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    Posted: February 04 2012 at 19:01
I am in love with Oldfield. I haven't truly delved ultra deep into his discography, but I have Tubular Bells, Ommadawn, Hergest Ridge, and Amarok. Of the four, Amarok is my favorite, but I don't think any section on nearly any album ever can stand up to 9:40- 15:34 on pt. 2 of Hergest Ridge. I honestly find it hard to sleep sometimes if the section is on my mind, and I have to listen to it before I can drift off to sleep. What are some similar moments for you? In Oldfield or in general.
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All of Ommadawn. Specifically the Northumbrian Bagpipes section of Part 2 and the first half of part 1. Some of the most beautiful, ethereal , mystical music I've ever heard and is one of my favourite albums of all time. Also, a special shout should be given to Incantations, as well. My second favourite Oldfield record, and just like Ommadawn, is absolutely perfect in every way.
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Originally posted by Anonamoose52 Anonamoose52 wrote:

but I don't think any section on nearly any album ever can stand up to 9:40- 15:34 on pt. 2 of Hergest Ridge.
That's exactly the section I thought of when I read the thread title.
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Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

Originally posted by Anonamoose52 Anonamoose52 wrote:

but I don't think any section on nearly any album ever can stand up to 9:40- 15:34 on pt. 2 of Hergest Ridge.
That's exactly the section I thought of when I read the thread title.

I know, right? It's practically headbang-able. I showed it to my family. Reaction? "That's nice."
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So far, Incantations and Amarok, with the first five minutes
of "Incantations" as the best thing I've heard of Oldfield,
(outside of Tubular Bells. but I really don't listen to that much
anymore).  I have to add that I've heard other of his works, and
I've only gotten through the first 26 minutes of Incantations on
YouTube, the first time I've heard it.  So, if it doesn't change in
quality for me, I like those two better than my memories of his other works.

Oldfield hadn't really clicked for me, but he is starting to.   Sometimes
it just  takes me being in a certain time in my life to get into certain
composers.  I've thought of his music as being a little simplistic
before, but I thought that about much of Wakeman's solo works at times until
I realized that, outside of classical, there wasn't a ton of music that
had the depth it had.  Sometimes classical, like John Adam's operatic
works, are fascinating, but sometimes they aren't that perfect to my ears either.  A work
by Wakeman can be just as interesting for me.   It may be the same way
with Oldfield for me.  Sure, a serious classical work is almost more impressive
than Oldfield, but I don't want to always listen to classical. 






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Ommadawn is a top 5 all-time album for me.Maybe even top 2.
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Not really classic Oldfield, but I get a kick out of his over-the-top guitar solo in Kevin Ayers' "Lunatics Lament" from his early days. What a racket!
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Go off the beaten path and check out his collaboration/guest appearance with Pekka Pohjola.
Oivallettu Matkalyhty / The Percieved Journey Lantern / The Sighted Light /The Consequences Of Indecision.  
Also has Sally.

Cool stuff.


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I think Oldfield is wonderful, and my personal favourite is probably not shared by many, but is his cover of The Shadows Wonderful Land.


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His guitar tone instantly identifies him. When you here it you know who it is.
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Originally posted by timothy leary timothy leary wrote:

His guitar tone instantly identifies him. When you here it you know who it is.

Such a strange sound he coaxes out of it. I've been trying to replicate it for a while now but to no avail.
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It puts him on my map. I would recommend the album....5 miles out....if you want to listen to some of his later stuff and...songs of distant earth

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Happy?  Never heard Amarok until the CD age.  Makes me kind of unhappy and happy.  One of those things that missed its moment for me.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fox On The Rocks Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 05 2012 at 13:41
Originally posted by Anonamoose52 Anonamoose52 wrote:

Originally posted by timothy leary timothy leary wrote:

His guitar tone instantly identifies him. When you here it you know who it is.

Such a strange sound he coaxes out of it. I've been trying to replicate it for a while now but to no avail.

I totally agree. A lot of people don't like his tone, but I honestly love his tone. It's really sustained and stark sounding. 
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I'm on old fan of Mike Oldfield. Beyond what you mentioned

I really like Tubular Bells 2. It builds on Tubular bells and there are truly beautiful moments in it.

Incantations is awesome! I usually listen to all 4 sides in sequence. Sally Oldfield vocals on the Song of Hyawatha are solid - worth a listen. 
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Mike Oldfield's were the only songs that I unconsciously tend to close my eyes while listening to it :)

BTW despite many guys here I like Guitars album Embarrassed
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Originally posted by progprogprog progprogprog wrote:

Mike Oldfield's were the only songs that I unconsciously tend to close my eyes while listening to it :)

BTW despite many guys here I like Guitars album Embarrassed

I really like Guitars as wellSmile


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Most of my favourite moments are on Incantations
 
Part One - The trumpet part
Part Two - Maddy singing Hiawatha
Part Three - The stunning extended guitar 'solo' (not really a solo but a composition in itself)
 
The whole thing is perhaps let down a bit on Part Four which doesn't have anything remarkable about it!
 
Others:
The girly vocal part on Tubular Bells Part Two. I much prefer that to anything on Part One
 
Hergest Ridge - the quiet section before the headbanging bit
 
Ommadawn - Opening section is beautifull and the Northumbrian Bagpipes as already mentioned is wonderfull
 
Platinum - the 'Roaring twenties' section is very pleasing. Oldfield had some fun with that live!
 
Acoustic guitar solo in To France (not very long but just lovely)
 
Probably loads more if I think about it
 
 
 
 
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