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Aero [CD+DVD]

Jean Michel Jarre Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Sep 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Warner Strategic Marketing
  • ASIN: B0002IVMJ8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,239 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Aero Opening
2. Oxygene 2
3. aero
4. Equinoxe 8
5. Oxygene 4
6. Souvenir of China
7. Aerology
8. Equinoxe 3
9. Equinoxe 4
10. Last Rendez-Vous
11. Zoolookology
12. Aerozone
13. Magnetic Fields 1
14. Chronology 6
15. Rendez-vous 4
16. Aero Opening
17. Oxygene 2
18. aero
19. Equinoxe 8
20. Oxygene 4
See all 30 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Aero is Jean Michel Jarre's first experiment in surround sound as well as being the most respectable "best of" album in 13 years. The album features reworked versions of his golden oldies and three new pieces. The result of the new orchestration is a modern-sounding remix album, rather than a definitive greatest hits.

The album was designed and recorded in multi channel surround-sound and is therefore presented on both a CD and DVD in the same package (including Dolby Digital and DTS tracks allowing playback on a standard DVD video player in 5.1 surround sound). Sound quality is top notch as you'd expect although sometimes the transitional pieces between tracks overdo the surround effects for the sake of demonstrating the technology.

The music itself, as a collection of greatest hits tracks, is a surprising choice, presumably designed for the best 5.1 surround sound. There's no "Revolutions", "Chronologie 4", "Ethnicolor", "Calypso", "Oxygene 8" or "Hey Gagarin", for instance. We are treated to fresh, excellent reworkings of classics: "Oxygene 2", "Equinoxe 3" and "Last Rendez-vous". Aging tracks such as "Oxygene 4", "Chronologie 6", and "Rendez-vous 4" have all been brought up to date. The three new tracks recall Robert Miles and Orbital. They're good but there's a feeling they were left over from previous projects. There are too many synth presets sounding too clinical and lacklustre compared to the high standard of sounds used in Jarre's other studio albums. Moreover, there are finer unreleased tracks that could have been included.

Also included on the DVD is a visual track. A close-up of the actress Anne Parillaud's (Nikita) eyes while she listens to the music for the full 73 minutes in one take is typical of Jarre's subtle, minimalist and "non-MTV" visual style. Aero will appeal to those wanting to test their home cinema equipment and those seeking some of the greatest hits of France's electronica wizard. --Colin Neal

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Superb 23 Sep 2004
Format:Audio CD
I was a bit sceptical about buying this album at first due to the review given on Amazon. I threw caution to the wind and paid my money and I am glad I did. Being a huge Jarre fan (composing my own music electronicaly so he is a huge influence also) I was greeted with classics such as SOUVENIR OF CHINA and LAST RENDEZVOUS. If you have heard any of these tracks on the CD before, when you hear them on Aero you will know that Jarre has, should I say Re-composed them using new equipment, that's not to say the pieces aren't the same, they are very much the same, just new gear. I'm sure there is a Triton in there! It realy is a pleasure to listen to and the DVD with the eyes video gets your freinds asking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good - but could have been better 28 Oct 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Being a long time fan of Jarre, I found this album rather familiar listening. Without reading the CD cover, listening to the album the first time was a treat - trying to spot the subtle introductions to familiar pieces reworked into audio scene changes. It was fun to listen to, but I'm not convinced that this will be an album I'll cherish for long. Some of the tracks are below par - particularly when compared to some spirited performances on live albums such as Houston/Lyon and Destination Docklands. One of the audio transitions even features a tinny recording of a pervious concert - could this be Jarre reflecting on previous heights of achievement? This album is a somewhat stale re-presentation of previously release tracks - with the occaisional moment of auditory genius, such as the reworking of Oxygene 4. The new material is uninspired and hardly warrents buying this album. I would have forgone the additional DVD if some more original material had replaced it.
I find that some of albums improve with repeated listening, such as Chronology and Metamorphesis, but I think this one will be collecting dust on my CD shelf for some time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I have been a JMJ fan for many years, first introduced to the composer way in the early 80's back when my good friend Ben Sparrow's older brother had a vinyl LP of Oxygene crackling away on a delapidated record player....then, it's erie mixture of electronic synth noises and calmic effect contrasted well with the jumping needle and dark rural Herefordshire nights.
This album would not evoke such a similar mood, even though Equinox, Magnetic Fields and Oxygene tracks are included - re-mastering and digitising into 5.1 surround sound is fun but it misses that 'original Jarre magic'. There are too few new tracks - Aero and Aerology are superb (pity these are limited to two tracks) and although I do love to listen to the old Jarre tracks, I am desperate for him to now bring on a completely new album. I know that times have moved on, and I would not wish Jarre to 'mimic' albums gone by, but he would do well to re-view his music that made him unique and bring his dedicated fan base something different and less like the many amibient/chill out bands around. Do something different Jarre! This album is a fantastic compilation but that is all. I am waiting for Jarre to produce music like he used to - music that taps into your mood and penetrates deep into the listeners mind. I am waiting.....(like that fantastic 46 min track on 'Waiting for Cousteu' album!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immerse & Enjoy 17 Jan 2007
By Andie B
Format:Audio CD
Jarre has been a person most talked about in our music generation, with both good and not so good comments, however, taking away the principle that this is another compilation of hits, the album is very cleverly worked.

