Jean Michel Jarre’s new CD+DVD, Aero, finally arrived in my mailbox today – not bad only a week after release! The concept behind the album is that Jarre has taken some of his classic tracks (Oxy 4, Chronologie 6, etc) as well as three new tracks and remastered them all in 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS. The case contains the DVD with an accompanying video of a French Actress’ eyes which plays for 73 minutes, as well as a “Super Stereo” CD.

I was blown away by the DVD versions. Jarre really has outdone himself – he has given new life to these tracks. Personally, I would love to hear a complete 5.1 album of original music by him – hopefully we’ll get that in the next release. For those of you who don’t want to import, the US version will be coming out sometime in November via Warner subsidiary, Rhino Records. I bought mine through CD Quest, which although pricey because it was an import was nice because they shipped from Irvine and it arrived in just 2 business days.

After listening to the DVD versions, I popped the CD version into my DVD player. It was amazing how “Super Stereo” sounded like an old AM radio or a low bitrate MP3.