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3.77 | 62 ratings | 3 reviews | 24% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2014

Songs / Tracks Listing

- R´ah Sah´ltaahk:
1. Watse´ koba´a (4:41)
2. Di mahntŰr sah´ltaahk (3:00)
3. SŘri s´ to´do (3:31)
4. ▄n zo´n gla÷ (3:10)
5. ¤ss walomŰhn d˘m (2:25)
6. Brad´a Űtnah (2:24)
7. M˘m lo´lŰ (3:46)
8. Wole´ (1:29)

Total Time 24:26

Line-up / Musicians

- Christian Vander / drums, vocals, piano
- James Mac Gaw / guitar
- Philippe Bussonnet / bass
- JÚrÚmie Ternoy / piano
- Benoţt Alziary / vibraphone
- Stella Vander / vocals
- Isabelle Feuillebois / vocals
- HervÚ Aknin / vocals

Releases information

New version of the track "R´ah Sah´ltaahk" from the album "1001░ Centigrades" (1971)

Music, lyrics, & liner notes: Christian Vander
Recording & mixing: Francis Linon
Sleeve: GÚrald Nimal

Recorded and mixed: September 2013 - June 2014 (at UZ Studio)
Released: Sep 15, 2014

CD Jazz Village - JV 570045 (2014, France)
LP Jazz Village - JV 33570045 (2014, France)

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MAGMA R´ah Sah´ltaahk ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(24%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
Good, but non-essential (24%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
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Review by siLLy puPPy
4 stars R¤AH SAH¤LTAAHK is listed by most sources as a new studio album by MAGMA but it is in fact simply a re-recording of the first track of the same name from their second album "1001 Degrees Centigrades" which came out all the way back in 1971. This album clocks in at a mere 24:24 so no matter what it "officially" is, this is a freakin' EP in my book. This is one of those projects that makes you scratch your head and wonder why such a thing was necessary. To the casual listener there seems to be few differences between the two but a more careful inspection and repeated listens does yield some substantial changes. Just check out the lineup between the 1971 version and the newest of 2014.

1971 verison

- Christian VANDER : vocals, drums, percussion - Klaus BLASQUIZ : vocals, percussion - Franšois CAHEN : acoustic & electric pianos - Francis MOZE : bass - Teddy LASRY : clarinet, sax, flute, voice - Jeff SEFFER : sax, bass clarinet - Louis TOESCA : trumpet

2014 version

Stella VANDER : vocals Isabelle FEUILLEBOIS : vocals HervÚ AKNIN : vocals Benoţt ALZIARY : vibraphone James MAC GAW : guitar JÚrÚmie TERNOY : piano Philippe BUSSONNET : bass Christian VANDER : drums, vocals, piano

On the newer version basically we get no horns, more female vocals and a vibraphone. Also the production is quite different as well. The music is one continuous track on the original but only clocks in at 21:45 so a few minutes shorter. On the newer version we we get eight separate tracks that constitute the movements. The artwork is remnant of the original album as well only instead of duct tape grey it is a glimmering silver with the MAGMA emblem wrapped around the front and back instead of boldly displayed in full on the front.

This is story on the Seventh Records website: R¤AH SAH¤LTAAHK is the name of the Koba´an who left after all the others, despite their disapproval. He thought he was better than anyone else and he was sure he could convert Koba´a's enemies to the Koba´an spirit. But he failed and left alone for Koba´a. On the symbolic stop-over planet, Malaria, he has to face the raging elements he thinks he can dominate. With his ship almost sunk, he ends up begging them - to no avail. He will disappear. Drowned, swept away by the frenzied elements. After the noise? silence. At dawn, only a finally calmed remains, enlightened by the soft beams of the sun in this new day.

Honestly, I can't say I really like one thing better than the original. The first thing you notice on the new version is that the tempo is just a bit slower and the production is amped up which seems too beefy for some reason. The original version seemed to have more spontaneity and improvisation in the zaniness department. Absent are the blood-curdling screams and high pitched freakouts during frenzied time-outs from the main scheme of things. I actually really love the horn sections of the first two MAGMA albums and find that here Vander sounds like he is trying to MDK his earlier works. This just seems unnecessary to me as a fan, but as a man Christian Vander who has obviously been pining over re-releasing this for sometime just had to bring it to fruition. Now that he has I am dumbfounded by his decision to carry through when, to me at least, the original is the superior. I categorize this as indulgently unnecessary so I cannot give this the same five star rating that I gave the "1001 Degrees Centigrades" album, however this music even if inferior to the original is still completely enchanting and simply MAGMA-nanimous so to give it less than four stars would simply be a crime against humanity. I just hope this isn't the beginning of a trend to repackage the entire back catalog when MAGMA proves time and time again that as a musical outfit it is quite capable of releasing fresh and relevant music in the 21st century.

Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars "Riah Sahitaahk" was originally the side long opening track on MAGMA's second album "1001 Centigrades". Christian Vander decided to re-record this track and it was released as an EP in 2014. It is quite interesting comparing these two versions which i've been doing all week. I will say that the original lineup for this track blows away this modern version and yes i'm a huge fan of ONE SHOT members Mac Gaw and Bussonet who add there talent to this latest version. Still when you have names like Moze, Cahen, Seffer, Blasquiz and Lasry on the original you know this latest lineup is up against it.

As others have mentioned the original had plenty of horns with Seffer(sax, bass clarinet), Lasry(clarinet, sax, flute) and Toesca(trumpet) helping out while the latest has no horns. No guitar on the original but Mac Gaw adds that here. No female vocals on the original but Stella and Isabelle are prominent here. The other difference is that the original is one long suite while the latest is broken down into 8 different tracks which i don't like.

My favourite section on this EP is "Un Zoin Glao" because it is experimental unlike the rest with frenzied vocals, dissonant piano and odd-metered drumming, heck even the guitar sounds adventerous. Overall though I feel that 3 stars is the right rating for me. It's a step down for sure from the original in my opinion, in fact it's not close. MAGMA fans though may love this so check it out for yourselves.

Latest members reviews

4 stars It pains me to give this album 4 stars, in my personal opinion this would easily be a 5 star release, but my opinion is not and should not be everyone's opinion, so hear me out. I am a die hard fan of Magma, there is not a single piece of recorded material from this band that has not reached my ear ... (read more)

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