Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

MIKE OLDFIELD

Crossover Prog • United Kingdom


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Mike Oldfield picture
Mike Oldfield biography
Born in 1953 in Reading, England, Mike OLDFIELD took up the guitar at seven and was composing instrumental pieces by age 10. With his sister Sally, he secured a record deal under the name SALLYANGIE and released the folkish album "Children of the Sun" in 1968. He then landed a position playing first bass and later guitar with WHOLE WORLD, led by ex-SOFT MACHINE co-founder Kevin Ayers. During the next few years he also served as a studio musician at Abbey Road, where he experimented with a wide range of instruments. He gradually built up a home studio and began working on a large-scale project, playing all of the parts himself. This was the prototype for "Tubular Bells", but OLDFIELD had no success generating label interest until he met with future Virgin Records founders Simon Draper and Richard Branson. They loved his ideas and gave him plenty of freedom to record in their state-of-the-art The Manor studio, and ended up releasing "Tubular Bells" on their brand new label when no other record company showed interest. The record shot to first place in the UK and elsewhere, attracting the attention of director William Friedkin, whose use of the intro segment in "The Exorcist" generated widespread recognition (OLDFIELD was not pleased by the association, however).

Retreating from his newfound celebrity, OLDFIELD recorded several more critically acclaimed albums, similar in scope and approach but constantly developing new instrumental and compositional skills. In 1979 his single "Guilty" showed that shorter vocal-based pieces and more recent music styles were beginning to creep into his work; he also returned to touring in 1979 after undergoing therapy to combat his reclusive, solitary tendencies. His work in the 80s included such far-ranging releases as "Crises" (including vocals by Jon ANDERSON), the soundtrack to the film "The Killing Fields", and a song called "Family Man" which became a hit for HALL & OATES. Known for consistently offering a visual spectacular in his live performances, he also developed an interest in video artistry, including a video album called "Wind Chimes". The 90s saw a return to longer symphonic-style works, including "Amarok" and "Tubular Bells II", for which he departed the increasingly commercial Virgin Records for the smaller WEA label. His "Songs of Distant Earth" album was the first CD ever to include CD-ROM content, as well as album notes by legendary sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke. "Voyager" showed his appreciation f...
read more

Mike Oldfield official website

MIKE OLDFIELD MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

MIKE OLDFIELD forum topics / tours, shows & news


MIKE OLDFIELD forum topics Create a topic now
MIKE OLDFIELD tours, shows & news Post an entries now

MIKE OLDFIELD Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Show all MIKE OLDFIELD videos (3) | Search and add more videos to MIKE OLDFIELD

