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Jean-Michel André Jarre Pejot - Born August 24, 1948 (Lyon, France)

French composer of electronic music, he is the son of Maurice Jarre, a composer of film music, who has written the scores to such films as "Lawrence Of Arabia" and "Dr. Zhivago", among many others.

Jean-Michel JARRE is regarded as one of the pioneers in the electronic music genre, along with artists and bands such as Wendy CARLOS, VANGELIS, KRAFTWERK, Isao TOMITA or TANGERINE DREAM. He is well-known for staging spectacular outdoor concerts of his music, which feature laser displays and fireworks, and three of which appeared in the Guinness Book of Records for their large audiences, often of several million.

Jean-Michel JARRE began studying piano at the age of five, but he abandoned his classical training. During his youth he formed a band called MYSTERE IV. In late 1960s he started experimenting with tape loops, radios and other electronic devices, until, in 1968, he joined the Groupe de Recherches Musicales, under the direction of Pierre Schaeffer, the "father" of the musique concrète, where he was introduced to synthesizers.

His album "Oxygene" launched in 1976 was a big success worldwide, the song "Oxygene Part IV" becoming one of the best-known pieces of electronic music ever.

In 1978, his second album "Equinoxe" was released, followed by a concert in Paris on the Place de la Concorde in Paris in 1979. This concert attracted 1 million people, which was JARRE's first entry in the Guinness Book of Records for the largest crowd for an outdoor concert.

In 1983 he created the album Musique pour supermarchés (Music for supermarkets), which had a print run of only a single copy. JARRE destroyed all the master records from his studio work, allowed a Luxembourg radio to broadcast the album once and auctioned it to raise money for French artists. People recorded the album using their tape recorders while it was broadcasted on the radio, so we can listen to that album, at a very poor quality though (the radio station was an AM station).

In October 1981, JARRE was the first Western pop-artist who was granted to give concerts in the People's Republic of China.

In 1986 NASA and the city of Houston asked him to do a concert to celebrate NASA's 25th anniversary and the city of Houston 150th anniversary. During that concert, astronaut Ronald McNair was to play the saxophone part of JARRE's piece "Rendez-Vous VI" while in orbit on board th...
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JEAN-MICHEL JARRE discography


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JEAN-MICHEL JARRE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.14 | 30 ratings
Deserted Palace
1973
2.39 | 29 ratings
Les Granges Brûlées (OST)
1973
3.91 | 333 ratings
Oxygène
1976
4.02 | 252 ratings
Équinoxe
1978
3.52 | 132 ratings
Les Chants Magnétiques [Aka: Magnetic Fields]
1981
3.37 | 121 ratings
Zoolook
1984
3.45 | 115 ratings
Rendez-Vous
1986
3.12 | 72 ratings
Révolutions
1988
2.96 | 70 ratings
En Attendant Cousteau [Aka: Waiting For Cousteau]
1990
3.59 | 76 ratings
Chronologie
1993
3.58 | 92 ratings
Oxygène 7-13
1997
2.75 | 49 ratings
Metamorphoses
2000
2.08 | 19 ratings
Interior Music
2001
2.93 | 28 ratings
Sessions 2000
2002
3.00 | 31 ratings
Geometry Of Love
2003
3.11 | 36 ratings
Aero
2004
1.73 | 43 ratings
Téo & Téa
2007
3.13 | 36 ratings
Electronica 1 - The Time Machine
2015
2.86 | 25 ratings
Electronica 2 - The Heart Of Noise
2016
3.32 | 38 ratings
Oxygène 3
2016
3.93 | 17 ratings
Équinoxe Infinity
2018

JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.23 | 87 ratings
Les Concerts En Chine
1982
3.33 | 33 ratings
Jean Michel Jarre in Concert: Houston-Lyon
1987
3.21 | 25 ratings
Jarre Live
1989
4.25 | 16 ratings
Les Concerts en Chine, Vol. 1
1992
4.19 | 16 ratings
Les Concerts en Chine, Vol. 2
1994
3.24 | 25 ratings
Hong Kong
1995
4.00 | 11 ratings
Live From Gdansk - Koncert W Stoczni
2005
3.29 | 7 ratings
Printemps de Bourges 2002
2006

JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.75 | 12 ratings
The China Concerts
1989
4.78 | 9 ratings
Paris La Defense: A city in concert
1990
4.18 | 19 ratings
Jarre in China
2005
4.34 | 15 ratings
Solidarnosc Live
2005

JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.64 | 9 ratings
The Essential
1983
3.57 | 7 ratings
Musik Aus Zeit Und Raum
1983
3.59 | 23 ratings
Images: The Best of Jean Michel Jarre
1991
2.06 | 7 ratings
Jarremix
1995
2.57 | 7 ratings
Odyssey Through O2
1998
2.19 | 8 ratings
The Essential
2005
3.23 | 7 ratings
Essentials & Rarities
2011
3.43 | 5 ratings
Essential Recollection
2015
4.95 | 3 ratings
Planet Jarre (50 Years Of Music)
2018

JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.71 | 7 ratings
La Cage / Eros Machine
1969
2.15 | 8 ratings
Music For Supermarkets
1983
3.17 | 6 ratings
Revolutions [Single]
1988
4.33 | 6 ratings
Oxygene-Destination Docklands
1989
2.67 | 6 ratings
Calypso
1990
4.00 | 4 ratings
Zoolookologie
1991
3.00 | 5 ratings
Chronologie [Remixes]
1993
3.00 | 3 ratings
Chronologie 6
1994
4.00 | 6 ratings
Oxygène 8
1997
4.00 | 4 ratings
Oxygène 10, Pt. 1
1997
3.67 | 3 ratings
Oxygène 10, Pt. 2
1997
4.00 | 2 ratings
Oxygène 10 [4 Track Single]
1997
3.60 | 5 ratings
Rendez-Vous 98 (France 98 World Cup, with Apollo 440)
1998
3.20 | 5 ratings
Zero Gravity
2015

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 Planet Jarre (50 Years Of Music) by JARRE, JEAN-MICHEL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2018
4.95 | 3 ratings

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Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

5 stars Jean-Michel Jarre has provided us with 50 years of mind blowing electronic musical magic and now we can treat our ears to this outstanding collection on one album. It's actually 2 CDs with an intriguing booklet to pour through as you listen to 41 tracks that will haunt you. I still can't get Equinoxe 4 out of my head. It's a magnificent collection set out inventively into 4 distinct sections.

Soundscapes section opens magnificently with Oxygene 1 unedited in all its 7:39 glory. Then straight into the more recent Oxygene 19 and the greatness of Rendez-vous 1. There are tracks from a majority of the studio releases such as Waiting For Cousteau and it encapsulates the haunting beauty and awe of JMJ.

Section 2 is Themes and of course has the most recognisable tracks such as the indispensable masterpieces Oxygene 2, 4, and Equinoxe 4, 5, Zoolookologie, Magnetic Fields 2 and Rendez-vous 2 (Laser Harp) and 4, closing with Chronology 4. Each track is something to wrap your ears around. They've appeared on heaps of other compilations but they are his masterpieces so they had to be here.

The next CD is where it gets interesting with many tracks never appearing on compilations. It begins with section 3 Sequences with the awesome Coachella Opening. The synth lines of Arpeggiator and Automatic Part 1 are infectious and then it gets hyper techno with Exit that jars (no pun intended) the ear but not in a good way. Then the wonderful Equinoxe 7 and Oxygene 8 transfix with their melodies. It gets ethereal with Stardust Composed by Jarre and Performer Armin van Buuren, a track I had not heard but glad I have. Deep bass synth lines with sequencer driven Herbalizer and hypnotic electro track Revolutions closes this segment.

After this it gets bizarre as we move into the section Explorations & Early Work. A lot of these tracks have been released in some form in rarities compilations but I had not heard a single track before so it held my interest. Some of these tracks should come with a warning not to listen to after dark. It opens with some lovely pieces but very different including Ethnicolor and Souvenir Of China. Next it's repetitive sound waves and vocal samples on Blah Blah Cafe; are they saying vegetables fresh vegetables? It should be a supermarket if so not a cafe. Talking of supermarkets...... here it is finally in decent sound quality, Music For Supermarkets (Demo Excerpt). It's only 2:04 of this rare work but it's great to hear it. The legendary tracks of this were released as a single copy only then Mr Jarre destroyed the masters. It was broadcast once on some obscure radio station and sneaky Jarre fans tape recorded it. So to hear it in decent quality is a treat. But so short! This is followed by the strange and disquieting Roseland = Le Pays De Rose, La Cage and Erosmachine that are musique concrete experimental works which are intriguing for at least a sample of what Jarre was doing in the late 60s to early 70s. I think it might stun a few listeners as this is dark disturbing stuff. Erosmachine sounds like lovers kanoodling in a dark forest ending in a scream of ecstasy, at least I hope it's ecstasy. The high strangeness is at a level that might prove a bit intense but this is where Jarre began. Hypnose, The Song Of The Burnt Barns = La Chanson Des Granges Br'l'es and Happiness Is A Sad Song are equally off the wall and darkly unnerving pieces. I do not think it gets much darker than Happiness is a Sad Song reminding me of the nightmarish works of Scott Walker or Toby Driver. It sounds like the interior of an insane asylum and might be more at home as the soundtrack to Hereditary or Eraserhead. Things thankfully settle down with Last Rendez-Vous that is mesmerising in its beauty and majesty.

So we have here a through opus of samples encapsulating 50 years of Jarres works, all tracks carefully chosen to showcase the genius of one of the quintessential pioneers of the electronic musicsphere. It is a brilliant career and I haven't heard anything like it. This compilation deserves 5 stars as it has everything I adore about Jarre and so much more. It also forces you to crawl through Jarres massive back catalogue for more. It's addictive music that conjures up all sorts of emotions. It can take you up or bring you down. It has the power to transfix you and once you are exposed to it you are hooked for life. After all I was listening to him on vinyl in 1976 and here I am in 2019 and still listening. No matter who you are, Jarre somehow is able to tap into your conscious and his music is impossible to ignore.

 Équinoxe Infinity by JARRE, JEAN-MICHEL album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.93 | 17 ratings

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Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

4 stars Jean Michel-Jarre returns to one of his greatest well known albums Equinoxe released in 1978. 40 years later in 2018 he presents us with Equinoxe Infinity.

It opens with an atmospheric spacey wash of Mellotrons and synths The Watchers (Movement 1) and this segues into Flying Totems (Movement 2) with a majestic herald of trumpet synth melody. Things get nice and up tempo with Robots Don't Cry (Movement 3) that has a great percussion sound and very cool melody, along with his trademark Oxygene breathing sounds. This is one of my favourite JMJ tracks.

All That You Leave Behind (Movement 4) follows, with sparkling synths and a measured analogue keyboard and whale screeching synth sounds. The atmosphere is intense here and is augmented by spacey swirls and drones. It breaks into a glorious high pitched synth tune with buzzsaw synths layered beneath. If The Wind Could Speak (Movement 5) is a short 1 and a half minute transition with other worldly vocals and a strange melody.

Infinity (Movement 6) is extremely different with vocal intonations, and a very pronounced dance rhythm. It is a pop dance track, and a step in another direction for the Jarre catalogue. Really it sounds like something from 2 Unlimited or a techno group; I prefer it if JMJ steer clear of this style as it is a bit out of place on this album.

Machines Are Learning (Movement 7) is a short piece and it is back to business with a fabulous sequencer maintaining a steady pace and more vocals that are more robotic. I love the rhythms and how they progress seamlessly to The Opening (Movement 8), a hypnotic beat consistently building with grandiose melodic keyboards.

Don't Look Back (Movement 9) is a jumpy track with cello synths and echoing glockenspiel sounds. It gains in pace and then is joined by deep groaning synths and hypno trance beat and those swishing spacey washes.

Équinoxe Infinity (Movement 10) is a 7 and a half minute piece with very patient synths building gradually with a spacey ethereal atmosphere. The music is wet with splashes and waves as a mesmiric tempo ensues.

The album is unlike anything found on the original Equinoxe, so it is perplexing as to how this is a sequel, though I would say it is simply attempting to build on the success of the first. Overall it is an energetic and synth heavy lively release that has a lot of terrific music scattered here and there. Some moments are not up to standard but it is still a very spacey atmospheric album, and one that tends to grow on you on each listen.

