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Hergest Ridge [Import]

Mike OldfieldAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 15, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal UK
  • ASIN: B003DO13O2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,881 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Hergest Ridge, Pt. One [2010 Stereo Mix]
2. Hergest Ridge, Pt. 2 [2010 Stereo Mix]
3. In Dulci Jubilo [For Maureen]
4. Spanish Tune [1974 Promotional Single Version] [#][Version]
Disc: 2
1. Hergest Ridge, Pt. One [Original 1974 Stereo Mix]
2. Hergest Ridge, Pt. Two [Original 1974 Stereo Mix]
3. Hergest Ridge, Pt. One [1974 Demo Recording] [#][Demo Version]
4. Hergest Ridge, Pt. Two [1974 Demo Recording] [#][Demo Version]

Editorial Reviews

Digitally remastered deluxe two disc (CD + NTSC/Region 0 DVD) edition of the British guitarist's 1974 album including bonus original demos, new artwork plus a DVD that features 5.1 surround sound mixes by Oldfield. Hergest Ridge was the follow-up Mike Oldfield's groundbreaking debut, Tubular Bells. It gave Oldfield his first UK #1 album, and was actually knocked off the UK top spot by Tubular Bells itself. It is another lengthy suite, reflecting the glory of the countryside Oldfield had secluded himself in following his early global success.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three versions of an underappreciated title August 29, 2010
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This release contains three versions of Hergest Ridge. Disc One contains the new 2010 remix, Disc Two contains the original mix and the demo version, Disc Three contains the 5.1 Surround Mix of the 2010 remix. There are two additional bonus tracks (a single and an unreleased track). What is not to like? There is something here for everyone, the purist, the revisionist and the audiophile. I bought this set (and the Ommadawn release) to get the 5.1 Surround Mix and it is astonishing. Oldfield certainly knows how to get the best out of an expanded sound field. You could spend alot more and get alot less. This (and Ommadawn) are both worth a second look!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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For those who may be confused on this point, thanks to Amazon's aggravating habit of aggregating reviews from completely different editions of a particular CD or DVD: The Mercury Records "Deluxe Edition", UMC 532 675-4, released in 2010, *does* indeed contain the honest-to-god ORIGINAL 1974 MIX, just like it was first released on vinyl, on the second CD of the set. I can say this for a fact, as I still *have* my vinyl copy, so I was able to compare the bits that I knew had been changed in the 1976 remix (made for the "Boxed" LP set) that ended up being used for the CD releases afterwards, and all the bits that are missing from that mix are indeed present on the "Original 1974 Stereo Mixes" versions on this CD set.

And about bloody time, too! I remember being *so* disappointed when "Hergest Ridge" came out on CD back in the 80s, and I got my copy home and discovered that it didn't sound at all like the album I knew. At first, I thought perhaps the disc had just been mastered incorrectly, but then I figured out what had happened when I remembered that it sounded a lot like the "Boxed" LP version (which I also had, but hadn't liked as much and didn't listen to). Ever since then, I've been treating my '74 LP like it was a Faberge egg while hoping that maybe the *next* CD reissue would get it right, only to be disappointed when every re-release had that same '76 remix...

But, seeing that this one explicitly stated it had the original '74 mix, and that some of the reviews seemed to confirm it, I decided to take a chance on this one and order it. Fans of Mike Oldfield, rest assured, someone *finally* came to their senses and got the REAL "Hergest Ridge" out on CD at last!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2010 Edition - Never Sounded Better! December 10, 2012
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Maybe it's because I've only had a mediocre taped copy of an old cut-out pressing of the original Lp to listen to for all these years, but this new edition is amazing, breath taking, even stunning. It almost makes me think I've never heard half the notes here before....

This review is for the deluxe edition which actually includes an extra 3rd disc (DVD of a 5.1 surround of Oldfield's 2010 mix). Disc one is of his 2010 stereo mix plus some extra single tracks from that time, and disc two includes both the original 1974 stereo mix as well as a previously unreleased 1974 demo recording. So that's four different versions of Hergest Ridge! Wow.

