Jean Michel Jarre
Born:
24 August 1948
Genres:
Electronic, New Age, Avant-Garde
Releases:
118
Biography: Celebrated as the European electronic music community's premier ambassador, composer Jean-Michel Jarre elevated the synthesizer to new peaks of popularity during the 1970s, in the process emerging as an international superstar renowned for his dazzling concert spectacles. The son of the famed film composer Maurice Jarre, he was born August 24, 1948, in Lyon, France, and began studying piano at the age of five. Abandoning classical music as a youth, Jarre became enamored of jazz before forming a rock band called Mystere IV; in 1968, he became a pupil of the musique concrète pioneer Pierre Schaeffer, joining Groupe de Recherches Musicales. His early experiments in electro-acoustic music yielded the 1971 single "La Cage"; the full-length Deserted Palace followed a year later. Jarre's early works were largely unsuccessful, and gave little indication of the work to follow. As he struggled to find his own voice, he wrote for a variety of singers, including Françoise Hardy, and also composed for films. Seeking to push electronic music away from its minimalist foundations as well as the formal abstractions of its most experimental practitioners, he slowly developed the orchestrated melodicism of his 1977 breakthrough effort, Oxygène, an enormous commercial hit that reached the number two spot on the U.K. pop charts. The follow-up, 1978's Equinoxe, was also a smash, and a year later Jarre held the first in a series of massive open-air concerts at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, the estimated one million spectators on hand earning him a place in The Guinness Book of World Records. Only in the wake of 1981's Les Chants Magnétiques (Magnetic Fields) did Jarre mount a proper tour, traveling to China with a staggering amount of stage equipment in tow; the five performances, performed backed by some 35 traditional instrumentalists, later generated the LP Concerts in China. Released in 1983, Music for Supermarkets instantly became one of the most collectible albums in history -- recorded for an art exhibit, only one copy was ever pressed, selling at a charity auction for close to $10,000. The master was then incinerated, guaranteeing the record's rarity. Jarre's next proper release was 1984's Zoolook, which failed to connect with audiences with the same success as its predecessors. A two-year hiatus followed before he resurfaced on April 5, 1986, with an extravagant live performance in Houston celebrating NASA's silver anniversary; in addition to the over one million in attendance, it was also broadcast on global television. Rendez-Vous appeared a few weeks later, and after another highly visual live date in Lyon, France, Jarre assembled the best material from the two events as the 1987 concert LP Cities in Concert: Houston/Lyon. Revolutions, featuring the legendary Shadows guitarist Hank B. Marvin, followed in 1988, and a year later a third concert LP, dubbed simply Jarre Live, hit stores. After 1990's En Attendant Cousteau (Waiting for Cousteau), Jarre mounted his biggest live experience yet, with an attendance of over two and a half million fans converging on Paris to see him perform in honor of Bastille Day. The decade to follow proved surprisingly quiet, however, and apart from the occasional live appearance Jarre was largely removed from the limelight; finally, in 1997 he issued Oxygène 7-13, updating his concepts for a new musical era. At the turn of the millennium, he recorded Metamorphoses and then took a break from the studio as a flurry of reissues and remixes followed, including Sessions 2000, Les Granges Brulees, and Odyssey Through O2. In 2007, after a seven-year hiatus from recording, Jarre released a new dance single, "Teo and Tea," a surprisingly strong return to electro, and followed it with a trancey, angular album also titled Teo and Tea.
Planet Jarre (Fan Edition)
Planet Jarre (Fan Edition)
Tracks: 41
Year: 2018
Oxygene 3
Oxygene 3
Tracks: 7
Year: 2016
Oxygene Trilogy
Oxygene Trilogy
Tracks: 21
Year: 2016
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Tracks: 22
Year: 2016
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Tracks: 22
Year: 2016
Remix EP [1]
