Nicely spotted that you can hear both Oxygene 19 and These Creatures in that mix. I love stuff like that.
I've been able to listen through the whole of Oxygene 3. Sony sent me a link so that I could listen to the album before I interviewed Jarre in Brussels.
Funny thing is, that when I told Jarre I had been allowed to listen to the album, Jarre said that he had sent the master tapes off and then he went straight on tour. "So your reaction will be the first reaction I hear about the album, not even my family has listened to it yet. So what did you think?"
Nothing like being put on the spot, eh
Thankfully I could tell him that I had been able to listen to the album four times, and that I had a huge grin on my face while listening to it. In short: I love it. And I think it will please a lot of the fans who misses "the old Jarre."
When I told him that Oxygene 19 was my favourite, because it was a combination of sounds from Deserted Palace, analogue Oxygene/Equinoxe sounds, with a bit of 90s rave thrown in, he lit up: "I'm so happy to hear this, because that's the first track I did. I composed it for Electronica, but I decided it didn't fit a collaboration album, so I put it away."
So the fact that it popped up in this mix fits very well.
He also told me that he really didn't want to celebrate Oxygene's 40th anniversary when his record company suggested something. But that's when he got the idea to do the rest of the album in three months.
"I started in July and worked all through September. I did have a break in August where I became really depressed and wanted to stop being a musician and become a painter instead, but I kept on and finished it."
He was, as always, a pleasure to talk to. He's also the only artist where it's not the journalist who asks for more time when the manager comes into the room, it's him!
"Hey, it's your soundcheck," Fiona said
Oh, by the way. All Oxygene albums have been remastered again for the new package, "with an analogue approach (no loudness war!) " and Jarre said he completely agreed with all the fans who have been complaining about the latest remasters. Jarre said they are awful, and that they were done by the record company and was out of his hands.