Oldfield, Mike

Mike Oldfield is an artist like no other. Over the last nearly 40  years he has produced timeless, unique and inspirational music that has enthralled listeners the world over.
In terms of overnight success stories, Mike Oldfield's is astounding. After a short stint playing bass in Kevin Ayers' backing band, he was taken under the guiding wing of a 22-year-old Richard Branson and Tubular Bells was born. Thrillingly enigmatic music that sounds like nothing before or since, a critical and commercial success, and, to cap it all, the coveted Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition after an excerpt was used in the film The Exorcist.
A blessing and a curse, the magnitude of Mike's sudden success could easily have stalled him and yet he returned almost immediately with another two-movement pastoral masterwork Hergest Ridge and a year later issued the groundbreaking world music suite Ommadawn. Mike Oldfield is that rare beast, the intuitive artist, a confident and creative multi-instrumentalist, not bound by rule or convention and content to follow his own path: "All I want to express with my music is my feelings. I think it's the purpose. To show images, landscapes, love, hate, fury."

Oldfield, Mike
David Bedford, Tom Newman + Mike Oldfield - Variations on a ...

Artist: David Bedford, Tom Newman + Mike Oldfield
P: 1995
Here we can hear a different way of playing Tubular Bells. Also Mike Oldfield plays the bass.

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Mike + Terry Oldfield - Journey into Space

Artist: Mike + Terry Oldfield
P: 2012
This musical journey was not planned as such -Each track unfolding as a reflection of each day over the course of a year or so.
Like a painting might begin with a sketch - I have laid myself open to the feeling of now to play whatever happens in the heart of this energy field of me -There has been struggle and surrender-moments of madness and despair but they passed just like the wind and the rain eventually -
The new thing in this album is that I have evolved into allowing the movement of life and the action of this body - I notice that the music that came before was pretty much a movement towards peace but only in the sense of a stillness of body and now this has moved into a stillness of mind also which is right at the heart of things - allowing the body to move in the dance of life -
Thank you so much to my Brother Mike who took the time to share his guitar with me on 3 of these tracks. In "Dancer in the Void" there is a dialogue between the guitar and flute - communication beyond words which is what music is really all about.
Thank you to my Darling wife Soraya for her beautiful Vocals. We have grown and expanded so much together in this life - The current of Inspiration has truly flowed between us in many magical moments. Terry
Music for stillness and movement, for inner and outer balance. A swirling symphony of rhythm and ambient pads combines with Terry Oldfied's flute and his brother Mike's guitar to create a feeling of vastness in which we can relax and connect body and spirit in this magical Journey into Space.

2012. Press Information

" I have really enjoyed the chance to interact and play with my Brother on this project and wish him great success with this release". Mike Oldfield

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Mike Oldfield - Amarok

Artist: Mike Oldfield
P: 1990
After the execrable Earth Moving, Mike Oldfield conceived the project Amarok as a sort of Ommadawn II, and produced an album that is probably his best since the original Ommadawn. Utilizing his multi-instrumental talent, Oldfield plays an extraordinary variety of instruments, as well as numerous ordinary items such as a toothbrush, chairs and a toy dog. The whole thing is contained in a single sixty-minute track of undulating music.
Amarok continues the world music style of Ommadawn, exploring a larger portion of the globe for new sounds. Of course, the term "world music" didn't exist in 1975, but if it did it would probably have meant Uillean pipes, Arabic drums, perhaps a shawm or oud, and a sitar. These days, despite being criticized as being "ethnic music without the tricky bits," world music has at least discovered Sub-Saharan Africa, and Oldfield uses some Zulu-inspired chanting very effectively late on this album. Another highlight is the flamenco-inspired music about twenty minutes in, with its insistent clapped beat and unresolved tension.
On the topic of the sound effects here most are superfluous. The fake firecrackers are probably the most effective, but they still sound a little too fake. The sound of Mike Oldfield brushing his teeth as a rhythm does absolutely nothing for me. The Margaret Thatcher impersonator was almost certainly funny at the time, but grows tiresome on successive listenings.
Musically, Mike Oldfield does little dispel the "ethnic music without the tricky bits" criticism, as he only really scratches the surface of other musical cultures. He usually takes the superficial elements such as a rhythm and melody, plays them on an appropriate instrument, then builds up the track to turn it into pure Mike Oldfield. Which is as good a reason as any to buy this album. This album abounds with ideas, borrowed and otherwise, and is executed with a great deal of skill, despite the occasional gratuitous sound effect, or silly jumping from speaker to speaker.
The Mike Oldfield trademarks of heavy, thoughtful multi-tracking and fluid guitar work are both present, and as good here as they are anywhere. There seems to be a renewed enthusiasm for the possibilities of a recorded album that brings Amarok to the same level of quality as Oldfield's earliest albums.
This is a must-have for Mike Oldfield fans.

