Discography - Studio Albums - Metamorphoses
Release Date: 2000
Label: Disques Dreyfus / Epic
1: Je Me Souviens
2: C’est La Vie
3: Rendez-vous à Paris
4: Hey Gagarin
5: Millions of Stars
6: Tout Est Bleu
7: Love Love Love
9: Miss Moon
10: Give Me a Sign
11: Gloria, Lonely Boy
Note: the original version of Hey Gagarin - which you can only find on the 6 track promo sample CD - is a lot longer than the album version, coming in at 8:33 in length. The album version has been edited down in length by around 2 minutes.
After his previous studio album Oxygene 7-13, Jean Michel Jarre decided to start afresh with a new chapter by taking a different direction with his music via the use of vocals. But unlike his previous ventures into the use of vocals with albums such as Zoolook and Revolutions, this time around they are used more frequently and are used in a way that creates an album that is more more modern.
Jean Michel also decided to move away from his usual process of composition with analogue and digital synthesizers, and used a minimal kit list instead - primarily comprising of Pro Tools and a few keyboards.
Jarre was mainly surrounded by female artists (with the exception of Tout Est Bleu), with each artist each bringing their own personality, origin or vocal stamp to the relevant tracks - even Jean Michel Jarre himself adds his own voice to some of the tracks too!
Although this album feels as if it is a radical departure from Jarre’s previous style of music, it is in actual fact no different to previous experimental outings of previous years, and could be more likened to Zoolook in how it is portrayed.
Most fans though are on a half way mark about this album, with some liking it and some not, but at the end of the day, everyone still has to admit that this has been Jean Michel Jarre’s most experimental album to date as he has taken a risk by straying away from his usual landscape style of composing and moved into the mainstream with a more sequenced style of approach.
On a final note, this is the first album Jean Michel Jarre has not collaborated with Michel Geiss (for whatever reason may be) and has teamed up this time with French company Square Prod, with Joachim Garraud producing the album alongside Jarre.
Although nothing is mentioned in the album sleeve, Future Music magazine described the following Kit List used for the album (among some other instruments used but not mentioned), with which Jean Michel Jarre used to create Metamorphoses:
- PC running Pro Tools, Logic Audio with Waves plug-ins and GRM Tools
- Clavia Nord Lead 2
- Quasimidi Raven
- Roland MC-505
- Roland XP-80
Artists featured on Metamorphoses:
Jean Michel Jarre - Music, words, keyboards, synthesizers and vocals
Joachim Garraud - executive production, drum programming, sound design and additional keyboards
Christopher Papendieck - additional keyboards and bass
Francis Rimbert - additional keyboards
Laurie Anderson - voice on Je Me Souviens (Coustesy of Edel Records)
Natacha Atlas - vocals on C’est La Vie (Courtesy of Mantra Recording Ltd)
Sharon Corr - Violin on Rendez-vous á Paris (Appears Courtesy of Washed Records/143 Records/Atlantic Recording)
Dieirdre Dubois - vocals on Miss Moon (Coustesy of Sony Classic Songs)
Lisa Jacobs - vocals on Millions of Stars
Veronique Bossa - vocals on Give Me A Sign and Millions of Stars
Olivier Constantin, Olivier Swell, and Frank Noél - vocals on Tout Est Bleu
Cullard Xiangquian, Lisa Jacobs and Ute Eckerfeld - Weather Girls on Tout Est Bleu
Ozlem Cetim - vocals on Silhouette
Yvan Cassard - Violin arrangements; Millions of Stars & Gloria, Lonely Boy
Jean Baptiste Saudray - Choir director for Tout Est Bleu
Metamorphoses EPK (part 1):
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C’est La Vie Official Video:
Tout Est Bleu (Eiffel 65 Remix) Official Video: