Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygene (1976) – Lp
Jean Michel Jarre (born Jean-Michel André Jarre, 24 August 1948) is a French composer, performer, and music producer. He is a pioneer in the electronic, ambient, and new-age genres, and known as an organiser of outdoor spectacles of his music featuring lights, laser displays, and fireworks.
Artist: Jean Michel Jarre
Oxygène (English: Oxygen) is an album of instrumental electronic music composed, produced, and performed by the French composer Jean Michel Jarre. It was first released in France in December 1976, on Disques Dreyfus with license to Polydor. The album’s international release was in summer 1977.
Jarre recorded the album in his home using a variety of analog synthesizers and other electronic instruments and effects. It became a bestseller and was highly influential in the development of electronic music. It is Jarre’s first mainstream success and can be seen as his first true artist album. It has been described as the album that “led the synthesizer revolution of the Seventies”.
It has withstood the test of time and the evolution of digital electronica. Jarre’s compositional style and his rhythmic instincts were his strong points in 1976.
While his popularity has escalated exponentially over the years, he never quite achieved the quality of this amazing recording. The innocence and freshness provide most of its charm. Jarre’s techniques and ability provide the rest. This epic work will appeal to fans of Tonto’s Expanding HeadBand, Tangerine Dream, Synergy, Kraftwerk, and Klaus Schulze.
Oxygène consists of six tracks, numbered simply “Oxygène Part I” to “Part VI”. Its sound has been described as “an infectious combination of bouncy, bubbling analog sequences and memorable hook lines”.
The album reached #1 in French charts, #2 in the UK charts and #78 in the US charts.
1. Oxygene (Part I) (7:40)
2. Oxygene (Part II) (8:20)
3. Oxygene (Part III) (2:50)
1. Oxygene (Part IV) (3:50)
2. Oxygene (Part V) (11:10)
3. Oxygene (Part VI) (5:55)