China (Jean Michel Jarre – Souvenir of China)


The Concerts in China

The Concerts in China

The Concerts in China (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Live album by Jean Michel Jarre
Released 1982
Recorded October 1981
Genre Electronicambientworld
Length 79:03
Label Disques Dreyfus
Producer Jean Michel Jarre
Jean Michel Jarre chronology
Magnetic Fields
(1981)
The Concerts in China
(1982)
Music for Supermarkets
(1983)

Jean Michel André Jarre (born 24 August 1948 in Lyon) is a French composerperformer and music producer. He is a pioneer in the electronicambient and New Age genres, and known as an organiser of outdoor spectacles of his music featuring lights, laser displays, and fireworks.  His first mainstream success was the 1976 album Oxygène. Recorded in a makeshift studio at his home, the album sold an estimated 12 million copies.  Oxygène was followed in 1978 by Équinoxe, and in 1979 Jarre performed to a record-breaking audience of more than a million people at the Place de la Concorde, a record he has since broken three times. More albums were to follow, but his 1979 concert served as a blueprint for his future performances around the world. Several of his albums have been released to coincide with large-scale outdoor events, and he is now perhaps as well known as a performer as a musician.
Jarre was raised in Lyon by his mother and grandparents, and trained on the piano. From an early age he was introduced to a variety of art forms, including those of street performers, jazz musicians, and the artist Pierre Soulages. He played guitar in a band, but his musical style was perhaps most heavily influenced by Pierre Schaeffer, a pioneer of musique concrète at the Groupe de Recherches Musicales.

As of 2004 Jarre had sold an estimated 80 million albums. He was the first Western musician to be allowed to perform in the People’s Republic of China, and holds the world record for the largest-ever audience at an outdoor event.

1985 Jarre was invited by the musical director of the Houston Grand Opera to perform a concert celebrating Texas‘s 150th anniversary. Although he was busy with other projects and was at first unimpressed by the proposal, on a later visit to the city he was immediately impressed by the visual grandeur of the city’s skyline, and agreed to perform. 1985 also marked the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, and Jarre was contacted by NASA to integrate the anniversary into the concert.

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Third Rendez-Vous, normally performed in concert on the laser harp

Rendez-Vous was created over a period of about two months, and as with Zoolook, contains elements of his 1983 album Musique pour Supermarché.  Its three movements represent Houston’s development, from a rural economy, to its role as a leader in space technology. Baroque in style, the album uses a mixture of French horns, trombones and violins, and features heavy use of the Elka Synthex, notably so on “Third Rendez-Vous”, a track Jarre often performs using a laser harp.  Jarre worked with several Houston-based astronauts including Bruce McCandless II, and former Jazz musician Ronald McNair, who was to have played the saxophone on “Rendez-Vous VI”, recorded in the weightless environment of space. McNair’s planned live performance was curtailed by the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster on 28 January 1986. Consideration was given to the cancellation of the concert, but Jarre was contacted by McCandless and urged to proceed, in memory of the shuttle’s crew. McNair’s saxophone piece was recorded by Kirk Whalum and retitled “Ron’s Piece”.

Jarre playing the laser harp inHelsinki

Disc one

  1. “The Overture” – 4:47
  2. “Arpegiator” – 6:54
  3. “Equinoxe IV” – 7:49
  4. “Fishing Junks at Sunset” – 9:38
  5. “Band in the Rain” – 1:29
  6. “Equinoxe VII” – 9:55

Disc two

  1. “Orient Express” – 4:22
  2. “Magnetic Fields I” – 0:21
  3. “Magnetic Fields III” – 3:49
  4. “Magnetic Fields IV” – 6:49
  5. “Laser Harp” – 3:37
  6. “Night in Shanghai” – 7:02
  7. “The Last Rumba” – 2:11
  8. “Magnetic Fields II” – 6:26
  9. “Souvenir of China” – 3:54

Mention should be made of a rare third album in this series, which contains 6 previously unreleased tracks from the first concert in Beijing. While not officially released, it is widely available as a bootleg among various Jarre fansites across the internet.

  1. “Oxygène I” – 6:58
  2. “Oxygène II” – 8:28
  3. “Equinoxe VIII” – 5:28
  4. “Fishing Junks at Sunset” – 18:00
  5. “Magnetic Fields I” – 6:31
  6. “Magnetic Fields II” – 5:29

Personnel

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An excerpt from Arpegiator, highlighting the use of the Fairlight CMI

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References

The Concerts in China

The Concerts in China (French title: Les Concerts en Chine) is a live album by Jean Michel Jarre, recorded in 1981 and released in 1982 on Disques Dreyfus. It was recorded during Jarre’s Concerts in China tour of Autumn 1981, which consisted of five Peking and Shanghai concerts in China; this was the first time a Western pop artist performed in China after the Cultural Revolution.

