Jean-Michel Jarre - Les Concerts en Chine (1982/2015) [Official Digital Download]

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Jean-Michel Jarre - Les Concerts en Chine (1982/2015) [Official Digital Download]

Jean-Michel Jarre - Les Concerts en Chine (1982/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 78:53 minutes | 1 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Jean-Michel Jarre performed a handful of concerts in Peking and Shanghai in 1981, marking the first time that a modern Western musical artist had played in communist China. Sensing the historical importance of the event, a double album of live music from these concerts was released the following year as "Les Concerts en Chine".

The release is half musical travelogue (featuring new pieces presumably inspired by China) and half career retrospective, with faithful reproductions of excerpts from Equinoxe and Les Chants Magnetiques (Magnetic Fields) interspersed with new works and snippets of Chinese dialogue. There has always been a strong visual component to Jarre's live shows, which the listener is left out of on these recordings (small pockets of applause during some of the songs allude to the graphic goings-on), but even without the lights and lasers this is engaging stuff. Highlights from the show include "Jonques de Pecheurs au Crepuscule" (Fishing Junks at Sunset), a welcome respite from Jarre's ultra-modern music that features a traditional Oriental arrangement, and new works like "Arpegiateur" and "Nuit a Shangai" that compare favorably with the brisk, streamlined sound of Tangerine Dream in the early ‘80s. Connecting these sections with dialogue and street noises (some of which, in the case of "Les Chants Magnetiques," have always been there) breaks up the concert nicely, although two lighthearted intermissions ("L'Orchestre Sous la Pluie" and "La Derniere Rumba") make too fine a point of it. Owners of Equinoxe and Les Chants Magnetiques expecting to hear a new interpretation of these albums won't find any surprises on Les Concerts en Chine except a short ping-pong match inexplicably billed as "Les Chants Magnetiques I." The real attraction is the new music, and the newness that all of this must have held for its audience.


01 - L'Ouverture
02 - Arpegiateur
03 - Equinoxe, Pt. 4
04 - Jonques De Pecheurs Au Crepuscule
05 - L'Orchestre Sous La Pluie
06 - Equinoxe, Pt. 7
07 - Orient Express
08 - Chants Magnetiques, Pt. 1
09 - Chants Magnetiques, Pt. 3
10 - Chants Magnetiques, Pt. 4
11 - Harpe Laser
12 - Nuit A Shanghai
13 - La Dernière Rumba
14 - Chants Magnetiques, Pt. 2
15 - Souvenir de Chine

Analyzed: Jean-Michel Jarre / Les Concerts en Chine 1981

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR8 -1.40 dB -11.58 dB 4:51 01-L'Ouverture
DR7 -1.40 dB -9.86 dB 6:50 02-Arpegiateur
DR7 -1.40 dB -9.42 dB 7:48 03-Equinoxe, Pt. 4
DR7 -1.40 dB -11.56 dB 9:46 04-Jonques De Pecheurs Au Crepuscule
DR8 -1.40 dB -12.49 dB 1:21 05-L'Orchestre Sous La Pluie
DR7 -1.40 dB -9.43 dB 9:52 06-Equinoxe, Pt. 7
DR6 -1.20 dB -8.06 dB 4:21 07-Orient Express
DR12 -1.25 dB -17.98 dB 0:28 08-Chants Magnetiques, Pt. 1
DR10 -1.27 dB -14.09 dB 3:44 09-Chants Magnetiques, Pt. 3
DR6 -1.20 dB -8.42 dB 6:46 10-Chants Magnetiques, Pt. 4
DR9 -1.20 dB -13.68 dB 3:36 11-Harpe Laser
DR6 -1.20 dB -9.14 dB 7:01 12-Nuit A Shanghai
DR8 -1.20 dB -10.84 dB 2:11 13-La Dernière Rumba
DR6 -1.20 dB -7.69 dB 6:19 14-Chants Magnetiques, Pt. 2
DR6 -1.20 dB -8.72 dB 3:59 15-Souvenir de Chine

Number of tracks: 15
Official DR value: DR7

Samplerate: 48000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1755 kbps
Codec: FLAC

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