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QE2 Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered


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1. Taurus 1
2. Sheba
3. Conflict
4. Arrival
5. Wonderful Land
6. Mirage
7. QE2
8. Celt
9. Molly

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  • Audio CD (July 11, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1980
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Plate Caroline
  • ASIN: B000000I0K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,405 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is INCREDIBLE music, I still listen to it 20 years after it was released. It's hard to find the words to describe the feeelings this music conveys. While providing us with a handful of great instruments (harps, african drums, mandolin, tambourine ..), Mike Oldfield seems to find his celtic roots back. With Voyager, it is certainly the most celtic of his records, though you can't really classify this kind of music. I do enjoy the mixture of happy, energetic tracks (Celt) and sad, rather short ones (Molly). This is probably one of Oldfield's most underrated records. I can't help but thinking the 80ties were Mike's best period, and that nothing (and certainly not The millenium bell or Tres Lunas) will ever resemble Five miles out or Discovery ..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DAC Crowell on May 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Mike Oldfield's best known, of course, for his album-length suites and symphonically-styled works. But he's also done quite a few short pieces, especially on albums from "Platinum" onward. And this collection of those type of works is perhaps the best. Oldfield's multitracked self-played style here is augmented with extra players, including Phil Collins, and he even takes on such things as ABBA ("Arrival") here to amazing results. Oldfield in places rocks out, works with hymn-like pieces, returns to the glossolalic vocals from "Ommadawn", hands in some fine Celtic-styled bits, and so on...all in the span of one concise album. For those who don't exactly have the patience to sit through some of Oldfield's long pieces, this is a perfect starting-point, and it's certainly an album that's been a favorite of mine out of Oldfield's body of work since discovering it shortly after it was released. Definitely one to have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I have to say that this is one of my all time favourite Mike Oldfield albums, eclipsing Tubular Bells 3, Incantations and almost beating Crises to my all time favourite, but believe me, it is a very very close second. Smooth melodies, guarenteed toe-tapping and guarenteed to make most people ask "Who is this" and then asking to borrow it (No you can`t, it`s mine :) ) Best tracks : Taurus 1, Arrival, Wonderful Land and QE2. If you like any other Mike Oldfield music, you will love this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David on August 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album is simply exceptional. You get a hearty dose of a musical genius's compositional skills and vocabulary, but you don't come away feeling as though you were "taken to school"; the music is very accessible. Oldfield veers from the "long piece" album format which was the hallmark of his earliest work - the longest song on QE2 is only ten or so minutes long - but the album is cohesive and conveys a rather concise musical theme.
With QE2 you have some of Mike's distinguishing trademarks. For example, the first piece, Taurus, is at times alternately mean and nice, a dichotomy evident in some of his other work. Taurus also contains some very adroit key changes which allow for contrasting degrees of musical brightness. The title track is perhaps the album's best; in fact, Mike shows daring here in dueling synthetic bagpipes against an electric guitar for a very engaging effect. Mike also uses Celtic-based melodies throughout the album as he has done during various stages of his career.
Has any single composer born anytime after 1950 composed more aesthetically satisfying melody lines than Mike Oldfield? And has any put them to work more effectively in his music? I honestly suspect not. Just listen to the one melody near the end of Taurus which he predicates the title track upon and take note of the heights he reaches. The melody is strong, to be sure, but Mike is able to do so much with it. (You don't have to listen too carefully to appreciate the difference between what he does with it on Taurus and what he does with it on the title track!) Very few composers can essentially stay with a theme for a long time and continue to add interest through subtle changes and well-conceived developmental tactics, but Mike is one of the very few who can not only get away with it, but make the approach one of his greatest compositional assets.
This is one of Mike's best; it comes highly endorsed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Levine on December 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Everything Mike Oldfield did prior to QE2 was worthy of attention and interest, but much of it was so daunting in the length of compositions and shifts of mood that it could all end up a bit hard to stomach. QE2 rectifies this situation without sacrificing anything in terms of quality and musical message. David Hentschel does a fine job in production and the use of a consistent set of backup musicians reflects Oldfield's growing maturity. The involved compositions are still there in the form of the title cut and Taurus I, but there are also powerful shorter pieces that are miracles of composition and arranging, in particular "Conflict" with its synthesizer doodlings that eventually morph into a passage that would make the best contemporary celtic band blush. Maggie Reilly is introduced here but provides voice as instrument rather than carrier of lyrics in "Sheba" and "Celt". Abba's "Arrival" receives a spirited interpretation and "Wonderful Land" dashes some spanish guitar into a wonderful mix. Only "Mirage" is a bit overly long although it has some great lead guitar and time changes. A liberal does of the esoteric wafts over much of this disc which should surprise and please those 70s fans who might have held off for what ever reason from making this part of their collection, but its marriage of the eclectic to the attainable is what makes QE2 one of Mike Oldfield's best overall efforts.
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