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  • Audio CD (October 22, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dreyfus
  • ASIN: B000001ZSF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,101 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Chronologie Part. 1
2. Chronologie Part. 2
3. Chronologie Part. 3
4. Chronologie Part. 4
5. Chronologie Part. 5
6. Chronologie Part. 6
7. Chronologie Part. 7
8. Chronologie Part. 8

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One of the best albums by Jarre.
Santiago
If you like intense, instrumental synthesizer music that uses a variety of sounds, expressing various feelings, this really is a good album.
Joshua Waters
This album represents all that we've loved about Jean Michel Jarre's music.
Rykre

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Jean Michel Jarre has created one of the most memorable albums I have ever heard. I am one who is open-minded. I buy a lot of classical music, plenty of new age music as well as pop-rock music, and I have to say, nothing compares to the sound of Jean Michel. The album goes through phases.
I often compare it to ones birth until one's wedding day. Listen to it and see if you agree. Rivals his other great albums (Choose your own, he has no flop). I have had the CD since it was released back in 1993. I have listened to it over a hundred times. It never dissapoints.
The first movement is relaxing and turns into the upbeat second movement. Tracks 5 and 7 are more transitions between the other tracks. No bad tracks. Everything is incredible. And because there are no lyrics at all, one can dream what they wish, provided you have any imagination at all.
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Jean Michel Jarre has been recording and performing live for more than 30 years. If you like Klaus Schulze's 1970's work, then you should check out Jean Michel Jarre's innovative electronica.

This is my last favorite album from Jean Michel Jarre. I would think that he would have the sense to know this too. This album represents all that we've loved about Jean Michel Jarre's music. He can proudly endorse this sound as his own.

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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christopher "glitcher" Reavey on March 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This to me, is Jean-Michel Jarres best album. Chronologie tells the tale of Earth's history from it's creation to the world of today. Not only is Jarre's mastery of sythesizers incredible (as always), but the different musical styles he uses this time are incredibly varied. From the majestic hymns of the genesis to the rap-like beats of the modern world, Jarre manages to capture each era in one wonderful album. And if you're reading this, you MUST listen to Chronologie part IV on this page, it's fantastic!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Philip R. Symons on February 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
A lot of the purists prefer his "analogue monsters"... but for me, this album is the one I listen to the most. I don't know how hard he worked on it, or how he feels himself about the resulting masterpiece: but the sheer emotions rasied by the sounds of the synths and the subtle guitars - played by fellow Frenchman Patrick Rondat [now with Elegy] - are unmatchable.
Part 4 was quite a big single in France I believe, and it is kinda "short and catchy" in the same way that Oxygène 4 was back in its day... but there are some lengthy numbers that just take their time (oh I'm so funny) and produce extreme listener satisfaction.
If you're missing a few Jarre albums, or you're still thinking about which one to buy first - look no further! This's the one you want!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Konstantinos-N on December 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Jarre was my introduction to electronic music and I can be characterized as one of his hardcore fans. I have almost all albums and have heard them hundreds of times, studying the composition techniques, the sound selections, the use of samples etc etc.

After all these years, Chronologie stands out from everything else as his top creation. This album goes from classical orchestrations to typical jarre style as per the old albums, and even to pop and dance music experiments. It is an amazing masterpiece and a cornerstone in electronic music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 1998
Format: Audio CD
The Magic of Jarre's music will transport you through time and space as you listen to the sound of the unfolding Universe. The first track is very impressive. A clever mixture of deep, resonant bass and sound effects combined with electronic strings creates an sense of birth and beginning. It portrays very well the start of the Universe. Then all along the CD, you are going through the evolution of the Cosmos paralleled with that of the evolution of music in the modern era. It goes along the lines of "A brief history of time" and even includes a special thanks to Stephen Hawking. Track 4 as most of his works is a very upbeat and lively tune. Excellent work, very relaxing and inspiring.
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