9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Pretty sound, hollow lights.,
By A Customer
This review is from: In Concert Houston & Lyon (Audio CD)
The problem with many live albums is that they usually fail to capture the magnificence and grandeur of the event they set out to preserve. This is especially apparent on some of Jarre's other live recordings, the Destination Docklands live album a case in point.
However, this earlier recording from the concerts in Houston and Lyon in 1987 is perhaps one of Jarre's better live efforts. The music starts with Oxygene 5 playing beneath quotes recorded from various Americans in the weeks before the concert. Following this interesting lead in comes the atmospheric Ethnicolor in a shortened form, and the next three tracks detail some of his more popular earlier works. Next we have a bombastic 'live' rendition of Laser Harp where you can almost feel Jarre plucking lasers from the air, after an introduction from Pope John Paul. All subsequent tracks are 'live' versions of tracks from his (at the time) new album Rendezvous, including Ron's Piece, played as a tribute to the astronauts who died in the Challenger shuttle disaster earlier that year, one of whom was Ron Mcnair who was to have played live from space for the Houston concert.
This is a fantastic live album capturing the mood of Jarre's work and is a great showpiece for his analogue sound used so heavily at the time. The album itself is probably better than the annoying video of these two concerts, purely because most of the extraneous guff is avoided.