Ommadawn Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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The simple fact is that you need to own all three albums. There are many who believe that Oldfield was put on this Earth to make OMMADAWN. If Oldfield had disappeared completely from the music scene after recording OMMADAWN, then his place in history would have been assured. Without this trilogy of albums, there would have been no market for the likes of Andreas Vollenweider, and a much smaller audience for composers as diverse as Tangerine Dream, Steve Reich, Arvo Part and even late Jan Garbarek.
With TUBULAR BELLS, Mike Oldfield opened up what would be known as New age music to a mass audience. With OMMADAWN, he sealed his place in music legend, and perhaps unwittingly discovered a new audience by composing a suite of melodies with immense appeal to children. Some time after this, Oldfield was hired to re-work the theme tune to the BBC children's programme, BLUE PETER.
OMMADAWN represented a departure from his previous solo, multi-tracked recording technique. Other musicians were involved, not just in the recording but in the composition and arrangement too. Influences from the folk music of Ireland, Africa and Eastern Europe can be clearly heard. Paddy Moloney of the Irish band the Chieftains contributed the distinctive uillean pipes. It was way ahead of its time, and for me, it confirms the 22-year-old Oldfield as not just one of the great classical guitarists in rock, but as one of its greatest composers.
Everyone peaks at some point in their life, and Oldfield did it between the ages of 19 and 22.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of 5 Oldfield CDs I got as a gift. I only gave it 3, but it likely deserves more stars. Rad.Published 6 months ago by rad
Music is great! Remaster and original in same box nice bonus.Published 8 months ago by Marta Hoover
I quite like Ommadawn since I bought the original LP all those years ago, and I own a few digital versions of it. This review is for the Import Deluxe Edition. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Robert Larson
It's a good album....not great. Very dated and "Beatles-esque" in some of it's approaches. But, if you're an Oldfield fan like me, you have to have it.Published 12 months ago by BrodyA
Rated 1 star just because it is inferior MP3 quality. I'd like higher quality downloads, Amazon !Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer