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Oxygene [Original recording reissued]

Jean Michel JarreAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 21, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Dreyfus
  • ASIN: B000001ZS3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,431 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Oxygene (Part I)
2. Oxygene (Part II)
3. Oxygene (Part III)
4. Oxygene (PartIV)
5. Oxygene (PartV)
6. Oxygene (PartVI)

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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still takes me into another world October 24, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I heard this album back in 1978 in its LP form, locally printed by Polydor. Since the first time it took me to another dimension, a world I can only imagine with my eyes closed. I really loved this album first sight (first heard?), but I had my concerns about the quality of the the sound of the LP pressing made by the local Polydor (well, I didn't like the quality of sound records printed by the local Polydor until 1985). I bought this record once and again from international sources, even in tape (cassette) and time after time I thought that the sound quality wasn't satisfactory for me...

Then, as a last chance, I bought in 2003 the new CD issue, Digitally Re-mastered 96 Khz - 24 bit technology issued by 2000 year... Just to hear this disk, I bought a totally new digital audio system... And then my ears heard the sound I expected to hear since I had 14 years old. This disk is one of my very favorites, together with Magnetic Fields, Equinoxe and Zoolook (in that order), although the rest of the Jarre work is exceptional too.

I am a music lover, specifically Rock oriented. But only Jean Michel Jarre and Tomita had moved my attention to electronic sound, and they're my favorites in this arena. Oxigene puts a milestone in my life, and I think that would be done with yours if you listen to it carefully, lights off, eyes closed, well tempered sound and putting your mind in white. The sound will draw enough images in your mind to blow you away. Definitely, one of my best choices in music.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Classic of Modern Electronic Music February 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
When Jean-Michel Jarre released Oxygene back in 1976 there was hardly a market for electronic music. German pioneers such as Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, and Klaus Schulze had all achieved recognition but, unfortunately, not much fame. With Oxygene, Jean-Michel Jarre brought electronic music to the masses and he did so without compromising the music. Oxygene, split into six parts, is a musical journey through surreal ambient soundscapes, electro-minimalism, synth-pop, and proto-techno. Even today the sound as well as the compositions stand out, so if you want to know how techno, ambient music, and trance started out, you definitely need to listen to this masterpiece!
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Making the electronic organic February 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Jean Michel Jarre pulled of an incredible move when he released "Oxygene." He made the world of electronic music safe for composers. While a small, select few folk were making music with the earlier synthesizers of the day, most of them either concentrated on making novel reinterpretations of classical (think Tomita or "Switched On Bach",) cold, mechanical drones (Tangerine Dream) or music that was intentionally robotic (Kraftwerk). While I love just about all of the aforementioned artists, "Oxygene" was the first album that made me think of synthesizers as instruments as opposed to toys.

Jarre did this by making the songs of "Oxygene" play out like a classical composition. Each movement had distinct and original melodies and each sounded like it could hold its own as a song unto itself. The themes also sounded like they could be as organic and enveloping as the album title suggested; this was earthy music long before the term "new age" got slapped on everything that was vaguely atmospheric and meditative.

NB; Also a reason I still listen to this with a touch of nostalgia; my high school put on a production of "Hamlet" that used "Part II" as the processional music for the entrance of King Claudius.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An electronic classic July 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
My first exposure to this 1976 album took place in 1985 while in college. As somebody who lived on a steady diet of Yes, Pink Floyd, and Tangerine Dream in high school, I was (at the time) surprised that I had never heard of French electronic composer Jean Michel Jarre. At any rate, discovering this album was a moment that I will forever cherish and it is now an integral part of my electronic collection along with the follow-up album Equinoxe (1978).

Stylistically, this music is closest to the "Berlin School" approach to electronic music (e.g. Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze) especially the mid-1970s work of Tangerine Dream, although an admixture of the styles of electronic composers that are closer to progressive rock (e.g. Synergy, Kitaro, Tomita, and Vangelis) is present too. I should note however that the music on Oxygene is not as intense as the music written by any of those other composers and as such is a lot more "listener friendly" and inviting.

The six part Oxygene suite includes sections (or movements if you will) that range in length from 3'24" to 10'26". The movements are mostly brooding and synth heavy, with the occasional "computerized" rhythm provided by what is referred to in the liner notes as a "Rhythmin' computer". Other instruments used by Jean Michel on Oxygene include the ARP synthesizer (possibly an ARP string ensemble), AKS synthesizer, VCS3, RMI Harmonic synthesizer, Farfisa organ, the Eminent, and the mellotron. Together, these instruments are used to create ever-changing and spacey soundscapes that fizzle, bubble, pulse, and brood. He has a good sense of melody and there is certainly no shortage of them on this album.
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