Jarre, Jean Michel

Pioneer of one of the fastest growing trends in the industry today: electronic music, composer Jean Michel Jarre elevated the genre to new peaks of popularity as early as the late 70’s and 80’s with 60 million albums sold world-wide, to date. Emerging as an innovative international superstar, he creates a new format of out-door concert performance that has contributed to break the ground for a new generation of out-door rock concerts. In 1976, he hits the top of the charts worldwide with breakthrough album Oxygene (Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros in France). This international success in French record history remains unequalled today with sales in the region of 12 million.

Jarre, Jean Michel
Jean Michel Jarre - Geometry of Love

Artist: Jean Michel Jarre
P: 2003 / 2018
This is not a regular new studio album, but a sideproject Jarre composed for the famous VIP Club on Champs Elysees in Paris. The idea was to compose the "soundtrack for a club" and the result is jazzotronica, where free-form jazz, classical, techno, lounge music, ambient and musique concrete blends into an album never before heard from Jean Michel Jarre.

Here's the (quick) track by track breakdown:

Pleasure Principle
A slow orchestral string melody backed by atmospheric sound effects, voice samples and wind-effects. I think this track is very beautiful but could perhaps worked better as a finale. 8/10

Geometry of Love Part 1
Midtempo song centred around a drumpattern and an improvised-style lead, like those Magnetic Fields 1 intros we have heard in recent years. Still a jazzy feeling, and better than part 2, because it doesnt have the cheesy voice arpeggio. Nice synth lead, but the overall impression isnt much. 5/10

Soul Intrusion
Space effects, a hypnotic sequencer pattern and Ron's Piece-ish "star sounds" opens this track, which develops with drums and the GOL trademark piano lead, which is more the improvised style than a traditional JMJ melody. Remove the piano and the track would have been more effective IMO, but to be fair the piano is not used all times, so it doesnt ruin all of the track. 6/10 or 7/10 if the piano was dropped.

Electric Flesh
Another slow piece. The drum pattern has now become familiar and not so refreshing anymore, perhaps more attention to detail could have been used. But the chord progressions are nice, and the piano theme is quite catchy. Some sound effects sound a little out of place. Towards the end the song shift a bit and a new mood is introduced, but that is also where the most interesting sounds are. Spooky voice effects halfway through. 6/10

Skin Paradox
Sound effects build up to a piano theme, with nice synth riffs and space pad s in the background. Again the piano distracts a bit, but the electronic parts are very good. There are even hints to weird musique concrete. 7/10 or 8/10 if the piano was dropped.

Velvet Road
Again space chords and sound effects (including a sexy breathing sound) form the basis for a piano theme, which this time is more melodic than the others. Two thirds through there is a break with a synth theme and cheesy synth-strings that kinda ruins the mood a bit, but then picks up again. Slow to midtempo song. One of my favourite tracks on GOL. 8/10

Near Djaina
Sounds of passing trains and a melancholic piano theme, supported by weird sound effects. Maybe the most traditional jazz / classical music piece on the album. The most minimalistic track on GOL also. Not much to do with Jarre, but a nice piano melody. 6/10

Geometry of Love Part 2
The final track is the most uptempo track on the album and breaks with the jazzy, downtempo style of most of the rest of the album. The voice arpeggio theme is rather cheesy, a bit 80s (and I dont mean that as a compliment). The overall structure of this song is a bit undefined, since it lacks proper chords progressions and is based on rythm and effects, but the Raveolution-lead fits well and is a good link to part 1. 4/10

General comments: The sound design is not far removed from Jarre's Metamorphoses (2000), while the style of music is closer to Sessions 2000 (2002), with some hints to the slower tracks of Metamorphoses. The album could appeal as much to ambient and electrojazz fans as to electronic fans. The attention to innovative sounds is maybe not as great as on Metamorphoses or some older albums, but the production is clean and typical Jarre. Traditional Jarre fans will be surprised again, and maybe annoyed about Jarre's lack of "good old classic stuff", but the album only shows that Jarre cannot be pinned down to one genre.

The album is not an essential purchase for fans of classic EM or old Jarre, but if you like Metamorphoses and dont require many upbeat tracks, this could be for you. I doubt I will play this album alot, but my personal taste aside, for what it was designed for (as loungue music for a club) I guess it works.

