Cards on the table, I bought Oxygene when it came out and I think my brother bought Equinoxe. Since then I have seen Jean Michel Jarre on tv for about 5 minutes but never revisited those early albums
Planet Jarre is a doorstop retrospective that flits across his body of work and frankly demonstrates both how impressive it is but equally draws attention to the relative lack of new ideas on display.
Split into 4 themed discs (Soundscapes, Sequences, Themes, Explorations and early works) which I have subsequently re-christened (Meh!, mmmm, better! And mmmm2 in the spirit of JMJ’s lack of inspiration when it comes to track titles – oxygene 20 anyone?
Yes he was a pioneer (and yes, in my view his dad was one of the great film soundtrack composers – an epithet deserved for the year of living dangerously alone)
I got this to review (many thanks Mr B Pole) and played it all the way through while I was doing something else.
Then I sat down in more relaxed surroundings (comfortable chair, glass of Talisker, headphones) and listened again.
If you are doing something else this is unremarkable. If you sit and listen? Its unremarkable, » Continue Reading.