I am a devoted fan of Jarre and couldn't wait to get my hands on this new CD/DVD of Oxygene.
Was I disappointed? Well, yes and no.
I had heard the CD was a re-recording of the 30 year old original and expected a massive improvement in sound on my hifi. I was sadenned to realise it just sounded a bit clearer in the higher frequencies department and only by comparing it with the original do you realise the difference.
The CD is mastered in high definition 24 bits/96khz so maybe on a top hifi the difference is more noticable.
The 5.1 stereo DVD was a bit disappointing for myself.
Here Jarre and his 3 chums dust off the old original analogue synthesizers and perform Oxygene Live in supposidly one take.
I expected Oxgene to be played note-for-note perfect, but sadly it's not! The sound effects have been altered and sound worse, to even sounding amaterish in parts.
The tracks also have been slowed down/lenghtened which I feel also spoils it, as it take ages to get going in parts.
To make matters worse, extra tracks have been added in between the orignal ones which are very dull and uninspiring and not memorable at all... why ??
I hate to have to diss the DVD, but it's my honest opinion and I was very disappointed with the end result. I suppose the only 'positive' side is it's FREE with the CD.
Overal, if you have the original and want an improvment in sound, don't waste your money unless you have a top-spec 24bit hifi as you will barely notice a difference.
If you want the the album to see Oxygene performed live, then I guess it's worth buying, but don't get your hopes too high.
The overal feel of this release is just a 'cash-in' and no doubt Equinoxe will be the next LIVE performance to add to Jarre's bank.