2003. Glenn Folkvord.

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Jean Michel Jarre - Hong Kong

Artist: Jean Michel Jarre
P: 1994  
The live concert from 1994 in Hong Kong. Jean Michel Jarre is Jean Michel Jarre, when he is on he can make the hair on the back of your neck stand up and "HONG KONG" is right on. BUT "chronologie 4" is incredible this is another hair on the back of your neck standup pieces.

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Jean Michel Jarre - Images (Best of)

Artist: Jean Michel Jarre
P: 2002   
This compilation spans across 7 studio albums and 1 live recording made during the period of 1976-1991. Obviously, it's next to impossible to pick a dozen of "best of" tracks from that much material, so that everyone would agree upon the choice. However, "Images" does a nearly perfect job of giving a taste of each of Jarre's albums made in the first 15 years of his working, presenting a couple of tracks off each of them. As such, it is a good place to start getting into Jarre's music, and a good compilation to choose which album is worth buying. Jarre's music is normally meant to be listened to for the duration of the whole album. This fact shows these individual pieces' compositional strength, as they stand quite good on their own, being separated from their respective album's concept.
The compilation also includes 3 previously unreleased tracks. Normally I hate such inclusions, because, frankly, they are nothing more than an attractor to force people who already own every studio album to buy the compilation. Also, such tracks are normally sub par to the "best of" material. But with "Images" these new pieces don't fall out of context. Especially "Globe Trotter" is good, with its cautios staccatto synths and a chilling melody.
With its drawbacks, "Images" is a very good compilation. If you're hesitant where to start with Jean-Michel Jarre, you are advised to buy it.

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Jean Michel Jarre - Live

Artist: Jean Michel Jarre
P: 1989   
Jarre Live is an album that is probably the only momento left of one of the most bizarrist episodes in British Pop culture. As to the photograph of Jean Michel in the sleeve notes of Jarre Live, and for any other Jarrists out there who might be interested, the instrument that Jarre is playing and to all intents and purposes looks like a klavierchord-guitar, is actually called the "LAG Insect". The microphone coming of it is a vocoder inserted inside the main body of the instrument, which along with the keys is made from wood. Nearly 1 million Londoners that had read about the build up for over a year were waiting to see what "That Concert" was all about, 170,000 tickets had already been sold.

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Jean Michel Jarre - Magnetic Fields

Artist: Jean Michel Jarre
P: 1981
The five tracks together push a great symphony out of Jarre's mechanic keys. The record starts off with a catching ambient noise continuing thru the next 7 minutes of the track. Samples are laid on the main sample, small rhytmns, beats and breaks do the harmonic background of this track. The track continues into more spacey and harmonic tunes used to make a more-than-ever exploring mood, but in the end, it transforms itself into another part of the track filled up by a wave. The track ends with a saxophone-sample. Next starts with a clapping beat, which then transforms into another harmonic groove. Sounds of clocks and trains fill the passage between the second and third track, where the sounds of clocks takes over. The samples are still laid on the third track, where the volume of the third track slows down and the fourth track comes in with a haunting keyboard sample. Beats and bass are laid on, and another harmonic groove begins. Sounds of busses and trains fill the end of the track, where the Last Rhumba take over, with a great dancing tune, made for you and your dancy soul.

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Jean Michel Jarre - Magnetic Fields

Artist: Jean Michel Jarre
P: 1981 / 2014
The five tracks together push a great symphony out of Jarre's mechanic keys. The record starts off with a catching ambient noise continuing thru the next 7 minutes of the track. Samples are laid on the main sample, small rhytmns, beats and breaks do the harmonic background of this track. The track continues into more spacey and harmonic tunes used to make a more-than-ever exploring mood, but in the end, it transforms itself into another part of the track filled up by a wave. The track ends with a saxophone-sample. Next starts with a clapping beat, which then transforms into another harmonic groove. Sounds of clocks and trains fill the passage between the second and third track, where the sounds of clocks takes over. The samples are still laid on the third track, where the volume of the third track slows down and the fourth track comes in with a haunting keyboard sample. Beats and bass are laid on, and another harmonic groove begins. Sounds of busses and trains fill the end of the track, where the Last Rhumba take over, with a great dancing tune, made for you and your dancy soul.

