Although Oxygene wasn't Jarre's first album (he had a few albums and singles released prior, such as Deserted Palace in 1972), it was Oxygene that made him a household name, much like Kraftwerk's Autobahn making them a household name after three obscure albums previous in the early '70s. Equinoxe follows in the footsteps of Oxygene, meaninging if you like Oxygene, you'll like this, and vice versa. Jarre took the style of such electronic greats as Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze, and made them more accessible. And while that might turn a few away, what he did was actually quite effective. It was Jarre that got me in to '70s electronic in the first place, as it was my parents who owned this album (as well as Oxygene and Magnetic Fields), meaning I was exposed to Jarre most of my life. Like Oxyene before, the songs on Equinoxe are all divided in parts, this time around, 8 parts. "Part 2", "Part 3" and "Part 4" had always been my favorite, "Part 2" reminds me most of "Oxygene Part 1". "Part 5" was the more "pop-oriented" number of the album much like "Oxygene Part IV" was to his previous album. The final piece, "Part 8" was basically another version of "Part 5", only without any rhythms, and just the main theme. The music here tends to be more elaborate than Oxygene, as he added more keyboards. On top of the ARP 2600, Eminent, EMS synths, Mellotron, Rhythm computer, RMI Harmonic Synthesizer, he started including newer polyphonic synths as well, such an Oberheim Polyphonic, Yamaha Polyphonic (I presume a CS-80) and Korg Polyphonic Ensemble. Also new to his set was an EMS Vocoder (which you can hear on "Part 5") and Elka 707. To me, I prefer Oxygene, but Equinoxe is still worth having for those who enjoy electronic music.