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Les Chants Magnétiques / Magnetic Fields

Jean Michel Jarre Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B00HO0752U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,537 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Magnetic Fields, Pt. 1
2. Magnetic Fields, Pt. 2
3. Magnetic Fields, Pt. 3
4. Magnetic Fields, Pt. 4
5. Magnetic Fields, Pt. 5

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Inspired by Andy Warhol’s work, Jarre recorded the album “Magnetic Fields” in 1981. He was invited to China soon after to introduce the opus with five concerts in Peking und Shanghai. Newly remastered and with updated artwork.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Ground-breaking but patchy 25 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
For Jean Michel Jarre the turn of the 1980's was a very busy time. Equinoxe was a huge worldwide hit and he had just played his first mage concert at the Place de la Concorde in Paris to a million ecstatic fans on Bastille Day 1979.

The following year was the one where the next album's planning began and the neotiations began for the historic tour of China in late summer of 1981. China would see a fair amount of new material released to the public, including much of this album, released just a couple of months before.

Following his massive success, JMJ was targeted by Fairlight and, along with Peter Gabriel, was one of the first to use their equipment in anger. It's perhaps why this album feels a little unfinished in some places; there had not been enough time to explore the capabilities of the kit fully, only scratching the surface. It probably isn't until the legendary Music for Supermarkets and the magisterially good Zoolook that the full fruits of working with the Fairlight would be seen and heard.

This is not to say the album is bad: far from it. It is something of a pioneering work and has echoes of Jarre's past in Musique Concrète. The original album and cassette divied into two parts: the first was Magnetic Fields Part 1, which took up the whole of side 1; the second was the remainder. On a CD this division sort of disappears and changes the flow just a little.

Part 1 feels like several ideas stiched together. Some of them are stronger than others, particularly the urgent pulse of the opening section. Perhaps the most famous piece of all is Part 2, with its bright melody line and handclaps.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good, but showing its age in places... 15 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
The one track that stands out for me is part 4. Some great sequencing here (these current "virtual" versions of classic synthesisers are all very well, but you can't beat having the actual "tactile" instruments (with real sliders and knobs!) in front of you) and a great, simple melody to go with it. The ending of this track played LOUDLY on my HiFi used to make my guests jump......:-)

There are a few too many JMJ cliches here (and an AWFUL last track) and this has dated this album somewhat in my view. The production though seems very "clean" and open.

Well worth a listen and one of the last electronic albums of the "analogue synth plus sequencer" era.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally absorbing 30 July 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Had this jean michel jarre album on record, which had a whole host of scratches on. This album remains high in cost in music stores, saw it on amazon and was happy with the cost. This album along with oxygen remains remains personal favourite of mine. The music flows harmoniously and sounds as fresh and modern today as it did when first released. The cd arrived quickly and was in excellent condition
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting and relaxing 29 Aug 2012
By P. Long
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had heard some of these many years ago on a cassette of 'the best of' and it is really good to have them on CD in a remastered form that makes use of 24-bit technology. The sound of this album has dated, but that is only because synthesizers have developed a lot since then. The final chant reminds me of Sheffield's singer/songwriter John Shuttleworth, because of Jarre's choice of drum machine, so that is a bit of (unintended) fun.
Seriously, there is much to like about this album and it is well worth buying.
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