Les Chants Magnétiques – Jean Michel Jarre

The difficult 3rd album, I guess we are no longer allowed to call this Magnetic Fields and must refer to it as Les Chants Magnétiques. This was actually my favourite album as a kid, but I must say I don’t really like it now. It all sounds very dated, whereas the two preceding albums are still quite timeless. Thankfully I forgot all about Part IV, it still sounds good, although I remember the China Concert version sounding much better. I seem to recall seeing a video for Part II where JMJ was playing a synth in an igloo, which was of course the thing to do in the early 1980s. I don’t remember much else about it, I must hunt it down on the intertube.
I really do miss 20 minute tracks that would take up the whole side of an album, damn you compact disc!
Micro review; The Engelbert Humperdinck of Electronica
An aside; What a great cover!

Équinoxe – Jean Michel Jarre

After pulling Oxygene out of the racks a couple of weeks ago and throughly enjoying it I thought it should be the turn of Équinoxe. In some ways this is an even better album, less pop, more pretension (a fine watch-word in my book) and certainly just as influential. One of the reasons why, I think, it is better than it’s predecessor is it sounds like a coherent album, it seems to all fit together as a whole (I especially like how IV, V and VI are all connected). I miss seeing the obligatory list of equipment used, as you would see on the back of the vinyl album cover. Even though I had no idea as a 14 year old what the hell a Korg Polyphonic Ensemble was, it still sounded impressive.
Hidden gem; I am particularly liking Part III at the moment.
An aside; I am still trying to think of something funny to say about Monsieur Jarre, but he is beyond the grasp of my under-developed wit. I guess it is Magnetic Fields next.