Jean Michel Jarre - Rendez-Vous

Rendez-Vous is an album of instrumental electronic music composed and produced by Jean Michel Jarre, and released on Disques Dreyfus, licensed to Polydor, in 1986. It is his fifth overall studio album. It sold some three million copies worldwide and remains Jarre's longest-running chart album in both the U.S. and UK, with a 20 week run in the U.S. and an impressive 38 week run in the UK. The last track on the album was supposed to have the saxophone part played in outer space by astronaut Ron McNair, but on 28 January 1986, 73 seconds after lift-off, the shuttle disintegrated and the entire Space Shuttle Challenger crew were killed. In memory, this piece was dedicated to him. On the album the saxophone part is played by saxophonist Pierre Gossez.

Parts of the album, like Blah Blah Café and the second half of Diva, were reworkings of material that had already appeared as sections of the album Music for Supermarkets, released the previous year. The track "Moon Machine" was recorded for this album but not included; it later appeared on a flexidisc in Keyboard Magazine (March 1986 issue), the 12-inch release of "Fourth Rendez-Vous" (1986), and the much later Images compilation album (1991).

 

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