Buy MIKE OLDFIELD Music


Return to OmmadawnReturn to Ommadawn
Import
Imports 2017
Audio CD$11.99
Tubular BellsTubular Bells
Remastered · Extra tracks · Import
Mercury UK 2009
Audio CD$3.30
$3.37 (used)
Return to Ommadawn [CD+DVD] - UK EditionReturn to Ommadawn [CD+DVD] - UK Edition
CD+DVD
Virgin Records/EMI UK
DVD Audio$31.47
Tubular BellsTubular Bells
Deluxe Edition · Extra tracks · Import
Mercury UK 2009
Audio CD$11.06
$11.25 (used)
CrisesCrises
Import
1-2-3-4-GO! 2013
Audio CD$3.30
$4.22 (used)
Discovery: DeluxeDiscovery: Deluxe
Import
Imports 2016
Audio CD$11.93
$11.21 (used)
Songs of Distant EarthSongs of Distant Earth
Import
Warner Spec. Mkt. UK 2008
Audio CD$1.23
$0.44 (used)
Return to OmmadawnReturn to Ommadawn
Import
Imports 2017
Audio CD$21.65
Hergest RidgeHergest Ridge
Import
Universal UK 2010
Audio CD$10.51
$10.50 (used)
Hergest RidgeHergest Ridge
Import
UMe Imports 2010
Audio CD$3.30
$3.50 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Mike Oldfield 'Ommadawn' VG/VG Vinyl LP 12 USD $3.70 Buy It Now 2h 10m
7" SINGLE PORTSMOUTH BY MIKE OLDFIELD USD $1.22 [0 bids]
2h 11m
MIKE OLDFIELD-TUBULAR BELLS +2-JAPAN MINI LP SHM-CD G00 USD $25.99 Buy It Now 2h 19m
MIKE OLDFIELD Incantations VDT101 2LP FY7292 USD $4.99 [0 bids]
2h 27m
MIKE OLDFIELD Return To Ommadawn 2017 UK promo test watermarked CD USD $82.70 [8 bids]
2h 50m
MIKE OLDFIELD-2 TITLES-JAPAN SHM CD+DVD SET Ltd/Ed 254 USD $84.99 Buy It Now 2h 50m
Mike Oldfield - Hibernaculum Single - Rare - Collectible USD $18.51 Buy It Now 2h 54m
MIKE OLDFIELD-PLATINUM DELUXE EDITION-JAPAN 2 MINI LP SHM-CD LTD I50 USD $34.99 Buy It Now 3h 2m
Mike Oldfield-Exposed VINYL NEW USD $49.25 Buy It Now 3h 6m
MIKE OLDFIELD Hergest Ridge JAPAN '04 OBI Orig Ltd Mini LP CD VJCP-68666 NEW USD $69.99 Buy It Now 3h 6m
QE2 [Remastered] Mike Oldfield Audio CD USD $9.68 Buy It Now 3h 12m
MIKE OLDFIELD PLATINUM +inner sleeve VIRGIN 1979 USD $11.10 Buy It Now 3h 16m
MIKE OLDFIELD " TUBULAR BELLS " VIRGIN RECORDS VA-13135 1973 LP STEREO USD $8.99 Buy It Now 3h 18m
Mike Oldfield Moonlight Shadow C/W Rite Of Man Cat# VS 586 Released 1983 USD $1.54 [0 bids]
3h 19m
Mike Oldfield Stickered Promo LP with Bonus LIVE LP-AIRBORN STEREO USD $15.00 [0 bids]
3h 24m
MIKE OLDFIELD - MOONLIGHT SHADOWS - THE COLLECTION - NEW CD!! USD $8.63 [0 bids]
3h 24m
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells Vinyl USD $7.41 [0 bids]
3h 34m
Tubular Bells-2009 Remaster Edition - Mike Oldfield (2009, CD New) USD $20.63 Buy It Now 3h 50m
MIKE OLDFIELD - DISCOVERY - CD USD $8.99 Buy It Now 3h 51m
Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells Prog USD $5.50 [7 bids]
3h 55m
MIKE OLDFIELD-TUBULAR BELLS +2-JAPAN SHM-CD D50 USD $16.99 Buy It Now 3h 59m
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells-2009 Remaster Edition [CD New] USD $15.66 Buy It Now 4h 7m
Mike Oldfield Feat. Jon Anderson ?- In High Places VS 955 UK 7inch 45 single USD $4.88 [0 bids]
4h 13m
Mike Oldfield - Heaven's Open - CD (Virgin HDCD MIKECD16) USD $10.77 Buy It Now 4h 13m
5 x Mike Oldfield LPs 5 Miles Out/Discoverry/Hergest/Killing Fields/Ommadawn USD $18.50 Buy It Now 4h 17m
MIKE OLDFIELD-TUBULAR BELLS +2-JAPAN MINI LP PLATINUM SHM-CD I50 USD $34.99 Buy It Now 4h 18m
Mike Oldfield-Music of the Spheres (Live in Bilbao/Live Recording, 2 cd No Book USD $13.32 Buy It Now 4h 37m
MIKE OLDFIELD-KILLING FIELDS-JAPAN MINI LP SHM-CD BONUS TRACK Ltd/Ed G00 USD $25.99 Buy It Now 4h 40m
MIKE OLDFIELD, HERGEST RIDGE - LP USD $8.00 Buy It Now 4h 42m
Mike Oldfield - Exposed (Incantations / Tubular Bells) - 2-LP Vinyl Record USD $6.81 Buy It Now 4h 42m
MIKE OLDFIELD 'INCANTATIONS' DOUBLE VINYL LP SET - 1978 USD $4.94 [0 bids]
4h 48m
MIKE OLDFIELD PORTSMOUTH 7" 1976 USD $1.23 [0 bids]
4h 51m
Mike Oldfield - Incantations - VDT101 - LP Vinyl Record USD $8.91 Buy It Now 4h 52m
Mike Oldfield - Hergest Ridge - VR 13-109 - LP Vinyl Record USD $19.12 Buy It Now 4h 59m
MIKE OLDFIELD - PLATINUM - 1979 VIRGIN RECORDS AUDIO CASSETTE ALBUM USD $6.17 [0 bids]
5h 23m
MIKE OLDFIELD - Tubular Bells - JAPAN VIP-4146 1982 Reissue LP w/ OBI + INSERT USD $35.00 Buy It Now 5h 58m
MIKE OLDFIELD Crime of Passion / Jungle Gardenia 12" Single USD $2.99 Buy It Now 6h
Mike Oldfield 7" Stereo Vinyl Single ' Moonlight Shadow/Rite of Man ' Virgin1983 USD $2.46 [0 bids]
6h
Mike Oldfield - Family Man 7" single (covered by Hall & Oates) USD $3.69 [0 bids]
6h 16m
MIKE OLDFIELD: Mistake 45 (UK, pic disc) Rock & Pop USD $8.00 Buy It Now 6h 16m
MIKE OLDFIELD: Family Man / Mount Teidi 45 (UK pic disc) Rock & Pop USD $8.00 Buy It Now 6h 16m
MIKE OLDFIELD + Tubular Bells + LP + 1973 + USD $5.33 [0 bids]
6h 33m
MIKE OLDFIELD Japan 1999 NM CD+Obi GUITARS USD $29.99 Buy It Now 6h 43m
Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells USD $5.25 Buy It Now 7h 2m
MIKE OLDFIELD FIVE MILES OUT CD AUSTRALIAN PRESS USD $2.26 [0 bids]
7h 21m
Mike Oldfield: Ommadawn Quadraphonic LP -1975-Virgin Label-Quadraphonic LP-Used USD $19.97 Buy It Now 7h 48m
MIKE OLDFIELD EARTH MOVING ULTRA RARE AUSTRIAN RELEASE CD! USD $18.91 Buy It Now 7h 58m
