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Equinoxe [Original recording remastered]

Jean Michel Jarre Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Disques Dreyfus/Sony Music France
  • ASIN: B00004UOVT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,221 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. "Equinoxe, Pt. I"
2. "Equinoxe, Pt. II"
3. "Equinoxe, Pt. III"
4. "Equinoxe, Pt. IV"
5. "Equinoxe, Pt. V"
6. "Equinoxe, Pt. VI"
7. "Equinoxe, Pt. VII"
8. "Equinoxe, Pt. VIII"

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
By Les
Format:Audio CD
I heard Equinoxe part 5 as a child. I did not know the musician, or even the name of the tune at the time. But I was captivated.
When I bought the album I expected one or two good tunes. Few albums promise complete satisfaction. Yet this is akin to a Greatest Hits compliation, with many of his finest pieces in a single collection. And this was only his second album.
While I am a fan, I do not believe Jarre has been consistent. His last two studio albums were quite awful. Even his recent concerts could never hope to emulate his spectacular Paris La Defense show (1990).
Equinoxe is, however, his greatest album and one of the greatest instrumental albums of all time.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite Wonderful 1 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
I loved this when it first appeared, my favourite of JMJ's early output, but was disappointed by the original "Polydor UK" Cd release, Somewhere, JMJ either used better masters for the Disques Dreyfus release, or did some very subtle remix work, as the result is so much more vivid and colourful (the same thing happened with "Zoolook").

There's something for everyone here, my favourites being pt's 5-7, which must be played on a pair of decent, BIG, speakers (or top notch headphones at a pinch) to really show the scale and movement of these pieces.

If you don't already have this, WHY NOT?

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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Album Changed my Life 20 Jun 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this album when I was fifteen and it still sends shivers down my spine even now when I hear it. The introduction (equinoxe part 1) is beutiful with it's rapid arpegios and deep portamento pitch sweeps, it's realy an inspiring start to the album but maybee a little short. Part 3 continues with more arpegios and a realy beautiful melody backed in places by mellotron choir, and finishes with a collage of interesting sound effects including an early but authentic synthesised bell chime. Parts 4 and 5 must be two of Jarre's famous pieces, great tunes with his sequncers on overdrive and his passion for Bontempi Organ drum machines. Part 6 carries on from 5 but with more sequences thrown into the exotic mix. The first part of Equinoxe 8 will be more familiar under the name 'Band in the rain' to younger Jarre fans, and still reminds me of french onion sellers on bicycles with it's galic accordian melody. The second part of equinoxe 8 I feel lets the album down a little because it's just a very slow solo of part 5 (jean michel just trying to fill a little more space on the album I feel).
I can't stress what effect this album had on me especialy equinoxe 1. I think after hearing this album I totaly gave up on the chart music of the time and started collecting electronic music and being an avid synth player and composer myself now and at the time this album had a great influence on me. Ta Jean-Michel.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply the best JMJ Album 4 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you thought Oxygene was just a bit too orchestral and also thought that Magnetic Fields concentrated too much on the mechanical, then Equinoxe combines the two perfectly and excells in both areas completely. Quite simply the best album he's ever done. Each track so beautifully flows into the next, unlike other albums where you get the impression the tracks have been composed very independently and then "merged" at a later date. This album is not so well known for the simply reason it wasn't the first one or the last one. I've been listening to all sorts of music over the past 30 years but always come back to this album.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jean Michel Jarre's best album 13 Dec 2000
Format:Audio CD
Released in 1978, "Equinoxe" must rank as Jarre's finest work. This album is a lot deeper and darker than "Oxygene", and it features two of the most amazing pieces of modern music you are ever likely to hear (Part 5 and Part 7), and the other tracks are fairly incredible too. Predominantly ambient for the first half of the album, the second half relies on some incredibly catchy tunes set against funky pre-techno basslines. Superb stuff!
One gripe may be that some of the synthesizer whizzes and bleeps are a bit over-the-top, but it's no different really to what William Orbit did on Madonna's "Ray of Light" album.
If you only ever buy one album of instrumental music, buy Jean Michel Jarre's "Equinoxe".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Synth Jarre at his finest! 5 May 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great just love this classic synth album from the 70s. This is Jarre at his finest and ever since i first owned this on vinyl have want it on CD. Some terrific sequences on here.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest Jarre album ever! 29 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
From start to finish a masterclass in synth music. Swirling phased strings and thumping basslines, each part shifts in tempo and feel to create the ultimate sonic landscape. Highlights must be the wonderful "squelchy" moog sounds in Part 4, the uplifting beat of Equinoxe 5, and the fantastic bassline at the start of Part 7.
Each part blends seamlessly despite all being of different styles.
I couldn't recommend this album more.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 3 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is probably one of the two or three albums by Jean-Michel Jarre that any serious music fan should have in the collection (the others being Oxygene and Zoolook).

Whereas Oxygene seemed to be about the wind and air, Equinoxe is very much an album about water and earth, from the softly bucolic sounds of part 3 with its strangely ethereal fairground nuances to the cataclysmic thunder, lightning and deluge of part 5.

Those who scoff at Jarre's current dalliances with dance music would do well to look at this album between parts 4 and 7, where he demonstrates that making music that moved the body as well as the spirit is not just a new pre-occupation.

As others have said, this album is probably one the great instrumental albums of all time, and certainly one the the very greatest works of electronic music, sounding surprisingly fresh even now, nearly thirty years after its release.
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Excellent, re-living my youth!!!
Published 22 days ago by Richard Paul Sephton
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly quirky
I've loved Equinoxe IV ever since my uncle made me a CD with it on, and when this new album came out, I thought I'd try the album as a whole. Read more
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Very good album of electronic music.One of the best.In my opinion ''EQUINOXE'' and''OXYGENE''are on the Top 10 list.THE REAL SPACE JOURNEY.
Published 4 months ago by PRZEMYSLAW
5.0 out of 5 stars Equinoxe a star
I'm just re discovering a lot of old CD's from my past and
someone prompted me to revisit Jean Michele Jarre's 'Equinoxe'
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Published 4 months ago by J F Spinks
4.0 out of 5 stars was good, is good.
It's the first download album I have purchased and I am impressed with the speed at which it arrived. I was never in any doubt as to how good the album was, and still is.
Published 4 months ago by gary higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars My husband loves this CD - not me!
I bought this for my husband and he loves it. I personally don't like this kind of music but then it's not me that listens to it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Busymom
5.0 out of 5 stars Present for hubby
Hubby loves this CD AND WONT STOP PLAYING IT. If you love
Jean then definately buy this and the Destination Docklands.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. T. M. Redwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Equinoxe
This and Oxygene are my 2 favorite Jarre albums. Loved them since they first came out, oops, showingf my age.
Published 7 months ago by karl s johnson
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