Oxygene is Jean Michel Jarre's best known album (but not his best work). The album is 30 years old this year and he's decided to record "Live in your living room" a live performance of the album bundled with a re-recording of the original album on CD.
The DVD is an enjoyable performance of the music. 4 musicians on stage surrounded by every 70s analogue synth known to man. As these are ye olde instruments the original sound of the album cannot be reproduced exactly (within a reasonably amount of time anyway) so it's an approximation (or an interpretation) of the music.
It's almost as if 70s Tangerine Dream had remixed it. The problem is that it's not as polished as it should be. The lead sound on Oxygene 2 is diabolical. No doubt I'll get used to it but it spoils an otherwise pleasing version of the track. Oxygene 3 and 6 are quite different too. Nothing wrong with them although the seagull sounds in part 6 seem to have been replaced by mice. The new tracks are pretty good too, especially "Variation 3"
The documentaries are OK. Jarre has to talk about Stradivarius again...
Overall pretty good. Not a storming, brilliant performance but at least it was live and a some effort was put into the music rather than the visuals. Perfectionist? Not any more it seems
Regarding the CD. This is touted as a re-recording but honestly, recreating the exact same analogue sounds 30 years later? Really? Sure, the recording is a bit brighter, and there are some slight changes in the mixing but otherwise it's identical. It is not, however, the leap in sound quality you'd expect from a re-recording 30 years later. Even the DVD sounds brighter and clearer and that's compressed sound.
So 4 stars for the concept. Again Jarre is about concept (5.1 albums, 3D concerts, the first person to [insert something]....) rather than reclaiming the quality of his earlier music by hard work. I'd have preferred a HD release of the Merzouga concert instead!