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Jean Michel Jarre – ‘Oxygene 30th Anniversary Edition’

Special ‘Live In Your Living Room’ 5.1 surround sound re-recording of pioneering electronic album + DVD of performance + 3D Stereoscopy edition

Release date: 26 November 2007

Jean Michel Jarre is one of the most important figures ever in electronic music. His début album, OXYGÈNE, upon its release 30 years ago, took the world by surprise not only by its avant-garde musical genre, but also by its audacious album cover art-work (planet earth peeling away to reveal a human skull). With OXYGÈNE, Jarre’s unique musical style, universally renowned signature melody and panoramic sound brought a breath of fresh air that captured the masses’ imagination and remains today a benchmark in contemporary music history. OXYGÈNE has sold over 12 million copies worldwide since its release in 1977.

With the international success of OXYGÈNE, Jean Michel Jarre also gained his reputation as an environment-conscious citizen of the planet and an active militant for its safe-guard, a legacy for future generations; UNESCO invited him over 15 years ago to lend his talent to their mission in this field, a role he has proudly exercised for the United Nations since.

26 November sees the 30th anniversary of the creation of OXYGÈNE; In these days where music has become a major player in global life-style, where music is omni-present and available at the touch of a button, where music is massively consumed and sadly sometimes short-lived, it was thought opportune and timely to celebrate OXYGÈNE with its eternal singularity and its premonitory environmental message that has become the centre of global attention only quite recently.

True to his spirit of creating an event out of all endeavours, Jarre decided to unearth his collection of vintage synthesisers and perform his original masterpiece for a new recording.

Having realised the collection of mythical instruments he had horded over the years and forgotten for some in the depths of his garage, he decided to film his live performance of OXYGENE in HD and in stereoscopic 3D with optional 5.1 surround sound and Dolby digital.

OXYGENE – Live In Your Living Room is what Jean Michel Jarre has created to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his super-hit album and will come in 3 formats: CD album, CD+DVD, and CD+3D DVD. The stereoscopic 3D video and surround sound gives the unique impression of being right there next to Jean Michel and his instruments while seated on your living room sofa.

Jean Michel was accompanied by three musicians for this live performance, as the 8 track original masterpiece requires eight hands for a live performance. It was played totally live in one take, without tape or hard-disk playback, by himself and Francis Rimbert, Claude Samard and Dominique Perrier.

It is the first concert to be filmed in stereoscopy, which is the next giant step in audiovisual entertainment: Philips have developed a new plasma screen that delivers a 3D stereoscopy image visible without glasses – the film director James Cameron (Titanic) has patented a new stereoscopic movie camera and is to release his next movie in stereoscopic 3D.

The 3D version can also be watched on normal TV with 3D glasses, which come with the Ltd Edition 3D package.
Very limited numbers of advance copies plus glasses are available on request.

Formats & catalogue numbers:
CD album: 5141362
CD + DVD 2D edition: 5141372
CD + DVD 3D + 3D Glasses Limited Edition: 5141392

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