2005. Conrad Leviston

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Mike Oldfield - Crisis Deluxe Edition

Artist: Mike Oldfield
P: 1983 / 2013
DELUXE EDITION : 2CD set. Digitally remastered in 2013! Sparkling 1983 album reissued with 13 rare BONUS tracks, including six live songs recorded in London in July 1983. Features "Moonlight Shadow".

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Mike Oldfield - Discovery Deluxe Edition

Artist: Mike Oldfield
P: 1984 / 2016
Newly Remastered for 2016 and gathering together in-era B-sides, this new edition of ‘Discovery’ is offered in this Triple-Disc Deluxe Edition which includes a newly-compiled work by Mike Oldfield himself – The ‘1984 Suite’, which gathers together tracks from ‘Discovery’ and ‘Killing Fields’ together with Rarities and a newly-voiced version of: ‘Poison Arrows’, called: ‘Zombies [Halloween Special]’.
This 38-Minute Suite takes up the 2nd CD of this Deluxe Edition and is presented in Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound on the companion DVDA disc, alongside three in-era promos.
A UK Top 20 album, among the track highlights on ‘Discovery’ are: ‘The Lake’ - an expansive instrumental reflection on Lake Geneva, and: ‘To France’, a classic folk-pop ballad featuring Maggie Reilly.
As with Oldfield’s entire critically acclaimed re-release programme, the accompanying sleeve notes include a new interview with Mike.

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Mike Oldfield - Elements (DVD)

Artist: Mike Oldfield
P: 2004
All of his Virgin single promo films are included on the package along with the very rare 2nd House BBC TV performance of "Tubular Bells Part 1", which featured Steve Hillage and Mick Taylor amongst others. The bonus material includes "Wind Chimes" which is the virtual reality video album of the "Islands LP" featuring the tracks "The Wind Chimes", "North Point", "Islands", "The Time Has Come", "Flying Star"t and "Magic Touch". "Space Movie" shows "Incantations Part 1" set to archive footage of N.A.S.A. and Soviet rocket flights. Also included is the original EPK for the first edition of CD best of "Elements".

Here the last copy!

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Mike Oldfield - Guitars

Artist: Mike Oldfield
P: 1999
This 1999 album--appropriately titled, as it happens--offers nothing less than a showcase for that facility and for Oldfield's two distinctive styles of playing: his very clean, heavily compressed Stratocaster sound and his busier, more contemplative acoustic work, where his technique (flawless as ever) betrays the influence of classical guitar, English folk and flamenco.
Overdubbing madly, Oldfield creates his usual array of sketches and longer pieces--though modesty forbids him from claiming true axe-hero status: "It's dead easy," he's demurred, "because it's all just hammering. If you learn a basic claw-hammer technique from folk picking, you can do all the stuff I do."

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Mike Oldfield - Hergest Ridge  2 CD + DVD

Artist: Mike Oldfield
P: 1974 / 2011
This 2010 Deluxe Edition features versions of the original record, remastered for a modern audience, unheard demo versions, plus the mixes found on the vinyl version first released in 1974 - along with DVD footage to accompany both parts of Hergest Ridge.
Departing from the choppy mix of prog and folk-based influences explored for the first time on Mike Oldfield's debut Tubular Bells, Oldfield's much anticipated follow up, Hergest Ridge develops for itself a unique charm entirely its own. Softer and calmer, atmospheric and haunting, Hergest Ridge is a lament to the soothing environment Oldfield enveloped himself in directly after his debut's overwhelming success.
With sounds evoking imagery of rolling Welsh hills and pure, pastoral scenery - drawing influences from a genuine British nature spot - Hergest Ridge serves as a retreat from Oldfield's inner trauma as much as it does a journey into the wild desolation of nature. Signature guitars, mixed in with delicate woodwind and crashing brass deliver the insights into a mind which has grown harsher and colder in the face of public acrimony.
Comments Oldfield "I know I'm very unstable, and I probably always will be, but the point is that I've accepted that about myself. Hergest Ridge, on the other hand, is smooth, uncluttered. There are no tube trains, very few car doors, lots of open countryside, smooth hills, a general feeling of smoothness and wellbeing and non-hysteria, just a much nicer environment."