This has endured as my favorite Oldfield recording since I first got it in the mid 70's (because of it's unassuming and peaceful simplicity), and I'm delighted to see it reissued in such a complete way (although reportedly he wasn't much into the original writing/recording process, so he may not have the same appreciation as us fans for the original version). Coming after his phenomenal debut of Tubular Bells, Hergest Ridge (pronounced "Harguest") is still clearly the work of a young artist trying to find his way (he was just 21), child-like in it's simplicity but also a bit stiff and serious. It lacks the warmth of a group of live musician playing together, but as a mostly solo studio-layered creation it has a different charm, introverted and contemplative, the work of a gifted (even if reluctant) musical recluse.

Disc 1 - 2010 stereo mixes by MO - This is Oldfield's preferred version, as he was never very excited or satisfied by the original. To me it has a slightly different feel to it, softer and yet... slightly less human (ie sterile).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His heart wasn't completely into this? Good Lord! December 4, 2010
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Having read the liner notes where Mike Olfield talk s about how arduous the recording process was for this follow up to Tubular Bells, I am struck at the point where he says his heart wasn't in to making this album. I am of the opinion that if his heart was into making this album, my head may have exploded when I first listened to Hergest Ridge as it is magnificent! This piece is not a retread of Tubular Bells, but rather the testament of Mike's retreat from the limelight TBells thrust his way. Whereas TBells was a lot of rock and roll and a small amount of Celtic influences, this piece is a lot of Celtic influences and a small amount of rock and roll. Both are amazingly represented however.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Customers get heir dream release. August 25, 2012
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Most reading this probably know about the two different mixes and how only one (not the original mix) was available on CD. So now Mike Oldfield gets us a deluxe version of his first four awesome albums. And each includes an original mix of the respective album.

I've been one of those really disappointed at not being able to get the original mix on CD. I do have it on a nearly flawless condition vinyl copy.

So then, on sight, I picked up the deluxe Hergest Ridge. Couldn't wait to hear the original mix on CD. Yes, it sounds wonderful. Hergest Ridge, in my opinion, is about as awesome as (though quite different then) TUBULAR BELLS. HR is a more serious and often gentler work. The first time I ever heard it put me in "Buy this guy's new albums on sight" mode.

If you're wondering how exact the original mix is to the LP, here's my view. I first noticed that in the 2010 set's original mix, the first note slightly fades in where on the LP the note just starts. I also thought the bass was a shade softer. Now, my original vinyl (the one I first bought in 1974) actually seemed a bit "Bass heavy" and this seems more like a slightly different equalization (which may have been seen as correcting an error) rather than a mixing difference. When I play it on a real good stereo (or surround system) it defiantly satisfies my "original mix" fix. It sounds quite beautiful and with none of the missing instruments found on the "Boxed" mixed CD's. Like most CD's, however, some instruments seem a bit clearer, but I don't believe it's a mixing difference. Overall, very well done.

I occasionally listen to the new mix too, and I really like the five channel mix. There are some differences which those who know the other mixes may, upon first hearing, find a bit startling.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite piece of music of in my whole life
The 1974 version is here. There is nothing that soothes me more, makes me feel inner peace, and touches me to the absolute core than side two. Every detail is here... Read more
Published 1 month ago by NIS
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting
I first heard this album (part 1) via internet radio and I think it was the original recording.
Although this album is such a gem, it wasn't what I was expecting. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Mike's remaster of the original material gives it a sparkling clarity...
Although I loved the original mix of "Hergest Ridge", it always seemed a bit murky and cluttered. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. CAMP
5.0 out of 5 stars Hergest Ridge
Fell in love with "Tubular Bells" even before the movie 'Exorcist' came out, and during the days of vinyl LP's I got this album and treasured it, too, along with the other... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Joseph E.
4.0 out of 5 stars Still not the definitive set
"Hergest Ridge" is my favorite Mike Oldfield album. I bought this deluxe edition to replace my scratched-up CD I have owned for many years. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Geoffrey A. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Most worthwhile remaster out there.
To remaster AND remix an album some thirty-five years old is fittingly unorthodox for the multi-instrumental genius that is Mike Oldfield. Read more
Published on August 6, 2012 by Edward Leedskalnin
5.0 out of 5 stars Repetition in Hergest Ridge: A Very Good Thing!
Could it really be true? The original 1974 Vinyl Release Mix of Hergest Ridge has been remastered for CD? If it is true, I can finally be happy. Read more
Published on May 23, 2012 by J. Young
4.0 out of 5 stars Pronunciation?
Is it "her guest" or "her jest"? A great second effort from a reclusive genius. Still one of the great 1970's artists!
Published on April 28, 2012 by Thomas C. Davis
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