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Chants Magnetiques

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Les Chants Magnetiques Part 1
  2. Les Chants Magnetiques Part 2
  3. Les Chants Magnetiques Part 3
  4. Les Chants Magnetiques Part 4
  5. Les Chants Magnetiques Part 5

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 1, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dreyfus
  • ASIN: B000001ZS5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,690 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mike Chadwick on May 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
"les chants magnetiques" is a first JMJ album that was created with digital synths and fairight synthesiser. It sounds really more modern that his previous albums like "Oxygen" or "Equinoxe".
The first four parts including 17 minutes long epic part 1 and funky part 2 (which is absolute jarre classic tune) are almost flawless. Each track flows perfectly into another. The whole atmosphere of "les chants..." is much more de-humanized than "equinoxe".Some wierd samples of machines,trains,clocks...cold synths...if you will switch this album on soon you will become addicted to it...soon after about 30 minutes we have also a part called "the last rumba" (part 5) it is wierd ending. at the beginning it can annoy sounds like it was played on toy synthesiser.but compared to the whole concept of "les chants" which is about reality surrounded by technology and chaos,this last part becomes it is a sign of commercy and supermarkets.
"Les chants magnetiques" is a really good album (not including last track).definitly if you will turn it up loud and relax you will discover a whole new world of sonic delight. Well to put it in few words - definitly on of Jarre's best moments
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BENJAMIN MILER on June 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Le Chantes Magnetiques (Magnetic Fields) was really Jarre fifth or so album, not third, since he released a couple albums before Oxygene in the early '70s (for example, Deserted Palace in 1972), and singles as far back as 1970 ("La Cage"). But since most people never heard anything he's done before Oxygene (because those albums are so hard to come by), most simply regard Oxygene as his debut. Magnetic Fields continues more or less in the same vein as Oxygene and Equinox, except now more emphases is put on rhythm. He also got himself some new digital equipment, in this case a Fairlight, which was the first digital sampler. Made in Australia, and introduced in 1979, it was basically a keyboard with a computer-type monitor and a light pen. The rest of the synthesizers on this album are actually analog (like then-state-of-the-art polyphonic, as well as his old stuff from the '70s), as the first true digital synthesizer wouldn't appear until 1983 with the infamous Yamaha DX-7 (which Jarre happily used starting with Zoolook). Aside from the Fairlight and polyphonic synths, he was still using his ARP 2600 and EMS synths, although he seemed to cut back on his Eminent (an organ-like instrument with the sound of a string synth, as heard on Oxygene). The album starts off with "Part 1". This was the very first time he ever did a side-length cut, and this piece succeeds. It's kinda strange that he'll be doing that in an era where many other acts, both electronic, and the few prog rock bands that survived to the 1980s, had pretty much given up on side-length cuts (in favor of more pop-oriented material). The classic Jarre sound is still there, with lots of emphasis on rhythm.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rykre on September 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The best way to start to buy Jean Michel Jarre albums, is to start with his greatest achievements. "Oxygene" (1976), "Equinoxe" (1978), "Les Chants Magnetiques (Magnetic Fields)" (1981), and then jump to "Chronologie" (1993).

One thing that I loved about the 1970's is that artists all had the liberty to do whatever they wanted to do. Nobody was told that they had to make music that sounded like whatever was popular at the time. If you were really different, then you were given that chance to expressive your own new concept of sound art. Today, if you try to do something different, then you get immediately categorized, and probably end up in the "not likely to sell" file. Today, record companies seem to be very selective on what they are willing to invest in and record. That's probably why we have so many independent labels now. The big recording industries like Columbia, Capitol, and RCA are probably just relying on the sales of repackage hits of their former successful artists.

Anyway, Jean Michel Jarre was one of the outsiders who was entering the spacy soundscape concept similar to Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Tomita, Mike Oldfield, and even Vangelis. I love the innovators of electronic music of the seventies, and Jean Michel Jarre became my favorite when I first started buying CD's in the eighties. The new compact disc concept was perfect for re-introducing electronic music. The album of "Oxygene" was one of my first CD's that I bought in 1984. Then I bought "Equinoxe" and then this album. I've never played another cassette tape again, although I've made cassette tape recording to give to friends so I could introduce them to Jean Michel Jarre, and other electronic artists, too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By on July 15, 1998
Format: Audio CD
"Les Chants Magnetiques", or "Magnetic Fields", as it is sometimes known, is a marvelous record, incorporating vigorous movement together with quiet spaces, and blending them seamlessly. Along with the music, there are sections of everyday sounds that remain obscure enough to tantalize your imagination (is it a shopping mall? was that a subway station?). The effect is of switching from the everyday to the musically unique, and perhaps of seeing one as an extension of the other. Note the specific use of MACHINE sounds in contrast to the more natural sounds found on some of Jarre's other works. This tends to place certain interpretations on the record's title (or vice-versa?). Modern life needs its machines and its magnetic fields just as much as Jarre himself does. But the record isn't all serious. The great mambo at the end is a light-hearted ending to an unforgettable record.
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