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Mike Oldfield - Live at Montreux 1981 DVD

Artist: Mike Oldfield
P: 1981 / 2006
In 1981, by now a confident stage performer, he embarked on his European Adventure Tour, which took in the Montreux Festival in July, where he performed in front of an enthusiastic sold out audience.

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Mike Oldfield - Man on the Rocks (Deluxe Edition)

Artist: Mike Oldfield
P: 2014
Man On The Rocks was produced by Stephen Lipson together with Oldfield. The album features bassist Leland Sklar, drummer John Robinson, keyboardist Matt Rollings, guitarist Michael Thompson and singer Luke Spiller together with Oldfield himself on guitar. The backing tracks were recorded during June 2013 in Studio D of Village Studios, Los Angeles with Lipson. Oldfield has also recorded part of the album in his home studio in the Bahamas.
This is the 2 CD Deluxe Edition with new versions of the tracks on the 2nd CD.


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Mike Oldfield - Man on the Rocks (Limited Super Deluxe Edition)

Artist: Mike Oldfield
P: 2014
Man On The Rocks was produced by Stephen Lipson together with Oldfield. The album features bassist Leland Sklar, drummer John Robinson, keyboardist Matt Rollings, guitarist Michael Thompson and singer Luke Spiller together with Oldfield himself on guitar. The backing tracks were recorded during June 2013 in Studio D of Village Studios, Los Angeles with Lipson. Oldfield has also recorded part of the album in his home studio in the Bahamas.
With a third bonus CD with other versions of the tracks.

 

 

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Mike Oldfield - Music of the Spheres

Artist: Mike Oldfield
P: 2008
Mike Oldfield has always been famed for his unconventional approach to music. Throughout his career he has consistently broken musical boundaries, and with Music of the Spheres he continues to do so. Taking influences from Holst and Rachmaninov as much as Steve Reich or William Orbit, this piece is classical in nature, but yet is also immediately identifiable as classic Mike Oldfield. Using a full concert orchestra and choir, and with solo parts from Mike himself on guitar, legendary soprano Hayley Westenra and renowned pianist Lang Lang, this is a work with huge emotional and musical scope. The title of the piece is a reference to something that Mike feels strongly: that all music should aim to represent the spriritual, or otherworldly elements of life: something beyond the mundane and everyday. In this he has clearly succeeded. Music of the Spheres is by turns epic, tender, mournful and triumphant. It is the work of a composer who above all can make beautiful and substantial music, regardless of genre or instrumentation.

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Mike Oldfield - Music of the Spheres LTD 2 CD Edition

Artist: Mike Oldfield
P: 2008
LTD 2 CD Version
Mike Oldfield has always been famed for his unconventional approach to music. Throughout his career he has consistently broken musical boundaries, and with Music of the Spheres he continues to do so. Taking influences from Holst and Rachmaninov as much as Steve Reich or William Orbit, this piece is classical in nature, but yet is also immediately identifiable as classic Mike Oldfield. Using a full concert orchestra and choir, and with solo parts from Mike himself on guitar, legendary soprano Hayley Westenra and renowned pianist Lang Lang, this is a work with huge emotional and musical scope. The title of the piece is a reference to something that Mike feels strongly: that all music should aim to represent the spriritual, or otherworldly elements of life: something beyond the mundane and everyday. In this he has clearly succeeded. Music of the Spheres is by turns epic, tender, mournful and triumphant. It is the work of a composer who above all can make beautiful and substantial music, regardless of genre or instrumentation.
2008 reissue UK 'Special Edition' 2-CD album set - Collaborating, for this release, with the highly respected Karl Jenkins, Oldfield returned to his ubiquitous 'Tubular Bells' and used a theme from it AS the theme for his first attempt at a truly 'classical' album; with a guest appearances by the divine Hayley Westenra on the vocal piece 'On My Heart' and acclaimed pianist Lang Lang who appears throughout, Oldfield has drawn upon the best the Classical world has to offer for this premier outing. This deluxe reissue comes expanded with a Bonus 14-track CD featuring the previously unavailable 'Live at the Guggenheim' performance that occured on 7th March 2008 in Bilbao.

