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Soleil d’Ork (2001)


Solo compilation from the legendary bass player and co-composer of Magma collecting the material he recorded between 1974-80. Jannick was a member of Magma during their best years (from Mekanik through Üdü Wüdü) and his approach to the bass was arguably the defining characteristic of the band (and of Zeuhl in general), so if you’ve heard Magma you probably know what to expect here. There’s even a cover of “De Futura” from Üdü Wüdü (with a drum machine instead of Christian Vander, hah), an excellent unreleased Magma song “Mekanik Machine”, and a reworking of “Soleil d’Ork” also from Üdü Wüdü. Jannick’s bass here is as nasty as it ever was, maybe even moreso than his days in Magma. Sound quality and production values vary a bit from song to song due to the nature of the compilation, but nothing too drastic. The album ends on a surprisingly dull note with the more subdued “Glas” but other than that it’s solid Zeuhl all the way.