Mike Oldfield - Exposed CD (album) cover


Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

3.76 | 29 ratings

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4 stars I really like the fact that you get the whole Incantations and Tubular Bell pieces here in their entirety. Two versions of Guilty are also thrown in. For those not familiar with Guilty, it's a sort of disco-ey song. Probably about as close to disco as I'd care to get.

The performances pretty much stick to the album versions, but it's really nice to these mostly Mike alone studio generated pieces come to life with live musicians. He's backed by two other guitarists, two keyboardists, various percussionists (including Gong's Pierre Moerlin), a female choir, and various orchestra musicians.

And, how often to you get to use your multi-angle viewing button on your DVD's remote? The only stuff I've seen that give you that are King Crimson's Deja Vroom and a Ginger Lynn porno movie I rented once. And none of those had four viewing options. I haven't watched all four of the angles - main edit, split screen (3), stage edit, and wide shot options all the way through. I did watch the wide shot a little noticed some rough zooming, so I suspect there's a bit of roughness in the rest of the optional shots. I did go back to the main edit for the remainder of my first viewing. I guess it's no wonder why you don't get a lot of multi-angle DVD releases, too much trouble.

I must say I've enjoyed this one more that the other two reviewers (to date) did, though it does fall just a little short of essential for the average prog fan. Still it's a good for an introduction to Mike's music and yes, essential to Oldfield fans like myself. It is a little pricey, but it is a two disc set. Over seven hours of footage if you count the multi-angle things.

Slartibartfast | 4/5 |


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