Sunday, October 29, 2006

Zeuhl Portal

After an un-annouced break (sorry about that) I return with a favourite:
UNIVERIA ZEKT – The Unnamables

Here’s a recording from 1971 by members of French band Magma, recorded under the name Univeria Zekt. From 1969 Magma, led by über-drummer Christian Vander, had defined their own musical genre, known as "Zeuhl", devising their own language ("Kobaian") to present music with a kind of manicly intense operatic sci-fi fervour, which I can best describe as like Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana on acid!
The recording presented here was made following Magma’s second official release (1001° Centigrades), apparently to attract a wider audience: On the first side many of the lyrics are sung in English and the music begins with a conventional rock structure, but as the recording progresses the music and the lyrics return to Zeuhl, literally leading the listener into the rich and bizarre landscape of their creation.
If you like the sound of this there is a whole universe to explore, from the many recordings of Magma to the other groups that were clearly influenced by them, including Belgian bands Universe Zero (clearly the name is the English translation of the Kobain "Univeria Zekt") and Art Zoyd.
This rip is from the vinyl LP. It has been re-released on CD with extra photos and info. Get it if you can...

- Christian Vander / drums, percussion, voice (6)
- Klaus Blasquiz / vocals (4 & 7), percussion
- Francois Cahen / pianos
- Francis Moze / bass, organ
- Teddy Lasry / saxes, flute, organ
- Jeff Seffer / saxes
- Tito Puentes / trumpet
- Claude Engel / electric & acoustic guitar
- Zabu / vocals (2)
- Lionel Ledissez / vocals (4)

Find out more in the Prog Archives about Magma and Zeuhl.

track listing
1. You Speak And Speak And Colegram
2. Altcheringa
3. Clementine
4. Something's Cast A Spell
5. Ourania
6. Africa Anteria
7. Undia

get it (Studio Album, 1971 @192kbs)


Blogger Curved Air said...

thx Benito! another fine fine share

Mon Oct 30, 08:22:00 AM GMT+11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great that you're back.
many thx for this rare MAGMA-related gem!

ps: my 'world of m' blog in your sidebar is defunct now - i'm actually running two others. cheers

Tue Oct 31, 10:37:00 AM GMT+11  
Blogger hideo said...

checked back in and WOOOHOOO, more from the thunder downunder!!

thanks for this addition to my magma library

Fri Nov 10, 12:08:00 PM GMT+11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great record thanx a lot.

Sat Nov 11, 07:25:00 AM GMT+11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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it's here:

remixes of the streets, marvin gaye, mos def, b-52's, cocteau twins, more

hope you like it


The "Eardrums shall fail" blog said:

"Remixing is raised to art status when you give new life to music, any type of music. To see potential in a boring cut, to push the envelope all the way to different galaxies, to let your mind wander where the original intention left off - all this presumes passion and marquees lighting up over your head as opposed to a mere lightbulb. A writer, most of the time, is a passionate reader first and a remixer of words second. Tago-Mago does that with music. I may not like each and every track but that would be a strange and new feeling anyway. Rarely have I heard a reinvention of music I was, or thought I was, familiar with, in such unexpected ways. His major influence is Can, and the mixes are inspired by a variety of hip hop and electronica artists."

Sun Mar 04, 09:32:00 AM GMT+11  
Blogger DF said...

Very great zeuhl blog. I added you to my link on my prog blog (some rare stuff)

I will be happy if you link us too and enjoy our music posted ;)

See you again!


Fri Mar 09, 04:39:00 AM GMT+11  
Blogger jAy @ jApAn said...

this is my new blog:

rock, metal, lo-fi japanese pop, obscure recordings, and comedy/novelty records all here with much more to come.

I've just begun this blog and sharing some interesting bits of my collection, so i hope you can swing by and check it out. also, i would like to add a link to your blog on my front page, if possible; and i hope you can do the same for me.

i love your postings and look forward to hearing from you.
jay in japan

Tue Mar 20, 11:01:00 AM GMT+11  
Blogger kingpossum said...

Thank you Benito X for exposing this wonderful music from Univeria Zext! Anyone interested in early Santana or any uptempo rock-with-horns combination MUST check this out.

Cheers and regards

Sun Apr 08, 03:35:00 AM GMT+10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

192kbps? No Thanks

Tue Apr 10, 06:42:00 PM GMT+10  
Blogger benito x said...

well anon, to paraphrase another blogger, if you don't like the bit-rate go buy the F-ing record.
If you can't even identify yourself you must be a pretty (self) important speck in the universe...

Wed Apr 11, 12:28:00 AM GMT+10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the really interesting album... I have been saved this album in my private diary.

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Tue Aug 04, 04:55:00 PM GMT+10  

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