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Poll Question: What do you think of Mike Oldfield's electric guitar tone?
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    Posted: April 29 2011 at 17:58
Based on a discussion from another thread.  What do you think of Mike Oldfield's electric guitar tone?
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I refer you to previous comments
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For the most part it's pretty terrible, especially in Tubular Bells.  I like his tone in this track, though.





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Post Options Post Options   Quote Epignosis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2011 at 18:02
Originally posted by Snow Dog

I refer you to previous comments


Originally posted by Snow Dog

It is amazing.Wink

I truly mean that. It's just one of the things i really like about him.


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I think it's for the most part pretty awful.  The tone of his electric at the climax of Ommadawn Part 1, for example, is basically the only thing detracting from an otherwise flawless track.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Prog Geo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2011 at 18:08
It's good!
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Good enough

Never turned me off at least
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Originally posted by JJLehto

Good enough

Never turned me off at least
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Awful singer, dubious composer, horrible guitarist.
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His tone is one that I might think is bad with another band, but in the context of his music it sounds great, nice and crunchy and... ringing. First option.
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It's good, there are points when it seems a bit too annoying but not often. Those flaws are definitely found in Tubular Bells no doubt.
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I consider Mike Oldfield to be a mediocre guitarist.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Progosopher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2011 at 21:53
Originally posted by The Dark Elf

I consider Mike Oldfield to be a mediocre guitarist.

Yeah, but what about his tone?  Wink  For me, I think it is a really good one that is unique and easily identifiable.  He's not the greatest of guitarists, sure, but nobody else sounds quite like him.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote The Dark Elf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2011 at 22:03
Originally posted by Progosopher

Originally posted by The Dark Elf

I consider Mike Oldfield to be a mediocre guitarist.

Yeah, but what about his tone?  Wink  For me, I think it is a really good one that is unique and easily identifiable.  He's not the greatest of guitarists, sure, but nobody else sounds quite like him.
 
Yes, he is a banal guitarist with excellent tone. Wink
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Great but not amazing, therefore good.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote someone_else Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 30 2011 at 02:39
"Good" seems the right qualification to me.
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OBJECTION!


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Originally posted by CPicard

Awful singer, dubious composer, horrible guitarist.
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Originally posted by stonebeard

OBJECTION!


Hmm, Let There Be MORE Light is far better!Wink


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Originally posted by Bantam19

I think it's for the most part pretty awful.  The tone of his electric at the climax of Ommadawn Part 1, for example, is basically the only thing detracting from an otherwise flawless track.


I'm afraid I do not agree. Oldfield often annoys me, but that particular climax is just the way it should be.

Still, I think I know what many of you are getting at: when Oldfield plays electric guitar solos, he often sounds "boxed in", it seems as if he's playing some kind of toy guitar. (Steve Hackett tends to have similar problems.)

If you want to hear Oldfield at his freest, I suggest the following two tracks:

1. "First Excursion", a five-minute collaboration with David Bedford. Here Oldfield's guitar really "opens up" and the music really breathes. It's ecstatic music, similar to early Terje Rypdal. (The track can be found on BOXED and on ELEMENTS).

2. "Whatevershebringswesing", the title track to the eponymous Kevin Ayers album, a delicate love ballad. Oldfield provided a longish electric guitar solo which he recorded before he got famous (I think); for my money, it's the most beautiful thing he's ever done.
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