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Jean Michel Jarre - Metamorphoses

Artist: Jean Michel Jarre
P: 2000   
This very interesting and versatile work was a long-awaited product that was largely influenced by transition that JMJ music underwent in the late 90s. Metamorphoses demonstrates a somewhat different approach to creating subtle electronic textures permeated by wittily designed and sequenced melodic grooves. You will not hear JMJ from late 80 and 90, instead, you will be submerged into an undemanding world of groovy chill out, ambient soundscapes, and memorable melodies.

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Jean Michel Jarre - Metamorphoses

Artist: Jean Michel Jarre
P: 2000 / 2018

This very interesting and versatile work was a long-awaited product that was largely influenced by transition that JMJ music underwent in the late 90s. Metamorphoses demonstrates a somewhat different approach to creating subtle electronic textures permeated by wittily designed and sequenced melodic grooves. You will not hear JMJ from late 80 and 90, instead, you will be submerged into an undemanding world of groovy chill out, ambient soundscapes, and memorable melodies.

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Jean Michel Jarre - Musik aus Zeit und Raum

Artist: Jean Michel Jarre
P: 1983   
Best of out of the first 4 CDs. Very good collection, similiar to the 2010 tour tracks,

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Jean Michel Jarre - Odyssey Through O2

Artist: Jean Michel Jarre
P: 1998/ 2004   
On Odyssey Through 02, several re-mixers and DJs take Oxygene 7-13 as their template for further explorations, all mixed in a continuous soundstream by French DJ Claude Monet. Highlights include "Oxygene 10 - Transcengenics", which turns Jarre's original piece into an ethno-ambient meditation replete with sitars and tablas. Hani applies trance tactics to the more beat driven sounds of "Oxygene 8 - Hani's Oxygene 303" while Monet's own remix on "Oxygene 13" sends a jungle shiver through Jarre's opus. Other DJs joining in include DJ CAM, Resistance D, Boodjie & Veronica, Sunday Club, 440 and Takkyu Ishino. Techno motifs and dance grooves aren't foreign to Jarre, who has infused them into his music for years.

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Jean Michel Jarre - Odyssey Through O2 (Japan Version)

Artist: Jean Michel Jarre
P: 1998/ 2004   
On Odyssey Through 02, several re-mixers and DJs take Oxygene 7-13 as their template for further explorations, all mixed in a continuous soundstream by French DJ Claude Monet. Highlights include "Oxygene 10 - Transcengenics", which turns Jarre's original piece into an ethno-ambient meditation replete with sitars and tablas. Hani applies trance tactics to the more beat driven sounds of "Oxygene 8 - Hani's Oxygene 303" while Monet's own remix on "Oxygene 13" sends a jungle shiver through Jarre's opus. Other DJs joining in include DJ CAM, Resistance D, Boodjie & Veronica, Sunday Club, 440 and Takkyu Ishino. Techno motifs and dance grooves aren't foreign to Jarre, who has infused them into his music for years.
This is the Japan version.

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Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene

Artist: Jean Michel Jarre
P: 1976/ 1997   
1997 digitally remastered edition of this influential Electronic album. Famed for it's melodic lushed spaced-out Electronica, this is the album that captured keyboard maestro Jarre at his zenith. The lead single 'Oxygene IV' is one the most recognizable Electronic pieces in recent history. With Oxygene, Jean-Michel Jarre brought electronic music to the masses and he did so without compromising the music. Oxygene, split into six parts, is a musical journey through surreal ambient soundscapes, electro-minimalism, synth-pop, and proto-techno. Even today the sound as well as the compositions stand out, so if you want to know how techno, ambient music, and trance started out, you definitely need to listen to this masterpiece!

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Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene

Artist: Jean Michel Jarre
P: 1976

Famed for it's melodic lushed spaced-out Electronica, this is the album that captured keyboard maestro Jarre at his zenith. The lead single 'Oxygene IV' is one the most recognizable Electronic pieces in recent history. With Oxygene, Jean-Michel Jarre brought electronic music to the masses and he did so without compromising the music. Oxygene, split into six parts, is a musical journey through surreal ambient soundscapes, electro-minimalism, synth-pop, and proto-techno. Even today the sound as well as the compositions stand out, so if you want to know how techno, ambient music, and trance started out, you definitely need to listen to this masterpiece!
Here the last copy of the non remastert first version!

