Rendez-Vous (Jean-Michel Jarre album)

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Rendez-Vous Jarre Album.jpg
Studio album by Jean-Michel Jarre
Released April 1986
Genre Electronica, space music, synthpop
Length 35:03
Label Disques Dreyfus
Producer Jean-Michel Jarre
Jean-Michel Jarre chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]

Rendez-vous is the eighth studio album by electronic musician and composer Jean-Michel Jarre released on Disques Dreyfus, licensed to Polydor, in April 1986. It sold some three million copies worldwide and remains Jarre's longest-running chart album in both the U.S. and UK, with a 20-week run in the U.S. and an impressive 38-week run in the UK. The album art of the album was created by long-time collaborator Michel Granger.[2]

The last track on the album was originally scheduled to include a saxophone part recorded by astronaut Ron McNair on the Space Shuttle Challenger, which would have made it the first piece of music to be recorded in space, but on 28 January 1986, 73 seconds after lift-off, the shuttle disintegrated and the entire Challenger crew were killed. The track was dedicated to McNair and the other astronauts on board Challenger.[3] On the album the saxophone part is played by saxophonist Pierre Gossez.

The album reached #9 in the UK charts and #52 in the U.S. charts.[4]

The album was nominated for Grammy Award for Best New Age Album in 1987, although it didn't win the award.[5]

In April 1986, Jarre performed the large-scale outdoor concert Rendez-vous Houston in Houston, Texas, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of Texas. The show attracted a then-world-record live audience of 1.3 million people. The concert was originally to have included a video projection of Ron McNair's performance, recorded in space.

Jean-Michel returned to the stage in October for another performance, Rendez-Vous Lyon, marking Pope John Paul II's visit to Jarre's hometown of Lyon.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Premier Rendez-vous" (First Rendez-vous)2:54
2."Deuxième Rendez-vous" (Second Rendez-vous)10:55
3."Troisième Rendez-vous" (Third Rendez-vous)3:30
Side two
1."Quatrième Rendez-vous" (Fourth Rendez-vous)3:57
2."Cinquième Rendez-vous" (Fifth Rendez-vous)7:41
3."Dernier Rendez-vous (Ron's Piece)" (Last Rendez-vous)6:04

Alternate track listing[edit]

Early editions of the album from 1986 had the tracks for Second and Fifth Rendez-Vous split up into separate parts, and slightly different timings for Fourth and Last Rendez-Vous (Ron's Piece).

1."First Rendez-Vous"2:54
2."Second Rendez-Vous (Part 1)"2:36
3."Second Rendez-Vous (Part 2)"3:17
4."Second Rendez-Vous (Part 3)"2:18
5."Second Rendez-Vous (Part 4)"2:43
6."Third Rendez-Vous"3:30
7."Fourth Rendez-Vous"4:03
8."Fifth Rendez-Vous (Part 1)"2:59
9."Fifth Rendez-Vous (Part 2)"1:13
10."Fifth Rendez-Vous (Part 3)"3:45
11."Last Rendez-Vous (Ron's Piece)"5:47
  • "Second Rendez-Vous", total time: 10:54 (not specified on CD)
  • "Fifth Rendez-Vous", total time: 7:57 (not specified on CD)



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[6] none 784,400[7]*
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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