As the follow-up album to Oxygene, Equinoxe offers the same mesmerizing affect, with rapid spinning sequencer washes and bubbling synthesizer portions all lilting back and forth to stardust scatterings of electronic pastiches. Using more than 13 different types of synthesizers, Jarre combines whirling soundscapes of multi-textured effects, passages, and sometimes suites to culminate interesting electronic atmospheres. Never repeating the same sounds twice, it is obvious that the science fiction hype of the late '70s played a large part in the making of this album. Computerized rhythms and keyboard-soaked transitions scurry by, replaced by even quicker, more illustrious ones soon after. There is always a pulsating beat or a fluttering tempo happening somewhere in each of the tracks, which are titled as a numbered sequence one to eight. Each track harbors its own energy and electronic fleetness, but none are identical in sound or pace. So much electronic color is added to every track that it is impossible to concentrate on any particular segment, resulting in waves of synth drowning the ears at high tide.
Jarre, Jean Michel - Equinoxe - Used LP
sleeve and vinyl: VG (some wear to album and sleeve)
In 1978, Jarre was an unexpected rock star, playing at California Jam II, and in the years that followed before a crowd of a million (in Texas) and 3 million (in London)! Wakeman, Oldfield and the others probably hated this because Jarre lacked the talent of many of rock's keyboard players from this era. But that just goes to show you--you can skip your piano lessons once in a while and go out and play in the fields and dream of robots and aliens and you'll do just fine, maybe even play California Jam III in the future! - winch