MIKE OLDFIELD TUBULAR BELLS ULTRA RARE OZ CASSETTE TAPE! USD $14.37 Buy It Now 8h
MIKE OLDFIELD PLATINUM ULTRA RARE AUSSIE CASSETTE TAPE! USD $16.64 Buy It Now 8h
MIKE OLDFIELD OMMADAWN ULTRA RARE UK CASSETTE TAPE! USD $14.37 Buy It Now 8h
MIKE OLDFIELD QE2 ULTRA RARE AUSSIE CASSETTE TAPE! USD $11.35 Buy It Now 8h
MIKE OLDFIELD ISLANDS ULTRA RARE SEALED ITALIAN CASSETTE TAPE! USD $22.69 Buy It Now 8h
MIKE OLDFIELD TUBULAR BELLS ULTRA RARE AUSSIE CASSETTE TAPE! USD $14.37 Buy It Now 8h
MIKE OLDFIELD HERGEST RIDGE ULTRA RARE UK CASSETTE TAPE! USD $11.35 Buy It Now 8h
MIKE OLDFIELD ISLANDS ULTRA RARE AUSSIE CASSETTE TAPE! USD $15.13 Buy It Now 8h
MIKE OLDFIELD INCANTATIONS ULTRA RARE AUSTRALIAN DOUBLE CASSETTE TAPE! USD $14.37 Buy It Now 8h
MIKE OLDFIELD THE SONGS OF DISTANT EARTH ULTRA RARE CASSETTE TAPE! USD $11.35 Buy It Now 8h
MICHAEL OLDFIELD HEAVENS OPEN RARE CASSETTE TAPE! MIKE OLDFIELD USD $7.56 Buy It Now 8h
MIKE OLDFIELD TUBULAR BELLS ULTRA RARE CASSETTE TAPE! USD $14.37 Buy It Now 8h
MIKE OLDFIELD TUBULAR BELLS ULTRA RARE NEW ZEALAND CASSETTE TAPE! USD $12.86 Buy It Now 8h
MIKE OLDFIELD TUBULAR BELLS SUPER RARE UK CASSETTE TAPE! USD $14.37 Buy It Now 8h
THE BEST OF MIKE OLDFIELD ULTRA RARE CASSETTE TAPE! USD $16.64 Buy It Now 8h
MIKE OLDFIELD CRISIS ULTRA RARE AUSSIE CASSETTE TAPE! USD $14.37 Buy It Now 8h
MIKE OLDFIELD THE COMPLETE ULTRA RARE NEW ZEALAND CASSETTE TAPE! USD $14.37 Buy It Now 8h
MIKE OLDFIELD Tubular Bells '73 EX 45 7" Virgin SYNTH BRITISH PROG The Exorcist USD $4.00 Buy It Now 8h 10m
MIKE OLDFIELD Light + Shade 2CD BRAND NEW Light And Shade USD $15.09 Buy It Now 8h 25m
MIKE OLDFIELD 12" SALLY Share UNPLAYED The Roar Sound Extended Fire USD $11.05 Buy It Now 8h 28m
MIKE OLDFIELD 7" Theme From Tubular Bells RECORD STORE DAY 2013 1000 Made SEALED USD $18.45 Buy It Now 8h 28m
MIKE OLDFIELD 7" Innocent UK CARD PS Silver VINYL Label Mint + USD $6.11 Buy It Now 8h 28m
MIKE OLDFIELD 7" Pictures In The Dark GERMAN Silver Vinyl Label EX / UNPLAYED USD $7.34 Buy It Now 8h 29m
MIKE OLDFIELD Display PROMO ONLY LENTICULAR In-store WEA Counterstand Let There USD $36.97 Buy It Now 8h 29m
THE COMPLETE MIKE OLDFIELD DOUBLE LP - IN GOOD TO VERY GOOD CONDITION USD $7.56 Buy It Now 9h 31m
Tubular Bells 2 by Mike Oldfield (CD, Aug-1992, WEA (Distributor)) USD $1.99 [0 bids]
9h 34m
Mike Oldfield - Ommadawn LP 1975 Rare Israel Israeli press prog rock Virgin USD $19.99 Buy It Now 10h 15m
MIKE OLDFIELD Discovery VJCP-68839 CD JAPAN OBI USD $111.92 Buy It Now 10h 17m
mike oldfield the exorcist NZ New Zealand virgin Records 1973 USD $15.00 [0 bids]
10h 34m
mike oldfield moonlight shadow 7'' NEW ZEALAND virgin label NZ USD $15.00 [0 bids]
10h 37m
MIKE OLDFIELD (TUBULAR BELLS) CANADA CASSETTE USD $7.63 Buy It Now 10h 47m
Mike Oldfield : The Best of Tubular Bells THAILAND CASSETTE TAPE Sealed ..Rare! USD $14.99 Buy It Now 10h 52m
MIKE OLDFIELD Moonlight Shadow / Rite Of Man 45 Virgin 105 390 VG+ USD $9.99 Buy It Now 11h 22m
Mike Oldfield ~ TUBULAR BELLS 2 ~ cd 1992 NEW LONGBOX (long box) USD $338.99 Buy It Now 13h
MIKE OLDFIELD Tubular Bells JAPAN CD 32VD-1010 2A1 '86 2nd issue BLACK TRIANGLE USD $49.99 Buy It Now 13h 5m
MIKE OLDFIELD Heaven's Open VJCP-68844 CD JAPAN OBI USD $93.36 Buy It Now 14h 29m
The Complete Mike Oldfield Mike Oldfield 2-LP vinyl record (Double Album) UK USD $23.76 Buy It Now 14h 47m
The Platinum Collection Mike Oldfield 3-CD album (Triple CD) UK MIKECDX17 USD $51.77 Buy It Now 14h 47m
MIKE OLDFIELD-2 TITLE-JAPAN MINI LP SHM-CD LTD SET 242 USD $80.99 Buy It Now 14h 54m
Five Miles Out Mike Oldfield CD album (CDLP) German CDV2222 VIRGIN USD $15.43 Buy It Now 14h 56m
Mike Oldfield Tres Lunas UK 2 CD album (Double CD) 0927458922 WARNER 2002 USD $14.18 Buy It Now 14h 56m
MIKE OLDFIELD-MAN ON THE ROCKS-JAPAN ONLY SHM-CD F56 USD $24.50 Buy It Now 14h 58m
Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells - 2nd vinyl LP album record UK V2001 VIRGIN USD $23.39 Buy It Now 15h
In Dulci Jubilo - Solid Mike Oldfield 7" vinyl single record UK VS131 VIRGIN USD $12.27 Buy It Now 15h 4m
Arrival - P/S Mike Oldfield 7" vinyl single record UK VS374 VIRGIN 1980 USD $15.98 Buy It Now 15h 5m
MIKE OLDFIELD heaven's open YUGOSLAVIAN 1991 CASSETTE USD $13.00 Buy It Now 15h 8m
Mike Oldfield - Platinum, Virgin VIL-12141 Ex Condition Vinyl LP Record USD $10.85 Buy It Now 15h 13m
Mike Oldfield Opening Theme From Tubular Bells 7" vinyl picture disc single UK USD $34.49 Buy It Now 15h 18m
Mike Oldfield Quadrophonic Tubular Bells A1/B3 Model Plane Virgin QV2001 USD $20.97 Buy It Now 15h 18m
Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells - Quadrophonic - 1st vinyl LP album record UK USD $66.59 Buy It Now 15h 22m
Mike Oldfield Willam Tell Overture UK 7" vinyl single record VS167 VIRGIN 1976 USD $15.98 Buy It Now 15h 26m
Moonlight Shadow + Sleeve Mike Oldfield 7" vinyl single record UK VS586 VIRGIN USD $14.75 Buy It Now 15h 30m
Mike Oldfield Music Of The Spheres CD album (CDLP) UK 4766206 UCJ 2008 USD $19.12 Buy It Now 15h 31m

