MAGMA — 2 (aka 1001° Centigrades) (review)

MAGMA — 2 (aka 1001° Centigrades) album cover Album · 1971 · Jazz Related Rock Buy this album from MMA partners
4.5/5 ·
Miler72
It's about time Magma was included in Jazz Music Archives! The jazz influence of this group is undeniable, not to mention Christian Vander's open love of Coltrane. This was their second album, before Stella Vander (Christian's wife) and Jannick Top came in (future short-time Gong member Francis Moze was a member at this time). While still singing in the fictional Kobaian language, the Zeuhl elements are still not fully intact. What you really get here is rather adventurous jazz rock. As much as I love their next album, Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh, there will always be a few put off by that album's repetition. You get none of that here! Lots of wind instruments and electric piano, plus those strange vocals from Klaus Blazquiz. I also felt it was a step forward from their debut too. It's a nice and challenging album to listen to. This album was first released as Magma 2 with the silvery cover and the band's trademark logo, and quickly issued as "1001 Degrees Centigrade" with a better cover (depicting a psychedelic cover of a volcano erupting). I have to say all Magma fans are to need this album, as it's great stuff!
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