Top 10 Magma Songs

Magma Songs

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It’s amazing how many great progressive rock bands were formed in the late sixties between 1968 and 1970. The reasons behind the formation of these bands is too broad to cover in one article. There have been books written about the progressive rock phenomena that began in the late 1960’s. The band Magma were part of the wave of progressive bands to come out of Europe in the late 1960’s. While many progressive rock bands hailed from England like Camel, Caravan, Colosseum, and so many more, the band Magma came out of France.

Jazz music played a heavy influence on the music of Magma like it did with bands like Colosseum. The spirit and sounds of John Coltrane played a heavy hand in Magma songs. The band’s first album entitled Magma was released in 1970. Their debut album was a two record set which is highly unusual for a band to be releasing a double album as their first release.

Magma continued to release studio records in the 1970’s on a pretty steady basis. They released 1001° Centigrades in 1971Mëkanïk Dëstruktïẁ Kömmandöh in 1973Ẁurdah Ïtah in 1974,  Köhntarkösz also in 1974Üdü Ẁüdü in 1976, and Attahk in 1978. The band Magma only released on album in the 1980’s entitled Merci which was issued in 1984.

After the band released Meci in 1984, it would be twenty years before they released another album. In 2004 Magma issued the album K.A. (Köhntarkösz Anteria). It was and album that consisted of material written by Christian Vander in the early 1970s. In 2009 the band released their tenth studio album entitled Ëmëhntëhtt-Ré . Three more albums were released after the Ëmëhntëhtt-Ré record. They were Félicité Thösz in 2012, Rïah Sahïltaahk in 2014 and Šlaǧ Tanƶ in 2015. 

The band Magma have also released a large assortment of live albums, videos and compilations. They have left behind a massive boy of work for their fans. Our Top 10 Magma songs list only touches on a very small percentage of Magma songs. We hope our choices entice you to check out the band if you are unfamiliar with their material.

# 10 – Epok I – Theusz Hamtaahk

We open our Top 10 Magma songs with the epic live piece “Epok I – Theusz Hamtaahk,” One listen to this amazing piece of music and you will searching the internet for this band’s albums. Good Luck!

# 9 – Coltrane Sundia

The track “Coltrane Sundia,” was released on the album Köhntarkösz. The album was released in 1974.

# 8 – Om Zanka

Magma’s  live album Inédits  contained the great track “Om Zanka.” The Inédits  album was released in 1977.

# 7 – Hortz Fur Dehn Stekehn West

Continuing our top 10 Magma songs list is the track “Hortz Fur Dehn Stekehn West,” This great piece of music was released on the Mekanïk Destruktïẁ Kommandöh album. The landmark album was released in 1973. The Mekanïk Destruktïẁ Kommandöh album is the band’s most famous record.

# 6 – Maahnt

After Magma broke up in 1977, they returned the following year in 1978 with the great album Attahk. It was the band’s eighth studio album. The track “Maahnt,” was one of our favorite Magma songs from the record.

# 5 – Zess (extrait)

Magma’s studios albums were amazing records full of virtuoso performances. However their live albums added that extra improvisational spontaneity that fans of progressive rock music loved. The great track Zess(extrait( was a live performances from the Akt V: Concert Bobino 1981 album.

# 4 – The Last Seven Minutes

The Attahk album shows up once again on our top 10 Magma songs list with the amazing piece of music entitled “The Last Seven Minutes.”

# 3 – Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh

Magma’s “Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh,” was and still is, a watershed moment in progressive rock music history.

# 2 – Kobia

The first track to appear on Magma’s first album entitled Magma remains one of the best Magma songs ever released. The band’s personnel on the album included  Klaus Blasquiz on vocals, François Cahen on piano, Alain “Paco” Charlery on trumpet and percussion Claude Engel –on guitars, flute and vocals,  Teddy Lasry on soprano sax, and flute Francis Moze  on electric bass and contrabass,  Richard Raux  n alto and tenor saxophones, and flute and Christian Vander on drums and vocals. The song “Kobia,” was written by Christian Vander.

# 1 – De futura

Like the opening song on our Top 10 Magma Songs list, the track “De Futura,” will make you want to desperately search local record stores and the internet for Magma albums. This is incredible music that deserves to be heard. It’s why we do these lists.

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