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A great collection of Jarre through the ages
15 September 2018
Before I start, has anyone else looked at the cover art and thought "Victim of Thanos"? Also, his next album is called Equinoxe Infinity...
It does seem like every few years Jean-Michel Jarre will release a collection of his best music; I think this is his 4th? Still, with 50 years of music to look back on, he has quite a back-catalogue to call upon.
There are some tracks that are on this set that have appeared in all the previous versions. Pieces like Oxygene part 4 and Equinoxe part 5 are two such tracks, but please don't get me wrong; they earn their place in this set effortlessly. For me, Oxygene part 4 is the epitome of his music; I still get the hackles down the back of my neck from listening to it today as I did the first time I heard it back in the eighties, when I was a teenager at a roller skating rink, who had to hold himself upright against a railing because the haunting melody captivated me so much.
Most of the tracks on here are remastered versions of the originals, but there are a few that have new arrangements. Zoolookologie deserves a mention as it has a particularly fine arrangement with an excellent coda to bring it to a close.
As for the choice of tracks, they are for the most part pretty good. There are a few tracks I would have been happy to drop in favour of a different piece. For example I would have been happier to have had Chronologie Part 2 instead of Erosmachine, as the thwapping ruler beat is used so much more effectively in the later piece. Similarly I would have preferred any of the Calypsos to have been used instead of Waiting For Cousteau. But this is down to personal preference, and it wasn't me doing the choosing.
One piece I really wish he had included though was Acropolis; other than on some hard to get hold of concert DVDs and on the Orchestral JMJ, this incredible piece of music has not had an album release, and Planet Jarre would have been an ideal place for that.
That minor grumble aside, this is still an excellent collection, and has many pieces of music that will have you playing Air Keyboard for hours.
Why yes, I do frequently see people giving me strange looks. Why do you ask?