The Kohntarkosz Blog ( is happy to bring you, for the first time ever :

The French Gentleman Tapes - Volume 1


Festival de Jazz
23 aug 1972

01 Intro (Giorgio Gomelsky) (5:01)
02 St÷ah (7:14)
03 ''Iss'' Lanse´ Do´a (12:22)
04 Sowiloi (So´-So´) (9:36)
05 Ki ¤ahl Í L´ahk (13:40) >
06 Ptah (10:30)
07 Intro (2:31)
08 Mekanik Destruktiw Kommando (30:24)
09 Klaus Kombalad (4:52)

Total : 1h36

Christian Vander : drums
Klaus Blasquiz . vocals
Francis Moze : bass
Teddy Lasry : soprano sax, flute, derbouka
Franšois Cahen : keyboards
Jean-Luc Manderlier : organ
Jeff Seffer : tenor sax

AUD > reel-to-reel (Scotch, 9.5 ips, master ?, mono) > wav (16/44) > flac

Magmasystems Notes:

This is the first time that these recordings have been released. The original reels came from "A French Gentleman" who stumbled upon the various Magma
blogs and who, as it turned out, had seen Magma several times in the 1970's. The gentleman not only had some assorted photographs, but had recorded
various concerts. These tapes made their way to a well known DIME contributor who wishes to remain anonymous at this time. This person spent quite
a bit of time digitizing the music and trying to clean up the sound. Some of these efforts were successful, some were not so ... as will be apparent
in some later releases. I have dubbed these recordings "The French Gentlemen Tapes", and after about two years, I have been given permission to
share these through time. Much thanks go to the Gentleman, as well as Trahnsferheur.

If you want to find out more about Magma's appearence at Chateauvallon, read the article here:

"It was half past two in the morning when Magma could take possession of the stage because in addition to having nothing to say CTI said slowly.
Magma begins to play and two hours sweeping and ridicules everything that had been previously submitted to and ChÔteauvallon.
The outstanding musician, a remarkable singer, all led by a crazy drummer who knows what he wants and what he can get,
as this is Magma which confirmed what we already believed, namely that they are the best European group and they may arise in the
face of monsters equal Anglo-Saxon. The atmosphere and the climate created by Magma are not unlike those of James Brown,
that the hypnotic rhythm crushes everything in its path and hungry machine that swallows you whole if you happen to
take leave your finger. Faced with this demonic rhythmic change of high-class musicians like Francois Cahen, whose piano solo was
reminiscent of Keith Jarrett. It should also emphasize the virtuosity of the singer Klaus, he would name them one by one as all
are outstanding, but above all Magma is a group and certainly the largest that we had in France.

The ovation they gathered was the most enormous sounds in the pines festival ChÔteauvallon and the last image I retain
is that of three thousand people standing, screaming, asking over at half past four in the morning."