Jarre* ‎– Les Chants Magnétiques

Disques Dreyfus ‎– FDM 18108
Vinyl, LP, Album


Les Chants Magnétiques
A Part I 18:07
B1 Part II 3:50
B2 Part III 4:41
B3 Part IV 6:07
B4 Part V (La Dernière Rumba) 3:28

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CBS distributor issue without printer credited on back sleeve, printer credit available on spine.
Imprimé en France

Other cat# "FDM 18108" issues are available:
Vogue distributor
CBS distributor, APEP printer
Transitional "DLP 2001" cat# and "PolyGram" distributor stickers on previous CBS issue

Inner sleeve:
Thanks to M. Geiss, MCI, Music Land, RSF, Fairlight, Oberheim & MDB.

℗ © 1981 Disques Dreyfus
copyright by Francis Dreyfus Music
Fabriqué en France

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 1): Y.D. J.M.JARRE A F25 81 5 FDM 18108 A F 25
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 1): Y.D. J.M.JARRE B F25 81 5 FDM 18108 B F 25
  • Price Code: CB 281
  • Rights Society: SACEM SDRM SACD SGDL
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A Variant 2): MPO FDM 1808 Y.D. J.M.JARRE A F22
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B Variant 2): MPO FDM 1808 Y.D. J.M.JARRE B F22
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A Variant 3): MPO FDM- 18108 -A4 STERLING JS
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B Variant 3): MPO FDM 18108 - B3 STERLING JS

Other Versions (5 of 205) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
POLD 5159 Jean-Michel Jarre Magnetic Fields(LP, Album, RE) Polydor POLD 5159 UK 1981 Sell This Version
PD-1-6325, 2311 075 Jean-Michel Jarre Magnetic Fields(LP, Album, TP) Polydor, Polydor PD-1-6325, 2311 075 US 1981 Sell This Version
MCR 16392 Jean-Michel Jarre Magnetic Fields = Campos Magneticos(Cass, Album) Polydor, Disques Dreyfus MCR 16392 Mexico 1981 Sell This Version
Y - POL - 2311075.9 Jarre* Magnetic Fields(LP, Album) Polydor Y - POL - 2311075.9 Peru 1981 Sell This Version
FDM 46050 36142 1 Jarre* Magnetic Fields(LP, Album, RE, 180) Disques Dreyfus FDM 46050 36142 1 France 2011 Sell This Version


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September 14, 2016
Fields (en)=Champs (fr)...not "chants".How is it right?...Stupid,ten words for post.


May 8, 2015

This album sounds even more incredible on vinyl! Its as if every beautiful note sticks out! The cover and (heavy)innersleeve are great too. Definitely a beautiful album and must have if you enjoy electronic soundscapes.


April 18, 2014
edited over 4 years ago
Practically a sequel to both, "Oxygene" and "Equinoxe" (in itself already a sequel to "Oxygene", a decent one though), each a couple of years away, one can sense Jarre's predictable synth-doodling on "Les Chants Magnetiques" reaching its painful dead end, somewhat even before the laser hits the CD/the stylus cuts into the vinyl. The opening sequence is adorable in itself but very quickly, as the album progresses, Jarre starts sounding too desperate in trying to fill in the gaps - the title suggests a bit more serious and conceptually stronger exercise but in the end the whole is just ruined with his attempt at showing (off) how accessible electronics can be, plus a truly laughable ending moment that is the hawaii-flavoured "La Derniere Rhumba" - which sounds exactly like on cheap autopilot.

Of course, there are still some beautiful examples here, like "pt. III" - adding a kalimba to amazing effect, providing one of Jarre's most adorable avant-garde moments - which should have been the key-point regarding inspiration for this album, because it does provide an interesting angle from which "Les Chants Magnetiques" could have taken off more properly into something far less predictable. Sadly, his self-indulgent soundplay here is a downright hit and miss affair.

Maybe it's a trilogy thing - but despite occasionally sympathetic synth-popping trademark (pts II, IV), "Les Chants Magnetiques" is Jarre at his least inspired and most mediocre.