 Oxygène 3 by JARRE, JEAN-MICHEL album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.32 | 38 ratings

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Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

4 stars First there was the masterpiece in 1976, then the followup in 1977, and now in 2016 the latest Oxygene instalment for our ears to be caressed yet again. I love how the tracks follow on as one long 3 album epic, for on this release there are tracks 14 to 20. The noteable thing about this instalment is that it does not try to be anything more than an inspired work, with many sections reminiscent of the same sounds and effects as heard on the original. The instruments are a wall of synthesizers, Korg Polyphonic Ensemble, Metasonic, Animoog, Analogs, Cognosphere, Spire, Serum, Mellotron D4000, and a swag of drum machines to present some other worldly music to mesmirise you.

It opens with a bouncy melodic rhythm and synth echoes that clearly resonate on the percussion layers. The music is very spacey and symphonic. At about ten minutes in the synth tempo quickens and a synth pad enters with wave swells as were heard on the 1976 release. It gets rather creepy with a howling ghostly sound and a low synth drone.

The atmosphere changes with some industrial sounds as are heard on the latest Gary Numan albums such as Savage or Splinter. It is a very dark sound but JMJ brings in a melodic chord progression that is pleasing to the ear. Synth layers create a wall of sound then a percussive tempo enters around the 13 minute mark. All of the tracks merge into one another as one seamless track. The music is wondrous and this is definitely a few notches above the previous Oxygene album.

Everything gets darker and a drone howls at the 17 minute mark, like an icy planetary scape. Very low synths buzz a new chord progression over this atmosphere. I love the darkness in this section. A tempo cranks up and spreads the light rays of bright synths across the icy plains. Layer upon layer of synths continue the upbeat melody and massive waves breathe in and out as they did on the closing track of the original album.

The pace slows down for a while until the spacey swooshes melt the atmosphere 26 minutes in. Bouncy synths create a quick tempo, then a beautiful melody and techno rhythm lock in. Some chord progressions are similar to the 1976 Oxygene which is pleasing. The weird crunching chords at the 32 minute mark sounds like a cathedral organ in reverse. It gets quite creepy here, with snipping scissor sounds over a stormy weather. Then a very familiar melody is heard not unlike the closing track of the 1976 release. It closes with a slow building synth wash ascending to a high register; very majestic and atmospheric.

Jean Michel Jarre has really hit on an intriguing and imaginative soundscape with this latest Oxygene and what a way to go out if this is the last in the series. It certainly delivers some outstanding instrumentals and the synth sounds are wonderful. It is a definite treat for fans of the original and one of the best releases from this masterclass composer.

 Oxygène 7-13 by JARRE, JEAN-MICHEL album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.58 | 92 ratings

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Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Jean Michel Jarre has to be one of the most undisputed pioneers of electronically based musicspheres. Indeed the Oxygene original vinyl sat proudly on my turntable as I grew up as an impressionable teen and it had an enormous impact on my music tastes and ushered me into the world of electronic music and especially Mellotron soaked and Analog driven instrumental music. Oxygene 2 and 4 are still quintessential Jarre treasures and I did not expect anything on his latter followups to measure up to this genius. I was hoping to have my ears caressed with the gentle warmth of Jarre's synthesizers and in this case I was not disappointed.

There are layers of synths on offer here such as the 2600 ARP synthesizer, VCS3 synthesizer, and Theremin sounds among the majestic Mellotron M400 and Digisequencers. The sound has a crystalline clarity that simply throbs in the ears and by the time Oxygene 12 and 13 entered I was entranced by the beauty and captivating rhythms.

It is an album that deserves the Oxygene title though of course it is not the masterpiece of the original. As a follow up it is worthy of listening from start to finish and has some mesmirising passages and recognizable Oxygene nuances such as the breathing effects and droning Trons that are an eargasm in themselves. Definitely check this out and treat your ears to some heavenly sounds.

 Équinoxe Infinity by JARRE, JEAN-MICHEL album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.93 | 17 ratings

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Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars Legendary French electronic icon Jean-Michel Jarre returns with a `sequel' to one of his most highly regarded works in 1978's `Equinoxe', and even if it's rarely ever too challenging or ground-breaking, and doesn't actually remind of the original much at all, 2018's `Equinoxe Infinity' still has plenty to offer. Jarre brings his army of digital and analogue keyboards to deliver a punchy and endlessly melodic set of bubbly electronica, sleek synth-pop, spacier dramatic themes, New-Age/ambient touches and one or two dancier spots, and like many of Jarre's past works, the pieces (all subtitled with `Movement') seamlessly segue into each-other forming an ever-evolving aural collage...or kind of like a cool spacey mix-tape!