The album is a balance of previously released tracks by Jarre, new compositions inspired by Chinese culture, and one rearranged traditional Chinese track (“Fishing Junks at Sunset”). The music is combined live and studio work, plus ambient sound recordings. The most live tracks are the Equinoxe and Magnetic Fields sets. New compositions include “Night in Shanghai”, “Laser Harp”, “Arpegiator”, “Orient Express” and “Souvenir of China”. “Fishing Junks at Sunset” is a new arrangement of a very old traditional Chinese song known as the “Fisherman’s Chant at Dusk” which was performed and recorded with The Peking Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, and is often wrongly attributed as being composed by Jean Michel Jarre, misled by the album inlay.

The album was originally released as a double-disc LP, then as a double-disc CD. There was also a CD release in two separate volumes, with the cover color changed to blue (Vol. 1) and yellow (Vol. 2). In 1997, a one-disc remastered CD was released, made possible by an extended running time of 78:17 minutes and by reducing the gaps and audience noise between tracks.

One of the album’s original tracks – “Arpegiator” – was used in the soundtrack of the cult film 9½ Weeks.

The Concerts in China’s opening track “The Overture” is in fact the first movement of “Magnetic Fields Part 1″ slowed down.

The album reached #6 in the UK charts and #1 in Portugal.

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Large concerts

Date Audience Place Event Note
July 14, 1979 1 million Place de la Concorde, FRA celebrating the Bastille Day 1st entry in the Guinness Book Of Records for largest outdoor concert crowd.[2][87]
April 5, 1986 1.5 million Houston, USA celebration of the 150th anniversary of Texas and Houston 2nd entry in the Guinness Book Of Records. [2][27][88]
October 5, 1986 0.8 million Lyon, FRA The visit of Pope John Paul II to Jarre’s hometown of Lyon was celebrated by this event. /
October 8, 9th 1988 0.2 million (official) 1 million (unofficial) London, GBR Large outdoor concert titled “Destination Docklands” performed in London’s docklands, noted for its planning difficulties and poor weather. /
July 14, 1990 2.5 million Paris la Defense, FRA celebration of the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution 3rd entry in the Guinness Book Of Records. [2][89][90]
July 14, 1995 1.25 million Eiffel Tower, FRA UNESCO‘s 50th birthday and UNESCO’S proclaimed year of tolerance /
September 6, 1997 3.5 million Moscow, RUS Jarre was invited for a concert celebrating the 850th birthday of Moscow 4th entry in the Guinness Book Of Records (equaled with R. Stewart’s 1994 Copacabana concert).
July 14, 1998 0.6 million Eiffel Tower, FRA Bastille Day /

Marshall Tucker Band – Heard it in a Love Song


I ain’t never been with a woman long enough
For my boots to get old
We’ve been together so long now
They both need resoled

If I ever settle down
You’d be my kind
And it’s a good time for me
To head on down the line

Heard it in a love song [3x]
Can’t be wrong

I’m the kinda man likes to get away
Like to start dreaming about
Tomorrow, today
Never said that I love you
even though it’s so
Where’s that duffle bag of mine?
It’s time to go

Heard it in a love song [3x]
Can’t be wrong

I’m gonna be leaving
At the break of dawn
Wish you could come
But I don’t need no woman tagging along
I’ll sneak out that door
Couldn’t stand to see you cry
I’d stay another year if I saw a teardrop in your eye

Heard it in a love song [3x]
Can’t be wrong

I never had a damn thing, but what I had
I had to leave it behind
You’re the hardest thing
I ever tried to get off my mind
Always something greener on the other side of that hill
I was born a wrangler and a rounder
And I guess I always will

Heard it in a love song [3x]
Can’t be wrong

Opera hits


1) Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro.
2) Mozart: The Abduction from the Seraglio.
3) Mozart: The Magic Flute.
4) Mozart: Don Giovanni.
5) Beethoven: Fidelio.
6) Rossini: William Tell.
7) Rossini: La Gazza Ladra.
8) Rossini: The Barber of Seville.
9) Rossini: Semiramide.
10) Rossini: L’italiana in Algeri.
11) Wagner: The Mastersingers of Nuremberg.
12) Wagner: Tannhäuser.
13) Wagner: Lohengrin.
14) Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld.
15) Bizet: Carmen.
16) Verdi: Nabucco.
17) Verdi: La Traviata.

