Oxygene - 30th Anniversary Original recording remastered, Enhanced
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I rate this top of all music ever experienced. I can have it on repeat all day and not tire of it. If I wish to relax it is superb.
Jarre has recorded many fine albums - I reccomend Equinoxe, Zoolook and Waiting for Cousteau particularly, but this disc defines Jarre and it created a genre. There aren't many other discs can make the same claim.
In 20 years time I can believe this could be played as classical music. This is the original synth album and very very difficult to beat
This was an incredible achievement in anyones eyes. Electronic music in 1976 was a mostly unheard of style and only a handfull of artists broke thru to the public domain being held back not because of thier talent but because of simple prejudice and a misunderstanding of the style. Many a talent in this field struggled for many years, Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Tomita, Vangelis to name a few.
Then Jarre delivered this masterpiece which caught the publics imagination then spawned many a wannabe in subsequent years.
Futuristic, majestic, deep, dark and melodic the music swirls and envelopes you in a timeless wash of synthestic tunes bubbleling to the occasional sequence or beat of an ancient drum machine or sequencer and those who ventured are rewarded with a album you can play and play and play.
Anyone around in 1976 would remember the haunting melodies on offer here, as slowly the media picked up on the LP, a fresh alternative to other 'popular music' of the day. The single Oxygene Part 4, managed to get to no.2 in the UK and even today the sounds created by Jarre then, seem as futuristic as ever even in todays over reliance of synthetic sounds especially in the manufactured world of pop. Oxygene will never tire.
Fo me, the slow outro Part 6 is stunning and a little sad as the final synth wash and bird sounds fades into the speakers, leaving silence. Fantastic
Jarre pushed the old techonolgy on this album and continued to pave the way up until Zoolook.Read more ›
At first, it all seems too simple and easy. The almost cheesy percussion sounds, the swoops and swerves and childishly simple melodies almost appearing to come from a textbook "pop" manual
Further listening shows just how proficient JMJ was (and is) at his craft. He kept things easy and simple, so that all manner of people could enjoy its almost naive beauty. There's a real flow to the pieces and the melodies stay in one's head for YEARS afterwards.
Time has again been kind to this release. I think I prefer "Equinox" overall, as it has a bit more to get one's teeth into, but this is a really charming album and a "must" for any worthwhile collection.
In case you hadn't noticed, I like this album. I like it very very much, just like I like all of Jarre's other albums very very much... I should know, I've got all of them! 8-)
So, if you want a nice mixture of relaxation and upbeat electronic music, buy Oxygene... you won't regret it!
Aside from the accepted relative crudeness, there's an unabashed honesty to the sounds and styles, evoking a sense of lightness and of flight through the air, accomplished without cliché or self importance. To my modern ears, I've picked out a particular part used in sample by Beck, but I'm sure there are countless others.
My only complaint is the length -- there isn't any. But again, I'm making comparisons, probably unfairly, with modern electronica, many being continuous mixed songs several hours long.
If for no other reason than to say you have in your musical collection a piece of history, buy Oxygène.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a classic. I think this is JMJ's best album. If you're thinking of trying just one, then I'd highly recommend this one. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Rob
A classic album, should be in everyone's collection for early electronic equipment.Published 29 days ago by Gavin M
Super music. I had lost my original so this was a replacement.Published 3 months ago by D. M. Warner