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Hergest Ridge Import

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Reissue of Mike's 1974 album.


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Song Title Time Price
  1. Hergest Ridge Part One (2010 Mix / Previously Unreleased)19:22Album Only
  2. Hergest Ridge Part Two (2010 Mix / Previously Unreleased)18:47Album Only
  3. In Dulce Jubilo (For Maureen) 2:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Spanish Tune 3:11$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 21, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: UMe Imports
  • ASIN: B003DO13NS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,822 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Mellor on July 2, 2010
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When I first bought my original copy of this album it was the vinyl lp version back in '78. I played it to death it got me thru my GCE's at secondary school. With the advent of the cd era I bought my second copy on that format however, the recording had been shortened due to problems with the source tapes. So one of my favourite albums had been bastardised in the name of technological advancement. In time though I grew to like it and lived in hopes of Mike actually revisiting the original recordings and producing the original in its entirety.
Well dear reader that moment is at hand... this is original recording hitherto only available on vinyl however; there are some caveats and warnings that go with this recording. First off the mix is so well cleaned up that everything that was lost in original low technology version is brought to life and forefront of the recording. The trumpet and oboe solos are quite astonishing especially the missing links that were lost in first cd transposition and rerecording of the album.Now some downsides the guitars have been pushed back in some parts of the recording from where they were in the original. Also the bass solos are a bit overpowering and at the end of part one there is now a new guitar overdub which takes a little getting used to and detracts from the mellowness of original mix.
This can be explained by the fact that Mike was "assisted" (I use this term advisedly...!) by two other people during the remixing and rerecording of this version and it shows in parts quite starkly. However, I'm very pleased with this new recording and would recommend it to anyone who is a die hard Oldfield fan.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Simms VINE VOICE on August 16, 2010
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Mike Oldfield has been called pretentious, egotistical, and similar uncomplimentary synonyms. I find his efforts unique, transformational, and highly creative. His work, at its best, is a 20-21st century successor to the classical tradition, especially his long-form works.

Hergest Ridge is a terrific example of his extraordinary compositional range, melding together elements of tone-poetry with rock, jazz, and orchestral influences. This is not as iconoclastic as Tubular Bells, and is more similar to Ommadawn in that it demands close attention to appreciate its much more subtle aspects.

This particular work might be labled as "New Age" by some, but don't confuse Hergest Ridge with the background tunes at your local spa. Don't light candles and meditate to this music. Listen closely and appreciate real artistry at work - it's well worth the effort.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Old Fan on August 10, 2010
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I've always loved this piece of music even though it's a little "uneven". It has a few short sections that are tad on the abrasive side and I feel maybe a little more time and less pressure at the time to get something on the market would have resulted in a better LP. But it certainly has sections that are really nice. The original pressing was not good either back in the 70's and I remember returning it the store to get a refund and getting another one only to discover it was the same. The vinyl was noisy and scratchy sounding, not to mention it was very thin. I eventually replaced it with Cd and that also left more to desire. Parts were too soft and parts were too loud. Finally this is all corrected and I definately recommend this CD. I love it. I sure wish that it'd have been released like this the first time.
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