Mike Oldfield – Discovery (1984/2015) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:00:29 minutes | 1,25 GB | Genre: Rock Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | @ Universal Music GmbH
Originally released in June 1984, the UK Top 20 album contains two songs which Oldfield would later include on Two Sides his career best of – ‘The Lake’, an expansive instrumental reflection on Lake Geneva and ‘To France’, a classic folk-pop ballad featuring Maggie Reilly. Featuring the newest remaster. (more…)
Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells (1973) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011 # UIGY-9080] PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 48:53 minutes | Scans included | 1,97 GB or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 906 MB
Uses the 2011 DSD master based on UK original analog tape. Reissue features the high-fidelity SHM-SACD format (fully compatible with standard SACD player, but it does not play on standard CD players). DSD Transferred by Richard Whittaker. (more…)
Mike Oldfield – Crises (1983/2013) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:04:48 minutes | 1,5 GB | Genre: Rock Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | @ Mercury UK
Crises is Mike Oldfield’s eigth album and was released in 1983. Two of his hits, “Moonlight Shadow” and “Shadows on the Wall” are on this album. Like on his other albums, the opening track for Crises is a 20-minute long textural study; however, this album has a definite tendency towards pop. (more…)
Mike Oldfield – Man On The Rocks (2014) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 59:42 minutes | 752 MB | Genre: Rock Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | @ Mercury Records
Featuring 11 brand new tracks, Man On The Rocks is a deeply personal song-based album that reflects many of Mike’s different influences. Recorded in the Bahamas, Mike’s 25th studio album has been produced by Mike with legendary British producer Stephen Lipson (Jeff Beck, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox). Man On The Rocks features players such as legendary bassist Leland Sklar (Phil Collins, Crosby, Stills & Nash, James Taylor) and drummer John Robinson (Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Daft Punk). Although Oldfield has worked with some of the world’s most famous vocalists in the past, here he has found an incredible young talent to interpret his words, Luke Spiller from the Struts.
Recorded 2013 in Nassau, Bahams; at The Village in Los Angeles, CA; and at Battery Studios in London, UK. (more…)
Mike Oldfield – Five Miles Out (1982/2013) FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 2:17:39 minutes | 2,72 GB | Genre: Rock Studio Master, Official Digital Download , Source: highresaudio | Artwork: Front cover
Mike Oldfield was back into the extended composition game with Five Miles Out, continuing the “Taurus” series with the mammoth “Taurus II,” an entertaining enough romp with references to Irish music, brass bands and Oldfield’s beloved Morris. The true standout, though, was the title track, a paean to flying in bad weather that could easily double for Oldfield’s feelings about the sort of monumental critical drubbing he was accustomed to receiving. “Family Man” became a huge worldwide hit for Hall & Oates. (AMG)
Mike Oldfield’s groundbreaking album Tubular Bells is arguably the finest conglomeration of off-centered instruments concerted together to form a single, unique piece. A variety of instruments are combined to create an excitable multitude of rhythms, tones, pitches, and harmonies that all fuse neatly into each other, resulting in an astounding plethora of music. Oldfield plays all the instruments himself, including such oddities as the Farfisa organ, the Lowrey organ, and the flageolet. The familiar eerie opening, made famous by its use in The Exorcist, starts the album off slowly, as each instrument acoustically wriggles its way into the current noise that is heard, until there is a grand unison of eccentric sounds that wildly excites the ears. Throughout the album, the tempos range from soft to intense to utterly surprising, making for some excellent musical culminations. Mandolins and Spanish guitars are joined by grinding organs and keyboards, while oddball bells and cranking noises resound in the distance. In the middle of the album, guest Vivian Stanshall announces each instrument seconds before it is heard, ending with the ominous-sounding tubular bells, a truly powerful and dominating instrument. The most interesting and overwhelming aspect of this album is the fact that so many sounds are conjured up, yet none go unnoticed, allowing the listener a gradual submergence into each unique portion of the music. Tubular Bells is a divine excursion into the realm of new age music. (more…)
