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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

3.04 | 210 ratings

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3 stars The Orchestral Non-Tubular Balls?

Like The Orchestral Tubular Bells, Music Of The Spheres has Mike Oldfield with an orchestra, unlike the former, this isn't an orchestral adaptation of an Oldfield piece, but rather a original orchestral album. If you compare the two albums, Spheres beats T.O.T.B. hands down. I do have to wonder if Mike was contemplating a Tubular Bells IV when he started this project. It opens very similarly to Tubular Bells and I hear bits throughout the piece reminiscent of it.

There is an actually concept behind the album. It's Mike's interpretation of music that's made by celestial bodies that people can't hear.

You have to give Mike a lot of credit for making both spectacular albums along with disappointments. He gets a silver for this though not a gold and of course if your prog has to have rock, it isn't here. In a rather large discography, I rank this one towards the top.

Slartibartfast | 3/5 |


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