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Jean-Michel JarreZoolook

Label:Disques Dreyfus – FDM 18118
Vinyl, LP, Album
Style:Synth-pop, Experimental, Ambient


VocalsLaurie Anderson
B4Blah-Blah Cafe3:22
B5Ethnicolor II3:52

Companies, etc.



Released with a pink picture inner sleeve
Some copies come with the "Prix De L'Académie Du Disque Français" sticker on front cover (see pictures)

Mixed on Sony PCM 1610 at Croissy Studio, France.
Recorded at Klinton Studio, New York.[Clinton Recording Studio in the database]
℗ © 1984 Disques Dreyfus
Imprimé en France

Inner sleeve:
Laurie Anderson & Marcus Miller appear courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Adrian Belew appears courtesy of EG Records.

The human voices heard on this album were created from recordings of speech and song. The original recordings were made in the following languages: Aboroginal, Afghan, Arabic, Balinese, Buhndi, Chad, Chinese, English, Eskimo, French, Gabonese, German, Hungarian, Indian, Japanese, Madagascan, Malayan, Pigmy, Quechua, Russian, Sioux, Spanish, Swedish, Tibetan, Turkish. They were edited and transformed using different electronic devices.

Keyboards and electronic devices: Fairlight CMI, Emulator, Moog 55, ARP 2600, DX7, Prophet V, OBXA, AMS, Simmons SDS V, Matrisequencer, AKS, EMS Vocoder, Eminent, Doctor Click, Linn 1, Linn 2.

Label side B:
Fabriqué en France

Incidental info:
Mastered at Tape One, London, UK
Pressed at MPO, Averton, France

Three similar versions are known:

Release 5405367 with
- white text "Fabriqué en France" bottom center of back cover

Release 3719691 with
- white text "Fabriqué en France" bottom center of back cover
- black text "Imprimé en France" bottom left of back cover

This release with
- black text "Imprimé en France" bottom left of back cover

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Price Code: CB 311
  • Rights Society: SACEM SACD SDRM SGDL
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout [Handwritten]): MPO FDM 18118 A3 BILBO.TAPE One.LONDON
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout [Handwritten]): MPO FDM 18118 B3 BILBO.TAPE One.LONDON
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout [Handwritten], Variant 2): MPO FDM 18118 A4 BILBO.TAPE One.LONDON
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout [Handwritten], Variant 2): MPO FDM 18118 B4 BILBO.TAPE One.LONDON

Other Versions (5 of 175)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Zoolook (LP, Album)Polydor823 763-1Netherlands1984
Zoolook (LP, Album)Polydor, Disques DreyfusPOLH 15, 823 763-1UK1984
Zoolook (LP, Album, Stereo)Polydor823 763-1Germany1984
Zoolook (LP, Album)Polydor823 763-1Portugal1984
Zoolook (LP, Album)Polydor823 763-1Spain1984


PatronSaintofScratch's profile picture
A Zoo of Linguistic Creatures.

A brilliant album of electronic/world music.
Built upon samples of talking and singing in 25 languages spanning the Earth:
Aboriginal, Arabic, Hungarian, Japanese, Turkish, Pygmy, Sioux, Quechua, etc
Zoolook presents a cross between Musique Concrete, World Music & Synthpop.

Featuring the brilliant Adrian Belew (King Crimson veteran and artist in his own right)
and Laurie Anderson (experimental storyteller, filmmaker, and performance artist whose
voice can be heard on "Diva"), the music shifts between lush and discordant. Brilliant!!
Barf_LoneStarr's profile picture
An easy piece of his discography to overlook, but one worth digesting. I revisited this one recently and found there was a lot more to it than I remembered -- especially on the B side.
KisGotha's profile picture
New mastering from the original analog tapes by Dave Dadwater for Yakuda Audio 2014. Original track list from 1984, no remix.
darren.dobbie's profile picture
I love this album. It is still fresh and if released today would still be ahead of it's time.My favourite pressing has always been the original, having purchased the tape cassette as a youngster from our price music, Canterbury around 1986. I would love an original pressing CD, but I understand they was withdrawn from sale not long after release.They are about but at a cost.
It's an album best listened to as a whole and when you can concentrate on it. The album in it's early state had a purity and continuity that Jarre intended. Remix versions of Zoolook & Zoolookologie, although not a million miles away from the originals, upset that purity and continuity for me.The same goes for the track listing.
Still, if there was ever an album of the future, this would be it!
toadsound's profile picture
this one is pretty, pretty, pretttyyy ... pretty, pretty ... pretty good!
jermainejagger's profile picture
Edited 6 years ago
An amazing album! Probably my favorite by jarre & quite ahead of its time in my opinion. Makes me wonder if Bjork was maybe even influenced by it for her Medulla album. either way, zoolook is a great jarre album to own!
Crijevo's profile picture
Edited 7 years ago
Of all Jarre's earlier albums, "Zoolook" remains a personal favourite - because it is by far his most entertaining, diverse and consistent work despite its somewhat scattered fragments. The very album title and some of the pieces cause pleasant confusion in terms of concept, evoking more of the tribal/ethnical elements (single-handedly inspiring certain Enigmas, Deep Forests and the like) - instead Jarre produced a surprisingly opposite-sounding collection of building blocks - that don't necessarily fit between themselves but their deliciously colourful plastic parts melt and blend in a perfect match.

Considering his ups and downs throughout a vast music career, it is quite ironic to listen to something called "Zoolook" from 1984 in the year 2O14, still sounding as fresh and contemporary, comparing it to shitty concept dance albums like "Teo and Tea". Even comparing it to the likes of "Oxygene", "Equioxe" and/or "Les Chants Magnetiques", which despite their own fun element radiate with uninspiring list of self-titled "parts", "Zoolook" wins exactly because of its song titles' diversity - humouristic and less pretentiously conceptual, albeit dangerously close to plagiarism, "Zoolook" rides its thin line between The Art Of Noise ("Zoolookologie" is his evident assault on "Beat Box"), Telex (who actually learned partially from Jarre), Laurie Anderson (hence her presence on the album's "Diva"), Yello, Thomas Dolby, Kraftwerk and to some extent even Peter Gabriel (it's a shame he didn't participate here as well - because, pieces like the gorgeous "Blah Blah Cafe" or "Wooloomooloo" sound like perfectly written with Gabriel in mind).

The Kraftwerk complex here is also an interesting possible element - at the time "Zoolook" came out, Kraftwerk were going through a creative crisis with their prolonged "Techno-Pop" affair. While Jarre basically exists in his own isolated world just like Kraftwerk, the competitive spirit of these two entities can be sensed in "Zoolook" (Kraftwerk initially considered the title "Technicolor" instead of "Techno-Pop" for this abandoned early session and were at the time quite scared off witnessing many groups and individuals taking over in their advanced technology race). In a way, "Zoolook" is almost an extended collection of ideas Kraftwerk would kill for - lacking a proper common theme, their final (and in its own way amazing) 1986 variant called "Electric Cafe" can be viewed as taking many cues directly from "Zoolook" which in itself wasn't an all-together original, but for the year 1984 it undoubtedly - and deservedly - stole the show.
gunger30's profile picture
I like very much this record, it is an experimental and puzzling album for period, with the use of human voices and percussions, really different from other albums of Jean Michel Jarre
adiscombug's profile picture
Edited 9 years ago
Certainly a break from the previous albums - maybe more experimental. I would love to have Ethnicolor made up of 3 parts (breaks at 3:32 and 6:50) into individual tracks, then I could hear part 3 on loop on its own! This part on its own would deserve its own title as it seems out of kilter with the first 2 parts and its sister track Ethnicolor 2. Dare I say it has a techno element?! Infact, the more I listen to it, it sounds more joined up with Eldorado (featured on Images), and Calypso 2 (which also sticks out like a sore thumb on Waiting for Cousteau) and similarly takes me on a journey. Maybe that is the purpose by Jarre - to take us by surprise when we least expect it. Wonderful!
Stoffeler10's profile picture
Edited 15 years ago
It's quite interesting to see Jean-Michel Jarre's development from the kitschy debut "Oxygene", over his much better following LP "Equinoxe", to this one.
In fact, Zoolook doesn't make you think of a Jarre release at all ! Especially side two offers pearls somewhere between Art Of Noise, Herbie Hancock or something produced by Bill Laswell of Material. Funky and surprising music this was in 1984....... and it still is today.
Don't let the name on the cover fool you, this record is worth to be discovered!