Mike Oldfield – Five Miles Out Artist: Mike Oldfield | Album: Five Miles Out | Style: Pop Rock, Progressive Rock | Year: 2013 | Quality: DTS 5.1 96kHz/24Bit, Dolby AC3 5.1 48kHz/16Bit | Bitrate: ~448-1510 kbps | Tracks: 5 + 3 videos | Size: ~3.33 Gb | Recovery: 3% | Covers: only front | Release: Mercury Records Ltd., Universal (374 043-7), 2013
5.1 Surround Sound Mix By Mike Oldfield
Tracklist: ———————— 5.1 Surround Mix ———————— 01. Taurus II (24:45) 02. Family Man (03:46) 03. Orabidoo (13:04) 04. Mount Teidi (04:11) 05. Five Miles Out (04:23) ———————— Visual Content: ———————— 01. Five Miles Out (Promotional Video) (04:17) 02. Five Miles Out (Six Fifty Five Special BBC TV – 28th July 1982) (04:13) 03. Mistake (Six Fifty Five Special BBC TV – 28th July 1982) (03:19) (more…)
Not a masterpiece by any means but I do find “Discovery” underrated ’cause of some pure magical moments. Three quarters of this album are conventional pop/folk songs but there’s one great instrumental track entitled “The Lake”. One of the best instrumentals the man’s ever done in his entire career with lots of stunning melodies and great moods. Listening to this marvellous track with many mood swings and rhythm breaks you wonder why he didn’t include more of this kind of brilliant stuff on this album. The highly symphonic melodies are the bridge between the very different excerpts of classical themes to reflective quiet moments to powerful rhythms of rock and folk. Like he use to, Oldfield added some great female voices singing diabolic melodies on the background. Every now and then there’s some keyboard motives which refers to the exorcist excerpt of “Tubular bells”. Just like on that album a lot of instruments can be found on “The Lake”: bells, flutes, keyboards and a range of different types of electric and acoustic guitars. Simon Phillips handles the drums and he seems in top shape by adding some essential dynamics with percussion which found its roots in fusion. This piece de résistance alone makes it worthwhile for getting to know this album if you haven’t discovered it already. Oldfield did longer tracks than this on other eighties albums but “The Lake” is the most enjoyable of the era, only Crises comes close to the beauty of this track.
For a hit single, “To France” holds the perfect mood for a romantic love story without slickness. I love this song with it’s Kate Bush like melodies and folkish melody motifs. To the end of the track the delicate arrangements change into a wall of sound made of sharp acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin and atmospheric keys. At the end of “To France” the dreamy sequence turns sinister as the intro of the mysterious “Poison arrow” starts to interfere. Again the folk rhythm section is heavy felt like on all the tracks. Again, take note of the excitable percussion sounds Simon Phillips provided this track from. All sorts of guitars are creating the atmosphere of paranoia quite effective even though the sinister keyboard line is helping a lot. The howling wolves are doing the rest of the job to get the listener shivers down the spine.
Other tracks on this album are barely excitable from a progressive point of view. These are decent pop tracks but nothing more. Still there’s some progressive flavours like the symphonic sounding chorus of “Saved by the bell” or the exploding guitar work on the title track. Oldfield even seems to manage to use some instrumental themes of “To France” a second time for “Talk about your life”. Here the vocals illustrate a typical male female argument in the emotional lyrics. Not a bad pop song.
This album deserves a three star rating for the good part. It could be described as a transitional album which has some inspiring traces of the best work of the previous decade and some worse pop influences from the disappointing albums to come.
Mike Oldfield – Five Miles Out (1982/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 137:39 minutes | 2,86 GB Official Digital Download – Source: HighResAudio.com | Front cover
Five Miles Out is the seventh record album by Mike Oldfield, released in 1982, at a time when his music was moving away from large-scale symphonic pieces towards a more accessible pop style. Digitally remastered in 2013! Smash 1982 album reissued with 10 rare bonus tracks including eight live songs recorded in Cologne in December 1982. (more…)