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4.41 | 77 ratings | 7 reviews | 52% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Intro
2. QE2 Medley: Taurus 1 / Sheba / Mirage
3. Platinum (Parts 1-4)
4. Tubular Bells (Part 2)
5. Medley: Conflict / Ommadawn
6. Tubular Bells (Part 1)
7. Punkadiddle

Total Time: approx. 105 min

Line-up / Musicians

? Mike Oldfield / acoustic and electric guitar, bass, mandolin, keyboards, vocals

- Maggie Reilly / vocals
- Rick Fenn / bass, guitar, acoustic guitar
- Morris Pert / drums, percussion
- Mike Frye / drums, percussion, glockenspiel
- Tim Cross / keyboards, vocals

Releases information

DVD PAL Eagle Vision EREDV565 (2006)
DVD NTSC Eagle Vision EE 39088-9 (2006)

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MIKE OLDFIELD Live At Montreux 1981 ratings distribution

(77 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(52%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(40%)
Good, but non-essential (5%)
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MIKE OLDFIELD Live At Montreux 1981 reviews

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Review by richardh
5 stars Just picked up this really beaut of a DVD.I've got all of Mike Oldfield DVD's but this is by far the best so far.Perfect sound quality (remarkable for a 1981 concert in fact) and nice editing with good variety of camera angles etc.Some of my favourite Oldfield works are displayed in all their glory with Ommadawn part One this best of the bunch IMO.The extended drum/percussion workout at the end is an absolute joy and they extract every last ounce of juice from it.The rockier versions of Tubular Bells may not be to everyone's taste admittedly but personally I prefer it in this form.You also get the superb Platinum wonderfully played.The encore Punkadiddle is quite funny with all the band (bar Maggie Reilly and Tim Cross) playing topless!!

This is a 100% prog lovers DVD.Extended peices and no songs to get in the way; Mike Oldfield as you love him.If you only get one Oldfield DVD make it this one.

Review by russellk
4 stars An excellent budget DVD, this is a fascinating insight into MIKE OLDFIELD's early career.

'Live at Montreaux' was recorded at the 1981 Montreaux Jazz Festival. It's well attended, but by no means the stadium rock popularised in the 1980s. The atmosphere is intimate, and OLDFIELD's band is a stripped down version (literally, during the encore!) of the enormous orchestra he carted around with him on the Exposed tour a few years earlier.

The DVD features both parts of 'Tubular Bells', played up tempo and with skill, though not with the stateliness I'd like to have heard. It's evident that this is the music the band knows best, and OLDFIELD ventures quite a long way from the studio script in places. By contrast, the pieces from 'Platinum' and 'QE2' are a little more perfunctory, though I enjoy the way the opening 'QE2' medley flows. However, the clear highlight is seeing Part 1 of 'Ommadawn' performed live, albeit by a small group of musicians. For thirty years the studio version of this track has had complete power over my emotions, and I'm delighted that the essence of the track is preserved in the live version - though the interminable drum solo, performed by three percussionists, does interrupt the flow somewhat.

The DVD is not without flaws. In at least two cases, most obviously during 'Tubular Bells Part 1', the editing is clumsy, with the bass guitarist suddenly on rhythm guitar as the music jumps forward. The colours haven't survived the years well: I'm not sure Maggie Reilly's face was ever quite that shade of blue, for example. That said, the camera operators know their stuff, and most of the essential moments are well captured. Embarrassingly well, in some cases: OLDFIELD cringes as he misses a note, and the dervish dance of some woman in the crowd is immortalised.

For fans of 70s prog rock, this is a valuable document. And for those interested in MIKE OLDFIELD's early career, this is a must.

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
4 stars I am usually not a very big fan of Mike Oldfield and I don't rate his albums very highly, not even his most popular ones. But this live performance from 1981 is really exceptional! The relatively small size of Oldfield's backing band here is optimal, allowing for a kind of spontaneity and a real band feeling that you simply cannot have with too many people on stage. Not that they are really improvising here or anything, but they perform as a band and not as an orchestra conducted by Oldfield (as was the case on the Exposed album). The rock feeling that I feel is lacking in most of Oldfield's studio albums is really present here.

The band consists of two drummers, a keyboard player, a bass player and a female back up vocalist (there are no lead vocals as such, only wordless chanting). The bass player sometimes play guitar and Mike plays bass at some points as well as a plethora of other instruments. The drummers sometimes play tuned percussions and xylophones and others instruments. The vocalist is Maggie Reilly who sang for Mike on many occasions. She looks a bit bored in this performance compared to the rest of the band.

The performances of Tubular Bells and Platinum really bring these works to a whole new level and in my opinion better their often cold and sterile studio versions by a wide margin. Indeed, everything is better here. The music really comes alive. Tubular Bells gains immensely from this treatment and the total absence of the silly "master of ceremonies" who introduced the instruments on the original version as well as those awful growling vocals on part two can only make it better. I have always felt that putting these things on the Tubular Bells album was like painting a beautiful painting and then throwing something rotten on it! Platinum, similarly, is stripped of some annoying and silly sounds and it is also much more coherent in this performance compared to its four part studio version.

Other things performed are several selections from the very good Q.E.2 album (the most recent album at the time of this performance) and Ommadawn (the great part one).

The sound and picture quality are surprisingly good for a 1981 concert film and overall this is a very good product and a great entry in the famous Live At Montreux DVD series (that include concerts by Yes, Jethro Tull, Deep Purple, ELP and many others).

Highly recommended and an excellent addition to any Prog collection.

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4 stars This is an excellent DVD and a big treat for fans of the early material. Oldfield' one and only performance at the annual festival, it was filmed, like so many other shows played there. (This DVD is part of a series of releases from the Jazz Festival). He had assembled a large band (Much sma ... (read more)

Report this review (#101511) | Posted by OGTL | Sunday, December 3, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars WOW. This an amazing release, the definitive DVD release from Mike Oldfield for many reasons. The first being the track selection -- it including pretty much all of Tubular Bells, and Ommadawn Part One! The second being the amazing ensemble band accompanying Oldfield's multi-intrumental genius. T ... (read more)

Report this review (#87483) | Posted by Bt-Tor | Wednesday, August 16, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Definitely outstanding!! Compared to other DVD releases such as "The Art in heaven concert" or "Tubular Bells 2+3" (both are almost perfect from a technical point of view) this one here is a real diamond and much more better in musical terms. Total outstanding performance, with an emotional M ... (read more)

Report this review (#80530) | Posted by Dieter | Tuesday, June 6, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Mike Oldfield's only appearance to date at the Montreux Festival is an unforgettable moment of prog-music's history.... This concert is simply amazing from beginning to the end. An outstanding show with outstanding musicians. This DVD is A MUST HAVE for every Oldfield Fan. In my opinion: Ol ... (read more)

Report this review (#80382) | Posted by Grendelbox | Monday, June 5, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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