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  • Audio CD (February 4, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00FR0WL46
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,078 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Composer Mike Oldfield rose to fame on the success of Tubular Bells, an eerie, album-length conceptual piece employed to stunning effect in the film The Exorcist. Born May 15, 1953, in Reading, England, Oldfield began his professional career at the age of 14, forming the Sallyangie folk duo with his sister Sally; a year later, the siblings issued their debut LP, Children of the Sun. By the age ... Read more in Amazon's Mike Oldfield Store

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Castaway: A very powerful rock track with a great guitar solo towards the end.
C. Hopkins
There is a lot of pop in here compared to what many are used to from this artist, but this is great music for the mainstream listener.
R. J. Dryer
My advice to Oldfield fans old & new & for people who are just discovering Mike through the singles for this album is BUY IT.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Adams on April 2, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Being a Mike Oldfield fan, from the days of the Boxed Vinyl (and a U.S. fan to boot), it is usually expected that I would 'thumbs-down' this recording. Admittedly, I DO enjoy when Mike does everything musically himself, but here Mike is allowing Steve Lipson to co-produce and having studio greats Lee Sklar (bass) & J.R. Robinson (drums), and Luke Spiller of The Struts to do vocals. What we get is a well produced 60-70s style album, showing some of Mike's influences, with personally inspired lyrics courtesy of Mike. So, take away your preconceived notions of what Mike should sound like, and what do you get. 1) A pretty good Rock and roll record 2) Mike's signature sound on guitar 3) you even get some, not much, mandolin on Moonshine On the downside, if you are used to MO's other works, you do not get the rise/fall climaxes in music, no long instrumentals, perhaps not as inventive as his greater masterworks like TB, Ommadawn, Amarok. However, this album's music sticks with you and bears repeated listening. My only real gripe, is that on the Strictly Limited Edition, you get Mike's demos with Mike singing. Mike has nothing to be ashamed of, since on several songs, his voice really works well with the music, giving the lines some real intimacy with the lyrical intensity of the songs. Unfortunetly you can't get this version in the U.S. (GRRRR!) I recommend this album for those of you who have not heard Mike's works as of late as a re-introductory to his music. BTW, Luke Spiller has a striking resemblance to a young Freddie Mercury (Queen) that is uncanny, and his vocals are pretty good as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on May 23, 2014
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Unlike many fans, Oldfield came to me in February 1988 via radio in the U.S. By chance, I heard the song "Magic Touch" and was sold instantly as a 15 year old. I went right out and bought this 'new' artist, Mike Oldfield, and his "Islands" cd. I listened to it over and over again. It really was the first album I bought that had a 20 minute instrumental which I though was revolutionary at the time (as I had not anything like it in my music collection, even though I had already bought 1986's "Emerson, Lake & Powell" and "Invisible Touch" by Genesis, so I was familiar with some long-form songs). I also liked the five 'pop' songs. It was Max Bacon on vocals for "Magic Touch", and I knew him from two years prior when I bought 1986's "GTR" and the hit "When The Heart Rules The Mind". Still, "Islands" might have been my first introduction to what could be termed "New Age" music which would be solidified the following year when I 'discovered' Enya's "Orinoco Flow" on her 1988 "Watermark" cd.

It would be many years before I collected most of Oldfield's albums on cd as they were extremely hard to come by in the U.S. in the late 1980's and early 1990's. I'm pretty sure I knew after buying "Islands" that Oldfield had done the theme music for "The Exorcist", but I don't think I knew it was a stand alone album called "Tubular Bells". In fact, I believe I owned "Tubular Bells II" before buying the "Elements" box set in 1993 which exposed me to the original "Tubular Bells". Basically, from "Islands" forward, I bought everything Oldfield did as it was released in real time.

So, in a way, I have been a fan of Oldfield's music since 1988 to the present.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Hopkins on April 2, 2014
Format: Audio CD
First, I want to address the two people that gave this album one star.... one mentioning being a drone to the record company. Clearly you sir, have not been following the making of this album and the reason for it. The record company had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the choices made here. Mike is a well-established artist with free-rain over his music!

A Track by Track Breakdown (BTW, the album is now available on US Spotify if you wish to check it out before purchase).

Sailing: A very commercial track about getting away from the rat-race and simply going out on the water to the freedom it provides.

Moonshine: A great Irish track (think Gaelic Storm or early U2) about a moment in his life captured while drinking whiskey.

Man on the Rocks: A very Pink Floyd track about addiction.... from the perspective of the addiction.

Castaway: A very powerful rock track with a great guitar solo towards the end. About disfunction in life... mental illness.

Minutes: A very Fleetwood Mac track. One of my personal favorites. About Missing someone meaningful to one.

Dreaming in the Wind: A very Moonlight Shadow type track about the afterlife.

Nuclear: A very powerful rock track about people who have suffered, lost, given up on life, etc.

Chariots: A rock track reminiscent of the 80's. About being saved from a bad situation.

Following the Angels: A gorgeous track that harks back to when R&B was still good in the early 90's (Boyz-2-Men, Whiteny Houston) About the his night at the Olympics performing in front of billions of people worldwide. Angels refers to all the people/fireworks that came down from the sky... making the night magical.

Irene: A very blatantly Rolling Stones track.
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