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3.58 | 25 ratings | 3 reviews | 40% 5 stars

Excellent addition to any
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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hamtaak (2:36) (1971)
2. Tendei Kobah (2:49) (1971)
3. Mekanik Komandoh (5:04) (live 1972)
4. Klaus kombalad (4:27) (live 1972)
5. Mekanik Machine* (5:18) (1975)

Total Time: 20:14

Line-up / Musicians

- Christian Vander / drums, voice
- Louis Toesca / trumpet
- François Cahen , Gérard Bikialo*, Michel Graillier* / piano
- Francis Moze, Jannick Top* / bass
- Teddy Lasry / soprano sax
- Jerry Seffer / tenor sax
- Brian Godding* / guitar
- Klaus Blasquiz / voice
- Stella Vander* / chorus

Releases information

Seventh REX 2

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MAGMA Simples ratings distribution

(25 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(40%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(20%)
Good, but non-essential (20%)
Collectors/fans only (12%)
Poor. Only for completionists (8%)

MAGMA Simples reviews

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Review by Tapfret
3 stars Rather than have an accidental "quick rating" deleted, I decided to give this collection of singles a listen, then another, and another. Moments that I totally expected, but obviously I found enough enjoyable aspects to these 5 songs to warrant several listens and a review.

Familiarity arrived in the form of Mekanik Kommandoh, which as is it implies, is the 6th movement of MDK; and Tendei Kobah, which is recognizable as the intro to 1001 Centigrades opener Riah Sahiltaahk. The latter would be identified in the 2014 re-recording of Riah Sahiltaahk as Watseï kobaïa. The recordings sound comparatively primitive to later renditions, but take nothing away from their enjoyability in that regard. Whether hearing these pieces outside of the context of their parent compositions is left for the subjectivity individual listener.

The highlight of the album for me was Mekanik Machine, which I will be presume to label "proto-funk-metal". By most Magma standards it appears quite simple. But it is a raw and heavy tidbit that most Magma listeners should find joy in.

The low point would be Klaus kombalad, which I would not be able to pick out of a lineup of late 60's psychedelia as an actual Magma tune.

Overall, Simples exists in the early horn-heavy phase of Magma. I would say it is not likely a good starting point for Magma noobs, but an enjoyable enough listen that it should be included in any Magma collection. Unless you have all these singles individually. In which case, forget it.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Coming in at number 7 in our countdown, we have the hot new single from that funky little band Magma! Get ready for 'Mekanik Komandoh'! Can you imagine these words being said by a radio DJ? Neither can I...except in a perfect prog-world maybe... There was unlikely to ever be a hit pop single ... (read more)

Report this review (#172976) | Posted by themootbooxle | Tuesday, June 3, 2008 | Review Permanlink

5 stars A must for all Magma fans if only for the legendary rare A&M single 'Mekanik Machine' from the Kohntarkosz sessions. I once saw this in 7" format in 1978 at a disco, never again. Must be worth a fortune! ... (read more)

Report this review (#22405) | Posted by | Saturday, January 10, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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