Thursday, 1 April 2010


Jean-Michel Jarre's Revolutions was a mixture of several genres of music which included symphonic industrial, Arabian inspired, light guitar pop, ethnic electro jazz and, should I also mention, allusions to disco? The first time I listened to this album, I was a bit apprehensive, not liking the sounds on Side One at all. But Side Two was better.

The tracks revolved around (sorry for the use of this pun) the use of the Roland D-50 synthetiser, with a majority of sound programming gathered from custom sound banks. Coming back to Side Two, it opened with the album's title track, Revolutions. I heard that two versions of this song were recorded. Mine was the original version which has an Turkish flute leading into the song's introduction. The other version had the flute replaced by an Arabian string orchestra which I think was only available in the re-release.

Side 1: Industrial Revolution (Overture, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), London Kid
Side 2:  Revolutions, Tokyo Kid, Computer Weekend, September, The Emigrant

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