More places to buy MIKE OLDFIELD music online Buy MIKE OLDFIELD & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
MIKE OLDFIELD has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

MIKE OLDFIELD discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

MIKE OLDFIELD top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.08 | 970 ratings
Tubular Bells
1973
3.94 | 487 ratings
Hergest Ridge
1974
2.51 | 154 ratings
The Orchestral Tubular Bells
1975
4.32 | 1104 ratings
Ommadawn
1975
3.92 | 371 ratings
Incantations
1978
3.11 | 240 ratings
Platinum
1979
3.49 | 261 ratings
Q.E.2
1980
3.69 | 313 ratings
Five Miles Out
1982
3.43 | 356 ratings
Crises
1983
2.77 | 218 ratings
Discovery
1984
2.65 | 129 ratings
The Killing Fields
1984
2.62 | 178 ratings
Islands
1987
2.05 | 150 ratings
Earth Moving
1989
4.07 | 494 ratings
Amarok
1990
2.52 | 156 ratings
Heaven's Open
1991
3.58 | 260 ratings
Tubular Bells II
1992
3.72 | 258 ratings
The Songs Of Distant Earth
1994
3.09 | 188 ratings
Voyager
1996
3.38 | 190 ratings
Tubular Bells III
1998
2.94 | 155 ratings
Guitars
1999
2.31 | 124 ratings
The Millenium Bell
1999
2.47 | 123 ratings
Tr3s Lunas
2002
3.72 | 173 ratings
Tubular Bells 2003
2003
2.79 | 126 ratings
Light + Shade
2005
3.04 | 152 ratings
Music Of The Spheres
2008
3.35 | 142 ratings
Man On The Rocks
2014
0.00 | 0 ratings
Return To Ommadawn
2017

MIKE OLDFIELD Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.75 | 77 ratings
Exposed
1979

MIKE OLDFIELD Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.93 | 38 ratings
Tubular Bells II & III Live (DVD)
1999
2.56 | 37 ratings
The Art In Heaven Concert Live In Berlin (DVD)
2000
4.54 | 13 ratings
DVD Collection
2003
3.13 | 27 ratings
Elements - The Best Of (DVD)
2004
3.80 | 32 ratings
Exposed
2005
4.41 | 65 ratings
Live At Montreux 1981
2006

