Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Xalph Demos 1975-1980

Touchdown. We've landed on planet zeuhl.
Volcanic bass erupts in repetitive lava flows and atmospheric drones swirl in the dark and methaned scratchy air.
A dim dark sun, pregnant with red hydrogen, casts for radioactive nuclei in the brass rocks that pump up a strange and discordant, disharmonious wind, full of unfamiliar dreams and memories... Snatches of keys and chords break through the magmatic surface of this cratered planet, continental drift passes in fast-forward, thundering through hurricanes to a smashing closing... Far, far in the future, where we travel the galaxy clusters and walls and voids of deep space to eerie planets of ghostly life, gloriously insane, S. J. Gould Wonderful Life, our starship powered by the amplification of bass, drums and guitars, we discover a sonic boom that makes our long, long hair trail in the solar wind and cosmic rays...

An unknown masterpiece of this french style, released only on cassette, I think this should be ranked and evaluated next to the other musical masterpieces of the 20th century like The Rite of Spring or Prokofieff's ballets, studied in music schools and conservatories, the compositional quality is not inferior in any way. I hope I'm not the only one who will hold this opinion...
Actually the music is not as dissonantly difficult as Yog or Yochk'o or Shub, more similar to early Abus or later Eider.

One track from this band appeared on the zeuhl compilation "Enneade". I find it odd that musea has not rereleased this yet to CD. Tracklist is as follows, the rip here is continuous from the cassette:

01 - Gya Tei 1-2
02 - Exorde
03 - Morceau D'hommage
04 - Mi
05 - Ballade A Xalph
06 - Passage Du Peuple Joyeaux
07 - Ter
08 - Xessamdereleph
09 - Migrations
10 - Entree
11 - Suite A L'Entree

Xalph Demos...

17 comments:

Tristan Stefan said...

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=MG66MVW5

Anonymous said...

great!
i waited for it 30 years!!
bravo!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi,
thanks very much for the Xalph demos! Excellent zeuhl, though the tape is a bit deteriorated.
Any idea how the tracks break up, regarding playing times? If you're just looking for obvious beginnings and endings there don't seem to be 11 tracks here so I presume some of them must segue together.

regards
Chris

Anonymous said...

I agree, I've tried to find out how the tracks break up and have no idea how they do.. hopefully in the future someone will rip another copy with tracks titled -- TS

marc said...

Great post.

Xalph is one of the groups that opened for Magma on their 1976 tour. Other groups liek Xalph are Evohe and Carmina.

pautonnier olivier said...

Merci 1000 fois
Un combo légendaire dont la seule prestation sur ENNEADE (Muséa) était prometteuse
L'attente fut longue mais le résultat est à la hauteur de nos espérances!
De la zeuhl progressive de haut vol, moins fusion que Eider Stellaire

Anonymous said...

http://flameupload.com/files/0HFBXHUO/Xalph_-_Demos_1975.rar

Anonymous said...

Flameupload è a 0. Re-up please? Thank you.

isabelbc said...

new link http://www.megaupload.com/?d=2WGYIUDN

Anonymous said...

link doesn't work. How can I take it? Thanks.

isabelbc said...

new link http://netkups.com/?d=4ffbc2f772fe8

aceofspace said...

thanxs for the reupload....

Anonymous said...

The new link does not work any more!!!
Thanks in advance for a new reupload!

Jani Kadar said...

Hi,

could you please share it again? Thanx!

Jani Kadar said...

Hi, could you please share it again?

Olivier Pautonnier said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKK2alcQ97s

edm said...

Hello, any chance of having these demos re-uploaded? Thanks in advance!

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