Remix EP [1]
Tracks: 7
Year: 2015
Glory
Glory
Tracks: 3
Year: 2015
Watching You
Watching You
Tracks: 3
Year: 2015
Zero Gravity
Zero Gravity
Tracks: 2
Year: 2015
Conquistador
Conquistador
Tracks: 3
Year: 2015
Essential Recollection
Essential Recollection
Tracks: 14
Year: 2015
Remix EP (2)
Remix EP (2)
Tracks: 9
Year: 2015
Oxygene 0113 (Suite Complete)
Oxygene 0113 (Suite Complete)
Tracks: 13
Year: 2012
Oxygene 0113 (Suite Complete)
Oxygene 0113 (Suite Complete)
Tracks: 13
Year: 2012
Essentials And Rarities
Essentials And Rarities
Tracks: 16
Year: 2011
Live In Monaco
Live In Monaco
Tracks: 22
Year: 2011
Oxygene
Oxygene
Tracks: 6
Year: 2007
Teo & Tea
Teo & Tea
Tracks: 13
Year: 2007
Oxygene
Oxygene
Tracks: 6
Year: 2007
Teo & Tea
Teo & Tea
Tracks: 13
Year: 2007
Sublime Mix
Sublime Mix
Tracks: 1
Year: 2006
Live From Gdansk
Live From Gdansk
Tracks: 9
Year: 2005
Solidarnosc Live
Solidarnosc Live
Tracks: 9
Year: 2005
Solidarnosc Live
Solidarnosc Live
Tracks: 9
Year: 2005
Aerology (single)
Aerology (single)
Tracks: 1
Year: 2004
Jarre In China
Jarre In China
Tracks: 11
Year: 2004
Aero
Aero
Tracks: 15
Year: 2004
Essential (Remastered)
Essential (Remastered)
Tracks: 16
Year: 2004
Jarre In China
Jarre In China
Tracks: 11
Year: 2004
Aero
Aero
Tracks: 15
Year: 2004
Geometry Of Love
Geometry Of Love
Tracks: 8
Year: 2003
Geometry Of Love
Geometry Of Love
Tracks: 8
Year: 2003
Printemps De Bourges
Printemps De Bourges
Tracks: 4
Year: 2002
Sessions 2000
Sessions 2000
Tracks: 6
Year: 2002
Aero - Live in Denmark
Aero - Live in Denmark
Tracks: 18
Year: 2002
Sessions 2000
Sessions 2000
Tracks: 6
Year: 2002
Metamorphoses
Metamorphoses
Tracks: 12
Year: 2000
Tout est Bleu (maxi)
Tout est Bleu (maxi)
Tracks: 5
Year: 2000
Metamorphoses
Metamorphoses
Tracks: 12
Year: 2000
Odyssey Through O2
Odyssey Through O2
Tracks: 17
Year: 1998
Odyssey Through O2
Odyssey Through O2
Tracks: 17
Year: 1998
Rarities 3 (bootleg)
Rarities 3 (bootleg)
Tracks: 20
Year: 1997
Images: The Best Of
Images: The Best Of
Tracks: 20
Year: 1997
Oxygene 7-13
Oxygene 7-13
Tracks: 7
Year: 1997
Complete Oxygene (2CD)
Complete Oxygene (2CD)
Tracks: 14
Year: 1997
Oxygene 7-13
Oxygene 7-13
Tracks: 7
Year: 1997
Jarremix
Jarremix
Tracks: 11
Year: 1995
Jarremix
Jarremix
Tracks: 11
Year: 1995
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Tracks: 20
Year: 1994
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Tracks: 20
Year: 1994
Chronologie
Chronologie
Tracks: 8
Year: 1993
Chronologie
Chronologie
Tracks: 8
Year: 1993
Waiting For Cousteau
Waiting For Cousteau
Tracks: 4
Year: 1990
Waiting for Cousteau
Waiting for Cousteau
Tracks: 4
Year: 1990
Waiting For Cousteau
Waiting For Cousteau
Tracks: 4
Year: 1990
Jarre Live
Jarre Live
Tracks: 12
Year: 1989
Jarre Live
Jarre Live
Tracks: 12
Year: 1989
Jarre Live
Jarre Live
Tracks: 4
Year: 1989
Revolutions
Revolutions
Tracks: 10
Year: 1988
Revolutions
Revolutions
Tracks: 10
Year: 1988
In Concert Houston Lyon
In Concert Houston Lyon
Tracks: 9
Year: 1987
Rendez-Vous
Rendez-Vous
Tracks: 11
Year: 1986
Rendez-Vous
Rendez-Vous
Tracks: 11
Year: 1986
Rendez vous
Rendez vous
Tracks: 11
Year: 1986
Zoolook
Zoolook
Tracks: 7
Year: 1984
Zoolook
Zoolook
Tracks: 7
Year: 1984
Zoolook (1985, Remaster)
Zoolook (1985, Remaster)
Tracks: 7
Year: 1984
Zoolook (1985, Remaster)
Zoolook (1985, Remaster)
Tracks: 7
Year: 1984
Zoolook (1997, Remaster)
Zoolook (1997, Remaster)
Tracks: 7
Year: 1984
Zoolook (1997, Remaster)
Zoolook (1997, Remaster)
Tracks: 7
Year: 1984
Musik Aus Zeit Und Raum
Musik Aus Zeit Und Raum
Tracks: 13
Year: 1983
Musik Aus Zeit Und Raum
Musik Aus Zeit Und Raum
Tracks: 13
Year: 1983
The Concerts In China
The Concerts In China
Tracks: 15
Year: 1982
The Concerts In China
The Concerts In China
Tracks: 15
Year: 1982
The Concerts In China
The Concerts In China
Tracks: 15
Year: 1982
Magnetic Fields
Magnetic Fields
Tracks: 5
Year: 1981
Equinoxe
Equinoxe
Tracks: 8
Year: 1978
Equinoxe (1983, Remaster)
Equinoxe (1983, Remaster)
Tracks: 8
Year: 1978
Equinoxe (1983, Remaster)
Equinoxe (1983, Remaster)
Tracks: 8
Year: 1978
Oxygene (1983, Remaster)
Oxygene (1983, Remaster)
Tracks: 6
Year: 1976
Oxygene
Oxygene
Tracks: 6
Year: 1976
Oxygene (1983, Remaster)
Oxygene (1983, Remaster)
Tracks: 6
Year: 1976
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