Mike Oldfield [1973-1975]

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Your fave 'then' and your fave 'now' - TWO VOTES- ONE 'THEN' & ONE 'NOW'!

Poll ended at 13 Jun 2021, 19:15

Tubular Bells [then]
7
25%
Hergest Ridge [then]
0
No votes
Ommadawn [then]
9
32%
Tubular Bells [now]
2
7%
Hergest Ridge [now]
1
4%
Ommadawn [now]
9
32%
 
Total votes: 28

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Re: Mike Oldfield [1973-1975]

Postby Rorschach » 08 Jun 2021, 11:33

Somewhere round about minute 13 it turns quite nice. I wasn't too impressed up till then but I like this bit.
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Re: Mike Oldfield [1973-1975]

Postby C » 08 Jun 2021, 11:44

Rorschach wrote:Somewhere round about minute 13 it turns quite nice. I wasn't too impressed up till then but I like this bit.


Yes, that is a beautiful part.

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Re: Mike Oldfield [1973-1975]

Postby Hightea » 08 Jun 2021, 15:40

I bought the boxed compilations in 77 or 78?
Was always a fan of the first three albums. TB was my favorite way back in the day but Ommadawn has been my favorite for ages and that hasn't changed. I like Hergest Ridge too but not as much as the first two.

Incantations and five miles out have its moments.

although the Queen Elizabeth Hall performance of TB is amazing with a great cast of musicians.
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Re: Mike Oldfield [1973-1975]

Postby Matt Wilson » 08 Jun 2021, 16:49

C wrote:
Matt Wilson wrote:Don't really get the 'then' and 'now' thing.


Okay.

For example, if you preferred Ommadawn at the time (say 30-40 years ago) then you tick the 'then' box

If you still think it is the best (of the three) now then you tick the 'now' box

However, if Tubular Bells is your fave now then you tick the 'now' box

And all combinations/permuations thereof

The idea was to try and gauge whether folks views/perceptions/love of the albums had changed over the decades in terms of priority.

So far, from the poll data, it appears that Ommadawn was the fave at the time and still is now




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Could we just discuss Styx or Kansas instead?

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Re: Mike Oldfield [1973-1975]

Postby C » 08 Jun 2021, 17:03

Matt Wilson wrote:Could we just discuss Styx or Kansas instead?


:lol: :lol:

Good lad

Yes, good lad




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Re: Mike Oldfield [1973-1975]

Postby Neil Jung » 08 Jun 2021, 22:59

C wrote:
Matt Wilson wrote:Could we just discuss Styx or Kansas instead?


:lol: :lol:

Good lad

Yes, good lad




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Coincidentally I’m playing Styx whilst reading this thread. Paradise Theater actually! :shock:

I would have voted for Ommadawn twice but it wouldn’t let me vote at all. I find TB hard to listen to these days, but have no problems with HR, O and Incantations. TB2 was ok, but TB3 is appalling.
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Re: Mike Oldfield [1973-1975]

Postby trans-chigley express » 09 Jun 2021, 05:26

Neil Jung wrote: TB2 was ok, but TB3 is appalling.


I saw him perform TB2 live at Edinburgh Castle and again at the Royal Albert Hall a few months later. I enjoy it, it's better than I expected it to be for sure. Agree about TB3, although I like the use of an Ommadawn sample on the last track.

Rather than keep regurgitating Tubular Bells he should perform live shows of Hergest Ridge and Ommadawn instead.

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Re: Mike Oldfield [1973-1975]

Postby C » 09 Jun 2021, 08:01

Neil Jung wrote:I would have voted for Ommadawn twice but it wouldn’t let me vote at all.


That's strange...

Please try again lad -these things matter!





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Re: Mike Oldfield [1973-1975]

Postby Jimbly » 09 Jun 2021, 19:22

I saw him tour Platinum, saw him three times on that tour. Very good.
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Re: Mike Oldfield [1973-1975]

Postby Hugh » 09 Jun 2021, 20:25

Jimbly wrote:I saw him tour Platinum, saw him three times on that tour. Very good.


Twice for me. 2 nights running at The Usher Hall. It was very good but the Platinum bits were a bit rubbish.

