From The Guardian.
‘Hi-fi shops played it as an example of state-of-the-art music. I didn’t tell them I made it with Sellotape in my kitchen’
Jean-Michel Jarre, musician, composer
I played in rock bands as a teenager and would use a tape machine my grandfather gave me to get processed sounds out of my guitar. During the French student uprisings of 1968, this felt like a way of being rebellious. I loved it when people said: “What is this crap?” But by the mid-70s, I wanted to bridge the gap between experimental music and pop.
I had done production work for some rock artists, earning enough to set up a studio in my kitchen. I didn’t have much equipment, though, just a few guitar pedals and my first synthesiser, an EMS VCS3, which looked like a telephone exchange. I realised that using a Revox tape machine to delay the sound that came out of one loudspeaker created a huge sense of space.
With so little to work with, I had to be creative. My old Mellotron had only a few working keys, but I still managed to write Oxygène (Part II) on it. My primitive drum machine – a Korg Mini Pops – was the sort of thing people played in pubs, but by using Sellotape I could make it play two preset rhythms at the same time, creating cool beats. Part IV, which became iconic, was a mixture of “slow rock” and “rock” , while Part VI combined “rumba” and “bossa nova”.
Nobody knew about synthesisers back then. When I first heard Kraftwerk’s Autobahn, I thought they were a Californian band trying to imitate the Beach Boys. But I still saw Autobahn as a pop song with vocals – and I was into electronic music with no singing. Somehow, I wanted to link it all with nature and environmental issues. Then in an art gallery one day, I saw a painting of the Earth peeling away to reveal a skull and thought: “That’s the album cover!”
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- Jean-Michel Jarre - Oxygene (Part 4) - Picture Sleeve + PR Letter - UK - 7" vinyl - £20.00, $25.00, €22.40 (New Item) (arrived 03-Jul-2020 14:27)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Oxygene (Part 4) (1977 UK injection moulded 7" vinyl single, also including Part 6, with the scarce title sleeve. This copy comes with a letter from Polydor's Deputy Managing Director dated 11th August 1977 detailing his hopes for the success of the single and touting Tony Blackburn's endorsement! A wonderful slice of Jarre history)
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Rendez-vous - UK - vinyl LP - £12.00, $15.00, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 13-Jun-2020 16:03)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Rendez-vous (1986 UK 6-track LP, including Last Rendez-Vous: Ron's Piece, intended to be the first piece of music played & recorded in space. The picture sleeve has very light wear & the vinyl appears barely played POLH27)
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Zoolook - German - vinyl LP - £12.00, $15.00, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 09-Jun-2020 11:33)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Zoolook (1984 German 7-track vinyl LP, guest starring Laurie Anderson, glossy picture sleeve with album credits inner. The sleeve shows little of its age & the vinyl looks barely played)
- Jean-Michel Jarre - The Essential Jean Michel Jarre - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $12.50, €11.20 (New Item) (arrived 01-Jun-2020 14:10)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE The Essential (1983 UK 14-track LP compilation, featuring a collection of his much loved recordings. The picture sleeve & vinyl are in Excellent condition with just minor signs of wear or play PROLP3)
- Jean-Michel Jarre - In Concert Houston Lyon - UK - vinyl LP - £12.00, $15.00, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 11-May-2020 09:01)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE In Concert Houston Lyon (1987 UK 9-track vinyl LP featuring a collection of tracks recorded live during two performances in Lyon and Houston together with orchestra and choir. The glossy gatefold picture sleeve has a little shelfwear and comes with the credits inner while the vinyl remains in excellent condition with only light signs of play POLH36)
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Oxygene & Equinoxe - Hype sticker - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £30.00, $37.50, €33.60 (New Item) (arrived 27-Apr-2020 12:49)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Oxygene & Equinoxe (1977 UK limited edition 14-track double vinyl LP repackaging of the two classic French Electronic works, hype stickered gatefold picture sleeve reproducing the original artwork for both albums. The sleeve displays just a little light edge wear, whilst both vinyl discs look barely played)
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Revolutions - UK - vinyl LP - £12.00, $15.00, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 18-Apr-2020 18:34)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Revolutions (1988 UK 7-track vinyl LP, the sixth overall studio album by the French composer including the singles Revolutions and London Kid [which was a collaboration with Hank Marvin], picture sleeve. The sleeve shows justa little light shelfwear & the vinyl remains in excellent condition with few signs of play POLH45)
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Oxygene - 3rd - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $12.50, €11.20 (New Item) (arrived 18-Apr-2020 18:32)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Oxygene (1980s UK Dreyfus issue of the 1977 UK 6-track vinyl LP - the mainstream breakthrough for the now-iconic French electronic instrumentalist/composer, containing the first six movements to the Oxygene piece. Certainly amust have for any electro fans... this is where it all began! unique glossy picture sleeve with picture variant on the reverse. The sleeve shows light wear with a small area of paper loss to the reverse & the vinyl looks barely played)