"From the beginning I thought it would be interesting to have a sequel..." hmv.com talks to Jean-Michel Jarre
It has been almost exactly 40 years since electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre released his debut album Oxygene, a record that has influenced hundreds if not thousands of others over the last four decades. His work since then has taken him around the world many times over (he still holds the record for the largest ever audience at an outdoor concert for his huge gig in Moscow), as well as producing a number of other best-selling albums, including his recent project Electronica Parts 1 & 2, for which he brought in a diverse range of collaborators including Pete Townshend, Vince Clark and horror movie legend John Carpenter.
This week however he returns to the themes of his debut album - which already has a sequel in 1997's Oxygene 2 - and completes the trilogy with his new album Oxygene 3, which arrives in stores today (You can preview and purchase the album on the right-hand side of this page).
We sat down with Jean-Michel to talk about why he felt that now was the right time to return to the Oxygene series, why he's taken a back-to-basics approach with the new album, and that iconic cover artwork by Michel Granger.
Watch our interview with Jean-Michel below...