Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Jean Michel Jarre|
Les Granges Brûlées
Genres: Dance & Electronic, New Age, Pop, Soundtracks
In the early 70?s, a young composer named Jean Michel Jarre embarked on a recording career with an album of instrumental synthesizer music, Deserted Palace. After the album failed commercially, Jarre?s next move was to fo... more »
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In the early 70?s, a young composer named Jean Michel Jarre embarked on a recording career with an album of instrumental synthesizer music, Deserted Palace. After the album failed commercially, Jarre?s next move was to follow in the footsteps of his father, famed film composer Maurice Jarre, and wild success of Wendy Carlos? soundtrack to ?A Clockwork Orange,? with a soundtrack project of his own. The resulting album, ?Les Granges Brulees? was an artistic achievement on par with ?A Clockwork Orange,? although the film and soundtrack did not make it very far out of its native France. Still, buried under all of Jarre?s success, was this little vinyl album from France ? a relic of early analog-synth based electronica. New sounds for the world ? much different from Carlos?s ?Switched-On? sound. Jarre?s music had roots in classical composition, but with a percussive, rhythmic noise element that would resurface years later in Trance and Techno music. "Les Granges Brulees" was never released outside of France, and therefore missed the periodical reissues on cassette, 8-Track, and CD that most albums are afforded. The original vinyl is one of the most collectible records in history ? with mint copies still fetching over $500 in America. Dreyfus is thrilled to mark the 30th anniversary of this milestone recording with its first worldwide CD release.
What a difficult review to write...
Mr. Neil Madden | 03/18/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Since getting my hands on the Equinox Album as a child in the 70's I've been hooked on Jean Michel Jarre and pretty much have everything he's ever recorded before and after Oxygene. That's why I was extremely surprised to hear that the minimal sounding Les Grange Brulees album being re-released. The original album is rarer than hen's teeth and worth a lot of money to Jarre collectors. But after hearing the album, you have to ask yourself why. The painful truth is that there isn't a lot to shout about Jarre's work prior to Oxygene. This album is a stepping stone to the Jarre we know and love. There are some themes in there that are reused in later works and as such, I can see this album only being found interesting by absolute die-hard Jarre fans or possibly academics interested in early electronic music. It's no Oxygene or Equinox."
Very early Jarre
Aulis Vierhovssen | Dallas, Texas United States | 02/24/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Strongly recommended for all Jarre fans and / or early synth music lovers. Otherwise you will be deeply disappointed.Tracks on this album are sometimes comic, sometimes naive, nothing to be compared with next album Oxygene, it's completely different music. Though it shows the development of Jarre's musical ideas."
Guy Campeau | Stoneham, Québec Canada | 01/10/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Don't expect anything from this album, and you won't be dissapointed...
there is nothing to remember from this one. The keyboard sounds like a Casio that you can buy in a Wal-Mart. For die hard fans only."