French psychedelic/prog/folk underground of the early to mid 1970's. Established as Maajun and later subtly changing name. As Mahjun they made two eponymous albums on Saravah and a third on Gratte-Ciel called "Happy French Band", all eccentric French prog underground with lots of folk and cultural references. After Mahjun split (in the late 1970s) Jean-Louis Lefebvre formed a new short-lived Mahjun before continuing as Jean-Louis Mahjun solo.


Mahjun Discography Tracks


Mahjun Mahjun (Album) Saravah France 1973 Sell This Version
Mahjun Mahjun (Album) Saravah France 1974 Sell This Version
Mahjun Happy French Band (Album) Gratte-Ciel, Gratte-Ciel France 1977 Sell This Version
CBS 84331 Mahjun Baby-sitter(LP, Album) CBS CBS 84331 France 1980 Sell This Version
Mahjun Un Homme Sur Deux C'est Une Femme (Album) CBS France 1982 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Mahjun Baby-Sitter (Single, Maxi) CBS France 1980 Sell This Version
A1149 Mahjun Sondage Express / Petit Dejeuner(7") CBS A1149 1981 Sell This Version
CBS A2102 Mahjun Un Homme Sur Deux(7", Single) CBS CBS A2102 France 1982 Sell This Version


MANTRA 037, 642 837 Mahjun Mahjun(CD, Comp) Mantra, Mantra MANTRA 037, 642 837 France 1991 Sell This Version

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June 28, 2013
Extract from my French Independent & Underground Obscurities article in Audion 56 (2010): [originally Maajun] Apparently due to the drug connotations of their name they underwent a subtle name change after this becoming Mahjun, dropping a lot of their rebellious fury in favour of a more ethnic flavoured psychedelic fusion. Still pretty out-there with their politico-folk and RIO type hybrid, you'll find quite a bit of East Of Eden influence, and much more besides. The two eponymous albums on Saravah are nonetheless classics, and were very influential. The fourth HAPPY FRENCH BAND was aptly a bit more jolly, and is well recommended to Etron Fou and Zappa/Mothers fans.

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