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Frank Zappa – Hot Rats 1969

Frank Zappa – Hot Rats 1969

Malcolm D B Munro
Wednesday 24 May, 2017

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Jean-Michel Jarre – The Concerts in China original album 1982

Jean-Michel Jarre – The Concerts in China, original album 1982

Side One
Side Two
Side Three
Side Four

PGP RTB ‎– 3220117, Polydor ‎– 2612 039
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album


Composed By, Producer, Synthesizer [Fairlight, OBX A, Taurus, AKS, VCS 3, Electroharmonix Micro Synthesizer], MIDI Controller [Laser Harp], Organ [Eminent, Elka], Drum Machine [Lynn Drum], Mixed By – Jean-Michel Jarre
Coordinator [Musical Instrument Coordinator] – Pierre Mourey
Design [Cover] – Kate Hepburn
Mixed By [Assistant] – Pierre Mourey
Other [Odgovorni Urednik] [Responsible Editor] – Stanko Terzić
Other [Recenzent] [Reviewer] – Svetolik Jakovljević
Percussion [Electronic], Electronic Drums [Simmons Drums] – Roger Rizzitelli
Photography By [In China] – Marc Garanger
Photography By [Inner Sleeve] – Red Saunders
Recorded By – Patrick Auffour
Recorded By, Mixed By – Rene Ameline
Synthesizer [Moog Liberation, Prophet 5, Korg Polyphonique, Kobol], Organ [Eminent] – Dominique Perrier
Synthesizer [RSF, Yamaha CS 60, ARP 2600], Sequenced By [MDB Polysequencer], Drum Machine [Korg Rhythm Boxes] – Frederic Rousseau
Regular cover (without golden/silver star).
Released in a gatefold sleeve with picture inner sleeve
Another issue with “Zlatna” golden star on front sleeve was also released.

I had not realised how much I enjoyed it. Years ago when that blight. CD’s. came in I sold my vinyl records, a huge collection. Not a wise move. I also owned a Cassette version. The cars I had in South Africa at the time had cassette players in them. Somehow there is an extraordinary pleasure to listening to music in the car. On long trips. Both in South Africa and here in the United States as an engineer I often worked some ways from urban areas and had to travel daily to the place of work. Also, in South Africa I did a lot of site work requiring sometimes a four hour drive. So there you are, alone in the car driving through beautiful scenery. Whether driving to and from a workplace or to and from a site the majority of times traffic was light which meant that you had more the less the road to yourself.

I mention above the blight of CD. They are the enemy of good music. The music recording sounds thin and metallic. This is particularly true of classical music recordings.

Now with You Tube there are fine, warm recordings and those putting up tracks or albums on You Tube often take the greatest care to produce the best of sounds.

For some reason live concert recordings sound better but that might be a preference. On the other hand, musicians, band members, play much more spontaneously. You are not listening to some take chosen from 16 or 20 takes or a spice of several of them. Most bands seem constrained in the study.  This is not always true, Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes have a tremendous ease and relaxation about them. Not all bands are charts driven but for those who are I think that they want to produce the best music they can to hit the charts.

I don’t know about you but I prefer original records. Somehow rerecordings by the artist mess with earlier work. It is rarely better and should one listen to these latter efforts one is irritated and miss the original with its greater nuances. Such is the case with the China Concerts from China. I don’t think Jarre has enough to do to be spending wasted time with his previous work. If it is splendid in the first place for heaven’s sake leave it alone.

What I think makes this album so pleasurable in the first place is that Jarre was the first rock musician to play in China and moreover he was there at the invitation of the Chinese government. I think he was inspired by the importance of the occasion and also acting as an ambassador of his native country. Most of the tracks are live recordings. Clever also splicing the Chinese sounds and voices. Quite clever. The stereo is also excellent.

With no prospect of CD improving in the future it is not surprising that vinyl should remerge. Despite all the cracks and pops and hiss the music is analogue and not digitally recorded which makes all the difference. You see this when you get a computer speaking to you when calling some place on the telephone despite the fact that they are recordings of human voices they sound like computers.

Ah, the joys of the digital world. 

Malcolm D B Munro
Wednesday 24 May, 2017

Filed under: Arts, Media, poetry, songs, stories

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