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 - Equinoxe - EX - French - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.15, €17.40 (New Item) (arrived 01-Jul-2022 15:26)
JEAN MICHEL JARRE Equinoxe (Original 1978 French classic electronic 8-track LP, including Equinoxe 1-8, silk laminate picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minimal wear and, aside from a few light paper scuffs, the vinyl remains in excellent condition FDM83150)
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Revolutions - UK - vinyl LP - £12.00, $14.52, €13.92 (New Item) (arrived 23-May-2022 09:33)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Revolutions (1988 UK 7-track LP, the sixth studio album by the French composer including the singles Revolutions & London Kid [a collaboration with Hank Marvin], picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear& the vinyl remains in excellent condition with few signs of play POLH45)
- Jean-Michel Jarre - The Essential (1976 · 1986) - French - vinyl LP - £10.00, $12.10, €11.60 (New Item) (arrived 06-Apr-2022 10:01)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE The Essential (1976 · 1986) (1986 French 14-track vinyl LP compilation, picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minimal wear and with just a couple of scuffs, the vinyl is Excellent)
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Oxygene - 3rd - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $12.10, €11.60 (New Item) (arrived 06-Apr-2022 10:46)
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)
- Jean-Michel Jarre - The Concerts In China - Stickered - EX - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £20.00, $24.20, €23.20 (New Item) (arrived 13-Apr-2022 15:26)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE The Concerts In China (1982 UK 15-track double vinyl LP recorded live during five concerts presented in Peking & Shanghai, the first performances of rock or contemporary music ever given in the People's Republic of China, including forty minutes of then-new material. Housed in a hype-stickered gatefold picture with illustrated tracklisting inners. The sleeve shows some light edgewear and there is a reference number handwritten on the top corner of the inners, whilst the vinyl looks barely played PODV3)
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Amazonia - Sealed - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £26.99, $32.66, €31.31 (New Item) (arrived 20-Apr-2022 12:05)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Amazonia (2021 UK/EU limited edition double LP featuring nine tracks pressed across three sided of the two 180gram Heavyweight Vinyl discs - Amazonia is a music project with renowned award-winning photographer Sebastiao Salgado about the Amazonian Forrest. The exhibition was commissioned for the Philharmonic Paris, starting there on 7th April with 52 minutes of brand new music composed by Jean Michel Jarre, especially to accompany the photos. The exhibition will then travel to other cities across the globe including Rome, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and London. The two vinyl discs remain UNPLAYED housed in the gatefold picture sleeve which remains factory sealed!)
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Magnetic Fields - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $12.10, €11.60 (New Item) (arrived 12-May-2022 09:51)
JEAN MICHEL JARRE Magnetic Fields (1981 UK 5-track vinyl LP, the fifth studio album by French electronic musician including the singles Part 2 and Part 4 [Remix]. The glossy picture sleeve shows minor shelfwear but comes with the illustrated credits inner and the vinyl looks barely played POLS1033)
- Jean-Michel Jarre - The Concerts In China - Complete - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £20.00, $24.20, €23.20 (New Item) (arrived 12-May-2022 09:54)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE The Concerts In China (1982 UK 15-track double vinyl LP, recorded live during five concerts presented in Peking & Shanghai, the first performances of rock or contemporary music ever given in the People's Republic of China, including forty minutes of then-new material, hype stickered gatefold picture sleeve complete with the illustrated tracklisting inners and rare merchandise insert. The sleeve has edge scuffing & the insert has some creasing with a small tear & no paper loss; the vinyl has light signs of play leaving it Excellent PODV3)