Showing posts with label Jean Michel Jarre. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jean Michel Jarre. Show all posts

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Oxygene IV - Jean Michel Jarre

'When 'Oxygene IV' was first released in 1977, it was an instant chart success around the world. Such much, created entirely on synthesizers, had never been heard before and Jean-Michel Jarre acquired a reputation as being a master of technology.' The press info sheet included with this single stretches historical facts a bit: long before 'Oxygene' was released, the German masters of technology Kraftwerk were already at it. But we go on...

'Time has passed and, as the 1990's approach, Jarre shares the same concerns of us all for our environment and the ways in which it is being endangered by the very technology we created.' How interesting... The truth, of course, is that there was some money to be earned by re-releasing this classic. On environment-damaging vinyl, no less.

My collection: 7" single no. 4960
Found: Record Exchange, London, October 31, 2010
Cost: 50p
Tracks: 'Oxygene IV (remix)' / 'Industrial revolution (overture)'

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Rendez-vous - Jean Michel Jarre

Jarre recorded the album 'Rendez-vous' after being inspired by the sounds of the Elka synthesizer, which he used a lot on the record. It also features his first heavy use of the Moog synthesizer on a studio album. This single featured part 4 of the album.

In 1986 NASA and the city of Houston asked Jarre to stage a concert to celebrate NASA's 25th and the city of Houston's 150th anniversaries. During that concert, astronaut Ronald McNair was to have played the saxophone part of Jarre's piece "Rendez-vous VI" while in orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. It was to have been the first piece of music recorded in space, for the album. After the Challenger disaster of January 28 1986 which killed McNair, the piece was recorded with a different saxophonist, retitled 'Ron's piece' and the album dedicated to the seven dead Challenger astronauts.

My collection: 7" single no. 3736
Found: Record fair, Den Haag, May 23, 2009
Cost: 0,5 euro
Tracks: 'Fourth Rendez-vous' / 'First Rendez-vous'

Monday, 2 February 2009

Equinoxe - Jean Michel Jarre

'Equinoxe' was the second album released by Jean Michel Jarre, released in 1978. The album reflects a day in the life of a human being, from morning to night. The release of the album was followed by a concert on the Place de la Concorde, Paris on July 14, 1979. The concert attracted one million people, becoming Jarre's first entry in the Guinness Book of Records for the largest crowd for an outdoor concert.

The single 'Equinoxe (part 5)' peaked at number 45 in the UK singles chart, and reached number 13 in the Dutch Top 40. The B-side of this single features an autograph of Jean Michel Jarre in the runout groove, as made by him on the master plate.

My collection: 7" single no. 2917
Found: London, November 1, 1997
Cost: 1 pound
Tracks: 'Equinoxe (part 5)' / 'Equinoxe (part 1)'
Download: here

Monday, 26 January 2009

Magnetic Fields part 2 - Jean Michel Jarre

I think everyone who grew up in or around the Seventies remembers their first cassettes. I got a tape recorder in 1980 and spent hours on end filling tapes with the music I heard on the radio. So in 1981 I recorded an instrumental track from a Belgian radio station, without actually hearing a title or artist. Instrumental tracks can be very hard to identify. And so it took me years to find out that this particular track was Jean Michel Jarre's 'Magnetic Fields part 2'. It was a minor hit in the Netherlands for Jarre, reaching number 34 in the Dutch Top 40.

'Magnetic fields' was Jarre's first album recorded with digital synthesizers, having used analogue ones on his previous work.

My collection: 7" single no. 2455
Found: Record fair, Amsterdam, September 2, 1995
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'Magnetic Fields part 2' / 'Magnetic Fields part 1'
Download: here

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Oxygene - Jean Michel Jarre

French composer Jean Michel Jarre composed, produced and performed 'Oxygene' in 1976 after he got inspired by a painting given to him by his future wife Charlotte Rampling. The painting was made by Michel Granger and showed the earth peeling to reveal a skull (This image also appears on the cover of the album).

'Oxygene' consists of six tracks, simply numbered I to VI. Part IV was released in edited form as a single. As is evident from the sleeve of the (French) single which I bought, the music was also used as a theme song for broadcasts of basketball games on the French channel Europe 1.


My collection: 7" single no. 1893
Found: May 2, 1993
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'Oxygene IV' / 'Oxygene VI'
Download: here
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