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An Album That Cannot Be Missing From An Electronica Fan's Collection,
This review is from: Rendez Vous (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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Initial post: 13 Feb 2008 13:12:09 GMT
Mr. Andrew Fish says:
Quick correction. Rendez-vous wasn't the first album to feature the laser harp. It was actually unveiled in China in 1981. Apparently, half of Shanghai had to be switched off to power it... although this story may be apocryphal. Anyway, a track actually called Laser Harp appears on the Concerts in China album.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jun 2009 23:39:29 BDT
It's true that there was a laser harp featured in the China concerts of 1981, but it was merely a visual prop and not the fully realised instrument of the Rendez-Vous album and subsequent concerts. Nor does the track 'Laser Harp' on the Concerts In China album feature that crisp laser harp sound that is so recognizable in Rendez-Vous II & III.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Aug 2010 10:11:43 BDT
J. Munro says:
The famous laser harp sound from Rendez-Vous was the beautiful, and now rare, Elka Synthex polysynth. The Rendez-vous album is laced with sounds from this beast.
Posted on 4 Dec 2010 02:46:50 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Dec 2010 02:53:05 GMT
About First Rendezvous, have to agree totally, one of the best openers ever and I can't believe that he has never performed it live! Damn shame!! It's an awesome opening, took my breath away when I first played it. This album is for me the sonic powerhouse. Simply, a masterpiece of electronica.
And yes, of course, it ends on a sad, but moving note, with "Ron's Piece", Last Rendezvous. It was horrible what happened to that shuttle, no wonder Jarre said it depressed him. Still, Ron would have been proud.
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