Zoolook

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Zoolook
Studio album by Jean Michel Jarre
Released November 1984
Recorded 1982–1984
Genre Electronica, synthpop, world music, ambient
Length 37:58
Label Disques Dreyfus
Producer Jean Michel Jarre
Jean Michel Jarre chronology
Music for Supermarkets Zoolook Rendez-Vous
Singles from Zoolook
  1. "Zoolook"
    Released: 30 November 1984
  2. "Zoolookologie"
    Released: 1985

Zoolook is the fourth overall mainstream studio album by Jean Michel Jarre, and released on the Disques Dreyfus label in 1984. It makes extensive use of digital recording techniques and sampling. Much of the music is built up from singing and speech in 25 different languages, along with synthesizers (such as the Fairlight CMI), as well as more traditional instruments. Much of the tone of the album appears to be influenced by elements of musique concrète and by his time as a student of Pierre Schaeffer.

Parts of the album, like the tracks "Blah Blah Café" and the second half of the track "Diva", were reworkings of material that had already appeared as sections of the album Music for Supermarkets, released the previous year. The track "Moon Machine" was recorded for inclusion on Zoolook[1] but did not appear on the final release; it later appeared, first on a flexidisc included with Keyboard Magazine (March 1986 issue),[2] the 12-inch single of the Special Remix of "Fourth Rendez-Vous" (1986), and the much later Images compilation album (1991).

The voices heard on this album were based on recordings of speech and singing in numerous languages: Aboriginal, Afghan, Arabic, Balinese, Buhndi, Chinese, Dutch (Ethnicolor II - 3:15), English, Eskimo, French, German, Hungarian, Indian, Japanese, Malagasy, Malayan, Pygmy, Polish, Quechua, Russian, Sioux, Spanish, Swedish, Tibetan and Turkish.[3]

The album spawned two singles: the title track and "Zoolookologie". Both were released in remixed forms as both 7" and 12" singles, the latter format including extended remixes by François Kevorkian. A further extended remix version of "Zoolook", produced by Razormaid!, has also been released.

After the initial album release, subsequent ones for Polydor and Dreyfus included these remixed 7" versions as the canonical album tracks (see track listings below). However, when Jarre's catalogue was remastered and re-released by Sony's Epic label in the mid-1990s, the original versions were once again reinstated.

Zoolook is one of the first Compact Discs labeled as DDD: Digitally recorded, mixed and mastered.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
NME unfavourable[5]

NME said, "Strangely simplistic, this LP is like a union between Scary Monsters and Super Creeps and Kraftwerk on speed".[5] On the other hand, Allmusic described the album as "interesting throughout".[4]

Track listing[edit]

First edition – original tracklist (1984)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Ethnicolor"   11:41
2. "Diva"   7:33
3. "Zoolook"   3:50
4. "Wooloomooloo"   3:20
5. "Zoolookologie"   4:20
6. "Blah-Blah Cafe"   3:22
7. "Ethnicolor II"   3:52

Second edition (1985)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Ethnicolor"   11:41
2. "Diva"   7:33
3. "Zoolookologie" (Remix) 3:43
4. "Woolloomooloo"   3:20
5. "Zoolook" (Remix) 3:51
6. "Blah-Blah Cafe"   3:22
7. "Ethnicolor II"   3:52

The 1985 Polydor/Disques Dreyfus issues contain remixes of "Zoolook" (by René Ameline) and "Zoolookologie" (by François Kevorkian and Ron St. Germain), and reverse the positions of these two tracks in the running order. The original tracklisting was re-instated for the Epic/Disques Dreyfus 1997 remasters.

Third edition (1997 remaster)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Ethnicolor" (new edit) 11:47
2. "Diva" (new edit) 7:20
3. "Zoolook" (new mix) 3:58
4. "Wooloomooloo"   3:17
5. "Zoolookologie" (new mix) 4:14
6. "Blah-Blah Cafe" (new edit) 3:25
7. "Ethnicolor II"   3:54

Personnel[edit]

Equipment[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jeam Michel Jarre - Moon Machine". Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  2. ^ "Jean-Michel Jarre - Moon Machine (Flexi, 7", S/Sided) at Discogs". Retrieved 2010-05-28. 
  3. ^ The sleeve notes in the CD
  4. ^ a b Bush, John. Jean Michel Jarre – Zoolook > Review at AllMusic
  5. ^ a b Wilde, Rachel (1 December 1984). "Review: Jean Michel Jarre – Zoolook". NME (London, England: IPC Media): 28. 

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