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Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene

Artist: Jean Michel Jarre
P: 1976 / 2014
Digitally remastered edition of this influential Electronic album. Famed for it's melodic lushed spaced-out Electronica, this is the album that captured keyboard maestro Jarre at his zenith. The lead single 'Oxygene IV' is one the most recognizable Electronic pieces in recent history. With Oxygene, Jean-Michel Jarre brought electronic music to the masses and he did so without compromising the music. Oxygene, split into six parts, is a musical journey through surreal ambient soundscapes, electro-minimalism, synth-pop, and proto-techno. Even today the sound as well as the compositions stand out, so if you want to know how techno, ambient music, and trance started out, you definitely need to listen to this masterpiece!

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Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene (HQ Vinyl release)

Artist: Jean Michel Jarre
P: 1976 / 2015
Newly remastered HQ Vinyl version.

Famed for it's melodic lushed spaced-out Electronica, this is the album that captured keyboard maestro Jarre at his zenith. The lead single 'Oxygene IV' is one the most recognizable Electronic pieces in recent history. With Oxygene, Jean-Michel Jarre brought electronic music to the masses and he did so without compromising the music. Oxygene, split into six parts, is a musical journey through surreal ambient soundscapes, electro-minimalism, synth-pop, and proto-techno. Even today the sound as well as the compositions stand out, so if you want to know how techno, ambient music, and trance started out, you definitely need to listen to this masterpiece!

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Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene (New Master Recording)

Artist: Jean Michel Jarre
P: 2007   

The new 2007 Oxygene is a brand new "new master recording", i.e. the album recorded AGAIN, note for note, using the original instruments.

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Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene 3

Artist: Jean Michel Jarre
P: 2016

December 2nd 1976 saw the release of Oxygene 1, which I can say changed my life !

Today, for its 40th anniversary I can reveal that a brand new album, Oxygene 3 will be released on December 2nd 2016.

I don’t necessarily like anniversaries that much…But when I was recording Electronica, two years ago, I did a piece of music (today Oxygene 19) that made me think about what Oxygene could be if I was composing it today. Then I took the 40th anniversary of the first album as a deadline to push myself to see if I could compose this new chapter in six weeks, just like I did for the first one: probably to avoid thinking too much about, whether it was a good idea or not, and also to record everything in one go… The idea was not to copy the first album, but rather keeping the dogma of embarking listeners on a journey from beginning to end with different chapters, all linked to each other.

What made the first Oxygene so different at the time, is probably the minimalist aspect, and the fact that there are almost no drums, and I wanted to keep this approach, creating the groove mainly with the sequences and the structure of the melodies only, through an architecture of sounds.
When I did the first Oxygene in the vinyl days, I had a structure in mind divided in 2 parts, fitting the A&B sides of an album. This time I enjoyed doing the same: one side being darker, the other being brighter. So when I think of it today, Oxygene 3 has actually two sides...

I did the first Oxygene on an 8 track tape recorder with very few instruments, with no other choice than being minimalist. I tried to keep this minimalist approach for Oxygene 3. Some moments are built around one or two elements, like in the first volume.

It was important to me to keep the artwork for Oxygene 3 in line with the two previous albums…40 years ago too, I discovered Michel Granger’s visual universe and immediately felt a total adequacy with the music I was composing. Since then, the cover artwork became famous, like an ecological warning signal, dark and surreal, evoking both outer space and that of our vital living space: this image, for me, has become inseparable from the music.

I wanted the Oxygene 3 visual to remain in that same vein, and hence to re-visit Michel Granger’s original work, simply shifting «photographed-like» from another angle, which was exactly aligned with the approach I had to create this new chapter in music. To this end, I asked Michel Granger’s permission to perform a 3D model of his creation in order to change the angle of the visual, which he amicably accepted.

What an incredible journey Oxygene has been so far. I very much look forward to continuing the Oxygene story with all of you.

See you on the road,

Love
Jean-Michel Jarre

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Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene 3 (Vinyl- LP)

Artist: Jean Michel Jarre
P: 2016

This is the vinyl version.
December 2nd 1976 saw the release of Oxygene 1, which I can say changed my life !

