- Audio CD (July 27, 2000)
- Original Release Date: 1974
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
- Label: Blue Plate Caroline
- ASIN: B00004T9AG
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,356 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Hergest Ridge Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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Flash-forward almost thirty years. I have longed for a clear, remastered version of the original album mix, and unfortunately, MO fans, this ain't it. I would hate to believe that it was the composer himself who effectively vivisected his own masterpiece, but if he is responsible, then that is exactly what's happened. Much of the beautiful textures and nuances that made the original mix such a dreamy delight are gone; in the first movement alone, a mandolin solo is truncated, much of Ted Hobart's majestic rendering of the melody on trumpet is gone, as well as Chili Charles' snare drum track, and much of the lush string section is muted or rendered close to non-existence. The rest doesn't fare much better.
For those who have never heard this piece, it's probably fine for you to hear this version, but I urge you to seek out the original if you can find it. For dyed-in-the-wool MO fans and aficionados, be warned: CAVEAT EMPTOR. As of now I have the first CD release as well as the remastered version, and I can tell you the difference right off the bat: technically, the new version has a crisper, clearer sound.Read more ›
As pointed out by others, this version of the album is the re-mixed version that first appeared on the Boxed set in ¡¦76. As I own the original vinyl versions of both Tubular Bells and Ommadawn, I can compare the difference and it's mainly with improved clarity and better sound quality. After reading the reviews on this page it is interesting to learn that Hergest Ridge - which I have never heard in its original form - was radically altered. Not only that but it appears that orchestral versions of the album also exist. This leaves me both excited (that these versions exist) and frustrated (that they may never see the light of day). So, come on Virgin how about a double special edition featuring the original mix and orchestral version and give Oldfield fans a real treat.
The re-mastering in this series is uniformly excellent but the cheap booklets and banal liner notes spoil things somewhat. The one nice touch is the formation of the Tubular Bells logo on the spine. To get the full image requires buying the full set, however, and as this would require the purchase of some of Oldfield¡¦s poorer efforts (most notably Platinum and the execrable Earth Moving) my logo will never see completion.
Best bit: the gorgeous 4 minute section from around 8'40".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had Tubular Bells and Hergest Ridge when they first came out in the 70s. I'm glad I can find the older stuff on Amazon.Published 17 months ago by V. Hanna
Bought this sometime ago but just getting around to reviewing it. I thought I had done it already
But it is just as haunting. Read more
This recording is far more beautiful and elegant than others by Mike Oldfield, though it is not well known. Far less heavy and technical than Jarre. Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by Rod Dalitz
I read in Uncut Magazine that Hergest Ridge was given a special edition containing the original vinyl mix plus a new remastered disc, plus a DVD. Read morePublished on July 16, 2010 by Brendan Chenowith
I'm confused- why again is Tubular Bells praised to the moon when Hergest Ridge is basically just as good, and might I say, even BETTER at times? Read morePublished on June 30, 2009 by Bryan
It was always going to be a challenge for young musician Mike Oldfield to follow up the astonishing critical and commerical success of his debut album "Tubular Bells. Read morePublished on December 12, 2007 by Shaun Anderson
Much of the same thing as the previous, but much less inventive or invocative. Nice for fans of Mike, maybe a must. Read morePublished on August 27, 2007 by J. Robert Penhallow
The thing about Oldfield is how different his music is from other popular music. Not being a trained musician it's hard for me to articulate but I'll try. Read morePublished on April 25, 2007 by J. Holcombe
Originally released in 1974,this was Oldfield's second album. His decent follow-up to 'Tubular Bells'. Like 'Tubular... Read morePublished on January 12, 2007 by Mike Reed