Essentials & Rarities

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Essentials & Rarities
Compilation album by Jean Michel Jarre
Released 30 May 2011
Recorded 1968–2002; compiled, edited and mastered in early 2011
Genre Electronic
Length 122:44
Label Disques Dreyfus
Producer Jean Michel Jarre
Jean Michel Jarre chronology
Oxygène: New Master Recording
2007
Essentials & Rarities
2011
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Essentials & Rarities (previously announced as Memories & Rarities) is a compilation album by Jean Michel Jarre, released in 2011. The double CD set consists of two distinctive CDs: Essentials, which is a compilation of Jarre's most famous work, and Rarities, which compiles tracks made before his ground-breaking album Oxygène.[2]

Most of the tracks on Rarities had never been officially released on CD (apart from tracks from Les Granges Brûlées). The Rarities CD includes a selection of tracks from Deserted Palace, his first single "La Cage" and its B-side "Erosmachine", and the track "Happiness Is a Sad Song", which he composed in 1968 for "Les Fêtes de la Jeunesse" in Reims and is Jean Michel Jarre's first musical release. Both "Happiness Is a Sad Song" and "La Cage / Erosmachine" were composed during Jarre's time at the Groupe Recherche Musicale.

The album was released in memory of Francis Dreyfus, the founder of Jarre's first record label Disques Dreyfus who died the previous year.[3]

Track listing[edit]

CD 1 – ESSENTIALS

  1. "Souvenir of China" – 3:59
  2. "Oxygene 2" – 3:12
  3. "Arpegiateur" – 6:16
  4. "Oxygene 4" – 4:14
  5. "Equinoxe 4" – 6:42
  6. "Calypso 2" – 2:28
  7. "Zoolook" (original 1984 mix) – 3:52
  8. "Magnetic Fields 1" – 5:20
  9. "Magnetic Fields 2" – 4:02
  10. "Equinoxe 5" – 3:55
  11. "Industrial Revolution 2" – 2:22
  12. "Rendez-Vous 4" – 3:59
  13. "Gloria, Lonely Boy" – 5:30
  14. "Oxygene 6" – 6:21
  15. "Space of Freedom" (a.k.a. "March 23") – 8:02

CD 2 – RARITIES

  1. "Happiness Is a Sad Song" – 5:53 (1968, not previously released on an album)
  2. "Hypnose" – 3:29 (1970, Dominique Webb single)
  3. "Erosmachine" – 2:58
  4. "La Cage" – 3:23
  5. "Chanson des Granges Brûlées / Song of the Burnt Barns" – 2:45
  6. "Windswept Canyon" – 7:39
  7. "The Abominable Snowman" – 0:52
  8. "Deserted Palace" – 2:22
  9. "Le Pays de Rose / Roseland" – 2:01
  10. "Rain Forest Rap Session" – 1:40
  11. "Black Bird" – 3:06 (1972, not previously released on an album)
  12. "Music Box Concerto" – 2:41
  13. "Iraqi Hitch-Hiker" – 2:25
  14. "Les Granges Brûlées / The Burnt Barns" – 3:13
  15. "La Cage Vitalic RMX" – 4:16 (2010, not previously released on an album)
  16. "Erosmachine Vitalic RMX" – 3:45 (2010, not previously released on an album)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0002164683
  2. ^ Jarre, Jean-Michel, Essentials & Rarities (in French), retrieved 2011-06-07 
  3. ^ Jarre, Jean-Michel, Essentials & Rarities, retrieved 2011-06-07 

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