Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography


Jean-Michel Jarre

Prog Related

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Jean-Michel Jarre Chronologie album cover
3.61 | 90 ratings | 3 reviews | 16% 5 stars

Excellent addition to any
rock music collection

Write a review

from partners
Studio Album, released in 1993

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Chronologie, Pt. 1 (10:51)
2. Chronologie, Pt. 2 (6:05)
3. Chronologie, Pt. 3 (3:59)
4. Chronologie, Pt. 4 (3:59)
5. Chronologie, Pt. 5 (5:34)
6. Chronologie, Pt. 6 (3:45)
7. Chronologie, Pt. 7 (2:17)
8. Chronologie, Pt. 8 (5:33)

Total Time: 42:03

Line-up / Musicians

- Jean-Michel Jarre / vocals, Digisequencer, Kurzweil K2000, Mini Moog, ARP 2600, Akai MPC60, AKAI S 1000, EMS Synthi AKS, JD 800, Korg O1/W, Roland TR-909, DR 660, Synthex, Eminent 310, JP 8, DJ 70, Fairlight CMI, producing & mixing

- Patrick Rondat / guitar
- Michel Geiss / keyboards, mixing
- Dominique Perrier / keyboards
- Francis Rimbert / keyboards

Releases information

Artwork: Michel Granger with By Dahinden (paint box)

CD Disques Dreyfus - FDM 36152-2 (1993, France)
CD Disques Dreyfus - FDM 36152-2 (1997, FRance) 24-bit remaster by Scott Hull
CD Sony Music - 88875046372 (2015, Europe) Remastered from original tapes by Dave Dadwater

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

Buy JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Chronologie Music

More places to buy JEAN-MICHEL JARRE music online

JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Chronologie ratings distribution

(90 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(16%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(44%)
Good, but non-essential (29%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Chronologie reviews

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

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Bj-1
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars A concept album about time, as you can hear many references to time in the music featured here. "Chronologie" is perhaps Jarre's best 90's effort, a compilation of both modern and old elements in his music here. It was released in 1993 and no Jarre album released after this one can match up with it. Maybe "Oxygene 7-13" has a chance, but otherwise, this is currently Jarre's last brilliant album. In comparison to his other albums, I would say "Rendez-Vous" and "Magnetic Fields" are the most similar ones to "Chronologie", only this one is more modern sounding. The opener to the album is a 10-minute modern electronica/classical suite and is perhaps one of Jarre's finest openers. It's flows into the second part that is one of the more upbeat tunes on the album. Part 3 is a live favorite along with Part 6, though Part 4 is the real hit here. Part 5 is the most underrated piece here, the opener to it is one of the best Jarre has done but the rest of the track is a bit more beat-electronica tingled. Part 7 is basically just an intro to Part 8. The latter one features the famous "!" countdown that was used for his live shows for many years to come. Notably on the "Hong Kong" live album released a year after this one. The music varies from dreamy ambient to upbeat house/electronica sometimes, but it's all incredibly great. Some weaker moments too, but the album in general deserves at least 4.5/5
Review by ZowieZiggy
3 stars This "Chronologie" opens on a superb and grandiose "Part I" (not very original, I admit. I mean the title). It is a truly magical prog electronic song in line with his best and more known so far.

Actually, it levels the masters of the genre (prog electronic) and these wonderful keyboards lines are so moving, so melodic, and so skilled: extremely good and in some way this artist shows all of his talent throughout the decades.

Of course, he was not as prolific as Schulze or TD, but almost each of his effort so far (if you would except his first two albums as well as "Zoolook" was of good to high quality and this less known "Chronologie" is quite decent as well.

A good album, offering different atmospheres: after the heavenly opening, "Part II" is totally different. Bombastic, speedy, pop, commercial, joyful and entertaining. JM also reverts to his debut with "Part III" which sounds very much as a piece from "Les Granges Brles". A deep coldness combined with a sculptural melody. Another good song (third in a row).

The second half of the album is less interesting I'm afraid: while "Part IV" is radio friendly, I quite dislike the more techno oriented "Part V". At the end of the day, the glorifying closing part refreshes the whole which I rate with three stars. It started much more promising though.

Latest members reviews

4 stars One of the more classical albums by Jean-Micel Jarre: .... (beats... Dark side of the moon anyone?) .... Part I (which is really sentimental and moodful) begins with slick synth-strings and is running at over 10 minutes, really good opener. Part II is also a bit "classical", but more drama ... (read more)

Report this review (#58365) | Posted by | Monday, November 28, 2005 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of JEAN-MICHEL JARRE "Chronologie"

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.