For anyone who has 'heard' of Jean or was simply interested, not only has his work been revolutionary in the Electronica/Ambient music field but this CD/DVD marks another step in music production. It is (well, was) one of the first times a listener can immerse in music and not just listen to it and tap their foot. Jean has always been an artist, not just in music composition, but in everyday life; producing free music shows with spectacular visual effects for example. In short, it is pretty much an agreeable fact that this CD/DVD combo is a milestone.

It is nice to hear re-workings of his previous classics, and also nice to hear songs most forget like Zoolookology (Zoolookologie), Equinoxe 3, Last Rendez-Vous (Ron's Piece) and so forth. This album gives any listener, new or a hardened Jarre fan, a new experiance in Music, and to find out what Jarre is all about - not just a musician, but an inventor, idealist, thinker and a guy who doesn't want to make a mass change of peoples concepts, but just to make them realise other potentials of music.

Take a listen (and a look) at the album, and if you are not moved on a sensual musical level, by putting on headphones or sitting at your TV with your cinema surround sound on, then you will never understand Jean Michel Jarre.

Music is designed to entertain us, make us smile or cry or feel emotions we never thought were possible. Music is a way for us humans to contact a side of us we didn't know existed, and Jarre knows this which is exactly why he is the kind of artist he is today.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry Jarre fans! 22 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
Contrary to several other reviews, I would say this album is strictly for Jarre fans. I know I'm showing my age but it reminds me of those demo vinyl albums in the early days of stereo when you would amaze your pals with flies buzzing from the left speaker to the right or trains rumbing across the room. This album is all about effects and not music. If that's what you like then you will love it. If like me you like a good tune now and then I suggest you buy Mike Oldfields Tubular Bells 2003 which is incidentally a genuine DVD-Audio whereas this is a DVD-Video. Anne Parillaud's eyes are interesting for all of 5 minutes and then they and her mole become a distraction. You should not really need any video accompaniment to enjoy good music (although having said that the video extracts of Mike Oldfields concerts on TB 2003 are excellent!). So, my apologies to Jarre diehards but this is strictly for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by zibi
2.0 out of 5 stars Album great, condition not so much
the album is a winner. more so if you have a full 5.1 or above cinematic setup. its a album that was made for this medium foremost. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MBell
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A great combination of tracks, excellently performed and well mixed. Aero and Souvenir of China tracks are particularly well done.
Published 5 months ago by B D LIGAT
5.0 out of 5 stars Very relaxing
Put this on, after you have switched your phone of and closed your curtains, and pulled the batteries outta the doorbell, and unplugged the house phone, after that is all done,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Davy Hunter
2.0 out of 5 stars CD Bien - DVD Mal
Las nuevas versiones estan muy bien pero el dvd es horribilis. Solo recomendable por las nuevas versiones de los clásicos de Jean Michel jarre.
Published 17 months ago by Jordi
4.0 out of 5 stars Alternative to the originals
Interesting as altrernative to the originals. Compilation and re-interpretation by the master himself.
Some may however prefer the originals. I do not blame them!
Published 18 months ago by Ioannis
5.0 out of 5 stars Jean Michel Jarre, doing what he does best in Aero
He is a musician and a painter, and he likes to make his music visible.
Aero [CD + DVD]
You'll know that when you've witnessed some of his concerts. Read more
Published on 27 July 2012 by Matthieu van der Sluis
4.0 out of 5 stars Not an Essential Jarre
I bought this album based on the positive reviews on Amazon. I am a long time J-M Jarre fan. At first I thought this was a new album. It is a best of... Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2012 by Peter Cavendish
5.0 out of 5 stars jarre in surround
I originally bought this cd/dvd when it was 1st released.
The remastered cd sounds brilliant but for me what earns this package 5 stars is the 5. Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2010 by Mr. Lee Regan
5.0 out of 5 stars purchase this and fly away...
If you have any interest in this incredible composer Aero is your best introduction to Jean Michel Jarre's music. Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2009 by Deven Gadula
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