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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

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3 stars Pursuit and details of musical directionality of Virgin Records established in 1972. And, the artist including Gong and Faust goes forward Virgin Records. A fatal meeting Virgin Record was done of course in shape that this Mike Oldfield also gets on the flow. For both to agree exactly, the pursuit of the music character that this album expressed and meeting of label might have carried everything before one the market through music.

Sales of this album were valuable income sources for Virgin Records of just establishment. And, the creation of music for Mike Oldfield to listen in this album might already be exactly a set of the sound that should be called the top. And, it is guessed that done consistent theme and meaning are the appearance of the environment, the situation, and the creation where Mike Oldfield is placed in this album. As for various elements projected to this album, a lot of memories of him and the parts based on the environment might be included.

Mike Oldfield paired Folk Duo with the elder sister at 14-year-old time and acted. However, the range in the place of the activity of music is gradually expanded by the confrontation and the dissension and it moves. And, the situation connected with the base of this album for Mike Oldfield visits. The invitation and participation in The Whole World by which Kevin Ayers was on the register will have been preparations to a surely new creation.

It is said that Mike Oldfield absorbed the element of minimal from David Bedford by this situation. And, the element of Folk and Rock that Mike Oldfield originally has is woven and the original music character is constructed gradually. Competing and the situation with Kevin Ayes might have exactly run to the prototype of this album. And, Mike Oldfield begins the production of the demo tape of about 50 minutes at this time. The reaction of label to the sales promotion of this demo tape was not so good. However, Richard Branson that tries the offer of music along with the establishment of Virgin Records contacts receipt Mike Oldfield this tape. And, Mike Oldfield begins the production of a new work along with the contract of Virgin Records.

This album was produced with the studio for the recording that Virgin records had owned. Mike Oldfield has introduced various musical instruments for the recording of this album. And, it played a musical instrument voluntarily. It is said that the work for coming in succession and the composition of the sound reaches about 2300 times. The recording and the work said that it started in June, 1971 are done very deliberately. And, this album is announced through the work of the recording and the edit in May, 1973.

There is an opinion made that the theme that Mike Oldfield should express it in this album is music based on his put environment, nature, and experience, too. He calls the content of this album and is making remarks, "Feelings entered too much". And, it is said that mental directionality was reflected in the album as an expression of the music character since this album. However, opening the music that he had done in this album will have been exactly establishment of music by opening the self-consciousness. The level that was this album might already have been established to his music character. The music expressed in this album might be appearance of the involved consideration of height and Mike Oldfield of the perfection.

"Tubular Bells Part 1" starts by development that there is a tension in the melody of the repeated keyboard. The repetition of seven rhythms and eight rhythms is complete. Melody of guitar in close relation to flow with transparent feeling. Construction of grand sound with piano and glockenspiel. Development that flows intensely. The composition with expression of feelings might be splendid. Feelings are opened. Sound of organ in close relation to acoustic part. The scene might be described well. Shift to part of stroke with guitar and repeated melody. The construction of the melody that calls coming in succession and the impression of musical instruments used might succeed as a challenge to an exactly grand theme.

As for "Tubular Bells Part 2", the music character that Mike Oldfield exactly has might be remarkably reflected. And, uniting the melody with the keyboard might be one result of his attainment exactly and establishment. Construction and development with beautiful guitar and piano. A pastoral flow continues. Coming in succession of the melody and the sound in which nature was felt might have been considerably calculated. The part of Folk where it gets on a steady rhythm and the contribution of the keyboard are progressive. Part of introduction of progress of good Chord and effective voice. Development and the flow with fast and slow are splendid.

This album might certainly have contributed to respect of sales. However, it might have had zeal and the creativity that Mike Oldfield had poured into this album in the place where listener's category had already been exceeded.

Kazuhiro | 3/5 |


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