Mike Oldfield - Hergest Ridge CD (album) cover


Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

3.92 | 413 ratings

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4 stars Hergest Ridge, in my opinion, is one of Mike Oldfield's better releases. There's a lot more melody and much more interesting instrumentation than his initial offering of "Tubular Bells," and that's a good thing. Mike was certainly showing amazing growth as a composer asnd musician at this early stage in his career.

The biggest problem of most (if not all) modern releases of this album is that the mix is taken from the "Boxed" set released in 1976. This 2nd mix is _vastly_inferior_ to the original vinyl release in 1974, as there are a lot of passages that sound devoid of any richness or life when compared to the original. To this day, I've failed to understand why this was done. I hope that someday the original mix of this album is restored to its original glory and released again. My rating of this album reflects the original mix, otherwise it gets 2 stars from me.

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