Équinoxe (studio album) by Jean Michel Jarre

Équinoxe by Jean Michel Jarre
Year: 1978
Overall rank: 2,211th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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78/100 (from 145 votes)
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Award Top albums of 1978 (43rd)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (427th)
Award Best albums of all time (2,211th)
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Jean Michel Jarre bestography

Équinoxe is ranked 2nd best out of 32 albums by Jean Michel Jarre on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Jean Michel Jarre is Oxygène which is ranked number 983 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 1,839.

Jean Michel Jarre album bestography « Higher ranked (983rd) This album (2,211th) Lower ranked (5,373rd) »
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.4/100, a mean average of 78.4/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.0.

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From 02/07/2024 08:17
Almost 40 years ago when i heard this album for rhe first time i was left agape. Beautiful melodies created by a wizard on keyboard/synthesizer ...up to this day i still think Monsieur Jarre created a timeless masterpiece that sparked electronic pop-music forever.
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From 12/07/2023 18:45
I think this and Oxygene sit in parallel. The synths JMJ was using at the time helped carve out the sound on both albums. Part 5 got a lot of airplay during late seventies and early eighties.
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From 05/07/2022 16:22
Oxygene may have set the template but, in my opinion, Equinoxe was the pièce de résistance. Ambient, complex, melodic, mysterious, fun, fascinating - all these things and more. The LP starts out in a drifting fashion, complete with twinkling synth tweaks, but goes on to highly melodic pieces - the highlight of which may be the famous Equinoxe Part 5 (often appearing on those best-of-the-synthesizer cassettes throughout the 90s). An altogether stunning album and one which didn't deserve the criticism it gained upon its release.
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From 11/12/2019 21:41
Incredible ??? 1978??? 5*
Masterpiece ... underrated
One of the best albuns ever
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From 10/08/2019 05:58
Not that good as Oxygene but still awesome.
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From 08/09/2016 20:24
Just as good as Oxygéne in my opinion.
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From 08/20/2012 14:34
Classical electronic music :)
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Équinoxe (English: "equinox") was the second major-label album release by French musician Jean Michel Jarre, released on Disques Dreyfus (with license to Polydor) in late 1978.

The album reflects a day in the life of a human being, from morning to night.[citation needed] Parts 1 to 4 (i.e. side A) and tracks 5 to 8 (side B) segué smoothly from one to the next.

Jarre had developed his sound, employing more dynamic and rhythmic elements, particularly a greater use of sequencing on basslines. Much of this was achieved using custom equipment developed by his collaborator Michel Geiss.

The release was followed by a concert on the Place de la Concorde, Paris on July 14, 1979. The concert attracted 1 million people, becoming Jarre's first entry in the Guinness Book of Records for the largest crowd for an outdoor concert.

Two singles were released from the album, "Équinoxe Part 5" first, and then "Équinoxe Part 4". Part of "Équinoxe Part 8" has been played live with different arrangements, including a version for an acoustic street organ, under the title of "Band in the Rain".

The album reached #11 in the UK charts and #126 in the US charts.[2]

During the 1980s, Équinoxe Part 4 was used in the opening credits of the TVNZ documentary series Our World. [3]

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