MIKE OLDFIELD Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.77 | 40 ratings
Mike Oldfield - Boxed
1976
3.57 | 13 ratings
Airborn
1980
3.00 | 4 ratings
Impressions
1980
2.98 | 9 ratings
Music Wonderland
1981
3.69 | 35 ratings
The Complete Mike Oldfield
1985
3.21 | 5 ratings
Collector's Edition Box I
1990
3.16 | 7 ratings
Collector's Edition Box II
1990
2.49 | 23 ratings
Elements: The Best of Mike Oldfield
1993
2.96 | 14 ratings
Elements: 1973-1991
1993
2.64 | 14 ratings
XXV - The Essential Mike Oldfield
1997
2.06 | 9 ratings
The Best Of Tubular Bells
2001
2.83 | 6 ratings
The Mike Oldfield Collection
2002
2.67 | 9 ratings
The Complete Tubular Bells
2003
2.53 | 14 ratings
The Platinum Collection
2006
4.13 | 8 ratings
Two Sides: The Very Best of Mike Oldfield
2012
3.43 | 7 ratings
Tubular Beats
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Studio Albums: 1992-2003
2014
3.67 | 3 ratings
The Best Of: 1992-2003
2015
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Space Movie
2015
0.00 | 0 ratings
The 1984 Suite
2016

MIKE OLDFIELD Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.67 | 3 ratings
Tubular Bells
1974
3.67 | 3 ratings
In Dulci Jubilo
1975
3.33 | 3 ratings
Don Alfonso
1975
2.00 | 1 ratings
Don Alfonso (German Version)
1975
3.18 | 9 ratings
Portsmouth
1976
3.50 | 4 ratings
William Tell Overture
1976
3.33 | 3 ratings
Cuckoo Song
1977
2.00 | 1 ratings
Take 4
1978
4.00 | 5 ratings
Guilty
1979
3.25 | 4 ratings
Blue Peter
1979
2.50 | 2 ratings
Extract From Tubular Bells (live)
1979
3.00 | 3 ratings
Arrival
1980
3.67 | 3 ratings
Wonderful Land
1981
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Singles
1981
3.33 | 3 ratings
Five Miles Out
1982
3.25 | 4 ratings
Family Man
1982
2.25 | 9 ratings
Mistake
1982
4.00 | 1 ratings
Moonlight Shadow
1983
3.23 | 12 ratings
Shadow on the Wall
1983
4.00 | 7 ratings
To France
1984
3.93 | 14 ratings
Pictures in the Dark
1985
3.38 | 12 ratings
Shine
1986
2.11 | 9 ratings
Innocent
1989
2.89 | 9 ratings
Tattoo
1992
3.00 | 1 ratings
Man In The Rain
1998
5.00 | 1 ratings
Tubular Bells Limited Edition
1998
3.00 | 1 ratings
Far Above The Clouds CD 1
1999
3.00 | 1 ratings
Far Above The Clouds CD 2
1999

MIKE OLDFIELD Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Incantations by OLDFIELD, MIKE album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.92 | 371 ratings

BUY
Incantations
Mike Oldfield Crossover Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Structurally speaking, this one is Mike Oldfield's Tales From Topographic Oceans, being as it is a double album of just four side-long pieces. And like Tales From Topographic Oceans, it's a divisive one, with people who had been won over by his single album-length compositions put off just as others embraced it.

To be honest, I think the running time is the major issue here - any album clocking in over 70 minutes is going to find keeping the listener's attention a challenge at times, and the material here is repetitive enough that I don't often find it as rewarding to listen to the whole thing in one sitting compared to Tubular Bells or Ommadawn. However, taken as individual tracks, the various parts of this whole are as good as ever. My advice: take it slowly, chew it over carefully, and give yourself a chance to digest it properly, and you'll get the best out of this one.

 Ommadawn by OLDFIELD, MIKE album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.32 | 1104 ratings

BUY
Ommadawn
Mike Oldfield Crossover Prog

Review by SteveG

5 stars Listed In PA under "Crossover Prog", Ommadawn, to me, is at the apex of symphonic progressive rock and is without a doubt a must have album of it's, mostly, instrumental subgenre. Multi instrumentalist Oldfield crafts another astonishing album with magnificent variations on themes which now include a heavy nod to Celtic and African influences and fusions.

Where Tubular Bells rang out with orchestral over and undertones, and Hergest Ridge goes for a pastoral ride in the English countryside, Ommadawn encompasses both while bringing celestial embellishments into it's rich sound mix. Starting out with a simple music box like melody played on a harp, it soon devolves into the ominous minor chords of a synthesizer section, supported with choir like vocals from both Oldfield's sister Sally, and the incredible Clodagh Simonds. Its only with 40 years of reflection that Oldfield's patch plug ARP 2600 synthesizer reveals itself as the only instrument to date the album. All other organic instruments such as bouzouki, acoustic guitars, mandolin, grand piano, harp, tympani, recorders, pan flutes, electric guitars, hand drums and tympani sound as fresh as the day that they were committed to tape.

Side one the album, or part one of the CD reissues, features much of the gentle contrasted with the bold such as side one's coda that is the now celebrated, and at the time, remarkable, fusion of syncopated African hand drums contrasted with both acoustic and electric guitar figures, and Simond's faux Celtic language styled chanting before the piece finally dissolves into just the lone hand drums and fades out.