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Re: Mike Oldfield [1973-1975]

Postby C » 09 Jun 2021, 20:53

I never saw Oldfield live

I never felt the need




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Re: Mike Oldfield [1973-1975]

Postby Neige » 09 Jun 2021, 21:07

C wrote:I never saw Oldfield live

I never felt the need




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Me neither.

But I must have watched this (with added oboe courtesy of Karl Jenkins) a dozen times...

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Re: Mike Oldfield [1973-1975]

Postby Hightea » 09 Jun 2021, 21:44

Neige wrote:
C wrote:I never saw Oldfield live

I never felt the need




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Me neither.

But I must have watched this (with added oboe courtesy of Karl Jenkins) a dozen times...




Wish I saw Mike Oldfield he rarely played America - I would have went in a heart beat.

always liked the Mike Oldfield and Friends - Queen Elizabeth Concert Hall, London June 25th 1973. Interesting the video is actually from a reprised version done with no audience that was recorded in Nov 1973.

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Re: Mike Oldfield [1973-1975]

Postby slightbreeze » 09 Jun 2021, 22:38

Whatever we think about his albums, he is a truly gifted musician, especially on guitar. Actually, stating the bleeding obvious :)

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Re: Mike Oldfield [1973-1975]

Postby Neil Jung » 10 Jun 2021, 00:50

I saw him perform Incantations on the South Bank which I think was released as the Exposed double. I have it somewhere.
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Re: Mike Oldfield [1973-1975]

Postby trans-chigley express » 10 Jun 2021, 05:46

Neil Jung wrote:I saw him perform Incantations on the South Bank which I think was released as the Exposed double. I have it somewhere.

Exposed is a great live album, the sound from the huge band is so just clear. Incantations part 3 and 4 in particular just sounds amazing.

The live material added to the reissues of Platinum, QE2, Five Miles Out and Crises are really good with a smaller, rockier band. Makes those reissues well worth getting despite some of the studio albums not being very good, the live versions are nearly always an improvement.

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Re: Mike Oldfield [1973-1975]

Postby trans-chigley express » 10 Jun 2021, 05:47

slightbreeze wrote:Whatever we think about his albums, he is a truly gifted musician, especially on guitar. Actually, stating the bleeding obvious :)


I love his bass playing too. He's a very melodic bassist.

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Re: Mike Oldfield [1973-1975]

Postby C » 11 Jun 2021, 10:31

Neige wrote: (with added oboe courtesy of Karl Jenkins)


Not 'arf!



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Re: Mike Oldfield [1973-1975]

Postby C » 11 Jun 2021, 11:02

I can't seem to find the correct line-up for the BBC 1973 gig

Karl Jenkins and Mike Ratledge were definitely there (and seem to be omitted)

I recognise most of the others, if not all





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Re: Mike Oldfield [1973-1975]

Postby ConnyOlivetti » 11 Jun 2021, 12:15

C wrote:I can't seem to find the correct line-up for the BBC 1973 gig

Karl Jenkins and Mike Ratledge were definitely there (and seem to be omitted)

I recognise most of the others, if not all





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This?

BBC TV 2nd House performance
Oldfield and many of the musicians who had taken part in the Queen Elizabeth Hall concert performed Part One again later in the year for the BBC arts programme 2nd House, but this time as a pre-recorded performance in a studio setting without an audience. The performance was recorded on 30 November 1973 and transmitted on 5 January 1974 on BBC2.[58] The arrangement included a new part for oboe, played by Soft Machine's Karl Jenkins, and the musicians were accompanied by images of tubular steel sculptures and sequences from the film Reflections, both created by artist William Pye.[58] This performance was included on the Elements DVD in 2004 and on the DVD in the Deluxe and Ultimate Editions of the 2009 reissue of Tubular Bells.

Musicians for 2nd House performance:

Jon Field – flute
Fred Frith – bass, guitar
John Greaves – keyboards
Steve Hillage – guitar
Tim Hodgkinson – keyboards
Karl Jenkins – oboe
Geoff Leigh – flute
Pierre Moerlen (credited as "Pierre de Strasbourg" in the Radio Times programme listing)[58] – percussion
Tom Newman – voice (nasal choir) and mixing
Mike Oldfield – bass, guitar, Hammond organ
Terry Oldfield – flute
Mike Ratledge – keyboards
Ted Speight – guitar, bass
Mick Taylor – guitar
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