Jean Michel Jarre* ‎– Equinoxe

Disques Dreyfus ‎– FDM 83150
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  • Composed By, Producer, Synthesizer [2600 ARP, AKS, VCS 3, Yamaha Polyphonic, Oberheim Polyphonic, RMI Harmonic, Korg Polyphonic Ensemble], Keyboards [RMI Keyboard], Sequencer [ARP Sequencer, Oberheim Digital Sequencer, Geiss Matrisequencer 250], Drum Machine [Geiss Rhythmicomputer], Organ [Elka 707, Eminent], Mellotron, Vocoder [EMS]Jean-Michel Jarre
  • DesignMichel Granger
  • Engineer [Mixing Assistent]Patrick Foulon
  • Engineer [Mixing]Jean-Pierre Janiaud
  • Mastered ByYves Delaunay


CB 271 code [on back cover top left corner] issue with I.D.N. printer name [on back cover bottom] and Jarre's face photo [on back cover] (see images).

Other cat# "FDM 83150" issues (CBS distributor) are available:
(O) code, no printer
(O) code, Dillard & Cie printer
CB 271 code, Dillard & Cie printer
CB 271 code, APEP printer
CB 271 code, IDN printer, Jarre face photo, yellow vinyl
CB 271 code, IDN printer, Jarre standing photo
CB 271 code, JAT printer
CB 271 code, Pastelle designer
CB 281 code, Imprimerie de Saint-Michel printer, Pastelle designer
CB 281 code, no printer, Pastelle designer, no "Master digital" white box
CB 281 code, "Master digital" white box, Pastelle designer

Jean-Michel Jarre played the following instruments: 2600 ARP Synthesizer, AKS Synthesizer, VCS 3 Synthesizer, YAMAHA Polyphonic Synthesizer, OBERHEIM Polyphonic Synthesizer, RMI Harmonic Synthesizer, RMI Keyboard Computer, ELKA 707, KORG Polyphonic Ensemble, Eminent, Mellotron, ARP Sequencer, OBERHEIM Digital Sequencer, Matrisequencer 250, Rhythmicomputer, Vocoder E.M.S.

Recorded at Jean-Michel Jarre private studio on MCI-Studio equipment and mixed at Gang Studios in Paris from january to august 1978.

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Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A): Y.D. J.M. JARRE MPO FDM 83150 A [scratch] 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B): MPO FDM 83150 B2M J.M. JARRE 9F Y.D.
  • Distribution Code: CB 271
  • Rights Society: SACEM SACD SDRM SGDL

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FDM 83150 Jean Michel Jarre* Equinoxe(LP, Album) Disques Dreyfus FDM 83150 France 1978 Sell This Version
PD-1-6175, 2310 636 Jean Michel Jarre* Equinoxe(LP, Album) Polydor, Polydor PD-1-6175, 2310 636 US 1978 Sell This Version
LK 57384 Jean Michel Jarre* Equinoxe(Cass, Album) PGP RTB, Polydor LK 57384 Yugoslavia 1978 Sell This Version
JAR 2 Jean Michel Jarre* Equinoxe(LP, Album, RE) Polydor, Disques Dreyfus JAR 2 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
DMC 2000 Jean Michel Jarre* Equinoxe(Cass, Album, RE) Disques Dreyfus DMC 2000 France Unknown Sell This Version


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December 23, 2013
edited over 4 years ago
It took me a long time to love and avoid Jarre's music on equal terms - instead of just avoid. One thing that always annoyed me in his work are spectacular accentuations of what electronics can do. But then again, there is a "guilty pleasure" element in his music that cannot be underestimated. Considering a strange juxtaposition of mega-exposure/universal popularity and personal eccentricity, his earlier work is safe from harm of falling flat - either into pomposity or "stock music" category, although it is not entirely rid of electronic posturing.

Of the three crucial albums of his from the 1974-81 era - "Oxygene", "Equinoxe" and "Les Chants Magnétiques" - "Equinoxe" remains a favourite, ideal to play during winter's late night evenings or even more so especially when traveling. Besides Kraftwerk and Moroder, Jarre is equally responsible for the entire invasion of synth-pop that was bubbling about under the surface at the time - take one Orchestral Manoeuvres, for example (and they actually were named "Equinox" in one of their pre-OMD incarnations), as most of their symphonic sounds owe a great deal to Jarre alone.

As for "Equinoxe" - despite Jarre's usual conceptual nature, his sound inventiveness is often at odds with his music titles' non-inventiveness... The main title alone should stand on its own two feet, perfectly representative of the very music, so any lazy repeating of it in a "parts 1-8" mode is utterly redundant (an actual trademark of Jarre's). But of course this doesn't affect the quality of the very music. This is a truly enjoyable sound excursion with undeniable esoteric value attached to it - especially side one, while side two (with parts 4 and 5 in particular) proves to be more popular among listeners but in all, "Equinoxe" is best when experienced as a whole, without splicing between individual parts (as most of them audibly blend into one another to form a unified piece) - in that case, a vinyl version of this album is better choice than CD.

The only moment that partially goes off-topic on the entire album is on "part 8", during its Parisian l'accordéon-esque intro - while it's a nice little oddity in itself (that would sound perfect with a certain Juliette Greco on vocals), somehow this snippet sounds a bit forced into the whole as if marking composer's French temper... thankfully, the end of "Equinoxe" doesn't succumb further into sound shunting as the theme progresses towards the end, but returns to a melody variation similar to "Part 4" which gives it all a nice "scrolling credits" signature, successfully closing the album.


September 19, 2012
You can probably find this album all over the world for $1 in bargain bins at your local record store. Do yourself a favor and just buy it, bring it home and listen to it. You will never spend a better $1 in your life


July 18, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
I blame this and oxygene for sparking my interest in electronic music at the ripe old age of 10-ish. 38 now and this still gets me. Timeless.

Part 1: Every time I hear this, I picture a life being born and growing quickly into an active young body, and moving through time into maturity, and then peaking and falling into old age and slowing down until death. Sad but true. Beautiful!