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COLLECTOR'S EDITION BOX II

Mike Oldfield

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Bj-1
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3 stars As you can see on this boxset's cover, you get three Oldfield albums, "Platinum", "QE2" and "Five Miles Out", all released between 1979 and 1982. It's a good deal if you lack these albums in your collection and you are a Oldfield fan, concidering that these kind of boxset's usually are cheaper than buying the albums separately, AND you get three CD's in a row. I think "QE2" is the best one here, but "Platinum" and "Five Miles Out" are good as well, very good and inspiring music, in the typical Mike Oldfield vein of course.

A very good deal if you ask me! Definetly recommended! 3.5/5

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Posted Wednesday, September 06, 2006 | Review Permalink
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3 stars Platinum, QE2, and Five miles out

For some strange reason, this second set of Oldfield albums skips his fourth album Incantations, and brings together albums 5, 6, and 7. Thus we have Platinum, QE2, and Five miles out. As with the first set, which contained Oldfield's first three albums, there is nothing collectable here, just the three albums in their original CD release format.

Unlike the first set however, these three albums are far from essential. Platinum marked the turning point in Oldfield's relationship with Virgin and Richard Branson, who decided to change the track listing. It features members of Gong, but although there is a four part LP side long suite, the music is decidedly average. The second side is far more song based than we expected.

QE2 was intended to appease Virgin, including at their suggestion a couple of covers. It features the first of the Taurus pieces, and also the use of a vocoder, a device which Oldfield would over exploit here and on Five miles out. This is though the best of the three albums, Oldfield exploiting the talents of his guest musicians to compensate for his own lack of motivation.

Five miles out is often described as Mike's most progressive album, a plaudit it can be hard to ratify with the contents. Certainly the 25 minute Taurus 2 is a fine piece which improves as it moves towards its conclusion. Apart from the eclectic but dull Orabidoo though, the other tracks are short and rather average.

In short, if these three albums are missing from your Mike Oldfield collection, there is no need to panic buy them. There are no bonus tracks here, and the albums are the original mixes. Those who remain interested though will find this to be a reasonably priced solution.

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