Jarre, Jean Michel

Band members               Related acts

- Jean Michel Jarre - synthesizers



- Groupe de Recherches Musicales

- Mystere IV





Genre: progressive

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Oxygene

Company: Polydor

Catalog: PD-1-6112

Year: 1976

Country/State: Lyon, France

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: --

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4768

Price: $8.00

Cost: $1.00


As a teenager my dad took a job with NATO and in 1976 the family moved to Belgium.  This album was one of the first things I heard in the country.  


The son of French music composer Maurice Jarre, Jean Michel Jarre is far better known throughout Europe than he is in the States, though he enjoyed his 15 minutes of American fame in the mid-1970s.   Jarre junior started his musical training as a classical pianist, but by the mid-1960s had shifted his attention to jazz, rock and experimental music (musique concrete).  The early-1970s found him writing material for others and composing film scores while continuing to experiment on the sides.


Self-produced, 1976's "Oxygene" provided Jarre with his commercial breakthrough. Powered by six synthesizers and a Farfisa organ, the album featured a suite of six inter-related instrumentals ('Oxygene Parts 1 - 6'). Full of beeps, buzzes and other sounds effects, at the time this was pretty cutting edge stuff baring at least a passing resemblance to some of the stuff being churned out by the likes of Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream.  I clearly remember listening to it with headphones on and being pretty psyched out.  That makes it kind of fun to hear it some 30 years later.  To my older and more mature ears it still sounds pretty good, with Jarre proving to be good at crafting catchy melodies, though those sound effects occasionally give it an Atari Space Invaders-like feel. 


"Oxygene" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Oxygene (Part I) (instrumental)    (Jean Michel Jarre) - 

2.) Oxygene (Part II) (instrumental)    (Jean Michel Jarre) - 

3.) Oxygene (Part III) (instrumental)    (Jean Michel Jarre) - 


(side 2)
1.) Oxygene (Part IV) (instrumental)    (Jean Michel Jarre) - 

2.) Oxygene (Part V) (instrumental)    (Jean Michel Jarre) - 

3.) Oxygene (Part VI) (instrumental)    (Jean Michel Jarre) - 





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