Jean Michel Jarre – Equinoxe / Disques Dreyfus Audio CD 2014 / 88843024692
Équinoxe (English: Equinox) is the fourth studio album by French electronic musician and composer Jean-Michel Jarre, released in December 1978 on the Disques Dreyfus record label, with license to Polydor.
Jarre had developed his sound, employing more dynamic and rhythmic elements, particularly a greater use of sequencing on basslines. Much of this was achieved using custom equipment developed by his collaborator Michel Geiss. The album is presented as two suites of music, each consisting of 4 parts and taking up one side of the vinyl release of the album. The separate tracks on the record smoothly segue into each other to this effect.
The album reached number 11 on the UK Album Chart and number 126 on the US Billboard 200 chart.
A cover version of "Équinoxe Part 5" by the Shadows reached No. 50 on the UK singles chart in August 1980. During the 1980s, "Équinoxe Part 4" was used in the opening credits of the TVNZ documentary series Our World.
Digitally remastered edition of this 1978 album from the French composer, performer and music producer. Jean Michel, the son of acclaimed film composer Maurice Jarre, is a pioneer in the Electronic, Ambient and New Age genres. Apart from his recorded output, Jean Michel Jarre is also fondly known as an organizer of outdoor spectacles of his music featuring lights, laser displays, and fireworks. Jean Michel has gone on to sell well over 80 million albums in the course of 40 years.
|1||Equinoxe Part 1||2:23|
|2||Equinoxe Part 2
|3||Equinoxe Part 3||5:11|
|4||Equinoxe Part 4||6:54|
|5||Equinoxe Part 5||3:47|
|6||Equinoxe Part 6||3:23|
|7||Equinoxe Part 7||7:24|
||Equinoxe Part 8||5:04|
- Artwork [Cover] – Granger
- Composed By, Producer, Synthesizer [ARP 2600, VCS 3, AKS, Yamaha CS 60, Oberheim Polyphonic Synthesizer, RMI Harmonic Synthesizer, Korg Polyphonic], Organ [Elka 707, Eminent 310], Mellotron, Sequencer [ARP Sequencer, Oberheim Digital Sequencer, Matrisequencer 250], Drum Machine [Ryhtmicomputer, Korg KR55], Vocoder [EMS 1000] – Jean Michel Jarre
- Engineer [Mixing] – Jean-Pierre Janiaud
- Engineer [Mixing] [Assisted By] – Patrick Foulon
- Liner Notes – Phil Alexander
- Photography By [Back Photo] – Helmut Newton
- Photography By [Inner Sleeve Photo] – Charlotte Rampling
- Remastered By – Dave Dadwater
About the Artist:
Jean-Michel André Jarre (born 24 August 1948) is a French composer, performer and record producer. He is a pioneer in the electronic, ambient and new-age genres, and is known for organising outdoor spectacles featuring his music, vast laser displays, large projections and fireworks.
Jarre was raised in Lyon by his mother and grandparents and trained on the piano. From an early age, he was introduced to a variety of art forms, including street performers, jazz musicians and the artist Pierre Soulages. He played guitar in a band, but his musical style was perhaps most heavily influenced by Pierre Schaeffer, a pioneer of musique concrète at the Groupe de Recherches Musicales.
His first mainstream success was the 1976 album Oxygène. Recorded in a makeshift studio at his home, the album sold an estimated 12 million copies. Oxygène was followed in 1978 by Équinoxe, and in 1979, Jarre performed to a record-breaking audience of more than a million people at the Place de la Concorde, a record he has since broken three times. More albums were to follow, but his 1979 concert served as a blueprint for his future performances around the world. Several of his albums have been released to coincide with large-scale outdoor events, and he is now perhaps as well known as a performer as he is as a musician.
As of 2004, Jarre had sold an estimated 80 million albums. He was the first Western musician officially invited to perform in the People's Republic of China and holds the world record for the largest-ever audience at an outdoor event for his Moscow concert on 6 September 1997, which was attended by 3.5 million people.
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