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Mike Oldfield vs Steven Wilson

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    Posted: March 09 2014 at 08:50
Originally posted by dr wu23

Hmm....I've always thought that Oldfield's music was a bit boring at times...though I do like a few of his early lp's.
Wilson's work with PT is far better imo (though it's completely different in style..) but I do think some of his solo things are a bit of a let down though Raven is a solid lp  imho.

This. Oldfield is like listening to a Windham Hill sampler.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 08 2014 at 12:48
Hmm....I've always thought that Oldfield's music was a bit boring at times...though I do like a few of his early lp's.
Wilson's work with PT is far better imo (though it's completely different in style..) but I do think some of his solo things are a bit of a let down though Raven is a solid lp  imho.
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I think these artists are too different in every way to say who's "better". To me personally Oldfield is much more important though.
Oldfield has a vast output including several masterpieces especially from the 70's, but he has released really bad or useless albums too.
Wilson is amazingly talented musician and almost anything he's done is at least fairly good.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote richardh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 08 2014 at 03:11
Since this poll was put up we've had the release of Wilson's The Raven That Refuse To Sing  and Mike Oldfield's Man On The Rocks. Could they be going in such completely opposite directions even if they tried? Wilson is now the standard bearer for quality complex modern prog while Oldfield is an old relic.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote genbanks Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 07 2014 at 15:12
Steve Wilsion by a bit.

By the way it is a strange comparison.


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Oh, and I came across this live Oldfield video recently, and I'm really digging it. I've never seen or watched Steven Wilson live though.

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I like a couple of songs from Oldfield and i hate a couple of songs from Wilson, so you know my vote...
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Originally posted by Mellotron Storm

I would take Wilson's two solo albums over anything Oldfield has done.Oldfield has put out a lot of crap in his career but i still listen to Hergest Ridge,Ommadawn and Tubular Bells, but only those.
So Wilson wins easily for me.

I would disagree. Every album he released up to Discovery is good in one way or another. Even some later albums turned out well, such as Amarok. I like Steven Wilson, but any i enjoy Mike Oldfield far more.
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Originally posted by Xonty

Oldfield by miles for me Big smile


Shouldn't it be by 5 miles?
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Originally posted by Chris S

Originally posted by geneyesontle

They are not comparable. Oldfield beats easily Wilson.
I think it is an unfair comparison TBH.....MO is multi dimensional and and Steve Wilson has incredible technical sounds. Not a question of beating Smile
Well said. Several genres + many instruments vs. production skills.
I haven't investigated Oldfield's work past Tubular Bells, so I wouldn't vote as of now.




If you liked Tubular Bells, then you must get the next 3 albums at least, and ASAP.
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Oldfield by miles for me Big smile
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Originally posted by Chris S


Originally posted by geneyesontle

They are not comparable. Oldfield beats easily Wilson.

I think it is an unfair comparison TBH.....MO is multi dimensional and and Steve Wilson has incredible technical sounds. Not a question of beating Smile
Well said. Several genres + many instruments vs. production skills.

I haven't investigated Oldfield's work past Tubular Bells, so I wouldn't vote as of now.


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Recent Mr Oldfield's album is really bullsh*tt.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Chris S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 07 2014 at 01:20

Originally posted by geneyesontle

They are not comparable. Oldfield beats easily Wilson.

I think it is an unfair comparison TBH.....MO is multi dimensional and and Steve Wilson has incredible technical sounds. Not a question of beating Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Quote uduwudu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 07 2014 at 00:41
Had to like both equally. Mike Oldfield for his diverse and interesting catalogue of music, same for SW. My interest is mainly with P Tree rather than his other works - I've heard some of most. However SW was P Tree for a while before the gigs and the band which became his material and their crucial arrangements.

If P Tree are no more it seems a shame Grace For Drowing was not the last P Tree album rather than the non event that is The Incident the first and only really big disappointment from P Tree IMHO. Which pretty much means SW and his cohorts put some great albums together.

I think it's a worthy comparison. Oldfield's name can either mean just (sic) himself or a band (oh, that Montreux DVD...) same with SW, whether it's various entities undertaking various interests.


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Oldfield.Wilson never did anything for me. Can't say that he's bad, his music never registered with me.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Anaon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 24 2013 at 11:06
I really love Wilson for being a modern prog master but I voted Oldfield, he is one of my favourite artist (as you can guess with my avatar...) and just because of Ommadawn and Hergest Bridge... Wink
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Both are great, but I prefer Wilson.
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