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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

3.18 | 353 ratings

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Unfortunately, this album marked a change in what was to come in terms of Oldfields musical output. However, it also started the trend that compromised between apealing to the general audience as well as the Progheads. Bubble gum chewers will buy the record for side two, and Progheads vice versa! What a brilliant formula!

The peices of interest here would be the Platinum suite, and Punkadiddle.

There's a odd thing about much of the instrumental work from Mike of the 80's. It simply doesn't work nearly as well as it sounds live. There's too much compression, electronic sounds, and general veil to the music. It's also a little too perfectly played.

The Platinum suite is a gem, and a great listen. It's very upbeat most of the time, and there's some weird, if a bit corny moments like the vocalisations, and that dreadful trmpet sound. But the guitar playing is excellent.

Punkadiddle is a funny little tune which is picking on the new wave of punk rockers that took over half of the music of the late seventies. The live versions are great, excellent emotional soloing.

The other songs are what bring down the rating from four stars, though Woodhenge isn't too bad.

Start here, farmiliarize yourself with the album, then go to something like the Montruex 1981 DVD for increased enjoyment!

OGTL | 3/5 |


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