Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography


Jean-Michel Jarre

Prog Related

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Jean-Michel Jarre Les concerts en Chine album cover
4.25 | 107 ratings | 6 reviews | 46% 5 stars

Essential: a masterpiece of
rock music

Write a review

from partners
Live, released in 1982

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Overture (4:47)
2. Arpegiator (6:54)
3. Equinoxe, Pt. 4 (7:49)
4. Fishing Junks at Sunset (9:38)
5. Band in the Rain (1:29)
6. Equinoxe, Pt. 7 (9:55)
7. Orient Express (4:22)
8. Chants Magnetiques I (0:21)
9. Magnetic Fields III (3:49)
10. Magnetic Fields IV (6:49)
11. Laser Harp (3:37)
12. Nuit a Shanghai (7:02)
13. The Last Rumba (2:11)
14. Magnetic Fields II (6:26)
15. Souvenir de Chine (3:54)

Total Time 79:03

Line-up / Musicians

- Jean-Michel Jarre / synthesizer, drums, harp, keyboards, bass pedals, drum machine

- Pierre Mourey / synthesizer
- Dominique Perrier / synthesizer, keyboards
- Roger Rizzitelli / percussion, drums, drum machine, electric percussion
- Frederic Rousseau / synthesizer

Releases information

LP released by Polydoor #811551
CD released by Dreyfus #18112

Thanks to AndYouAndI for the addition
and to projeKct for the last updates
Edit this entry

Buy JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Les concerts en Chine Music

JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Les concerts en Chine ratings distribution

(107 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(46%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(40%)
Good, but non-essential (11%)
Collectors/fans only (2%)
Poor. Only for completionists (1%)

JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Les concerts en Chine reviews

Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Bj-1
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars Without a shadow of a doubt Jarre's best live release, though the lack of "Oxygene" material here, the other tracks are all well performed and Jarre adds several interesting twists to them. "Concerts In China" also features several new tracks; among them are classics such as "Orient Express" and "Fishing Junks at Sunset". The latter one is still used on Jarre's live shows, but this version is definetly the most perfect one. Jarre was one of the first international artists to get allowed to perform in China, which makes this album even more interesting, but the most important here is the music, of course. The "Magnetic Fields" album is nearly performed in it's entirely here too, and most of "Equinoxe" is present here, as well as the first appearance of the famous Laser Harp, and and all tracks is great sounding here, maybe even better than the studio cuts at times. A perfect album for me, and one of my favorite Jarre albums, as well as one of my absolute favorite live albums as well. 5/5
Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars I do not collect all albums of Jean-Michel Jarre - I have only some of them. It's not because of the music is not good at all but it's because of budget constraint: he has released so many albums that I could not keep up. This album is one of his finest in addition to the concert in Lyon. The music presented here represents his excellent musicianship to create such a dynamic and tight composition using keyboard and programming / sequencing. I would say that all tracks are enjoyable here. From the stimulating intro "The Overture" (4:47) the music continues with energetic and mental thrilling track "Arpegiator" (6:54). Oh yes, whenever I spin this album and this track is played I always emulate how the music is performed - using a multi layered keyboard works and percussion / drums. Wonderful track.

In "Fishing Junks at Sunset" (9:38) jean brought together his collaborative effort with the Chinese orchestra and performed this track stunningly. It touches your heart, I believe. The strong point of this track is the use of sitar or mandolin with an Eastern nuance. "Band in the Rain" (1:29) is a short track which gives uplifting mood to my ears. The other tracks that I think attractive are: "Orient Express" (4:22), "Laser Harp" (3:37), " The Last Rumba" (2:11) - what a treat!, and my all-time favorite of Jean Michel's: "Souvenir de Chine" (3:54).

If you enjoy space music, you should own this CD. It's worth listening to. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Review by richardh
4 stars I've always like this live abum from the erstwhile JM Jarre.Here he plays as part of a band with a real drummer driving the music.The whole thing has more of a prog feel to it as a result as we are taken through the best tracks from the excellent Magnetic Fields and Equinox albums.He also tackles the beautifull traditional 'Fishing Junks At Sunset' as well as throwing in a few newer peices.The sound is immaculate throughout.Recommended listening for prog fans who love synths!

Latest members reviews

4 stars This live album is documenting the first ever gig by a western artist in China. Jean Michel Jarre is not exactly a rebellious artist with a hatred towards authorities. So he was a safe artist for the paranoid regime in China. It is obvious China also coloured Jean Michel Jarre when playing th ... (read more)

Report this review (#589021) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Friday, December 16, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The first time I listened to Jean Michel Jarre was on my old turntable. My brother left me double vinyl and was impressed. Subsequently I was hearing more of JM Jarre and I never went back to find the warmth that transmit these performances. It is also an impressive historical document: The first ... (read more)

Report this review (#367571) | Posted by David Saez | Wednesday, December 29, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars "Les Concerts En Chine" ,or "The Concerts in China", is an excellent example of 70's Jarre. This disc is one of those rare electronic live albums where the result comes out even better than in the studio albums. Not that I don't like Oxygene, Equinoxe or Magnetic Fields, but this one has a ni ... (read more)

Report this review (#60429) | Posted by 1971 | Thursday, December 15, 2005 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of JEAN-MICHEL JARRE "Les concerts en Chine"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives

Donate monthly and keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.