1001° Centigrades

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1001° Centigrades
Magma 1001° Centigrades.jpg
Studio album by
GenreZeuhl, jazz fusion
ProducerRoland Hilda
Magma chronology
1001° Centigrades
Mëkanïk Dëstruktïẁ Kömmandöh
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]

1001° Centigrades is the second album by progressive rock band Magma. It was originally released in 1971 under the title Magma 2. A 1973 reissue changed to title to 1001 Degrees Centigrades and changed the album cover from the Magma logo on a silver background to a color illustration of a twisting road with erupting volcano background. The 1990 CD reissue restores the original cover design and compromises with both titles. For this album,

Magma underwent several personnel changes: guitarist Claude Engel departed without being replaced, and Alain Charlery and Richard Raux made way for Louis Toesca (trumpet) and Jeff Seffer (sax, bass clarinet). This was the second installment in Magma's Kobaïan saga. With lyrics again performed in the band's invented language, the album chronicles the Kobaïan people's return to Earth to save the planet.

— Wilson Neate, review[1] of 1001° Centigrades on AllMusic

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. Rïah Sahïltaahk (Christian Vander) – 21:45

Side two[edit]

  1. "Iss" Lanseï Doïa (Teddy Lasry) – 11:46
  2. Ki Ïahl Ö Lïahk (François Cahen) – 8:23


Like Magma's first album, Kobaïa, 1001° Centigrades is more jazz fusion-based than the group's later albums. The "zeuhl" sound is developing, but the album is characterized by jazzier horn arrangements and lacks the operatic female vocals and primal driving rhythm of the following album, Mëkanïk Dëstruktïẁ Kömmandöh.[citation needed]

Between the release of this album and MDK, a number of band members left the band due to disagreements on its future sound. Two (saxophonist Yochk'o "Jeff" Seffer and keyboardist François Cahen) left to form Zao, a band which follows in the footsteps of Magma's first two releases.[citation needed]