The first half/side A is particularly strong, and `The Watchers' is a suitably announcing opener with fizzy electronics and the first use of a stirring main synth melody that will pop up elsewhere in the disc, sounding reliably like the Jarre albums of the Seventies. The twinkling electronica of `Flying Totems' teems with life with a victorious and dramatic theme, and the moody `Robots Don't Cry', one of the strongest moments of the disc, is a slinking head-nodding electronic brood with seductively clipping programming bringing a buoyant energy, and scratchy Mellotron and ringing electric piano motifs rise up out of its lush ambient caresses. `All That You Leave Behind' is an uneasy ambient interlude with tolling bells that lurches into a spacey heavy grind, but the brief `If The Wind Could Speak' wraps the first half with glitching synth-pop and slightly kitsch female voice samples flitting in and out.

However, the flip-side's `Infinity' is going to be the breaking point for some listeners! The catchy dance piece, all inane wordless vocal samples and clichéd repeating synth theme is probably the closest the artist has come to delivering something as obnoxiously cheesy and lightweight as a `Summer Dance Anthem', but while the track is not really surprising considering Jarre's diversity and desire to keep one foot in the door of commercial relevance and modern dance music culture, it's still a little grating (although some will probably appreciate its uplifting positivity). Thankfully the disc fully recovers with `Machines Are Learning', a mix of darting sequencer programming and whirring cut-up robotic voices, the superb `The Opening' has a confident and defiant recurring dramatic theme over pulsing beats (lovely ambient outro as well) and `Don't Look Back' elegantly weaves cello-like samples over glistening electronic trickles. The unhurried seven minute closing title-track `Equinoxe Infinity' is unexpectedly subtle and subdued, reprising earlier musical themes and revealing slowly unfolding ambient passages of Tangerine Dream-modelled deep-space atmospheres and fusing them with a Vangelis-flavoured cinematic soundtrack-like sophistication.

While there's often not a lot of depth to it, and Jean-Michel clearly slapped a fancy arty Hipgnosis/Storm Thorgerson-like cover on it and used the 'brand name' title to attract more fans even when there's not much to suggest this has any proper connection to the earlier album at all, `Equinoxe Infinity' is a classy work with a slick polished production from a legendary electronic artist that's easy to enjoy, with several moments that lift to real greatness, and plenty of Jarre fans should get exactly what they want with it!

Four stars.

 Essential Recollection by JARRE, JEAN-MICHEL album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2015
3.43 | 5 ratings

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Review by TenYearsAfter

3 stars "FIRST REVIEW OF THIS ALBUM"

'My review # 200 is dedicated to the genius of electronic musician JM Jarre'.

At about 50 years ago, in 1977, I was one of the many millions who was mesmerized by the videoclip from a certain Jean-Michel Jarre, with his single Oxygene 4: first clouds of cold ice and the sound of blowing wind, then a young, well dressed musician appears under a curtain, surrounded by keyboards and playing on a modular synthesizer, a magical moment! It was a huge hit in Holland and gradually JM Jarre also conquered the rest of the world, with his accessible blend of pop and electronic music. Fuelled by his fame and fortune he organized open-air concerts on a very large scale in Paris, London, Houston and Moscow, most were attended by over a million (in Moscow even 3,5 million), with a happy and enthusiastic JM Jarre as the focal point, performing his pioneering music, and embellished with jawdropping visuals. This has a history.

As a very young boy he grew up in a wealthy environment, got piano lessons, was interested in many forms of art and, a skilled painter. But emotionally the young Jean-Michel suffered, after his father (famous composer and conductor Maurice Jarre) and his mother Francette (French resistance in WW2 and a concentration camp survivor) decided to divorce when he was only five years old. During the years music, art and experimenting with devices became very important for Jean-Michel, it helped him to battle his deep sad feelings about missing his father. So first there is the very young Jean-Michel Jarre, sitting alone in in his boyroom, missing his father. But as an adult and succesful musician he is the centre of massive open-air concerts, attended by millions who embrace him. You can analyse this as the ultimate sublimation of loneliness.

