En Concert is an energetic live album with half the tracks played in front of Houston, TX, and the other half played to a crowd in Lyon, France. Jarre ignites the crowd in both cities, letting loose on a multitude of synthesizers and sequencers while playing his classics like "Oxygene V," "Magnetic Fields I," and "Equinoxe V." His sonic display in front of the French crowd is the more spirited of the two, since Europe is where his fan base is the largest. Jarre kept many of his slower mood pieces off of this album, which is rightly so. His quicker, more robust pieces seem to gain momentum as he dazzles the audience with his electronic sweeps and sharp stabs of brilliant synth. The lasers and lights can almost be heard piercing the night sky on "Rendez-Vous II" as Jarre ceases to limit himself to only a few instruments. Both performances are outside, so there are no walls restricting the music, which, believe it or not, can be felt throughout the album. The sounds that radiate from Jarre's keyboards sound large and expansive, capturing the live atmosphere and dynamically unleashing it onto disc.
Oxygene V 1 :17
Ethnicolor 9 :31
Chants Magnetiques I / Magnetic Fields I 4 :10
Souvenir De Chine / Souvenir Of China 3 :13
Equinoxe V 3 :18
Rendez-Vous III (Harpe Laser) / Laser Harp 3 :29
Rendez-Vous II 10 :38
Ron's Piece 4 :16
Rendez-Vous IV 3 :54
Alto Saxophone -- Kirk Whalum
Bass [Lyon] -- Guy Delacroix
Choir [Houston] -- High School For The Performing Arts, The, Singing Boys Of Houston, The
Choir [Lyon] -- La Cigale De Lyon
Conductor [Choir] -- Christian Wagner (5)
Drums -- Joe Hammer
Executive-Producer [Houston] -- Francis Dreyfus, Michael Woolcock
Horns [Lyon] -- Joël Nicod, Michel Molinaro
Keyboards [Houston], Synthesizer [Houston] -- Dominique Perrier
Keyboards, Synthesizer -- Francis Rimbert, Pascal Lebourg, Sylvain Durand
Percussion [Lyon] -- Dino Lumbroso
Producer, Composed By -- Jean-Michel Jarre
Recorded By, Mixed By -- Denis Vanzetto, Michel Geiss
Soprano Vocals -- Christine Durand
Synthesizer -- Michel Geiss
Trombone [Lyon] -- Jean Gotthold, Jean-Michel Bardet, Marc Desseigne, Philippe Cauchy, Pierre Girard (2), Raymond Patry
Violin [Lyon] -- Aloyo Tsuzuraki, Anne Ménier, Anne Rouch, Claudie Boisselier, Cécile Molinaro, Francoise Guiriec, Marianne Pollin, Marie-Caroline Mathias
Voice [Female Voices] [Lyon] -- Le Cantrel De Lyon
Recorded and Mixed on Digital Otari 32-Tracks DTR 900.
Made in West Germany.
Published by Francis Dreyfus Music/Jean-Michel Jarre.
(P) 1987 Disques Dreyfus, Paris
Centerlabels has the title named "In Concert Lyon/Houston", i.e. reversed the cities.