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Mike Oldfield - Ommadawn  2 CD + DVD

Artist: Mike Oldfield
P: 1975 / 2010
With this Deluxe Edition, Oldfield includes versions of Ommadawn previously lost, carefully selected bonus tracks, and DVD material to accompany specific tracks.
Sharing the format of its two predecessors - Tubular Bells and Hergest Ridge, Oldfield stays loyal to his conceptual roots in Ommadawn, but incorporates musical styles from a far greater range of influences including folk, Celtic, and middle eastern sounds. As a result, Oldfield channels greater scope for musical development, defining Ommadawn as a creative peak in Oldfield's wide-ranging career
Composing for traditional Celtic instruments such as the uilleann pipes, Oldfield uses Ommadawn as an outlet for spiritual investigation as much as expert musicianship. A master of songcraft, Oldfield layers guitars, pipes, drums and vocals to create a masterpiece pumped full of ethereal mysticism and described by one critic as "the musical equivalent of astral projection". Says Oldfield "I do not feel I am musician. I don't know... I create sounds, that are reflections of my emotions."

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Mike Oldfield - Platinum (Deluxe Edition) 2 CD

Artist: Mike Oldfield
P: 1979 / 2012
Mike Oldfield’s fifth album was partially recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, and the title suite especially nods to the bustle of the city at the time. Impeccably arranged and produced, the album was released in November 1979. It was Oldfield’s first album that included shorter songs, including a beautiful version of George Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm, and a new arrangement of North Star by Philip Glass.

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Mike Oldfield - QE2 (Deluxe Edition) 2 CD

Artist: Mike Oldfield
P: 1980 / 2012
Mike Oldfield’s sixth album was a beautiful blend of instrumentals and songs that showed how he was able to adapt to the shifting musical mores of the new decade. Released in October 1980, it features two of his most loved instrumentals, QE2 and Taurus I, as well as cover versions of Wonderful Land by the Shadows and, surprisingly perhaps for the time, Arrival by Abba.

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Mike Oldfield - Return to Ommadawn

Artist: Mike Oldfield
P: 2017
Back to the roots, Mike Oldfield plays all the instruments alone again.

 

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Mike Oldfield - Return to Ommadawn (Vinyl)

Artist: Mike Oldfield
P: 2017
Back to the roots, Mike Oldfield plays all the instruments alone again.

 

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Mike Oldfield - The Killing Filds

Artist: Mike Oldfield
P: 1984 / 2016
The Killing Fields was a powerful movie of this place and time, made just 5 years or so after the actual fall of the Khmer Rouge. The movie tells the story of Dith Pran (played to perfection by the late Haing S. Ngor, a doctor who also had lived through the real events), his friendship with an American journalist, and his attempts to navigate and survive through the brutal reality surrounding him. The soundtrack to the film was composed by Mike Oldfield. Composing music that can sufficiently and appropriately match up with such raw content must be an exhausting task, and I have to say I respect Oldfield just for rising to the challenge. As it turns out, the process of composing this soundtrack would prove difficult for him in other ways, particularly in having to meet the needs of director Roland Joffé.

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Mike Oldfield - The Millenium Bell

Artist: Mike Oldfield
P: 1999
Berlin welcomes the new millennium with the world's most spectacular light show, set to the timeless music of Mike Oldfield performing live in concert. The sky above Berlin turns into a unique pyramid of light, with more than half a million spectators experiencing this superlative show at the foot of Berlin's beautiful Victory Column. Oldfield performs several of his legendary classics, including "Tubular Bells," "Moonlight Shadow" and "Shadow on the Wall," as well as the premiere of his album, The Millennium Bell, climaxing in the special "Art in Heaven." Also featuring the State Orchestra and the Glinka State Choir of St. Petersburg, this amazing event of art, culture and music commemorates the start of the new millennium in spectacular style!

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