Side two, or part two, revisits one the opening side's earlier themes, but this time in a layered sea of electric guitar arpeggios that's revisited with more of Oldfield's incredible synth notes that seem to want to explode out of the dense sound mix, burst out the speakers and into one's listening space. It's one of the most remarkable pieces on the album followed a short ways by some inventive Uillean pipe playing from none other then an uncredited Paddy Maloney of the Cheftains. After a quiet folky section that features Oldfield's bouzouki and acoustic guitar, Maloney does all in his incomparable power to coax beautifully sweet notes from such a course and strident instrument as the Uillean pipes. It's fascination to me is listening to it's stunning beauty contrasted by the instrument's own throaty droning rasp. For many, this section is either a "love it or hate it" piece, but to me, remarkably, it's both.

After another electric guitar army crescendos it's way into part two's final fade out, the Ommadawn album ends with an anti climax with the trite sing along song "On Horseback", which is terribly overproduced and is the only piece of music on the album to sound like a Phil Spector produced overindulgence, with even a child's choir throw into the mix.

So, Ommadawn does not end on a high note, but I suppose an anti climax is better than no climax at all. 4.5 stars, as Ommadawn is arguably Oldfield's finest work and remains almost timeless. I usually do not go into too much detail on remixed album remasters, but the 2010 CD edition features both the original and remixed albums remastered by Oldfield himself. I prefer the original sound mix as the 2010 remix features more defined bass detail and lower bass extension overall, but as usual with these remixes, it looses some oomph in the top end. However, both versions sound excellent.

 Tubular Bells by OLDFIELD, MIKE album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.08 | 970 ratings

BUY
Tubular Bells
Mike Oldfield Crossover Prog

Review by Kaelka

5 stars Some love it and some don't, some find it overrated and others couldn't live without it, but an essential point is often missed : "Tubular Bells" is a monument, a genuine turning point in the history of music. Where would Richard Branson and the whole Virgin empire, including the space travel projects, be now if, on a fine morning of 1972, Oldfield hadn't seen studio workers move out the rented instruments used by John Cale, and among them the most improbable and rarely seen of all symphonic ones? Yes, Oldfield was a genius then, the first one to make a full use of the 16-track recording technology, or rather the first one to realize that it meant he could dispense with tiresome bandmates and do it all by himself. "Tubular Bells" is essentially the result of days and days of musical onanism, fuelled by LSD and Oldfield's almost permanent state of mental depression. Fiddling with tape speed, hiring the studio staff (including the cook!) when he suddenly needed a male choir, grabbing a passing Viv Stanshall to have him voicing the megalomaniac "hey guys, listen how I can play all those instruments" Part 1 ending piece, all of this is the stuff of legend. Of course Mike Oldfield was a genius, and "Tubular Bells" his monument, his Leonardo's "Mona Lisa", his Rodin's "The Thinker". You don't wonder if "Mona Lisa" is a good or beautiful work of art, you just go to the Louvre and stare at it. All the same, don't wonder if "Tubular Bells" is a good album, just go get a copy and listen to it. Everyone should do it, because it's history.
 Guitars by OLDFIELD, MIKE album cover Studio Album, 1999
2.94 | 155 ratings

BUY
Guitars
Mike Oldfield Crossover Prog

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

3 stars Most of MIKE OLDFIELD's classic albums, not to mention live clips, leave little doubt as to which instrument would accompany him across the desert should he find himself in the middle of the Passover story. If he is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, it's really only on the guitars, and maybe those bells, those bells, that he established a singular style that permeated even his most commercial and vocal oriented work. So dedicating an album exclusively to guitar sounds doesn't seem much less exploitative than "Tubular Bells XIV" or whatever. So of course he has done so!

The album opens with the pretty "Muse", which bears resemblance to the material on the weak "Voyager", but "Cochise" resolutely dispels the notion of yet another new age album. A riff reminiscent of LED ZEPPELIN's "Whole Lotta Love" dominates, while lead guitars sear the pungent upper atmosphere of the piece. I can't say I had noticed Oldfield's idolatry of JIMMY PAGE before, but in case you somehow missed it, the riff from Led Zep's "Heartbreaker" is compressed into service by "Out of Sight". While I'm grateful to learn something new about his influences, by the time more early metal riffs appear in "B Blues" I've had quite enough, but even that's not the last time. Luckily "Four Winds" morphs from a beginning reminiscent of the storm sequence of "Hergest Ridge" to a decent epic with several distinct parts, including an almost surfer rock later theme. The main highlight here is the well named "Enigmatism", adopting the gravitas of the best Oldfield instrumentals of that time. "Out of Mind" is an infectious rock piece which I think would work well with lyrics, in a "Heaven's Open" kind of way but heavier.

While certainly not revolutionary or even a worthy introduction to this influential musician, "Guitars" includes more than enough dynamic playing to keep it from being stored in the attic along with other unwanted toys, musical or otherwise.

 Tubular Bells by OLDFIELD, MIKE album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.08 | 970 ratings

BUY
Tubular Bells
Mike Oldfield Crossover Prog

Review by ALotOfBottle
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Tubular Bells is quite hard to classify. I think Crossover Prog is the right label for it to be under. However, it is far more than just crossover prog that. A thought by other member about this work that I really liked was that "Tubular Bells" put Mike Oldfield among greats like Bach, Beethoven, Stravinsky or Wagner (not sure if those were the composers he named). Anyway, that is very much true. Despite being laid on more rock-oriented (although not rock per se) basis, "Tubular Bells" is a piece of modern classical music. Extremely well crafted music.

