Just in case you were suffering from any misunderstanding or illusion, Jean Michel Jarre is one of the most influential and important contemporary creators of music in our age.
Very few even come close to the scope and magnificence of the wonders of beauty he's nurtured into existence. And then there's Zoolook... He's human after all I guess.
The world and human experience could never be the same again thanks to the music he has gifted us with, and we are so profoundly richer and better off thanks to it.
Unfortunately, like other artists who get too comfortable, it's impacting on his work now, and rendering some of it a little soft, bland and less than the Earth changing revolution that the bulk of his work is.
Those with an imagination can do far worse than sample some Jarre while letting your creative juices flow. Like many of the 'Classics' before him, Jarre has the ability to reach into the human soul and allow something wonderful and good to come out and say hi.
So how was a humble Jarre fan such as I to respond to the discovery that the City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra has recorded the "the Symphonic Jean Michel Jarre" to be released on the 2nd of October this year?
With over 200 musicians, the 120 voice crouch end festival chorus & singers and approved by Jean Michel Jarre himself, what is one to make of it?
Well to start with, it made me feel old to even consider listening to such a thing! What's next, Jarre on bagpipes or Jarre on kazoos with whoopee cushions?
However, after listening to some of the excerpt samples and contending with a haunting familiarity of each of the tracks, some have their spirit intact while others limp along maimed and harmed.
Those with rich and animated spirit intact include Chronologie 3 and Industrial Revolution - Part 1, despite being a tad laggy and lacking crispness. Magnetic Fields 1 shines like a world of grace and goodness to an astonished arriving soul that's long been in need of a miracle. Yep, Magnetic Fields 1 is intact.
Some of Jarre's babies that die in translation include Equinoxe 4. Such a shame.
Will I buy this confusing and out of context album? Well I guess I'll have to. Partly for reference, and partly for classical music loving friends of mine who could use an introduction into the God blessed music of Jean Michel Jarre.
One last question regarding this perplexing album; who was the moron who encoded the id3 tags of the samples with Genre set as Blues? Someone smack that joker in the head for me!