Revolutions (Jean Michel Jarre album)

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Revolutions
Studio album by Jean Michel Jarre
Released August 1988
Recorded 1987–88 at Croissy Studio, France
Genre Electronica, world music, synthpop, electro
Length 44:24
Label Disques Dreyfus
Producer Jean Michel Jarre
Jean Michel Jarre chronology
Rendez-Vous
(1986)
Revolutions
(1988)
Waiting for Cousteau
(1990)
Singles from Revolutions
  1. "Revolutions"
    Released: October 1988
  2. "London Kid"
    Released: December 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]

Revolutions is the sixth overall studio album by Jean Michel Jarre, first released in 1988. The album spans several genres, including symphonic industrial, Arabian inspired, light guitar pop and ethnic electro jazz. The album reached number #2 in the UK charts, Jarre's best chart position since Oxygène. The Destination Docklands concert in London coincided with the release of the album.

Composition and recording[edit]

There are two versions of the album, each containing a different version of the track "Revolutions". On the original release, the introduction to the tune is played on a Turkish flute, whereas the later reissue of the album uses an Arabian string orchestra for the introduction. This version also has a different vocal accompaniment, as sung by an Arabian vocalist.[citation needed] "Revolutions" contains reworked samples of an unpublished composition by Turk Kudsi Erguner, which Jarre had acquired from ethnologist Xavier Bellenger. Erguner took his case to court and won a modest indemnity.[2] Jarre removed the Ney part from new releases of the record and from live performances.

The song "London Kid" was a collaboration with Hank Marvin. Hank was living in Perth, Australia at the time and he and Jean Michel composed the song with each other over the phone.

As noted in the liner notes, the track "September" is named after and dedicated to South African ANC activist Dulcie September, who was assassinated in Paris on 29 March 1988.[3]

The majority of the album was played with a Roland D-50 synthesizer, with the majority of sound programming gathered from custom sound banks, compiled into a single bank and later released for French Keyboards magazine.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

1988 Original Release[edit]

  1. "Industrial Revolution" - 16:33
    1. Overture – 5:20
    2. Part 1 – 5:08
    3. Part 2 – 2:18
    4. Part 3 – 3:47
  2. "London Kid" – 4:34
  3. "Revolutions" – 5:01
  4. "Tokyo Kid" – 5:22
  5. "Computer Weekend" – 5:00
  6. "September" – 3:52
  7. "The Emigrant" – 3:56

1988 Another Release[edit]

  1. "Industrial Revolution Overture" - 5:20
  2. "Industrial Revolution Part 1" - 5:08
  3. "Industrial Revolution Part 2" - 2:18
  4. "Industrial Revolution Part 3" - 3:47
  5. "London Kid" – 4:34
  6. "Revolutions" – 5:01
  7. "Tokyo Kid" – 5:22
  8. "Computer Weekend" – 5:00
  9. "September" – 3:52
  10. "The Emigrant" – 3:56

1991 Release[edit]

  1. "Industrial Revolution Overture" – 5:20
  2. "Industrial Revolution Part 1" – 5:08
  3. "Industrial Revolution Part 2 – 2:18
  4. "Industrial Revolution Part 3" – 4:47
  5. "London Kid" – 4:34
  6. "Revolution, Revolutions" – 4:55
  7. "Tokyo Kid" – 5:18
  8. "Computer Weekend" – 4:38
  9. "September" – 3:52
  10. "The Emigrant" – 3:56

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