Part 1 is more of a "Tubular Bells" signature, an overall more epic piece with an incredible climax in the end (a main atribute of the album). This very climax is carefully planned, we are being driven towards it for 20 minutes, everything is very proficiently built up.

Part 2 is a great ambient part, mellow, very melodic with much British flegm. I feel though like the closing is a bit of a let-down.

Well, this is an undeniable masterpiece, but I will give it 4 stars, because despite my warm words, it is boring at times.

 Q.E.2 by OLDFIELD, MIKE album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.49 | 261 ratings

BUY
Q.E.2
Mike Oldfield Crossover Prog

Review by Replayer

4 stars QE2, like its predecessor Platinum, is a transitional album between Oldfield's more progressive albums of the 70s with side-long tracks and the more commercial works of 80s. This album starts Oldfield's collaboration with Maggie Reilly, who would later sing on future Oldfield hits Moonlight Shadow and To France.

Many songs on QE2 feature the unlikely combination of vocoder, brass instruments, mandolin and African drums. The album's working titles included Mirage and Carnival, but it was changed to QE2, which is a reference to the cruise ship Queen Elizabeth 2 (in service 1969-2008). I think any connection is tenuous at best, especially since the album is mainly instrumental and the lyrics are made-up words. The original vinyl made the nautical theme more explicit by featuring a porthole on the cover (which is supposed to represent the side of a ship, the blue area representing the sky), a schematic of a ship with on inside sleeve and a life preserver-shaped record label.

Taurus 1 is a strong opener. The title might be a reference to Mike's birth sign, which is in fact Taurus; I'm not sure whether it's supposed to represent a musical autobiography. The song features Phil Collins on drums, although a drum machine is used during the introductory mandolin section (insert joke about Genesis loaning their drummer and drum machine to Mike). The song is split into five short sections with memorable themes. Towards the end there is an interesting section where the main melody keeps switching between different instruments every few notes.

Sheba is a vocoder song with nonsense words. Mike sings though the vocoder and Maggy Reilly joins later using her normal voice. Phil Collins also plays drums on this song. The second half is more rocking than the first. This is the song I like least on this album.

Conflict is a guitar-focused Celtic rock instrumental with African drumming and quoting the Badinerie movement of Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor on flute synth. It's quite progressive and packs all of this in just a couple of minutes.

At Virgin Records' request, Oldfield included a couple of cover tunes. The first cover is Arrival, one of two instrumentals by ABBA. It's a pleasant folk tune and I think it benefits from Oldfield's changes to its instrumentation.

The second cover is Wonderful Land, made famous by The Shadows, and showcases Mike's guitar skill. Oldfield makes the track his own with one of his characteristic multi-instrumental arrangements. The second half is more up-tempo and livelier. I particularly enjoy the mandolin snippets.

Mirage is one of those songs with a classic Oldfield climax, that starts simple and has more and more instruments added, increasing its tempo adding more variations. It's little repetitive for my tastes (and this is coming from an Oldfield fan!). The electric guitar in the second half is quite good, but I feel the song takes too long to take off. I don't really like the horn section stabs either.

The title track is another climaxing song. The official title is QE2/QE2 Finale. My guess is that the QE2 Finale starts at the four minute mark, when the drums join in. The finale features a charming electric guitar and Northumbrian Bagpipe duet, both played by Mike, reprising the last theme from Taurus 1. David Hentschel, known for producing Genesis albums in the late 70s, arranged the brass section (which I appreciate here). He gets a writing credit on QE2, but not the QE2 Finale.

As the name suggests, Celt is a Celtic song with fake Celtic lyrics, African drums, and very good guitar playing. Hey, this sounds like an Ommadawn review!

Molly is a simple and short lullaby-like electric guitar instrumental dedicated to Mike's daughter.

I thoroughly enjoy this album despite its rather light nature. I find the music very optimistic and joyful and I particularly like Taurus 1, Conflict and the title track. Instrumental compositions have always been Mike's forte and he delivers many interesting themes and arrangements. I'd rate it as his best 80s album, but below his first four studio albums. I also recommend his live video recording Live At Montreux 1981, which features several QE2 compositions.

 Amarok by OLDFIELD, MIKE album cover Studio Album, 1990
4.07 | 494 ratings

BUY
Amarok
Mike Oldfield Crossover Prog

Review by HarmonyDissonan

5 stars CLASSIC OLDFIELD-DEFINITELY BACK TO FORM W/ONE EXCEPTION: NUMEROUS POINTS OF HUMOR!