Back to his music, JM Jarre was a pioneer in scouting the border between electronic - and pop music, inspired by the Moog synthesizer driven composition Popcorn. On this comprehensive CD compilation most of the tracks contain the 'JM Jarre trademark' : cheerful synthesizer runs with catchy beats, blended with lush synthesizer strings and typical electronic music 'beeps and bleeps' and subtle spacy - and fat bass sounds. Like in Oxygene Part 4 (propulsive sequencer), Equinoxe Part 4 (distorted sounds and use of the Theremin in the end), Magnetic Fields Part 2, Equinoxe Part 5, Chronology Part 4 and Rendez-Vous 4.

JM Jarre also delivers pleasant variety.

Spectacular use of the arpeggiator (basic sequence of notes) in Arpegiateur (evoking early Vangelis and Synergy).

Dreamy atmospheres in Souvenir Of China (melancholical strings and Chinese voices) and Oxygene Part 6 (beautiful layers of strings).

A techno sound in the swinging Bells, featuring the sound of bells and distorted voices. And the composition Last Rendez-Vouz (Ron's Piece), a wonderful tribute to astronaut Ron McNair, victim of the horrible Challenger disaster. Ron was also a skilled saxophone player and had worked with JM Jarre on a piece of music for Jarre's then-upcoming album Rendez-Vous. It was intended that he would record his saxophone solo on board of the Challenger. The saxophone solo in Ron's Piece is played by Frenchman Pierre Gossez. His very emotional solo starts sensitive and ends with screamy outbursts, expressing the destruction and agony, very moving.

My conclusion. This CD compilation is entitled Essential Recollection but this should have been extended to Essential Recollection Part One : 1976 - 2000. Because it spans the time between the 1976 album Oxygene and the 2000 album Metamorphoses, it's not a total overview of his work. To me the tracklist looks comprehensive, although I miss the funny single The Last Rumba and the special single London Kid (featuring guitar legend Hank B. Marvin). The emphasis is on the more catchy, pop-oriented electronic music, I miss Oxygene Part 5 (from his magical Oxygene album) and the track Magnetic Fields Part 1 (my favourite JM Jarre composition) is an abridged version, from 17.49 to 6.33. A good compilation but I am sure that within a few years Sony Music will release a compilation entitled Jean-Michel Jarre - Essential Recollection Part Two : 2000 - 2020.

My rating: 3,5 star.

Finally a personal note. A few years after watching the Ogygene 4 videoclip in 1977 I bought my first synthesizer, a Roland Juno 106, inspired by JM Jarre his videoclip. I still love his first albums but lost my dedication for JM Jarre since Zoolook. In 2016 I attended for the first time a JM Jarre gig, I was blown away by not only the jawdropping visuals but also by the Electronica 1 and 2 tracks. Especially the sensational, modern sounding Exit (tribute to his hero Edward Snowden), one of the best electronic music compositions I have ever heard, what a genius!

 Oxygène 3 by JARRE, JEAN-MICHEL album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.32 | 38 ratings

