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  • Audio CD (1 Sept. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B000025C85
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,608 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Jarre, the son of film composer Maurice Jarre, had already cemented his reputation as a seminal electronic/new age figure with the late-1970s albums Oxygene and Equinoxe. But 1984's Zoolook was a more urbane effort, fleshing out tape-looped voices with gurgling, washy synthesizers and on-the-money live players, notably Zappa/Talking Heads guitarist Adrian Belew and Miles Davis bassist Marcus Miller. Less cosmic pretense and more information-age irony, Zoolook, with bizarre titles like "Wooloomooloo" and "Zoolookologie" had as much to do with media-manipulators like Laurie Anderson-who also makes a cameo-as proto-ambientists like Robert Rich or Brian Eno, with whom Jarre is usually bracketed. --James Rotondi

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By ds VINE VOICE on 3 April 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
UPDATE: Jan 2015

The remastered 30th Anniversary edition. While I'd still give the album 5 starts for content, I'm more than a little disappointed that this latest remaster doesn't include any extra materials. This album is ripe for them, including the two remixed versions of Zoolook and Zoolookolgie that appeared on later releases, and the extended remixes that were released on 12 inch single, saw ell as vocal samples that appeared on the Zoolook single. None of these things find their way on here as bonus materials. Pity: a missed opportunity.

Anyway, on to the original review...

Together with Oxygene and Equinoxe, this is one of the three Jean Michel Jarre albums that any serious music fan should own.

Putting this album on today makes you realise just what an amazing and overlooked piece of work this was. The first thing you notice is the epic production, with an almost unbelievable dynamic range. Played loudly enough this album shakes windows and floors in some places with chest-thumping bass.

The centrepiece is the sprawling Ethnicolor, lasting nearly twelve minutes. For the first seven minutes or so, the pace is almost stately, reminiscent of whalesong with a keening quality. The second section of the piece however is much more driven, with some thumping drumming, fliud, organic basslines and an ending which sounds pretty damn near to orgasmic. This, I think, is possibly the single greatest piece of music JMJ has ever (or will ever have) written.

Of the rest, both Zoolook and Zoolookolgie are interestingly dancey variants, definitely influenced by working in New York, with the electro culture there growing as it was.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. Munro on 5 April 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
UPDATE: 2015 Remastered 30th anniversary edition - Bodged Ethnicolor Part 1 (first track), I really don't like the remaster of this. The track starts badly with what sounds like over zealous use of a noise gate. This makes the beginning choir pads vary noticeably in volume. Then at 6 mins 50 seconds it sounds like a CD skip, or a shoddy cut and paste job. If you are used to the original this will hit you like a double decker bus at full speed. AWFUL. The end fade is also lost its smoothness.

The rest of the CD sounds ok, so far. I'm simply appalled that the flagship track of this album has 3 very noticeable errors like this. Completely unacceptable for a release from Sony. Was the Saturday trainee boy let loose on it ? I'll give the remaster 2 stars purely on this alone. Please note the actual content, the music, is amazing. Such a shame the first track has been ruined by the poor remastering.

Now back to the original review .....

I first heard Zoolook way back in March 1987. Two years after it was originally released. I was 15 years old and unsure of what to expect. It totally changed my taste in music for the rest of my life. From then on I became a dedicated fan of Jean-Michel Jarre and deciple to synthesizers and electronic music.
As soon as you play Zoolook you notice the quality of the production. It is astounding for 1985 and still sounds fresh two decades later. Jean-Michel travelled the world recording samples of the human voice spoken in various languages. He then manipulated these voices to great effect and used them throughout the CD. They can act as instruments in their own right, as backing sequences or as atmospheric effects.
Ethnicolor Part 1 is without doubt the best track on the CD. It is an epic peice of music.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "the_man_in_the_star" on 16 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I remembering listening to this for the first time and being blown away (admittedly this was almost 19 years ago...!). That said, this album holds up as one of Jarre's more interesting pieces of work in that it is genuinely innovative through the sampling of various human voices and somehow turning them into some decent songs with the backing of more traditional instruments than on previous albums. It also strikes me that this album has dated quite well.
"Ethnicolor" builds up to a crushing climax while tracks like "Zoolook" and "Zoolookologie" are infectious synth pop tracks without being too naff. "Ethnicolor II" is a good track to end the album - rather eery and quite poignant.
If you only bought one album by Jarre you would not be disappointed with this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chad Bronson on 15 Aug. 2011
Format: Audio CD
When you listen to Jarre's music, you can't help but get lost in his thought of imagination and diligence when you listen to his music. Even though it is largely comprised of samples, there is something so oddly captivating and touching in his music - It's a feeling you must listen to to appreciate.

But when I first heard this album, I had to agree with the guy that called the album pedestrian - Overuse of samples; And Jarre must have made sure he pulled all of the stops out at pulling the loop samples The Beatles had donated to him.

I joke of course, but you get what I mean. It probably isn't a good album to get into Jarre (In which I always recommend a best of rather than a single album) and certainly not if your in a hurry - but it is no less of a masterpiece. The complexity involved of getting together the samples must have been staggering.

The album's feel is staggering, somehow blending the usual recipe of moody and sombre feel of Jarre's album, throwing a bit of bombast and addiction feel then levelling out as though on some sort of triumph note - A lot like Jarre's later album (For which I hate London Kid for completely wrecking the mood) Revolutions. It takes you through the dream like Ethnicolour and Diva before leaving you wide eyed, and ending, on Ethnicolour Part II.

Zoolook, like all of his predeceasing albums, takes music in a different direction. There is no feel of linearity in his work. His predecessing albums, Equinoxe and Oxygene, are all completely separate pieces of music, and he proves that he is able to have a vision and then articulate that.
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