Kraan was riding a critical and commercial peak coming into the sessions that yielded their fifth album, Let it Out. Joining Kraan was ex-Karthago keyboardist Ingo Bischof, a frequent guest at the Wintrup commune. Conny Plank also paid a visit, and suggested that the recording take place at the commune's farmhouse. The album stands as a creative high point for the band. Bischof's electric piano and clavinet fit perfectly into Kraan's music, whether he's playing rhythmically or providing a lead.
Recorded in June at the La Taverne de l'Olympia in Paris, the magnificent double-album Live (later known as Hhaï/Live) is perhaps Magma's most exemplary statement. The lineup had toured the UK earlier in the year: joining Christian and Stella Vander and Klaus Blasquiz were violinist Didier Lockwood and keyboardist Benoît Widemann, with bassist Bernard Paganotti replacing Jannick Top; guitarist Gabriel Fédérow and pianist Jean-Pol Asseline rounded out the stage.