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  • Audio CD (17 July 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B000024GHY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,854 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Jean Michel Jarre, son of film composer Maurice Jarre, is one of the true pioneers of electronic music. Oxygene is one of the original e-music albums. It has withstood the test of time and the evolution of digital electronica. Jarre's compositional style and his rhythmic instincts were his strong points in 1976. While his popularity has escalated exponentially over the years, he never quite achieved the quality of this amazing recording. The innocence and freshness provide most of its charm. Jarre's techniques and ability provide the rest. This epic CD will appeal to fans of Tonto's Expanding HeadBand, Tangerine Dream, Synergy, Kraftwerk, and Klaus Schulze. --Jim Brenholts, All Music Guide

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DSR VINE VOICE on 1 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Truly brilliant or second rate "commercial" Tangerine Dream? I had this dilemma when I first heard this (now important) album.

At first, it all seems too simple and easy. The almost cheesy percussion sounds, the swoops and swerves and childishly simple melodies almost appearing to come from a textbook "pop" manual

Further listening shows just how proficient JMJ was (and is) at his craft. He kept things easy and simple, so that all manner of people could enjoy its almost naive beauty. There's a real flow to the pieces and the melodies stay in one's head for YEARS afterwards.

Time has again been kind to this release. I think I prefer "Equinox" overall, as it has a bit more to get one's teeth into, but this is a really charming album and a "must" for any worthwhile collection.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Ophiicus VINE VOICE on 14 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
At time of writing this album is nearly 30 years old. It doesn't sound it. Any artist who uses any electronic instrument owes a debt to this album. Firstly because Jarre developed many of the instruments played on this and secondly because he broke new ground. I have his earlier work: this is so breathtakingly different it is difficult to imagine it is by the same artist. This disc is visionary. Quick guided tour - for me the album speaks of movement through air, perhaps flight. We are taken through atmospheres and eventually arrive at a stormy coast. If you can allow your mind to wander with this music guiding you will be rewarded.
I rate this top of all music ever experienced. I can have it on repeat all day and not tire of it. If I wish to relax it is superb.
Jarre has recorded many fine albums - I reccomend Equinoxe, Zoolook and Waiting for Cousteau particularly, but this disc defines Jarre and it created a genre. There aren't many other discs can make the same claim.
In 20 years time I can believe this could be played as classical music. This is the original synth album and very very difficult to beat
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Richard Sheath on 25 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Imagine the scene in 1976. One unheard of French gent, a simple 8 track recording studio, mostly self made. Simple monophonic and primitive polyphonic synthesisers which no one could understand and a album consisting of 6 instrumental pieces of music strung together with no vocals titled Oxygene. Sounds dull ? Forget it.
This was an incredible achievement in anyones eyes. Electronic music in 1976 was a mostly unheard of style and only a handfull of artists broke thru to the public domain being held back not because of thier talent but because of simple prejudice and a misunderstanding of the style. Many a talent in this field struggled for many years, Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Tomita, Vangelis to name a few.
Then Jarre delivered this masterpiece which caught the publics imagination then spawned many a wannabe in subsequent years.
Futuristic, majestic, deep, dark and melodic the music swirls and envelopes you in a timeless wash of synthestic tunes bubbleling to the occasional sequence or beat of an ancient drum machine or sequencer and those who ventured are rewarded with a album you can play and play and play.
Anyone around in 1976 would remember the haunting melodies on offer here, as slowly the media picked up on the LP, a fresh alternative to other 'popular music' of the day. The single Oxygene Part 4, managed to get to no.2 in the UK and even today the sounds created by Jarre then, seem as futuristic as ever even in todays over reliance of synthetic sounds especially in the manufactured world of pop. Oxygene will never tire.
Fo me, the slow outro Part 6 is stunning and a little sad as the final synth wash and bird sounds fades into the speakers, leaving silence. Fantastic
Jarre pushed the old techonolgy on this album and continued to pave the way up until Zoolook.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
Jean Michel Jarre broke into the music scene in 1976 with Oxygene... I wasn't around back then, but I've acquired the album and I have one word: PERFECT. Oxygene 1 starts the album off in a nice, lowkey way, very relaxing. Oxygene 2 then comes with the brilliant synths, and the absolutely brilliant chorus, used by Citroen at the moment. Then comes Oxygene 3... a nice break before the big track itself Oxygene 4. Everyone who was alive in 1976 knows this one. Then Oxygene 5, starts of nice and slowly and relaxing, then in comes the synth bass, adding a perfect finish to the perfect beginning. Then the finale (at least until 1997) Oxygene 6, the sea sound sweeping along and the 'bird tweet' noise adding colour to the bass lead.
In case you hadn't noticed, I like this album. I like it very very much, just like I like all of Jarre's other albums very very much... I should know, I've got all of them! 8-)
So, if you want a nice mixture of relaxation and upbeat electronic music, buy Oxygene... you won't regret it!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stephen O'Boyle on 18 Jun. 2014
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This review is of the 2014 remasters as compared to the 1997 remasters only. It is not a review of the music - which of course has always been five stars and more.

The 2014 remasters of Oxygene, Equinoxe and Magnetic Fields as remastered by David Dadwater are much less musical and enjoyable than the 1997 Scott Hull remasters. Where the 1997 remasters are engaging and expansive in sound, the 2014 remasters seem to emphasise bass and amplify the overall volume to "modernise" the sound but as a result seem to lose the coherence which the original had - and because the very sounds used are so much a part of this music it is essential that they be balanced just as was intended and achieved in 1976. A classic such as Oxygene has no need to be modernised. Part of its almost 40 year old charm is that it achieved its much loved sound in 1976!

In fairness the 2014 remasters are at a giveaway price and that price is worth it alone for the excellent sleevenotes by Phil Alexander of Mojo - but the over-amplified and at times searingly digitised sound doesn't reveal the deeply engaging quality of this music and the depth of the sound-world created - there's even an uncorrected error in the very first moment of Oxygene!

I don't think that the Scott Hull remasters can be improved upon - in digital form. The 1997 remasters were entirely sympathetic to the music - a most analogue sound albeit from a compact disc and a 1997 compact disc at that.

If the supposed technological advance between 1997 and 2014 is the reason for the issuing of these 2014 remasters then it seems to be a case of the Emperor's New Clothes.
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