Artist: Magma
Label: Philips
Catalog#: 6395 001/002
Format: Vinyl
Country: France
Released: 1970
A1 Kobaia 10:15
A2 Aïna 6:15
A3 Malaria 4:20
B1 Sohïa 7:35
B2 Sckxyss 3:47
B3 Auraë 10:56
C1 Thaud Zaia 7:06
C2 Naü Ektila 12:55
D1 Stoah 8:05
D2 Mûh 11:13

Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Flute - Richard Raux
Composed By - Christian Vander
Composed By - Claude Engel
Composed By - François Cahen
Composed By - Laurent Thibault
Composed By - Teddy Lasry
Design [Maquette] - M.J. Petit
Directed By [Régisseur] - Louis Haig Sarkassian
Drums, Vocals - Christian Vander
Electric Bass, Contrabass - Francis Moze
Engineer - Claude Martenot
Engineer - Roger Roche
Guitar, Flute, Vocals - Claude Engel
Piano - François Cahen
Producer - Laurent Thibault
Soprano Saxophone, Flute [First], Woodwind - Teddy Lasry
Supervised By - Lee Hallyday
Technician [Assistant] - Marcel Engel
Trumpet, Percussion - Alain Charlery
Vocals - Klaus Blasquiz


First issue. Gatefold cover with inwardly folding flaps.
Often referred to with the title ''Kobaïa''.

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Magma's music didn't always revolve around its drummer and founder, Christian Vander. Formed in Paris in 1969, the band released two albums for Philips, the first in 1970 and the second in 1971. Some great musicians passed through their ranks, including bassists Laurent Thibault and Francis Moze, pianist François Cahen, guitarist Claude Engel and sax players Teddy Lasry and Yochk'o "Jeff" Seffer. Featuring compositions from Vander and the others, both albums were vaguely jazzy affairs. Of course, Vander's tracks, fueled with considerable dark matter, had the most unique trait: Their musical expression was sung in its own language, Kobaïan, a kind of scat-Germanic phonetic invention. Not only did Vander offer the language, but the entire Magma shtick: inverted tantric symbol, dark black dress and a post-apocalyptic sci-fi storyline. The sprawling double-album Magma offers a solid look toward their future, but musically offers something more grounded. "Kobaia" opens the album with a swing, propelled by Engel's guitar and a great chorus, before breaking down into something improvisational. "Malaria" approaches Gong weirdness, while "Auraë" is a not-quite-realized glimpse of Vander's future direction. The tracks written by Lasry, Cahen, Engel and Thibault on sides two and three present more conventional fusion, yet one distinctively Magma-fied. Their 1971 release Magma 2 (later renamed 1001° Centigrades) saw Engel temporarily depart, but marked another point in the band's development. Thibault was behind the 1972 side project Univeria Zekt and its commercially-minded album, The Unnamables; but then Magma splintered, with Cahen and Seffer departing to form the similar-minded Zao.
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