Jarre*Les Chants Magnétiques

Label:Disques Dreyfus – FDM 18108
Vinyl, LP, Album
Style:Abstract, Ambient


Les Chants Magnétiques
APart I18:07
B1Part II3:50
B2Part III4:41
B3Part IV6:07
B4Part V (La Dernière Rumba)3:28

Companies, etc.



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

Other cat# "FDM 18108" issues are available:
Same back cover, but pressed at MPO, printed by APEP
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

Stamped, except 'Y D. J.M. JARRE A F25' and '3' which are etched.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Price Code: CB 281
  • Rights Society: SACEM SACD SDRM SGDL
  • 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
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 2): Y.D. J.M.JARRE A B27 FDM 18108 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 2): Y.D. J.M.JARRE B B27 FDM 18108 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, variant 3): Y.D. J.M.JARRE A F25 81 5 FDM 18108 A F 25
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, variant 3): Y.D. J.M.JARRE B F25 81 5 FDM 18108 BF 25 3

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Magnetic Fields (LP, Album)Polydor2311 075Netherlands1981
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Magnetic Fields (LP, Album, Repress)Polydor2344 166Germany1981
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Magnetic Fields (Cassette, Album)PolydorPOLDC 5159UK1981
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Magnetic Fields (LP, Album, Stereo)Polydor, PolydorPOLS 1033, 2311 075UK1981
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Magnetic Fields (LP, Album, 18-Presswell Pressing)Polydor, PolydorPD-1-6325, 2311 075US1981


  • olivgrau's avatar
    What a desaster ... I just went through three CD versions with very different mastering results. I kept MF2 from my version from the 80s box set and the rest from my version from the Original Album Series. I kept MF3 from the bad master because of the edit and called it no-train-edit. None of the less one of my favorites and was my introduction to JMJ in 1985, I was 15 then.
    • AngelRivers's avatar
      Can anyone possibly tell me if this french first pressing is likely to sound superior to my UK copy?

      The UK pressing sounds pretty amazing already
      • danpet's avatar
        Fields (en)=Champs (fr)...not "chants".How is it right?...Stupid,ten words for post.
        • jermainejagger's avatar
          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.
          • Crijevo's avatar
            Edited 8 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.



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