I listened to this cd at work the other evening and I remembered how I liked it, but I really felt that I never paid as close attention to it as it deserved, until then! It made me feel...ha-ha-ha-happy?! Although I had known that it was as good as his hey-day work from the seventies, I had forgotten just how good it was! Sure, history shows us just how good Tubular Bells, Hergest Ridge, Ommadawn and Incantations are without a doubt and how well received they've been, but there is something special about this cd! There are many points within this work where humor is both subtly and obtrusively brought to the fore. I love the classic cd's I mentioned above, but it is the amount of humor in this work that sets it apart. I haven't reviewed any of his other albums, but needless to say, I'd rate the four that I had mentioned all 4 to 5 stars! And although this has been reviewed almost innumerably as well, I just felt compelled after my emotional reaction while listening to it for the first time in quite a while the other evening, to spend the time to critique it also. If anyone who enjoys Mike Oldfield's oeuvre, but as of yet hasn't purchased this album, I'd highly recommend this as a 2nd or 3rd purchase of his with only Hergest Ridge a close 4th and Incantations as a close 5th. It is somewhat lighter than the classics but not at all in a bad way. I can't help but wonder if Mr. Oldfield was just in a very happy period of his existence during the time he produced this album or if making it, with that humorous vein, was a conscious decision? Which ever is the case, I'm glad that the stars aligned the way they did so as to leave us blessed with this piece of artwork! As I listen to this again while writing this review, I can't help but smile at the quality and the humor! Just great!

But even if you think that nothing much is happening, wait for the grand finally! Lol! Well that's what I'd like to talk to you all about...endings. Now endings normally happen at the end, but as we all know, endings are just beginnings! You know, once these things really get started, it's jolly hard to stop them again. However, as we have all come this far, I think, under the circumstances, the best solution is that we all just keep going! Let's keep this going in site, never an ending. Let's remember that this world wants fresh beginnings!...of course...of course...

Well that's about it for now. Take care and enjoy God's gift of music!

Isn't that charming, toodle-oo, I really feel like I could dance! Lol...Lol, charming, Lol...

 Man On The Rocks by OLDFIELD, MIKE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.35 | 142 ratings

BUY
Man On The Rocks
Mike Oldfield Crossover Prog

Review by shantiq

3 stars At times it sounds very lame like a motivational ad for a Democratic Convention gathering (Liberty ... Liberty )but still it has that MO magic underpinning it all so that you will listen to it time and again thinking this sounds like an ad for a Democratic Convention gathering ... and then you will listen to it again ... and ...

The themes here seem to be more in line with the interests and appetites of a rockstar exile ; i'll take the schooner across to Florida from the Bahamas; than it has to do with anything else but whichever way one sees flaws in the project it still has that MO magic the way Earthmoving all those years ago [1989 i think] although the tunes were more catchy then .... so YES ... BUT

PS1: Could that voice [Luke Spiller ]be more MOR? More banal? MO used a similar singer on his other "song" album [Earthmoving] There are 3 reasons I can think of for using such a bland vocal : 1. Catch the "market" especially US MOR 2. MO likes that voice :] and he sure is entitled to that ... 3. It is the voice he thinks he would have if he himself sang. Carlos Santana does exactly the same on his albums: bland MOR voice. Would love to ask MO why? I would surmise 1. was the answer ...

PS2: Explaining the MO magic : Mike Oldfield seems to carry/embody/incarnate the Spirit of Summer Albion; his music somehow resonates best in England in the summer months; as if he has a direct line to the Spirit of the Land ; and this he imbues in all his tracks including the ones here; although they are geographically more on the Nassau-Florida axis on this album

 Portsmouth by OLDFIELD, MIKE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1976
3.18 | 9 ratings

BUY
Portsmouth
Mike Oldfield Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Mike Oldfield's marvelous albums Hergest Ridge (1974) and Ommadawn (1975) were recorded in the countryside of Herefordshire where the introvert, young musician had escaped the sudden fame and success brought by Tubular Bells. As a freetime activity he used to go pony riding with folk musician Leslie Penning (one of the guest musicians on Ommadawn). The two collaborated on several folk oriented singles that Oldfield released in the following years; the next major work, double album Incantations, came out no sooner than in 1978.

'Portsmouth' is a joyful two-minute instrumental with a danceable rhythm. The innocently naive and happy melody is played by Leslie Penning's recorder, and Oldfield's simple, rhythmic acoustic guitar is joined by hand drum and accordion along the way. It's quite obvious that Oldfield just had a good time making this kind of simple folk music, without giving a slightest thought on the pressures of success. And it was very much about returning to his musical roots; he started his musical career in the age of fourteen playing folk with his elder sister Sally, as a duo called SALLYANGIE.

Four-minute 'Argiers' is also a recorder-centred folk piece but in minor and in a slow tempo. This tune stands much better the repeated listenings. It has a New Agey serenity, and it's up to the listener how melancholic one feels it to be. To me it's mostly soothing.

This charming but non-essential single is among the finest representations of the low-profile era in Oldfield's career between Ommadawn and Incantations. Both tracks are included on the 4-CD "Best of" box set Elements (1993) and on the Deluxe edition of Ommadawn (2010).

 Five Miles Out by OLDFIELD, MIKE album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.69 | 313 ratings

BUY
Five Miles Out
Mike Oldfield Crossover Prog

Review by steelyhead

4 stars This CD doesn´t need all the bad press It has had all those years. It is a good one and I think Taurus II is one of the finest pieces of music He has ever written (I mean It).

So enough with the backlashing and I encourage you to buy this CD and listen for yourself the good music It has on It. There's even a collaboration with Carl Palmer (not a good one, but alas).

I know, I know It has Family Man on It but take as a little Disco amusement and try to dance at the rhythm.

3.5 stars rounded up to four. Live with It.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to Snow Dog for the last updates

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives