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26
Sep

Mike Oldfield – Hergest Ridge (1974) – Lp

Michael Gordon Oldfield (born 15 May 1953) is an English musician and composer. His work blends progressive rock with world, folk, classical, electronic, ambient, and new-age music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Mike Oldfield
Title:  Hergest Ridge
Year:  1974
Format:  LP
Label:  Virgin Records
Catalog# VR 13109

Hergest Ridge is the second record album by Mike Oldfield, released in 1974 on Virgin Records.

Hergest Ridge, named for the hill near Kington, Herefordshire on the border between England and Wales, and near where he was living at the time.

Released as another lengthy composition, Hergest Ridge was the album that followed Mike Oldfield‘s momentous Tubular Bells release, with many of the same instrumental elements and methods employed throughout its two sections. Because of the time of its release, Hergest Ridge was overshadowed by the effects of Oldfield‘s first album for Virgin, but even so he manages to invoke some interesting patches of music by using instruments like the glockenspiel, sleigh bells, the Lowrey organ, oboes, and a variety of mandolins and guitars to maintain the same type of diversity as Tubular Bells. Symphonic throughout most of the album’s two parts, the highlight of Hergest Ridge is Oldfield‘s use of 90 multi-tracked guitars clustered together to create one of the most unique sounds ever to surface on his albums. Actually, Hergest Ridge entered the British charts in the number one spot in the fall of 1974, but Tubular Bells finally took its place only three weeks later. The album was highly regarded in the U.K. upon its release and it continued Oldfield‘s creative pace, proving that the genius put forth on his claim-to-fame album would indeed have some effect on works to come.

Hergest Ridge entered the UK album charts at number one, only to be displaced by its predecessor, Tubular Bells.

 

Side one
1. Hergest Ridge, Part 1  (21:29)

Side two
1. Hergest Ridge, Part 2  (18:45)

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15
Jul

Mike Oldfield – Discovery (1984) – Lp

Michael Gordon Oldfield (born 15 May 1953) is an English musician and composer. His work blends progressive rock with world, folk, classical, electronic, ambient, and new-age music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Mike Oldfield
Title:  Discovery
Year:  1984
Format:  LP
Label:  Virgin Records
Catalog#  206300

Discovery or its alternative title Discovery & The Lake (as printed on the album rear and spine) is the ninth album by Mike Oldfield, released in 1984. It was recorded at Oldfield’s then-home in Villars-sur-Ollon in the Swiss Alps where he was living for tax reasons.

The album contains a number of pop songs, which Oldfield had been encouraged by Virgin Records to write, following the success of “Moonlight Shadow” from his previous album, Crises.

The first track of the album, “To France“, features Maggie Reilly on vocals. The second track, “Poison Arrows”, seamlessly continues from the ending of “To France” and features Barry Palmer on vocals. According to Oldfield “The Lake” was inspired by his time in time in Switzerland and around Lake Geneva. The rear cover of some issues of the album are titled Discovery and The Lake.

 

Side one
1.  To France  (4:43)
2.  Poison Arrows  (3:52)
3.  Crystal Gazing  (3:02)
4.  Tricks Of The Light  (3:52)
5.  Discovery  (4:34)

Side two
1.  Talk About Your Life  (4:24)
2.  Saved By A Bell  (4:39)
3.  The Lake (Instrumental)  (12:10)

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27
Dec

Mike Oldfield – Incantations (1978) – 2Lp

Michael GordonMikeOldfield (born 15 May 1953) is an English musician and composer. His work blends progressive rock with world, folk, classical, electronic, ambient, and new-age music.

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Artist:  Mike Oldfield
Title:  Incantations
Year:  1978
Format:  2LP
Label:  Virgin Records
Catalog#  300191

Incantations is the fourth record album by Mike Oldfield, released in late 1978 on Virgin Records.
The album as a whole is unusual in that it makes extensive use of the circle of fifths as an accompaniment to many of the musical ideas. Since this musical structure requires that each idea be modulated through twelve keys, before the next is introduced, more time is required to develop each idea, so that each section unfolds more slowly than is usual in Oldfield’s work. A byproduct of this musical structure is that most of the album is not in any one key, but cycles continuously through them all.
Incantations was recorded at Througham, Mike Oldfield’s home after he completed Ommadawn. It was during the creation of Incantations that Mike Oldfield underwent the assertiveness training course Exegesis, and almost immediately thereafter Oldfield went on his first solo live tour around Europe with Incantations.
Along with some other pieces of Oldfield’s work, a different version of “Part Four” was used for the soundtrack of Tony Palmer‘s The Space Movie; the lyrics there are from Kathleen Raine‘s “A Spell for Creation”.
The lyrics in “Part One” simply repeat the names of the goddesses Diana, Luna, and Lucina.
The lyrics in “Part Two” are taken from the beginnings of chapter XXII and XII (in that order) of Longfellow‘s “The Song of Hiawatha“.
The lyrics in “Part Four” are Ben Jonson‘s “Ode to Cynthia” from Cynthia’s Revels, but adjusted again to match the music.

 

Side one
1.  Part 1  (19:08)

Side two
1.  Part 2  (19:36)

Side three
1.  Part 3  (16:58)

Side four
1.  Part 4  (17:01)

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10
Sep

Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells (1973) – Lp

Michael GordonMikeOldfield (born 15 May 1953) is an English musician and composer. His work blends progressive rock with world, folk, classical, electronic, ambient, and new-age music.

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Artist:  Mike Oldfield
Title:  Tubular Bells
Year:  1973
Format:  LP
Label:  Virgin Records
Catalog#  87541 It

Tubular Bells is the debut record album of English musician Mike Oldfield, recorded when he was 19 and released in 1973 when he was 20.
It was the first album released by Virgin Records and an early cornerstone of the company’s success. Vivian Stanshall provided the voice of the “Master of Ceremonies” who reads off the list of instruments at the end of the first movement.

It was the first album released by Virgin Records and an early cornerstone of the company’s success. Vivian Stanshall provided the voice of the “Master of Ceremonies” who reads off the list of instruments at the end of the first movement. The opening piano solo was used briefly in the soundtrack to the William Friedkin film The Exorcist (released the same year), and the album gained considerable airplay because of the film’s success.

Mike Oldfield‘s groundbreaking album Tubular Bells is arguably the finest conglomeration of off-centered instruments concerted together to form a single, unique piece. A variety of instruments are combined to create an excitable multitude of rhythms, tones, pitches, and harmonies that all fuse neatly into each other, resulting in an astounding plethora of music. Oldfield plays all the instruments himself, including such oddities as the Farfisa organ, the Lowrey organ, and the flageolet. The familiar eerie opening, made famous by its use in The Exorcist, starts the album off slowly, as each instrument acoustically wriggles its way into the current noise that is heard, until there is a grand unison of eccentric sounds that wildly excites the ears. Throughout the album, the tempos range from soft to intense to utterly surprising, making for some excellent musical culminations. Mandolins and Spanish guitars are joined by grinding organs and keyboards, while oddball bells and cranking noises resound in the distance. In the middle of the album, guest Vivian Stanshall announces each instrument seconds before it is heard, ending with the ominous-sounding tubular bells, a truly powerful and dominating instrument. The most interesting and overwhelming aspect of this album is the fact that so many sounds are conjured up, yet none go unnoticed, allowing the listener a gradual submergence into each unique portion of the music. Tubular Bells is a divine excursion into the realm of new age music.

 

Side one
1.  Tubular Bells, Part 1  (25:58)

Side two
1.  Tubular Bells, Part 2  (23:20)

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