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Review by genbanks

5 stars Wasn't easy to decide to give 5 stars to this álbum. Not a masterpiece, but there are a couple of reasons about this for me. At first, if I check all the new music that I listened along 2017, Oxygene 3 is the best production, and I have no doubts about this. And second, I can fit this music into the progressive universe. In addition it is Jarre's returning to his best shape, after the disappointment Electronica I and II (at least for me). In fact, I think that Oxygene 3 it is the best from Jarre since Oxygene 7-13. The music is great, the arrengements, the electronic flavour, the rhythms, and all this synth landscapes. By a paradox the best part of the album it is on the middle, and Im trying to say that the first and the last tracks are the ones in a slightly inferior level. Oxygene 14 is a rather conventional electronic number, not bad, I like it, but nothing special. Anyway it is a good beginning of the album. But when you flow into Equinoxe 15, things become Wow! All this dark and fat synth sounds (not exempt of melody), like viscous bubbles, all over a bass synth pattern and with a far techno synth motive running behind, are simply stunning. The track evolves to an obscure ending with some pseudo dramatic sounds till it gets into Equinoxe 16 as a natural prolongation. The bass bubbles continues with a rhythmical and crescent density till they jump into a techno race covered by a synth wall sound with some colourful touches, just great. The music gets darker again into an obscure ending. The trip continues now to the inevitable electronic hit (or at least it tryies to be), in the vein of Oxygene 4 or Oxygene 8. And yes, Oxygene 17 is just amazing, so positive music, so original, so Jarre, definitely he returned at his best with this album. Oxygene 18 is a little and calm piece centered on the electric piano over chords matress, almost in a Vangelis vein. Simple in the the melody but surely not on the harmonies behind. Deep and emotional. And then we have Oxygene 19. Well here Jarre shines again I must say, in an ambient and spacey piece. Literally it transports you to the space, between the stars, the synth motive repeats itself in an persistent way changing the tonalities continuosly, until a suprising fanfare gets over it, just epic and I simply love it. In the end Jarre seemed to try to finish the Oxygene series with big sounds. Not bad, but I would appreciate more if he had gone with something more in the vein of the previous tracks. But I can't complain, he made a great work. I really recommend it.
 Équinoxe by JARRE, JEAN-MICHEL album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.02 | 252 ratings

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Review by sgtpepper

4 stars A successor to Oxygene that can hold on its own. A lot of textures, nice keyboard layers. This album is more reflective than Oxygene and almost a masterpiece but still missing more complexity and ideas. The melodies are strong and sometimes catchy. Although there are influences of Tangerine Dream and other progressive electronic artists, it is a quite accessible effort and once you try to play it on the keyboards yourself, you will see that the chords are not difficult to recognize :-) It would have been a pleasure to have all these analog keyboards around and play on them! A very fine record and second of his three best ones.
 Rendez-Vous by JARRE, JEAN-MICHEL album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.45 | 115 ratings

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Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Originally composed as a tie-in with the Challenger shuttle mission before, Jean-Michel Jarre's Rendez-vous is a piece whose backstory ends up with a little extra poignancy due to the disaster which claimed the lives of the astronauts. Overall it's a long piece reminiscent of Jarre's breakthroughs like Oxygene and Equinoxe, the vocal experiments of Zoolook having been set aside. Aside from the last piece being subtitled "Ron's Piece", in light of the fact that astronaut Ron McNair was supposed to play the sax part of it from orbit as part of the mission, the mood of the whole seems rather untroubled by the tragedy it was associated with, and if I had any major criticism it would be the apparent lack of strong emotion altogether.
 Oxygène 7-13 by JARRE, JEAN-MICHEL album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.58 | 92 ratings

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Review by Progfan97402
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4 stars It seems like Jarre is having Mike Oldfield Disease. It's a contest in how many sequels and remakes of a classic album you can do. With Oldfield, it was Tubular Bells (The Orchestra Tubular Bells, Tubular Bells II, Tubular Bells III, the Millennium Bell, Tubular Bells 2003). With Jarre it's Oxygene. So far it hasn't quite as bad as Tubular Bells, but there's the original Oxygene, Oxygene 7-13, Oxygene: New Master Recording, and Oxygene 3.

Oxygene 7-13 was obviously released roughly 20 years after the original. It's been frequently criticized as a rehash. There's no denying he does everything in 1997 to recreate the mood and spirit of the original right down to the rhythms and phased Eminent 310U, but he uses more Mellotron on this album than all his other albums put together (the original Oxygene, as well as Equinoxe had some low key tron choirs, that's it). Some techno elements are present which seem like it hearkens back to Chronologie, his previous album. To me, I like this better than Chronologie, as he wasn't trying to "appeal to the kids" like he did on that one. To ne, Jarre works best when he lets the music do the talking, rather than those overextravagant light shows, where his music frequently suffered in the process. Sometimes his tastes lapse, why else would he record calypso influenced pieces on the "Calypso" part of En Attendent Cousteau (Waiting for Cousteau), or the Latin-influenced "Magnetic Fields Part 5 (The Last Rhumba)". At least with Oxygene 7-13, like the original, the music, not the extravagant light shows, does the talking (actually I know the extravagant light shows only apply live). If you don't mind the music being an obvious rehash, it's actually worth having.

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