Today, for its 40th anniversary I can reveal that a brand new album, Oxygene 3 will be released on December 2nd 2016.

I don’t necessarily like anniversaries that much…But when I was recording Electronica, two years ago, I did a piece of music (today Oxygene 19) that made me think about what Oxygene could be if I was composing it today. Then I took the 40th anniversary of the first album as a deadline to push myself to see if I could compose this new chapter in six weeks, just like I did for the first one: probably to avoid thinking too much about, whether it was a good idea or not, and also to record everything in one go… The idea was not to copy the first album, but rather keeping the dogma of embarking listeners on a journey from beginning to end with different chapters, all linked to each other.

What made the first Oxygene so different at the time, is probably the minimalist aspect, and the fact that there are almost no drums, and I wanted to keep this approach, creating the groove mainly with the sequences and the structure of the melodies only, through an architecture of sounds.
When I did the first Oxygene in the vinyl days, I had a structure in mind divided in 2 parts, fitting the A&B sides of an album. This time I enjoyed doing the same: one side being darker, the other being brighter. So when I think of it today, Oxygene 3 has actually two sides...

I did the first Oxygene on an 8 track tape recorder with very few instruments, with no other choice than being minimalist. I tried to keep this minimalist approach for Oxygene 3. Some moments are built around one or two elements, like in the first volume.

It was important to me to keep the artwork for Oxygene 3 in line with the two previous albums…40 years ago too, I discovered Michel Granger’s visual universe and immediately felt a total adequacy with the music I was composing. Since then, the cover artwork became famous, like an ecological warning signal, dark and surreal, evoking both outer space and that of our vital living space: this image, for me, has become inseparable from the music.

I wanted the Oxygene 3 visual to remain in that same vein, and hence to re-visit Michel Granger’s original work, simply shifting «photographed-like» from another angle, which was exactly aligned with the approach I had to create this new chapter in music. To this end, I asked Michel Granger’s permission to perform a 3D model of his creation in order to change the angle of the visual, which he amicably accepted.

What an incredible journey Oxygene has been so far. I very much look forward to continuing the Oxygene story with all of you,

Love
Jean-Michel Jarre

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Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene 7-13

Artist: Jean Michel Jarre
P: 1997   

Once again Jean-Michel Jarre took his time to prepare a new album and once again he brought a surprise to his fans. Claiming that the new instruments out of which you can dig any sound did not inspire him enough, he returned to the ones he created Oxygen (1-6) with. Jean-Michel Jarre is often called a synthesizer genius and this time he proved he also is a genius of synthesizing. He organically managed to continue the Oxygen saga, driving it track by track from 70's to 90's. It's as much a sequel as a parallel - some of the sound lines will remind you of Oxygen and Equinoxe, as if to say 'How would I do it today'. Just take a look at Oxy 3 and 9, 6 and 13, 4 and 7. The mood is the same, only 20 years later, and the catching melody of Oxy 8 is here to get mass audience. Jarre takes big care of his sound expression, of being up to date, which is also indicated by new arrangements of his greatest hits in live concerts (Magnetic Fields 2, Orient Express) - you listen and hear late 90's. And so it is with Oxygen 7-13.

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Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene 7-13

Artist: Jean Michel Jarre
P: 1997 / 2018   

Once again Jean-Michel Jarre took his time to prepare a new album and once again he brought a surprise to his fans. Claiming that the new instruments out of which you can dig any sound did not inspire him enough, he returned to the ones he created Oxygen (1-6) with. Jean-Michel Jarre is often called a synthesizer genius and this time he proved he also is a genius of synthesizing. He organically managed to continue the Oxygen saga, driving it track by track from 70's to 90's. It's as much a sequel as a parallel - some of the sound lines will remind you of Oxygen and Equinoxe, as if to say 'How would I do it today'. Just take a look at Oxy 3 and 9, 6 and 13, 4 and 7. The mood is the same, only 20 years later, and the catching melody of Oxy 8 is here to get mass audience. Jarre takes big care of his sound expression, of being up to date, which is also indicated by new arrangements of his greatest hits in live concerts (Magnetic Fields 2, Orient Express) - you listen and hear late 90's. And so it is with Oxygen 7-13.

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