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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 2008
I was 15 years old, utterly bored with pop music and disenchanted with the Stock, Aitken and Waterman 80's takeover. One day, I was at a friend's house and just happened to pass by his big brother's room. The door was ajar. Inside was dark. 'Sweet-smelling' smoke gently issued forth. And there was this sound, this wash of music. I had not heard anything like it before. I was immediately mesmerised, entranced, seduced, taken somewhere else by those incredible soundscapes (or was it the sweet-smelling smoke???)

This is a work of art. For my money, I reckon in a few decades or so it will be regarded as a classic, electronic symphonic work.

I saw him live in Glasgow and it was then I realised this music was as close to classical as it was to electronic avant-garde. No sequencers, no automatic button-pushing. JMJ and the lads played this live with their scores of 70's synths, their electronic orchestra. And like a classical/acoustic work it would be different each time it was performed. A familiar work yet re-invented with every fresh performance. Magic. Pure magic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2002
Quite simply - buy this. Its the nearest thing I have ever heard to musical perfection. Easily the most significant piece of music to be released over the last 50 years as it establishes the art of symphony via electronic means. Subtle genious through mesmerising analogue synthetic sounds - this is Jarre's first major (and best) work. Together with Equinoxe, this is electronic instumental music at its best.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 2010
In 1976 I was a 10 year old geek obsessed with spaceflight and science fiction. When I heard `Oxygene' Part 2 on the radio it blew my mind. I had to own this album. It was the first and best record I ever bought - I played it so much on my Dad's HiFi I drove the family mad and wore out both the grooves on the LP and the stylus on the record player. `Oxygene' has always been there in my life and even now, 34 years later, I still listen to the album (now on CD and MP3) and it still sounds fresh, futuristic and new. `Oxygene' is perfect for several reasons. Firstly it was groundbreaking in concept- an entirely electronic seamless soundtrack with no vocals; secondly the album art by Michel Granger and thirdly the fact that the tracks are masterfully composed, crafted and produced. Musically it is not avant garde, it is quite simplistic (the most instantly recognisable track, `Part 4', revolves around three chords: C minor, G minor and F major); a kind of melancholy version of the classic synth track `Popcorn' which was previously covered by Jarre under the pseudonym "Jamie Jefferson". Prior to `Oxygene' Jean-Michel Jarre had produced some other minor recordings that were not particularly memorable (such as `Zig Zag Dance', the soundtrack to `Les Granges Brulees', an album of background music compiled as `The Deserted Palace', various advertising jingles etc...). These compositions, however, suffered from poor production values and intonation problems. The story then goes like this; Jarre's future wife, actress Charlotte Rampling bought him a painting by Michel Granger (the now famous cover art to `Oxygene') which inspired this master work. Jarre converted the kitchen of his flat into a makeshift studio equipped with several synthesizers, a multitrack recorder, a very early drum machine, tape-delays and most importantly (the "star" of `Oxygene') an `Eminent' 310 electronic organ patched through modified guitar effects pedals which gives the album its distinctive swirling string sounds amongst others. Over the course of many months, Jarre painstakingly constructed `Oxygene'. Compared to his previous works it was a majestic `Opus Magnus', acoustically perfect and (amazingly) completely free from any "cheeziness". During that period, Jarre proved himself to be more that the privileged son of a famous composer with some fancy expensive gear - but a musical genius. Anyone listening to Oxygene for the first time will be impressed but then you have to put things in context; in 1976 this was the first time human ears had ever heard anything like this. Get a decent sound system, buy a copy, pour yourself a glass of wine, turn out the lights, settle down in a comfy chair and enter the world of "Oxygene"...Then, afterwards, of course, put on `Equinoxe'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2009
I have not played my vinyl copy of Oxygene for years, so kind of forgotten it a bit.
Purchased this a few weeks ago, put it on the stereo, and it was like going back 33 years to the first time I heard it, wow!
It does not sound dated at all, in fact it could have been released yesterday. It is just great music, something sadly lacking in the modern music scene.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2005
First of all, this must be the best electronic album ever created. Although it may not be the album that began the elctronic revolution (Wendy Carlos' Switched-On Bach did that), this album certainly made elctronic music much popular. Being a musician myself, at the end of a concert in which I appeared playing Magnetic Fields Pt. II, a member of the audience said to me, after the concert, that she used to play this legendary album to her young daughter to help her sleep. It would have certainly helped.
I don't think that Jarre has ever been recognised for this brilliant ambient album. Part 1 is pure ambience with VCS3 burbles mixing in and out with chilled-out Mellotron strings. Part 2 is probably a better song than Jarre's most popular Oxygene 4 with its brilliant complex melodies. Part 3 is another unrecognised masterpiece. A gigantic bass dominates the piece showing a great a synth programmer Jarre is. Part 4 is the most popular Jarre piece with its swirling noises and rock/pop-like melody. Part 5 is probably my favourite Jarre song, especially the last half. The first half is similar to Part 3 with its large bass and relatively thin melody. Then, the ambience crossfades into a groovy masterpiece with Jarre almost improvising through the blues scale on top of the bass and hi-hat-like synth. Then, the album ends with the most chilled-out part of the album, Part 6, where the sounds of the sea (recreated with Jarre's synthesizers) merges with Jarre's simple-but-excellent melody. The perfect ending to the perfect album.
Please, do Jarre a favour. If you're a fan of ambient electronic music, BUY THIS ALBUM NOW!!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2013
It arrived in pretty much mint condition, the vinyl itself hasn't a single scratch. The cover looks amazing.
My boyfriend will be so happy to receive this as well as Rendez-vous to top up his Jean Michele Jarre collection (he currently only has Equinoxe)

The album sounds absolutely amazing and still as wonderful to date. I personally find it's aged well too as it's timeless. The thing I love about Jean michele Jarre's music is that it lets your imagination run wild. This is definitely something you should have in your collection.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2002
I was not really a fan of electronic music before I heard this album, but quite simply, everthing about Oxygene is perfect, from the striking album cover to the swirling keyboards and complex but memorable tunes.
The album at first can seem a bit daunting, but is rewarding with repeated listens. The easiest way into the album is through it's most famous song Oxygene Part 4.
The album's real brilliance though shines through in Oxygene Part 1, which sets the tone of the album. It is a song that is tinged with sadness but there is also a sense of optimism and hope, as there is throughout the album.
Oxygene Part's 2 and 5 are also stand-out tracks on the album.
Overall this is a timeless album that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, and will go down in history as the album that introduced electronic music to the mainstream.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 January 2011
Great to hear this again on CD, after all of 30 odd years. It still impresses and in some ways, doesn't sound dated. My favourite is Oxygene 6, the slower movement that concludes the album. The single, Oxy 4 is hugely 'catchy' and everyone whose over 45 or so will be most familiar with it I'm sure.
A great piece of electronic artistry that lives on in the memory.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2010
pure genius
Jean Michel Jarre at his best . powerfull & emotional . oxygene 2 & 4 are the stand out tracks . but the whole album is very polished and anyone who likes electronic music will love this .
one of Jarre's best . float away with this amazing soundscape . excellent in digital form even if you do lose some of the warmth of vinyl . a must buy
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 15 October 2003
For all music fans and musicians this is the album which as paved the way for atmospheric, Chillout, Ambient and all things electronic in the music industry.
This Album will never go out of fashion as no matter what year you are in in the future it will never be out-dated.
An outstanding piece of work by an outstanding musician.
A must have for all music fans and musicians
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