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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

3.18 | 353 ratings

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3 stars This was my second Mike Oldfield album. The first one was the Orchestral version of Tubular Bells. I was 13 or 14 years back then.

I was immediately blown away by the epic title-section Platinum. Great progrock with funky/catchy deliverance. I was also a great fan of the band Sky. And this record and the Sky-records have a lot in common.

I know, that a lot of people don't like the more pop/rock side of Mike Oldfield. Him being one of the first ambient/new age artists. But when you don't compare this to Hergest Ridge/Ommadawn/Bells than it's a great record.

It rocks, it funks, it has humor. Maybe this is the record of Mike that is closests to Canterbury Scene prog. The bassguitar and drums especially are Canterbury-style, aswell as the silly vocals.

The second side of the album is least favorite to me. I got Rhythm sounds stupid to me. Mike would eventually write better songs in the eighties (To France, Moonlight Shadow, etc.). Punkadiddle is a satire to punkrock music, and also sounds a little stupid to me.

But as said: the Platinum-suite is a great piece of music. As funky and funny as prog can possibly be.

Kingsnake | 3/5 |


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