One of my IG friends and DJ extraordinaire Charlie Puzzo put this photo on his wall a few days ago. I don't have a copy of Oxygene, but I do have the "concerts en Chine" album recorded in 1981 in Shanghai and Beijing. Jean-Michel Jarre was the first Western musician to be invited to perform in the PRC...So, I decided to listen to these two records today, and to my utter surprise they were still in pristine condition and fabulously recorded. Jean-Michel Jarre was a great client in the 80s as he liked buying test & measurement instruments from HP. My good colleague Philippe B was in charge of his account and I would occasionally convinced him to take me with him to visit his studio, combining my love of high-tech with my passion for music.
Philippe passed away a number of years ago unfortunately, probably succumbing to his great love of Riesling and other liquids, as he was from a family of vigneron in Alsace...
And Jean-Michel Jarre has recently signed with Sonty Music and we are told that they will release Blu-Ray versions of his concerts and other albums:
"The new contract with Sony Music allows for the re-mastering and re-releasing of Jean Michel Jarre's entire back catalogue, and the first of these re-mastered releases should be available from April 25th 2014 in both digital and physical formats.
Jean Michel Jarre's Management have confirmed to JARRE UK, that the re-mastered releases are expected to be released over the coming months, and although some will have updated artwork, there will be no changes to the tracklisting from the original album releases, and no bonus tracks added.
The first wave of remastered releases appears to include 'OXYGENE', 'EQUINOXE', 'MAGNETIC FIELDS', 'THE CONCERTS IN CHINA', 'CITIES IN CONCERT: HOUSTON / LYON' and 'DESTINATION DOCKLANDS' at the time of writing." I can't wait...
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.