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Poll Question: Which one of these albums is your favorite?
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    Posted: August 02 2014 at 08:50
Both released the same year and both very melodic, which one of these electronic albums do you prefer? Personally, I abstain from voting for now, Stratosfear needs more listens but I quite like both.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote tdfloyd Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 02 2014 at 09:04
Tough call. Huge TD fan but this is probably Jarre's best.  Since there isn't a fence sitting option on this poll, m going with Oxygen.  Now if the TD choice was either of the 3 prior albums , the vote would have been reversed.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 02 2014 at 10:01
Both of these albums are excellent representations of the kind of music that I most listened to some years before I decided to delve into "prog", and have loved both.  With Tangerine Dream, only the first four albums have I regularly played over the last 8 or so years as my tastes rather shifted, but I still play later TD now and then and do enjoy that TD album very much when I'm in that sort of melodic mood.  Likewise, I stlll also like to play Oxygene when in the mood (that and Equinoxe are my favourite Jarre albums).

I am going with Oxygene partially because it is such a strong Jarre album, and there happens to be quite a few other Tangerine Dream albums (earlier ones) that I would more usually want to play.  Also, Oxygene just has music that still resonates with me so much and takes me back to another time on my musical path that I really care about rather more than Stratosfear. Both albums give me a good nostalgic feeling, and it's a pretty tight race for me,..
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Imperial Zeppelin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 02 2014 at 10:12
I like them both a lot, but I find myself giving Stratosphere a listen more than Oxygene. So voted for TD
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Oxygene
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J.M.Jarre
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TD forever
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Progosopher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 02 2014 at 12:36
Stratosfear comes off a little stale to me, yet Oxygene is fresh. TD had hit their stride yet Jarre was coming into his.
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Stratosfear. Overall better album, and Oxygene can't beat its title track.
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Jean-Michel Jarre.
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Oxygene
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Not really a fan of Jarre and I really like the TD album so...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote someone_else Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 02 2014 at 14:49
A very close call. I voted for Jean-Michel Jarre today, but in fact I like them about equally.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 03 2014 at 02:58
Jarre on this one as it seemed to define electronic music at that time but both albums are probably 4 star albums in my book.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Chris S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 03 2014 at 03:14
I think TD were for obvious reasons more established. As much as I love the incredible Oxygene, no faults.......Stratosfear well for me was pushing even more boundaries at that time. I mean......Invisible Limits? Both great albums and for me Jarre's best work.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 03 2014 at 03:30
Hmm... Jarre's best vs. Tangos' average... not a tough choice - Stratosfear by a country mile.

Soon after the initial excitement of hearing electronic music played on day-time radio (Oxygène Part IV) I bought the album and was woefully disappointed by the whole thing, it sounded bland, derivative and soulless to my ears - it's electronic Pop Corn (Hot Butter) and not in the same league as the Tangos (or even Oldfield). I've played it maybe a couple of times in the past 38 years and it hasn't got any better, I'd much rather listen to father Maurice than son Jean Michel (Maurice wrote the soundtracks to Lawrence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago).


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 03 2014 at 14:59
Oxygene Part 2 is easily one of the best electronic pieces I've heard. I'd love to hear anything else remotely like that.

also used brilliantly as part of the Peter Weir film Gallipoli at a key moment , so obviously must be soulless and bland


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Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

Oxygene Part 2 is easily one of the best electronic pieces I've heard. I'd love to hear anything else remotely like that.

also used brilliantly as part of the Peter Weir film Gallipoli at a key moment , so obviously must be soulless and bland
Confused each to his own and there is no accounting for taste. To my ears it's simplistic, repetitive and has some well-timed synth sci-fi effect noises all over it, but it is completely devoid of any soul, emotion or passion - even Tomita managed to squeeze more emotion out of electronic music than this. It certainly does not conjure feeling of fear, panic, anticipation or any other emotion that you'd expect on Turkish battlefield in WWI. So I think you maybe influenced by the visual more than the aural in that - maybe that works "brilliantly" for you but for me that was a most incongruous piece of film scoring. Sometimes incongruent film-scoring really does work brilliantly, A Clockwork Orange being a prime example, but not in this case, I half expected to see Empire Stormtroopers to come marching over the hill firing laser-rifles "pew-pew, pew, pew-pew-pew, pew, pew". 


Edited by Dean - August 03 2014 at 17:53


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote genbanks Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 03 2014 at 17:03
Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

Oxygene Part 2 is easily one of the best electronic pieces I've heard.

Aboslutely agree
 


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