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18
May

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

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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27
Mar

Jean Michel Jarre – Equinoxe (1978) – Lp

Jean-Michel Jarre (born Jean-Michel André Jarre; 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:  Equinoxe
Year:  1978
Format:  LP
Label:  Polydor Records
Catalog# 2344120

Équinoxe (English: Equinox) is the fourth studio album by French electronic musician and composer Jean-Michel Jarre, released in December 1978 on the Disques Dreyfus record label, with license to Polydor.

Jarre had developed his sound, employing more dynamic and rhythmic elements, particularly a greater use of sequencing on basslines. Much of this was achieved using custom equipment developed by his collaborator Michel Geiss. The album is presented as two suites of music, each consisting of 4 parts and taking up one side of the vinyl release of the album. The separate tracks on the record smoothly segue into each other to this effect.

As the follow up album to Oxygene, Equinoxe offers the same mesmerizing affect, with rapid spinning sequencer washes and bubbling synthesizer portions all lilting back and forth to stardust scatterings of electronic pastiches. Using more than 13 different types of synthesizers, Jarre combines whirling soundscapes of multi-textured effects, passages, and sometimes suites to culminate interesting electronic atmospheres. Never repeating the same sounds twice, it is obvious that the science fiction hype of the late 70’s played a large part in the making of this album. Computerized rhythms and keyboard-soaked transitions scurry by, replaced by even quicker, more illustrious ones soon after. There is always a pulsating beat or a fluttering tempo happening somewhere in each of the tracks, which are titled as a numbered sequence one to eight. Each track harbors its own energy and electronic fleetness, but none are identical in sound or pace. So much electronic color is added to every track that it is impossible to concentrate on any particular segment, resulting in waves of synth drowning the ears at high tide.

 

Side one
1.  Equinoxe Part 1  (2:15)
2.  Equinoxe Part 2  (5:10)
3.  Equinoxe Part 3  (5:35)
4.  Equinoxe Part 4  (7:30)

Side two
1.  Equinoxe Part 5  (3:50)
2.  Equinoxe Part 6  (3:30)
3.  Equinoxe Part 7  (8:10)
4.  Equinoxe Part 8  (5:00)

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23
Jun

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.

jean michel jarre - oxygene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Jean Michel Jarre
Title:  Oxygene
Year:  1976
Format:  LP
Label:  Polydor
Catalog#  2933207

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.

 

Side one
1.  Oxygene (Part I)  (7:40)
2. Oxygene (Part II)  (8:20)
3.  Oxygene (Part III)  (2:50)

Side two
1.  Oxygene (Part IV)  (3:50)
2.  Oxygene (Part V)  (11:10)
3.  Oxygene (Part VI)  (5:55)

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