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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

2.61 | 28 ratings

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2 stars Compilation, nothing more.

Original 1CD Elements features Oldfield's major hits as well as excerpts from epic instrumental works.

The problem is we got at least two Oldfields. First one existed 1973-1978 and wrote monumental epic instrumentals on 40+ minutes. (Re-born in 1990, 1992-1994, 1998) Second one existed 1979- and wrote songs, shorter tracks, and some brilliant instrumentals.

There is also third Oldfield born in 1996 on Ibiza. But we won't mention him, he writes some popdiscoelectronic [censored]. Probably too much night clubs around. Forget him.

Where was I? Ah. This compilation can tell you about Oldfield #2 with songs. But hardly about Oldfield #2 with instrumentals and Oldfield #1 with really long instrumentals. So the prog element of mr. Oldfield is out of sight. Just pop-rock songs and some excerpts from the albums that must be heard complete.

Good for beginners. But better buy Tubular Bells II or 2003 if you're into prog.

Not recommended. Listen to full albums.

Zavgorodny | 2/5 |


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