobaïa
CD2 - 1001° Centigrades
CD3 - Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh
CD4 - Köhntarkösz
CD5 - Wurdah Ïtah
CD6 - Üdü Wüdü
CD7 - Attahk
CD8 - Merci
CD9 - Köhntarkösz Anteria
CD10 - Archiw I & II

Track listings for Archiw I & II:
Archiw I (Tracks 1-7 from the band's soundtrack for the film "24 heures seulement", track 8 is a stripped down version of MDK)
1. Le Fole (4:38)
2. Blues de V. (6:30)
3. Fête foraine (2:47)
4. Pascale (2:42)
5. Ourania (8:48)
6. Kalimouna (extrait) (0:43)
7. Africa Anteria (7:05)
8. Mëkanïk Dëstruktïw Kömmandöh (alternate version) (34:35)

Archiw II (Tracks 1-8 are the band's first demo, track 9 is an alternate version of Elephas Levi)
1. Kobaïa (8:53)
2. Aïna (5:20)
3. Malaria (3:49)
4. Sckxyss (2:47)
5. Auraë (9:47)
6. Thaud Zaïa (5:55)
7. Naü Ektila (13:46)
8. Mûh (1:11)
9. Elephas Levi (9:35)

Line-up / Musicians

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MAGMA Studio Zünd ratings distribution

(71 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(89%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(6%)
Good, but non-essential (4%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (1%)

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Review by SaltyJon
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5 stars Just so readers know, this is a review of the box set only, not of the individual albums.

For anyone who can get their hands on this one for a reasonable price, it's an absolutely amazing opportunity to get all of Magma's studio albums except Ëmëhntëhtt-Ré. Everything from the debut up through K.A. The box set also includes two discs of unreleased material, including the band's first demo, a soundtrack they composed for the film "24 heures seulement", the "stripped down" version of Mëkanïk Dëstruktïw Kömmandöh (piano, bass, drums and minimal vocals provided by Klaus Blasquiz only) and an alternate version of the track "Elephas Levi". The material on these bonus discs is of varying recording quality, but some of the material is incredible. The stripped down version of MDK is especially interesting.

Another great addition is the new liner notes, presented in French and English, and the photos of the band. Unfortunately we don't get the lyrics for the albums, but it's a small sacrifice if you can manage to find this for a good price. In my opinion, this collection is essential to prog collections if you don't already own all the albums separately. Plus if you find it for something near the original price it's a great way to save some money as the original albums are often quite pricey.

Five stars from me, as almost everything here (except Merci) is essential to a prog collection in my opinion. It's a wonderful way to start off a Zeuhl collection for the adventurous listener.

Review by GruvanDahlman
5 stars Box sets comprised of a groups entire studio output are quite a nice thing to behold, especially if the box is as magnificent as this one. If there is one of my precious boxes I will keep to my dying days and probably use as pillow in the coffin, it's this one. I adore it. It is pornography for the music lover and when it comes to this edition I can proudly proclaim myself to be a pornographer of the highest level. I can look at this box and marvel for what seems to be forever and ever. And yet that is only the visual part of it all. The musical content is unmatched in so many ways. Individual to the T and furthermore displays a groups hard core vision of music as medium. Lovely.

Zeuhl needs to be approached with care, especially when we are talking Magma. No other group sounds like this. It is aggressive, harsh and dark. I think it is rawer than any black metal group, harder than any metal band and more inventive than many a prog band. With Studio Zünd you get all their studio albums up to K.A., which is one hell of great selection of prog.

As with other boxes like this, the Modry Efekt box is one example, not all albums are five star discs. Maybe it is even so that there's only one certified five star album, as far as I am concerned, but the package is of such importance and grandeur that no other rating is possible. This is a glorious way of getting all albums. While the zeuhl found within can be a bit hard to digest and swallow, it'll come to you. No need to wait for postal deliveries or racing through record stores (however enjoyable that may be). You simply pick out the next album and put in your player and there you go.

There are no live cuts in here but a full two disc collection of rarities, which is very nice. There is for instance tracks from Univeria Zekts only album and that I find thrilling, alongside very early recordings of Kobaïa. Great stuff!

Now, I managed to get the last copy of this box available at the HMV website (in the UK) and maybe it is hard to get a hold of but if you ever get the chance i command you to buy it immediately. This is a five star box if ever there was one. It just do not get any better than this, musically or package wise*. Extraordinary.

*Well, maybe package wise. Still, it is a wonderful piece of package.

Latest members reviews

5 stars An amazing collection of Magma's studio albums from debut to K.A, along with an extra CD of unused music from previous years. First of all, Magma is an acquired-taste band. Not all Prog-Heads love their music, and that's ok. We all got different tastes. Now, if you actually like Magma then you r ... (read more)

Report this review (#2493781) | Posted by Isaac Peretz | Thursday, January 14, 2021 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I by this box few mouths a go and I think that I have most of this albuns and if it's important that box to me, but really, this box have a good booklet in all cds and a very nice presentation. The most important Magma work is here and you can listen high quality music made by a high quality ... (read more)

Report this review (#274053) | Posted by João Paulo | Thursday, March 25, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is the ultimate box for a MAGMA fan, because it was a limited edition (you cannot buy it anymore from Seventh Records) and some copies are being sold at Amazon and Ebay and because it celebrates the 40 years of musical evolution of one of the most important bands in the history of modern mu ... (read more)

Report this review (#247846) | Posted by Zortsung | Monday, November 2, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Few months ago I purchased my first Magma albums "Udu wudu" and "Attahk" and was blown away by quality of material presented there.And then this box set pops up out of nowhere and I decided to order it from Syn-phonic.Gotta tell you,this was one of my best purchases ever!Albums presented in this ... (read more)

Report this review (#216405) | Posted by ljubaspriest | Sunday, May 17, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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