Rendez-Vous (Jean-Michel Jarre album)

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ReleasedApril 1986[1]
LabelDisques Dreyfus
ProducerJean-Michel Jarre
Jean-Michel Jarre chronology
Singles from Rendez-Vous
  1. "Fourth Rendez-Vous"
    Released: August 1986
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Rendez-vous (English: Appointment) is the eighth studio album by electronic musician and composer Jean-Michel Jarre released on Disques Dreyfus, licensed to Polydor, in 1986. The album art was created by long-time collaborator Michel Granger.[3]

Composition and recording[edit]

Rendez-Vous was created over a period of about two months. It features heavy use of the Elka Synthex, notably so on "Second Rendez-Vous", a track Jarre often performs using a laser harp.[4] As with Zoolook, it contains elements from the album Musique pour Supermarché, in this case it is in "Fifth Rendez-Vous".[4][5]

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.[6] However, on January 28, 1986, 73 seconds after lift-off, the shuttle disintegrated and the entire Challenger crew were killed. The track was later dedicated to McNair and the other six astronauts on board Challenger. The saxophone part is played by French jazz reedist Pierre Gossez. The album was recorded and mixed at Croissy studio.[7]


Rendez-Vous was released in 1986,[7] the album reached no. 9 in the UK charts and no. 52 in the US. in that same year. It won the Instrumental album of the year category, at the Victoires de la Musique,[8] and was nominated for Grammy Award for Best New Age Album in 1987.[9] In April 5, 1986, Jarre performed the large-scale outdoor concert Rendez-vous Houston in Houston, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of Texas and attracting 1.5 million people, marking its second entry into the Guinness World Records.[10][11][12][13]

Jean-Michel presented another performance on October 5, Rendez-Vous Lyon, marking Pope John Paul II's visit to Jarre's hometown, Lyon.[14] In 1998, British commercial broadcaster ITV used a remixed version of "Fourth Rendez-Vous" (called Rendez-Vous 98) for their television coverage of the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. British group Apollo 440 were credited alongside Jarre for the remix.[15]

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
Total length:35:01

Alternate track listing[edit]

Some editions of the album had the tracks 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)" (10:54, not specified on CD)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)" (7:57, not specified on CD)3:45
11."Last Rendez-Vous (Ron's Piece)"5:47
Total length:35:05


The personnel listed in album liner notes:[7]


Chart (1986) Peak
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[16] 6
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[17] 20
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[18] 12
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 8
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 24
UK Albums (OCC)[21] 9
US Billboard 200[22] 52
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[23] 26


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Brazil 90,000[24]
France (SNEP)[25] 2× Platinum 600,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[26] Gold 100,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


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  24. ^ Souza, Tarik de (6 January 1988). "Um bom ano para o disco". Jornal do Brasil. p. 36. Retrieved 18 March 2023 – via National Library of Brazil.
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  26. ^ "British album certifications – JMJ – Rendez Vous". British Phonographic Industry.


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