Jean Michel Jarre* ‎– Essentials & Rarities

Disques Dreyfus ‎– FDM 46050362872, Disques Dreyfus ‎– FDM 4605036287-2
CD, Compilation, Black
CD, Compilation, Black
Box Set, Limited Edition, Remastered

Companies, etc.



℗ & © 2011 Disques Dreyfus & Jean Michel Jarre
boxed sleeve, completely black vinyl-styled disks

1,3 ℗ 1982 Disques Dreyfus & Jean Michel Jarre
2,4,14 ℗ 1976 Disques Motors
5,10 ℗ 1978 Disques Dreyfus
6 ℗ 1990 Jean Michel Jarre
7 ℗ 1984 Jean Michel Jarre
8,9 ℗ 1981 Disques Dreyfus
11 ℗ 1988 Jean Michel Jarre
12 ℗ 1986 Jean Michel Jarre
13 ℗ 2000 Jean Michel Jarre
15 ℗ 2002 Jean Michel Jarre

1 © 1968 Jean Michel Jarre
2 © 1970 Jean Michel Jarre, ℗ 1973 Disques Motors
3,4 © 1969 Jean Michel Jarre, ℗ 1971 Pathé Marconi
5,9,14 ℗ 1973 Eden Roc
6,7,8 © 1970 Jean Michel Jarre ℗ 1972 Labador / Sam Fox / Eden Roc
10,12 © 1971 Jean Michel Jarre ℗ 1972 Labador / Sam Fox / Eden Roc
11 ℗ 1972 Labador / Sam Fox / Eden Roc
13 © 1971 Jean Michel Jarre ℗ 1972 Labador / Sam Fox / Eden Roc
15,16 ℗ 2010 Jean Michel Jarre

Remastering is only advertised on a sticker on the plastic wrap, not on the actual box or in the booklet.
Jarre and David Perreau provide more info on youtube regarding this remastering.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 3 460503 628724
  • Barcode (Scanned): 3460503628724
  • Mould SID Code (CD 1 Variant 1): IFPI 0757
  • Mould SID Code (CD 1 Variant 2): IFPI 0777
  • Mould SID Code (CD 2 Variant 1): IFPI 0760
  • Mould SID Code (CD 2 Variant 2): IFPI 0777
  • Rights Society: SPPF
  • Rights Society: SACEM SDRM SCAM SACD
  • Label Code: LC 09805
  • Other (Distribution Code): SB 227
  • Other (International Standard Recording Code): ISRC FR - 14F

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FDM JMJ 1 0411, FDM JMJ 2 0411 Jean Michel Jarre* Essentials & Rarities(2xCD, Comp, Promo) Disques Dreyfus, Sony Music, Disques Dreyfus, Sony Music FDM JMJ 1 0411, FDM JMJ 2 0411 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
FDM 46050 36290 1 Jean Michel Jarre* Rarities(LP, Comp) Disques Dreyfus, Jean-Michel Jarre FDM 46050 36290 1 Europe 2011 Sell This Version


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September 22, 2016
This CD is interesting, it included famous tracks and classics by Jarre and little-known and unsuccessful instrumentals.

The first compilation contained some of the biggest successes by Jarre: "Oxygène Part 4", "Zoolook", "Équinoxe Part 5", "Fourth Rendez-Vous" and the Future Jazz composition "Space Of Freedom (March 23)".

The other compilation included rarities, Musique Concrète and some musical experiments that Jarre did in the early 70s.

The most interesting track "Happiness Is A Sad Song" was recorded in 1968 at the group GRM (Group de Recherches Musicales). Many special effects were used on the recording, this music was experimental and some techniques for Electroacoustic Music were used. What makes "Happiness Is A Sad Song" more interesting, is that the composition was never released on an album or vinyl record before.

The song "Hypnose" from 1972 was a collaboration with Dominique Webb (The melody was relaxing and accompained Webb's speech). But the instrumental version was included on this CD.

Another experimental and concrete melody was "La Cage/Erosmachine" from 1971. Many oscilliators and musical saws were used on these recordings.

Some soundtracks of the film "Les Granges Brûlées" were re-released. The soft instrumentals "Chanson Des Granges Brûlées" and "Le Pays De Rose" are a classic example of Electronic Music soundtracks for films.

The score from the film "Deserted Palace" included use of a variety of musical instruments as "Windswept Canyon" (Bongo and synthesizers can be heard), "The Abominable Snowman" (Some concrete music sounds were recorded), "Rain Forest Rap Session" (One of the only lively melodies from "Deserted Palace"), "Iraqi Hitch-Hiker" (another cheerful track from this CD), "Music Box Concerto" and "Deserted Palace".

The organ sound heard on "Black Bird" is fantastic. (The tune was inspired by "Bridge Of Promises", one of the soundtracks of "Deserted Palace"). The vinyl record was released in 1972 with the A-side "Pop Corn" and Jarre used the pseudonym "Pop Corn Orchestra" to record the singles.

The remix of "La Cage" by Vitalic and the remake of "Erosmachine" are enjoyable.


August 6, 2012
Here is what is left of this man, formerly pope of electronic music for all tastes, today (and largely because of their fans) a caricature of what in his day was.
Years ago I was part of a community of fans of Jean Michel Jarre here in Spain, in those days already saw that was to become the community .... and what has made this musician.
I heard many times that of "the last album was good Jarre Chronologie" ... the last time I heard this was in 2007 .... those fans not happy with "Oxygene 7-13", "Metamorphoses" or "Teo And Tea" preferred to listen in your car at full blast and hits the window down "Christophe" or "Patrick Juvet" Jarre saying this is 100%.
Completely ignoring such works as "Geometry of Love" (for me a totally underrated great job ...) or "Sessions 2000", some of them bought it .... all versions ..... and never opened it or heard ....
Some of these fans told me in his day: "..... I put a song of Jarre's last album ...... and if in the first 10 seconds does not sound like Oxygene or step Rendez Vous Song and catalog work and other shit more "
Another one of those fans was able to know that for 20 seconds of a newscast of any country in Europe where in the wake of the tour "Europe in Concert" sounded a bit of "Chronologie pt4" and having Jarre in his hands a "clavier" of different color than that used in the Barcelona concert ..... and that meant for that had been the best concert Jarre had in your life! (?)
No wonder nothing to Jarre .... after having a legion of fans more severe than the Nazi community .... published "Teo and Tea" with all good intentions ..... , Received more bad sticks and criticism that his previous two jobs and went back to making a mistake by publishing "Oxygene Live In You Living Room" which is a step in the opposite direction "Teo and Tea" .... with every intention to please their fans .... and neither got!! ....
The poor Jarre unfortunately is lost, I think because of his fans, those who have shown me more insanely fanatical part, able to purchase a photo of Jarre defecating in the toilet and yet criticizing, not listening and destroying a musician like me to we ventured to many people of my generation in the world of electronic music.
Here is your compilation divided into two parts .... The first is a compilation of greatest hits, selected irregularly, but at least trying not to be the typical choice of collections by jarre as "Images" or "The Essential", the second part ..... is grateful for the reissue of songs like "The Cage", "Erosmachine" or some songs from his "Deserted Palace", but this did not leave satisfied once more to that legion of fans who both love the same extent Jarre who hate .
Because it is clear that whatever you do Jarre, in the step of ...... their fans will destroy and devour one more time ... even so .... Jarre: Courage ..... I keep buying your works ...