Waiting for Cousteau

Infobox Album
Name = Waiting for Cousteau
Type = studio
Artist = Jean Michel Jarre

Released = 1990
Recorded = ???
Genre = Electronic
Length = 69:00
Label = Disques Dreyfus
Producer = Jean Michel Jarre
Reviews =
*Allmusic Rating|4.5|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:muz8b5c4tsqs link]
Last album = "Revolutions"
This album = "Waiting for Cousteau"
Next album = "Images - The Best of Jean Michel Jarre"

"Waiting for Cousteau" (French title: "En attendant Cousteau") is an album by Jean Michel Jarre, released in 1990 on Disques Dreyfus, licensed to Polydor. The album was dedicated to Jacques-Yves Cousteau and was released on his 80th birthday June 11, 1990. The title of the album is a reference to Samuel Beckett's play "Waiting for Godot"fact|date=June 2008.

Track listing

# "Calypso" – 8:24
# "Calypso Part 2" – 7:10
# "Calypso Part 3 (Fin de siècle)" – 6:28
# "Waiting for Cousteau" – 46:55

Track details

The title track is a composition in the ambient style and an edited version of the music he produced for "Concert d'Images", an exhibition which contained photographs and selected objects from Jarre's concerts. The original plan was to release the album edit of the track as a promo CD single, but those plans were abandoned. On vinyl record and cassette tape the title track was edited to only 20 minutes due to the lack of space on the formats.

Jarre utilised the unedited version as an ambient audience "warm-up" in the hours prior to the Paris La Defense concert in 1990 (and also in many Concerts after this "First"), played on the specially installed public address sound system scattered throughout Paris for this event.

Early promos for the album had the title track named "Cousteau on the Beach", but was renamed later, because Jacques-Yves Cousteau thought beaches are an environmental disaster.

The last track "En Attandant Cousteau" was composed as the score to a documentary on the life of oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau.


* Jean Michel Jarrekeyboards
* The Amoco Renegades – steel drums
* Guy Delacroix – bass
* Christophe Deschamps – drums
* Michel Geiss – keyboards
* Dominique Perrier – keyboards

External links

* [http://www.jarreuk.com/discography_cousteau.htm "Waiting for Cousteau"] at Jarre UK

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