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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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