Revolutions (studio album, 1988)

Studio album
Publication August 1988
Recording 1988
Length 44:24
Producer Jean Michel Jarre
Label Disques Dreyfus
Notes: This Jarre album is certainly the one that gathers the most different styles, including arabic, mechanical electronica and smooth jazz.

Revolutions was made on the prospect of celebrating the 200th anniversary of the French revolution. It is divided in two unequal parts : First there is a standalone epic serial of four pieces celebrating “Industrial revolution“. This piece is filled with hauting melodies. Second there is a collection of rather loose tracks, which each have their own flavor. It was the point where Jarre could realize his child dream, as to say play with Shadow’s guitarist Hank Marvin (London kid).

The track “Revolutions” had two releases. On the original one, there is a Turkish flute, but the performer was not included in the sleeve, so that he protested and won court against Jarre, who decided to record a second version with an arabian orchestra. The second version was called “Revolution, Revolutions” not to confuse, on later re-releases.

Tokyo kid can be seen as Jarre’s unspoken tribute to Miles Davis, two other of his great heros, on a trumpet solo played by Jun Miyake. Computer week-end was a bigger hit in England than in France, so it was added to Jarre’s 1991 compilation to UK, Images. September is a track dedicated to Dulcie September, a human rights fighter in South Africa, that was murdered in Paris shortly after. The track involves a choir of young children from Mali. Final one is “the Emigrant”, an anthem to people who leave their countries.

On the sleeve of the album, one an read Jarre’s sentence : “There will only be one revolution. The one the children keep in their mind”.

Jarre mainly used the Roland D-50 (which used the exclusive FM Synthesis technology) to render the sounds of the album (including the metallic-bash overture), and it became one of Jarre’s instant favorite.

Just like Oxygène, Revolutions peaked at number 2 in the british charts. This relates in great matter with the fact Jarre’s promotion for the album coincided with his two giants concerts on the Londons docks.

  1. “Industrial Revolution” Overture – 5:20
  2. “Industrial Revolution” Part 1 – 5:08
  3. “Industrial Revolution” Part 2 – 2:18
  4. “Industrial Revolution” Part 3 – 4:47
  5. “London Kid” – 4:34
  6. “Revolution, Revolutions” – 4:55
  7. “Tokyo Kid” – 5:18
  8. “Computer Weekend” – 4:38
  9. “September” – 3:52
  10. “The Emigrant” – 4:05

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