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Essentials & Rarities

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A 2 CD Box Set of some of Jarre's favorite pieces, hand selected by the Artist. Essentials includes songs from 1976 - 2000 representing a personal and musical journey honoring his relationship with Francis Dreyfus. The owner of Dreyfus Music. Rarities contains pieces created long before Oxygene, one of Jarre's best selling albums. Early examples of the way he manipulated sounds electronically and bridged the gap between electronic, classical and pop.

Disc: 1
1. Souvenir of China
2. Oxygene 2
3. Apregiateur
4. Oxgene 4
5. Equinoxe 4
6. Calypso 2
7. Zoolook
8. Magnetic Fields 1
9. Magnetic Fields 2
10. Equinoxe 5
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Happiness is a Sad Song
2. Hypnose
3. Erosmachine
4. La Cage
5. Chanson Des Granges Brûlées [Song of the Burnt Barns]
6. Windswept Canyon
7. The Abominable Snowman
8. Deserted Palace
9. Le Pays De Rose [Roseland]
10. Rain Forest Rap Session
See all 16 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 8, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Dreyfus
  • ASIN: B004XI2TTA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,790 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Raimer on July 9, 2011
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Before I get started, I want to assure the reader that I have purchased this release from an Amazon seller and have listened fully to both discs. This product was officially released by the source (Disques Dreyfus) earlier this month (June 2011).

With that said, please do your own research and don't take my review as the sole truth.

As the review title states, you should get this release for Disc 2 ("Rarities"). Especially if you are 1) a big Jarre fan or 2) a historian or lover of early electronic music. It includes some very rare tracks from the late 1960's / early 1970's created prior to the release of Oxygene. Some of these tracks you will never find elsewhere prior to this release.

With that said, Disc 1 ("Essentials", main compilation of known Jarre tracks) is still good. And although Jarre has brought us quite a few compilations last decade, I still believe it is worth getting. Explanation to follow.

According to the source, all tracks originally recorded on analog were digitally remastered from the original analog mastering tapes. All tracks were remastered with the latest digital technology.

Most known compilations made prior to this release: "Musik aus Zeit und Raum" (1983), "The Essential Jean Michel Jarre" (1983, 1985, 2004), "Images: The Best of Jean Michel Jarre" (1991, 1997), "Aero" (2004), "The Symphonic Jean Michel Jarre" (2006), and "Greatest Hits" (2008).

Actual rating preferred: 4.5 stars for Disc 1, 5 stars for Disc 2.

Now onto the discs.

Disc 1 is generally a compilation of known tracks - However, its is quite different than those prior. Actually wouldn't consider this his "Essentials" or "Greatest Hits," but a "Mood" compilation.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chinese Movie Fan on September 10, 2011
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This CD set is worth buying to get Disc 2. I was very disappointed with Disc 1. The songs are a good mix of his early work, but the versions are truncated. They suddenly stop when you expect to hear the whole piece. This is like listening to the shorter radio-version singles of rock songs instead of the full length versions found on the CD. Overall, this rates just three stars because of this.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Calvin K. Chiu on December 26, 2011
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The melody to his rarities are okay, cannot compare to his music that made him famous. I wish Jean Michel is still composing music like before. He should release all his best music videos and live footages on Blu Ray.
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By Bill Thomson on April 24, 2014
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I can't say enough about Jean Michel Jarre...he is one of a kind in the music industry....if you look up MIND BLOWING in the dictionary ...you will see his face there😎 so that being said and not even having the product in my hand ( how's that for confidence?) I know that I will be satisfied to the max...can't wait for it to come🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼
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