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3.21 | 9 ratings | 1 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1983

Songs / Tracks Listing

7" Version (VS 586)
A. Moonlight Shadows (3:37)
B. Rite Of Man (2:21)

12" "Extended" Version (600 928)
A. Moonlight Shadow (Extended Version) (5:18)
B. Rite Of Man (2:21)

Line-up / Musicians

- Mike Oldfield / Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Fairlight Cmi (A-B), Vocals, Accordion, Percussion (B)
- Simon Phillips / Drums (A-B), Backing Vocals, Percussion (B)
- Phil Spalding / Bass (A)
- Maggie Reilly / Vocals (A)
- Jeremy Parker / Backing Vocals, Percussion (B)
- Pierre Moerlen / Backing Vocals, Percussion (B)

Releases information

7" Virgin VS 586 (1983 UK)
12" Virgin 600 928 (1983 Europe)

*Note: only first pressings listed for both versions, CD editions from 1988 and onwards are excluded due to differences in the track listing.

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MIKE OLDFIELD Moonlight Shadow ratings distribution

(9 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(11%)
Good, but non-essential (44%)
Collectors/fans only (11%)
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Review by Matti
3 stars It's Mike's birthday today, he's 64 now. Here's a little First Review For This Single. 'Moonlight Shadow', the pop hit that made Maggie Reilly famous and brought Mike Oldfield back to high places on charts, needs no introduction. It's among the smash hits of the early/mid 80's that was being played constantly back then. It was also made into a pretty nice music video. In many European countries it reached No. 1 spot, but in the UK it lost to Rod Stewart's 'Do You Think I'm Sexy', Paul Young's 'Wherever I Lay My Hat' and The Police's 'Every Breath You Take'.

The flip side features 'Rite of Man', a folky singalong type of a song sung by Mike himself. He's certainly not a great singer, but just about every man of the street could do justice to a song like that. The very repetitive chorus "Speak up! Speak up! Speak up for the rite of man" dominates this simple working man's song that features some accordion. Thumbs up for the rarity, but frankly it's not a song I'd choose to listen to again. The rating of a pop single on a progressive rock site feels rather pointless really. From the prog's point of view this single is of no use at all; the album Crises as a whole is a great work, and the songs sung by Jon Anderson ('In High Places') and Roger Chapman ('Shadow on the Wall') are more interesting for us than 'Moonlight Shadow'. On a pop site it would easily be worth four stars, so why not give three stars here, for the masterful and pretty charming pop song. It's not Mike's fault that it became so overplayed.

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