Jean-Michel Jarre "Music For Supermarkets" (partially lost original recording; 1983)

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Music For Supermarkets (Lost LP and master tapes)
Album art.
Album art.
Status Partially Lost

In 1983, an electronic musician named Jean-Michel Jarre was asked to compose some music for an art exhibition based on supermarkets. He agreed and thus created Music for Supermarkets in 1983.[1] Only one copy of the album was made, which was auctioned after the art exhibition had ended. To make sure that no other copies of the album would be made the master tapes and plates were burned in front of the attendees. [2] The reason behind this was that Jarre thought that music is art, and like paintings, it should be treated as such. [3]

The current owner and their location are both unknown as of the time of writing this.

Bootleg Recordings

Side A from a Bootleg Recording from the AM Radio Broadcast.

Before the auction, however, Jarre decided to broadcast the audio via radio, so anyone could listen to it or create bootleg copies of it. However, the station he brought the record to be played in only broadcasted via AM, meaning that any recorded audio was in very low quality.

Tracks used in later albums

The following tracks were recycled in later albums:

"Music for Supermarkets, Pt. 5" and "Music for Supermarkets, Pt. 7" became "Blah Blah Café" and "Diva", respectively, and were used on Zoolook in 1984

"Music for Supermarkets, Pt. 3" became "Cinquième Rendez-Vous/Fifth Rendez-Vous" from the album Rendez-Vous in 1986[4]


  1. Wikipedia Article Retrieved 7 Nov '16.
  2. Official Website Retrieved 7 Nov '16
  3. [1] Retrieved 7 Nov '16
  4. [2] Retrieved 7 Nov '16.




12 months ago
Score 2++
Wouldn't this be partially lost? I mean, the audio is there, just not in high quality.
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