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Poll Question: What part from Oldfield's masrerpiece do you prefer?
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Originally posted by Meltdowner Meltdowner wrote:

3 > 1 > 4 > 2

I have to agree. Side 3 wakes up the album after a repetitive Side 2. Side 1 is bold introduction, while Side 4 rounds things off. Some great moments, but overall not my favourite early Oldfield album. The use of the circle of fifths makes for slower transitions and less variety. I miss the English pastoral feel of the first three too - especially Ommadawn.

I think it possibly put me off Longfellow for life. Sorry.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dellinger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 16 2018 at 21:23
Originally posted by Squonk19 Squonk19 wrote:

Originally posted by Meltdowner Meltdowner wrote:

3 > 1 > 4 > 2

I have to agree. Side 3 wakes up the album after a repetitive Side 2. Side 1 is bold introduction, while Side 4 rounds things off. Some great moments, but overall not my favourite early Oldfield album. The use of the circle of fifths makes for slower transitions and less variety. I miss the English pastoral feel of the first three too - especially Ommadawn.

I think it possibly put me off Longfellow for life. Sorry.


For me side 4, at least the last segment, is pastoral enough. However, if you have not tried any Oldfield after this album, and like Ommadawn, at least you should try his latest, Return to Ommadawn... indeed it's a return to those pastoral pieces. A great way to return to the sound of his early years.
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1 or 3

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Interesting discussion. One of the things I love about Mike Oldfield is his unique guitar playing, which is very musical. While he plays guitar in snippets throughout Incantations, he plays more on sides 3 and 4. I really like the whole album, but I think he could have improved it by simply playing more guitar lines on it, particularly sides 1 and 2.
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