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  • Audio CD (January 13, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Spec. Mkt. UK
  • ASIN: B000026FJ6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,589 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In the Beginning
2. Let There Be Light
3. Supernova
4. Magellan
5. First Landing
6. Oceania
7. Only Time Will Tell
8. Prayer for the Earth
9. Lament for Atlantis
10. The Chamber
11. Hibernaculum
12. Tubular World
13. The Shining Ones
14. Crystal Clear
15. The Sunken Forest
16. Ascension
17. A New Beginning

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Mike OLDFIELD The Songs Of Distant Earth CD

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There isn't a bad song on this album - it is absolutely the best music I own and I never get tired of listening to it.
taucancri
I have been a fan of Mike Oldfield for a long time now and have all of his albums, but Songs of Distant Earth is without a doupt his best and greatest album.
Eugene Fenlon BA
This is music that you need to listen to while alone, preferably with a very good sound system (or pair of headphones) and just let it wash over you.
Bill R. Moore

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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By DAC Crowell on May 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to write about this one. I recall driving across Wyoming while listening to this, and the beauty of the music kept moving me to tears. Oldfield here has reached a zenith with this work, one which surpasses perhaps all of his prior output. Merging elements from many world musics along with his own idiomatic sounds and styles, Oldfield really has created a work that seems to echo Arthur C. Clarke's vision in the book which inspired this title. Voices whirl in and out like transmissions from some either lost or undiscovered planet, yet which are in fact from our own. The music merges together many, many things...so many, that it synergizes some new music that is so much more truly 'world music' than anything that's been tagged with that overused commercial cliche. Previously, I felt that Mike Oldfield had hit his best stride on the minimalist-colored symphonic work "Incantations", but this blows it...and pretty much everything else he's done, the historic importance of "Tubular Bells" notwithstanding...out of the water! An important, critical, must-have work. Make some time for a good long drive out across the West...Utah, Wyoming, the Black Hills, or even the open plains of Kansas or Nebraska...and put this on. The feelings are indescribable...
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By taucancri on June 17, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I have never really been a Mike Oldfield fan and it was a fluke that I purchased this one. I happen to be an Arthur C. Clarke fan and the album titled with Clarke's book gained my curiosity. There isn't a bad song on this album - it is absolutely the best music I own and I never get tired of listening to it. It has very deep, ambient melodies that fit into any mood. If you don't get this CD - you are really missing out. Buy it, turn it on and curl up with a good book and escape.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Todd Ebert on March 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I picked this cd almost randomly out of a catalog, not knowing anything about the recording or the musician Mike Oldfield. But after giving it a few listens, I quickly realized that this is one of the better cds out of the hundreds I own! Aside from the very creative arrangements and fresh style of the music (which relies heavily on synthetic sounds and samples), one aspect of the music that I enjoy is what I perceive to be an interplay between very earthy or soulful sounds (such as tribal chants and distant voices) with more futuristic synthetic sounds. This duality seems to bring out from me an awareness of what is sacred here on earth, as well as what life could be like outside of our beautiful planet. And the fact that a piece of music could actually induce me to contemplate such things is worth 5 stars in and of itself!
Finally, if someone asked me to classify this music, I really wouldn't know how, other than to put it in the category of "great music". In any case, I will be paying much closer attention to Mike Oldfield's music in the distant future.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Anderson on August 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Concept albums are something that is inextricably linked to that genre of rock music known as progressive. But it has been noted that although a major exponent of that form, Mike Oldfield very rarely composes concept albums. He himself has admitted that "Tubular Bells" is not a concept album, but just a continuous suite of music. I would argue that "The Songs of Distant Earth" is in fact his first out and out concept album. Based on Arthur C. Clarke's novel of the same name, Oldfield forgoes the direct narration that the other famous concept album based on a novel "War of the Worlds" utilised and instead chooses to tell the story almost entirely with music. The form and shape of Oldfield's album is a creation myth and what better way to start than with a track called "Let there be Light". Naturally for an album dealing with the forces of nature, creation, technology and science Oldfield produces an epic and epochal grandeur too an album that could in other less talented hands turned out flat and uninspired. It was only logical that Oldfield (a musician always wanting to forge into new frontiers and technologies) should embrace dance and ambient music. At the time of the albums release this was a market cornered by Enigma and at times, especially on the lead single "Hibernaculum" Oldfield comes perilously close to sounding a little too like them. But amid the programmed and heavily sequenced music, Oldfield's soaring and lamenting lead guitar shines, imperious and saying so much more than mere words can. This album was also one of the first to have CD Rom material contained within it, Oldfield proves some twenty-one years after his first album that innovation still comes naturally to him. This is a definite highlight for Oldfield in the 1990's and probably the best album he did for Warners.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Mason on May 27, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Why a fool? Because I loved Tubular Bells, and because I looked no further, or asked for any more from Oldfield. I wandered on and found other great music, in Yes, Tangerine Dream, early Genesis, middle Floyd, so I wasn't deprived. But this is a **stunning** album that I could have found years ago. In 35 years of seriously listening to music I've never encountered more cathartic, enchanting and fulfilling pieces. Dang, I should become the ancient mariner and stoppeth one of three. My loss is my albatross, and this review is my atonement... You'd risk more than the cost of this album on a suspect book or over-hyped movie: treat yourself.
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