Not made my mind up over how JMJ faired over the 80’s. I bought Magnetic Fields when it came out, obviously liked Oxygene and Equinoxe which were bundled together as a double album in the early 80’s (https://www.discogs.com/Jean-Michel-Jarre-Oxygene-Equinoxe/release/319387). Was puzzled about Concerts in China and actually taped Zoolook off a mate (it sounded and stills sounds too weird) Sort of liked the space theme of Rendez-Vous and liked the Epic Classical of Revolutions, a return to form.
So Zoolook, the weird Ethni/synth epic, far too far ahead of its time, the vocal sampling reminds me of Yello and obviously influenced Enigma and Deep Forest. It seems to want to sound like Art Of Noise with a bit of Peter Gabriel thrown in. It pre-dates Bjork’s Medusa album.
This was released in 1985 and was remixed by François Kevorkian and Ron St-Germain who edited it and tightened up all the drums, the Extended Mix is very different and sounds great for its age, with added slap bass by Marcus Miller.
The B-side is a track from the album, “Ethnicolor II”, a sampler for that wierd but inventive album.
Disques Dreyfus – FDM 12-16029
|A||Zoolookologie (Extended Mix)||6:27|
|B1||Zoolookologie (Single Remix)||3:44|