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Not an Essential Jarre
21 January 2012
I bought this album based on the positive reviews on Amazon. I am a long time J-M Jarre fan. At first I thought this was a new album. It is a best of... plus a remix album, with a couple of new tracks.
Like David Bowie and Elton John, I think Jarre has finally realised that his earliest works are his best and only these are represented here. The selection extends up to the Rendezvous album, which probably is his last decent album. The remixing is subtle rather than extreme. The new tracks are forgettable, except for Souvenir of China, which was a return to the quality of Oxygene, etc.
It was cheaper to buy the DVD/CD combo album than the CD alone. I don't have a home cinema sound system, so I only heard the DVD in standard stereo. Disappointly, the video is a pair of eyes (as seen on the cover), looking around for the whole duration. It was rather creepy after a while. I was hoping for concert footage and interviews, and extras. But you have just this art installation pair of eyes looking out.
Overall, the sound quality of the album is excellent but there is a lack of enough new material to make this a "must" buy.