Desert Island CollectionDefinitive Listening Desert Island Collection

 

Desert Island CollectionDefinitive Listening

Jean Michel Jarre - Zoolook

Not only is Jean Michel Jarre one of the best electronic composers on this planet, but his 1984 very experimental album “Zoolook” far surpasses expectations with its ingenious use of complex vocal samples and an overly broad soundscape. Yet, for fans of his earliest works "Oxygene" and "Equinoxe" this album brings a whole new perspective, making it an extremely engaging listen. With digital technology taking off, Jarre makes extensive use of sampling and there are plenty of vocals in over 20 languages, adding a much more surreal sound. Plus, he layers in a back-up crew of veteran musicians consisting of Adrian Belew (King Crimson) on guitars and effects and Marcus Miller on bass.

The album certainly covers the bases from upbeat to mellow chill, from a pop feel to a bit of Avant Gard. Certainly, a perfect way to spend an evening while waiting for rescue on your desert island. Absolutely a great addition to one’s treasure chest of music. Even better, a few of these tracks have finally made it into the high-resolution surround world.

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CD and Vinyl editions.  Also available via streaming sites.  Alternate version with remixes subsequently releasd too.

 

 

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Wesley is a lifelong music enthusiast. He started his career in the recording industry in New York City as an audio engineer, producer, and studio manager. Subsequently he toured across America as a guitarist with the short-lived band Land's Crossing. After many years in the technology sector and amassing a substantial vinyl and CD collection, he delved into immersive audio and created Hi-Res Edition to share with other listeners about the sound quality and discrete mixes available on many formats. He recently upgraded his system to 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos and continues to seek out and share about the best sounding releases.

 

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