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May 18, 2017

Jean Michel Jarre – The Concerts In China (1982) – 2Lp

by Record Facts

Jean-Michel André Jarre (born 24 August 1948) is a French composer, performer, and record 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
Title:  The Concerts In China
Year:  1982
Format:  2LP
Label:  Polydor Records
Catalog#  2335261

Les Concerts en Chine (English title: The Concerts in China) is a live album by Jean Michel Jarre, recorded in 1981 and released in 1982 on Disques Dreyfus. It was recorded during Jarre’s Concerts in China tour of Autumn 1981, which consisted of five Beijing and Shanghai concerts in China; this was the first time a Western pop artist performed in China after the Cultural Revolution.

The album is a balance of previously released tracks by Jarre, new compositions inspired by Chinese culture, and one rearranged traditional Chinese track (“Jonques de pêcheurs au crépuscule”). The album consists mainly of live material, plus ambient sound recordings and one new studio track “Souvenir of China”. Other new compositions recorded live include “Nuit à Shanghai”, “Harpe Laser”, “Arpégiateur” and “Orient Express”. “Jonques de pêcheurs au crépuscule” (“Fishing Junks at Sunset”) is a new arrangement of a very old traditional Chinese song known as the “Fisherman’s Chant at Dusk”, which was performed and recorded with The Peking Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra and is often wrongly attributed as being composed by Jean Michel Jarre, misled by the album inlay.

The album was originally released as a double-disc LP, then as a double-disc CD. There was also a CD release in two separate volumes, with the cover color changed to blue (Vol. 1) and yellow (Vol. 2). In 1997, a one-disc remastered CD was released, made possible by reducing the total running time to 78:17 by reducing the gaps and audience noise between tracks. The remastering was done by Scott Hull at Masterdisk to the 96 kHz, 24 bit standard.

One of the album’s original tracks – “Arpégiateur” – was used in the soundtrack of the film 9½ Weeks as well as in several mid-1980s episodes of the American soap opera Santa Barbara. Opening track “The Overture” is the first movement of “Magnetic Fields Part 1” slowed down.


Side one
1. The Overture (4:47)
2. Arpegiator (6:54)
3. Equinoxe IV (7:49)

Side two
1. Fishing Junks at Sunset (9:38)
2. Band in the Rain (1:29)
3. Equinoxe VII (9:55)

Side three
1. Orient Express (4:22)
2. Magnetic Fields I (0:21)
3. Magnetic Fields III (3:49)
4. Magnetic Fields IV (6:49)
5. Laser Harp (3:37)

Side four
1. Night in Shanghai (7:02)
2. The Last Rumba (2:11)
3. Magnetic Fields II (6:26)
4. Souvenir of China (3:54)

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