Music for ice skating


Henry Mancini – Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet

Secret Garden – Nocturne 0:00 - 1:07
Pietro Mascagni – Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana 1:08 - 2:05
Max Steiner – Theme from a ‘Summer Place’ (Percy Faith and His Orchestra)2:06 - 2:49
Henry Mancini – Days of Wine and Roses 2:50 - 3:32
Tan Dun – For the world (From Jet Li – Hero) 3:33 - 4:11
Thomas Newman – Whisper of a Thrill (From Meet Joe Black4:12 - 4:44
Claude Debussy – Clair de lune 4:45 - 5:45
Thomas Newman – Any Other Name 5:46 - 6:27
Edward Elgar – Salut d amour 6:28 - 7:22
Giacomo Puccini – O Mio Babbino Caro 7:23 - 8:26
Glenn Miller – Moonlight Serenade 8:27 - 9:36
Franz Schubert – Ave Maria 9:37 - 10:31
Maksim – Claudine 10:32 - 11:47
Enya – Caribbean Blue 11:48 - 12:22
Michael Nyman – The heart asks Pleasure First/The Promise 12:23 - 13:05
Gheorghe Zamfir – The lonely Shepard 13:06 - 14:08

This collection of music contains content which is owned by Koch Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment, WMG, UMG, APM, Believe, IODA and SME. No need for copyright claims.

- Samuel Barber : ” Adagio For The Strings ” -Conducted by Paul Ruskay
- Johann Sebastian Bach : ” Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring ” -Conducted by Leopold Stokowski
- Johann Pachelbel ” Canon “-Conducted by Unknown
- Jacques Offenbach ” Barcarolle ” From the play ” The Tales Of Hoffman ” -Performed by Unknown
- Franz Schubert : ” Ave Maria ” -Performed by Leontyne Price And The St. Thomas Episcopal Church, New York
- Pietro Mascagni : ” Intermezzo (Cavalleria Rusticana) ” -Performed By The Orchestra Of Bologna Municop Thetra
- Johann Sebastian Bach ” Air ” -Conducted By Unknown
- Cesar Franck ” Panis Angelicus ” Performed By St. Philips Boys’ Choir Featuring Jaymi Bandtock And Sam Harper
- Johann Sebastian Bach ” Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1, BWV 1007 ” -Performed By Yo-Yo Ma
- Ludwig Van Beethoven : ” Moonlight Sonata , 1st Movement ” -Performed By Unknown

Entire version of “Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring” conducted by Leopold Stokowski, click here: 

“2nd Top Ten Most Beautiful Songs Of All Time”:

Tchaikovsky – Romeo and Juliet Love Theme (Overture)
Ruggero Leoncavallo – Vesti La Giubba from the opera Pagliacci (Performed By Lucianno Pavarotti)
Chopin – Prelude In E
Brahms – Lullaby (AKA: ” Wiegenlied: Guten Abend, Gute Nacht ” or ” The Cradle Song “)
Johann Sebastian Bach – St. Mathew Passion ( Erbarme Dich )
Rachmaninoff / Rachmaninov – Rhapsody On A Theme of Paganini 18th variation
Debussy – Clair de Lune
Grieg – Morning Mood ( Prelude To Act 4 From Peer Gynt )
Schubert – Serenade ( Performed by Nana Mouskouri )
Mozart – Requiem: Lacrimosa ( Completed by Franz Xaver Süssmayr )

“Old Man”



Old man look at my life,

I’m a lot like you were.
Old man look at my life,
I’m a lot like you were.Old man look at my life,
Twenty four
and there’s so much more
Live alone in a paradise
That makes me think of two.Love lost, such a cost,
Give me things
that don’t get lost.
Like a coin that won’t get tossed
Rolling home to you.

Old man take a look at my life
I’m a lot like you
I need someone to love me
the whole day through
Ah, one look in my eyes
and you can tell that’s true.

Lullabies, look in your eyes,
Run around the same old town.
Doesn’t mean that much to me
To mean that much to you.

I’ve been first and last
Look at how the time goes past.
But I’m all alone at last.
Rolling home to you.

Old man take a look at my life
I’m a lot like you
I need someone to love me
the whole day through
Ah, one look in my eyes
and you can tell that’s true.

Old man look at my life,
I’m a lot like you were.
Old man look at my life,
I’m a lot like you were.

Harvest was a great album. Old Man was one of the best tracks. The song was inspired by an old man who lived on Young’s ranch, his ranch foreman Louis Avila,  : “Old man look at my life/I’m a lot like you were.” Familiar themes of loneliness and lost love are also present: “Live alone in a paradise that makes me think of two” recalled with a certain pain “love lost/such a cost/give me things that don’t get lost.” Yet he is still searching for a heart of gold: “I need someone to love me the whole day through/Oh one look in my eyes and you can tell that’s true.”

The Search Continues


Heart Of Gold lyrics by Neil Young

I want to live,
I want to give
I’ve been a miner
for a heart of gold.
It’s these expressions
I never give
That keep me searching
for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.
Keeps me searching
for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.

I’ve been to Hollywood
I’ve been to Redwood
I crossed the ocean
for a heart of gold

I’ve been in my mind,
it’s such a fine line
That keeps me searching
for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.
Keeps me searching
for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old.

Keep me searching
for a heart of gold
You keep me searching

And I’m growing old.

Keep me searching
for a heart of gold

I’ve been a miner
for a heart of gold.

I want to love you but I get so blown away. . .


Neil YoungLike A Hurricane

Like A Hurricane lyrics
Songwriters: Neil Young

Once I thought I saw you in a crowded hazy bar
Dancin’ on the light from star to star
Far across the moonbeam I know that’s who you are
I saw your brown eyes turnin’ once to fire

You are like a hurricane
There’s calm in your eye
And I’m gettin’ blown away
To somewhere safer where the feelin’ stays
I wanna love you but I’m gettin’ blown away

I am just a dreamer but you are just a dream
And you could have been anyone to me
Before that moment you touched my lips
That perfect feeling when time just slips
Away between us and our foggy trip
(From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/n/neil-young-lyrics/like-a-hurricane-lyrics.html)

You are like a hurricane
There’s calm in your eye
And I’m gettin’ blown away
To somewhere safer where the feelin’ stays
I wanna love you but I’m gettin’ blown away
Blown away

You are just a dreamer and I am just a dream
You could have been anyone to me
Before that moment you touched my lips
That perfect feeling when time just slips
Away between us on our foggy trip

You are like a hurricane
There’s calm in your eye
And I’m gettin’ blown away
To somewhere safer where the feelin’ stays
I wanna love you but I’m gettin’ blown away

“This is easily one of the most epic, ‘must-learn’ solos for any aspiring player – sure, you won’t hit the exact tone of every note, but it’s not TOO difficult – and it’s a great test of your memory of “What Comes Next?”. I just love the way he moved closer to the amp – as he does when playing this live – to get that gorgeous spitting, popping-cracking breaking-up feed-back up around the 7.30 minute mark onwards, like these are the absolute final notes a guy could ever… Spine-tingling” CallMeMister99

Guantanamera


“Guantanamera” is a song of Guantánamo, the name of a province and town at the eastern end of the island of Cuba. It was composed in 1928 by José Fernández Díaz for a poem by José Marti. “Guantanamera” is a song about compassion and humility, particularly that found among the poor.

Spanish Lyrics to Guantanamera

Yo soy un hombre sincero
De donde crece la palma
Y antes de morirme quiero
Echar mis versos del alma
Guantanamera, guajira Guantanamera

Mi verso es de un verde claro
Y de un carmín encendido
Mi verso es un ciervo herido
Que busca en el monte amparo
Guantanamera, guajira Guantanamera

Cultivo una rosa blanca
En julio como en enero
Para el amigo sincero
Que me da su mano franca
Guantanamera, guajira Guantanamera

Con los pobres de la tierra
Quiero yo mi suerte echar
El arroyo de la sierra
Me complace más que el mar
Guantanamera, guajira Guantanamera

Guantanamera in English

I am a truthful man
From where the palm tree grows
And before dying I want
To let out the verses of my soul

My verse is light green
And it is flaming red
My verse is a wounded stag
Who seeks refuge on the mountain

I grow a white rose
In July just as in January
For the honest friend
Who gives me his open hand

With the poor people of the earth
I want to cast my lot
The brook of the mountains
Gives me more pleasure than the sea

Many artists have performed the song.

How To Save A Life


Lyrics to How To Save A Life :

The Fray 

 

 

The Fray

 

Step one you say we need to talk
He walks you say sit down it’s just a talk
He smiles politely back at you
You stare politely right on through
Some sort of window to your right
As he goes left and you stay right
Between the lines of fear and blame
You begin to wonder why you came

CHORUS:
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

Let him know that you know best
Cause after all you do know best
Try to slip past his defense
Without granting innocence
Lay down a list of what is wrong
The things you’ve told him all along
And pray to God he hears you
And pray to God he hears you

CHORUS:
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

As he begins to raise his voice
You lower yours and grant him one last choice
Drive until you lose the road
Or break with the ones you’ve followed
He will do one of two things
He will admit to everything
Or he’ll say he’s just not the same
And you’ll begin to wonder why you came

CHORUS:
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

CHORUS:
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life
How to save a life
How to save a life

CHORUS:
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life

CHORUS:
Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life
How to save a life