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Rendez-Vous Import


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  • Audio CD (18 May 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony International
  • ASIN: B00002MY36
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,130 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. First Rendez-vous
2. Second Rendez-vous
3. Second Rendezvous (part two)
4. Second Rendezvous (part three)
5. Second Rendezvous (part four)
6. Third Rendez-vous
7. Fourth Rendez-vous
8. Fifth Rendez-vous
9. Fifth Rendezvous (part two)
10. Fifth Rendezvous (part three)
11. Last Rendez-vous: 'Ron's Piece'

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "puo2" on 5 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
Rendez-vous is an amazing work of art. Starting off with the "Ouverture", Premier Rendez-vous (First Rendez-vous),
Moving on to Second Rendez-vous, which is a marvellous pseudo-classic tune with synthesized horns, choir and a cutting lead synth.
After that, Third Rendez-vous which is a very melancholic, requiem-sortof tune, with the most beautiful synthesized choir and chords ever heard, in my opinion.
Then comes Fourth Rendez-vous, a classic everyone *must* have heard. It starts off with a bass pulse, then procedes into a technopop beat, which is very kicking, promising and a superb melody. It has a gothic kind-of-chorus where it changes character for a short time - from a overly happy track to a gothic sort of melody/chord progression.
Fifth Rendez-vous is a sheer work of art. Starting off with a 3/4th rhytm, it creates the most amazing soundscapes, coming in full 3 parts of a classic suite (which 4th Rendez-vous can be called the Ouverture to)
Sixth Rendez-vous is a mellow, sad tune which is about the tragic death of Ron McNair and the rest of the challenger crew. Ron McNair played Saxophone, and the saxophone plays a sad solo in the song.
All in all, it's an amazing album, DEFINATELY recommended.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Andie B on 17 Jan 2007
Format: Audio CD
Rendez-Vous (1986) is probably one of the most overlooked of the albums from both a Jarre fan and non-Jarre fan's perspective, regardless that it is an essential album in the catalogue.

Listening through headphones, take a listen to track 1, which is probably one of the best introductions to an electronic CD, being only a short track and then straight in to one of the most popular and magically performed Rendez-Vous II (Second Rendez-Vous, track 2).

I believe it's one of the best orchestral, but electronic pieces ever conceived. If you went to see Jarre live, you'd pray for Rendez-Vous to be played. It's also the debut of his famous Lazer-Harp, in which (live on stage) several lazer beems are generated, facing to the sky and then mirrored over the audience, and breaking a lazer generates a note.

The 'Lazer-Harp' sound that is used in Rendez-Vous II (& III) and future tracks is ground-shaking.

Rendez-Vous is really the anthemic of all the albums - it's powerful and makes a massive statement.

It takes a serious listener, even though it's an album you can listen to in the background to an extent, but can only be fully appreciated when you give it undivided attention. Do this, and you will be blown away.

Other important parts to note are:

Rendez-Vous IV: Made more famous as ITV's (UK) World Cup theme for 1998 and a very popular track of Jarre's...

The album also has a tribute to Ron McNair (and the other 6 astronaughts who died in 1986)...

Overall, despite the album not being a complete dream, there are tracks that have set a new standard for Jarre, and tracks people love. Rendez-Vous II & IV being the popular, and without this album, Jarre would not be as popular as he still is today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Philip Black on 23 Sep 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As a teen I listened to the tape back-to-back and I've found I still love it all these years later.
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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Thank you for your prompt dispatch of the album. I was glad to receive it, if you have any more old albums that you think I would like,I would be pleased to receive any lists of them. Yours faithfully Julie Summers.
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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Typically good JMJ album, perhaps not quite up to the standard of Oxygene and Magnetic Fields but still pretty good.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James B. Waid on 30 Mar 2012
Format: Audio CD
I was at the Rendez-Vous concert in Houston, and it was truly an amazing experience. Ron McNair, the astronaut was supposed to have joined Jarre on stage that night, and when it came time for the Sixth Rendez-Vous, Jean Michelle stopped and gave a really moving tribute to Ron McNair who had just recently lost his life in the Challenger disaster. With NASA being based there in Houston, there wasn't a dry eye in the crowd that literally stretched out for miles to see Jarre turn the entire Houston skyline into a giant canvas of light and sound. The entire concert was dedicated to the Ron McNair and the crew of the Challenger, and that night under a cloudy sky was the perfect eulogy to those brave astronauts who gave their lives to science and exploration.

The album itself is amazing, and it does capture the feelings and emotions of that night in Houston. I can't recommend it enough. If you ever get a chance to see the video of this concert, I have the original VHS sold here in the USA, you will begin to understand how much this concert played in the healing of a city rocked by the tragic loss of the brave men and women of the Challenger.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SHADOW-WATCHER on 5 July 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Oxygene and Equinoxe have been old favourites, but although I have the live concert (Houston) recording, I never got round to getting Rendez-Vous....which was my mistake. Superb listening.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Hulme on 3 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
Jean Michel Jarre is like Tangerine Dream on speed and a lot more bloody tuneful. I just wish he showed a bit more of an imagination in naming his songs. It is a bit of a bugger when you are singing his virtues in a bar somewhere and you think you are discussing Third Rendez-vous and really you are discussing Fourth Rendez-vous. Talk about embarrassment, I hate it when that happens don't you? You wake from your drunken slumbers next day and it slowly comes back to you in flashbacks that? All you said was rubbish because you were one digit out. If this happens I always try and find that person and explain my mistake.NOT!

This is a very good CD verging on greatness. It is an album that you really need to play all of it in one go, hence the Tangerine Dream reference, in their case, see if they can be bothered to change a note. Don't worry, that is not the case with Jean Michel Jarre because he is at vibrant best, never a dull moment, lovely foot stomping tunes, happy and joyful and next reflective and sad. The saxophone playing of Pierre Gossez, is so moving especially if you know the story behind it. If you don't, buy the CD and read the booklet.
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