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Reasonable compilation but he's done better,
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This review is from: Images: Best of (Audio CD)
My first introduction to Jean Michel Jarre was way back in 1984 when someone gave me a copy of 'The Essential', Jarre's first compilation album. 'Images' is also a compilation album, but being much later in his career (1991), it has a larger repertoire to choose samples from.
As an introduction to Jarre's music, 'Images' is not bad. It has the early classics Oxygene 2 and 4, vast soundscapes that soothe the mind, and Equinoxe 5, his stormy synth rock epic. However, mixed in with this come later works including the steel drums of Calypso 1, and the resonating orchestrations of Rendezvous 2. There are also a few new tracks on here (mainly B sides): Eldorado, Globe Trotter and Moon Machine, quirky tracks indeed but they don't shout 'Jarre made me'.
The problem with the album is that many of the tracks have been reduced from their original running time - Ethnicolor for example is only 3:41 where the original track is over eight minutes. I feel this really compromises some of Jarre's most innovative work and does not allow the listener to get into the music. And the running order is not great, neither flowing freely (as told by Jarre in his own notes!) nor feeling like individual parts of a whole piece as his 'proper' albums do.
As a snapshot of Jarre's work to that point in time, it's not bad, but it should have contained some other pieces to be truly representative of what the man is capable of.