Vander / Top / Blasquiz / Garber — Sons - Document 1973 - Le Manor
(Seventh Records AKT II, 1973/1993, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1994-02-01With the relase of AKT I - Les Voix de Magma, Christian Vander launched his new label to release live and unreleased studio material to all the eager Magma fans around the world, following the footsteps of Zappa, Fish, Andy Latimer, and others in an effort to short-circuit the bootleggers. That first disc was very strong, and an excellent digital recording to boot. Unfortunately, the label's follow-up, a "Mad jam between four members of Magma the night before they recorded Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh in 1973" (as it was touted throughout the years by those who had only heard of it), turns out to be somewhat of a disappointment, even for a diehard Magma fan like myself: This is not Magma, in fact many would hardly call it music. I could best describe this as four guys in the studio with few ideas making a lot of noise, mostly percussive, organ and vocal, totally unstructured, essentially an old fashioned freak-out. It consists only of "Neneh", one long 70 minute track, with few interesting moments - In fact Jannik Top plays no Bass, only organ and percussion, and although Garber is given credit for bass clarinet, I hear little of it anywhere. Lots of bells, shakers, finger cymbals, whistling, cowbells, weird vocal noises, wailing, hooting and shouting. And some interesting chemicals, I suppose. Anyway, unless you're some kind of fanatical Magma completist that must have everything they ever recorded, your may want to think twice before shelling out part of your paycheck on this one.
Related artist(s): Christian Vander / Offering
New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be releases as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more
Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more