833 170-1 Jean-Michel Jarre In Concert/Houston-Lyon
Produced by Jean-Michel Jarre
Released on July 1987
UK CHART POSITION #18
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K ronomyth 9.0 – GIANT-MICHEL JARRE. Lights pierced the sky, film projectors painted hundred-foot images on office buildings, fireworks exploded from the tops of skyscrapers like metal volcanoes. In this jungle of steel and glass loomed the great Modzilla, trampling convention and good taste, shooting strange sonic fire from his fingertips that left the cities of Houston and Lyon awash in an orgy of electronic media. Snippets of radio chatter make for a very small audio-documentary of the event and give a glimpse into the confusion and excitement around the Houston concert. Side One features the excerpted Houston show, with a single performance from each of his first five proper studio albums. The Texans are by turns left speechless (“Ethnicolor”) and ecstatic (“Chants Magnetiques I”), though you’re left wondering if they really ever knew what hit them. The Lyon concert on side two features an abridged performance of his last album, Rendez-Vous. Why the two venues weren’t reversed, I couldn’t tell you; perhaps the wounds were still too fresh. The Lyon audience is polite, enthusiastic, as a solemn benediction from the Pope replaces the anarchic street-level scene of side one. With an orchestra, eight-piece band and monstrous staging, what we’re witnessing may be the height of Jarre’s powers, yet much is lost in the single-elpee shrinking of this fairy tale from two cities. Concerts En Chine remains the definitive live set for me: new material and two elpees show the magnitude of Jarre’s visit to China. By contrast, Houston/Lyon is over in a flash, Jarre and his cirque de la soiree all but a memory by morning. A video disc of the concerts would be an order of magnitude more interesting, since these concerts were designed to be seen as much as heard.

833 170-1 inner gatefold 833 170-1 back cover
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TRACK LISTING

  1. OXYGENE V    1:17
  2. ETHNICOLOR    9:31
  3. MAGNETIC FIELDS I    4:10
  4. SOUVENIR (OF CHINA)    3:13
  5. EQUINOXE V    3:18
  6. RENDEZ-VOUS III (HARPE LASER)    3:29
  7. RENDEZ-VOUS II    10:38
  8. RON'S PIECE    4:16
  9. RENDEZ-VOUS IV    3:54

    Composed and conducted by Jean-Michel Jarre

CREDITS

JEAN-MICHEL JARRE -- synthesizers
GUY DELACROIX -- bass
SYLVAIN DURAND -- keyboards and synthesizers
MICHEL GEISS -- synthesizers, engineer, mixing
JOE HAMMER -- drums
PASCAL LEBOURG -- keyboards and synthesizers
DOMINIQUE PERRIER -- keyboards and synthesizers
FRANCIS RIMBERT -- keyboards and synthesizers
Children Choir of La Cigale de Lyon -- choir
Christine Durand -- soprano
Female Voices of Le Cantrel de Lyon -- choir
The High School for the Performing Arts -- choir
Dino Lumbroso -- percussion
Musicians of L'Orchestre National de Lyon -- orchestra
Musicians of L'Opera de Lyon -- orchestra
The Singing Boys of Houston -- choir
Christian Wagner -- choir director
Kirk Whalum -- alto sax
Denis Vanzetto -- engineer, mixing
Pastelle Paris - Paint Box Mikros Images -- artwork
Ph. de Selliers, A. de Wildenberry, Peter Montain, Ph. Jackson, Daniel Simon -- photos

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
FRA 1987 Polygram LP/CD/CS 833 126-1/2/4  
UK July 1987 Polydor LP POLH-36 gatefold cover, insert
BRA/CAN/COL/GER/POR 1987 Polydor LP/CS 833 170-1/4 gatefold cover, insert
GER 1987 Polydor CD 833 170-2  
FRA September 1, 1993 Dreyfus CD DRE 36147  

 

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