Oxygène: “6-part epic” review by The vinyl review (2013)

Released in 1977 on Polydor Records (2310 555), Oxygene cemented Jarre’s place at the top of the electronic scene. Probably the most famous of the tracks is Oxygene Part IV, everyone’s heard it – even if they’re unaware it’s Jarre. It’s a bit like how people say they’ve not heard anything by Tangerine Dream but they’ve heard the theme from Streethawk. Read more… Continue reading Oxygène: “6-part epic” review by The vinyl review (2013)

Oxygene review (2013)

Our cassette of the day today is Jean Michel’s breakthrough album from 1977, ‘Oxygene‘. Living in the shadow of a famous father can’t be very easy. Julian Lennon struggled to live up to the successful musical standards set by his iconic Dad. I imagine the pressure on little Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John to be an accomplished ivory-tinkler may also be fairly strong. And when your … Continue reading Oxygene review (2013)

Oxygène review from the Daily Mirror (August 15, 1977)

Incredible! For the first time in the history of french music, a french LP album is ranked number one in the U.K. Charts. It has been more purchased at the record stores than the biggest albums from Elvis Presley the day he died. Something unseen since the Beatles phenomena. The Daily Mirror, printed to three million copies, wrote… “French Revolution to rock the world”. He’s number one in France, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany. It has been already sold to two million people…

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“French revolution to rock the world”
from Stan Sayer in St Tropez
Daily Mirror, August 15, 1977

Jean Michel Jarre is a name to make you say “who?”. But not for long. I promise.
He is a highly talented French composer who has already conquered the pop market in Europe.
Now Jean Michel Jarre has started a music revolution which looks like sweeping the world.
This 29-year-old prince of pop is pioneering a new sound which he calls “The music of our time”.
And it has arrived in Britain on an album called “Oxygène“. It’s aim is to switch you on – litteraly. All his music is produced by electronic synthesizers.

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