Woodhenge - Mike Oldfield - Platinum (Vinyl, LP, Album) download full album zip cd mp3 vinyl flac
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Tom Newman. Exposed Platinum QE2 Smash Hits. But when you've got used to the superb but shorter live version on The Complete Mike Oldfield, this original sounds quite flat.
Especially 'Charleston' with its sharp horns and discoish moments after that, and the finale gets pretentious with the fake choir. A pity really. Side two begins with a magical, ambient 'Woodhenge'. If Robert Holdstock's novel Mythago Wood was filmed, this music would fit there. I think it's the best produced part of the album even if it bores most listeners. It is naive but not in a charming way.
Also the sound quality is strangely blurred, the lady singer's S's jump out horribly. I always wonder at first is it my speakers' fault. Maybe it doesn't happen in CD editions, but never mind: worthless song anyway. I don't say much of 'Punkadiddle': more like a musical joke than fine music to listen. It mostly annoys Woodhenge - Mike Oldfield - Platinum (Vinyl. The album's final number is a lush interpretation of Gerhwin's 'I Got Rhythm'.
Perhaps surprising from Oldfield but not bad at all. The singer again could be better: Maggie Reilly was yet to be found. I rarely go into details this closely, but I hope you see now why such a low rate to such an adventurous and intriguing album.
The rest of the album is rather poor. It's a naive and rubbish piece that i usually skip over. Overall: Get it if you are a Mike Oldfield fan, but if you are not familiar with him yet, get "Ommadawn" or "Tubular Bells" first.
I cannot really get excited about this album, in fact some of the history behind it is more interesting than the music itself. Yes, the performance is as always exemplary, but with Oldfield at the time beginning to wear out the path he was repeatedly walking, the need for strong compositions was even greater than on preceding albums. The feature track Is the four part "Platinum", which occupies the whole of side one of the LP.
The piece has the usual variety of themes, but I found the links between them somewhat more jarring than usual. Oldfield appears at times to be on cruise control when playing guitar. As he descends into full Hank Marvin mode you can just about picture him smiling and winking at the camera as he plucks each note. There is some variation from the norm in the Chicago like brass, and a rather jazzy piano interlude leading up to the "Ommadawn" like ending, Album), with non-lyrical vocals.
Overall though, it is just a bit too dull and Oldfield by the numbers like. Side two is an eclectic mix of mismatched songs. They range from the ambient, rather spacey "Woodhenge" to the crooning George Gershwin cover "I got rhythm". The track itself is something of a simple lightweight collection of melodies, fun but entirely dispensable. The history of the tracks "Sally" a song about Oldfield's then girlfriend Sally Cooper who worked in the Virgin press office and played tubular bells on this album and "Into wonderland" is somewhat confusing.
If your version of the album has a track with the lyric "Sally, I'm just a gorilla, I'll say I'll love you ever more" you have the version of the album with the track LP, otherwise you have "Into wonderland".
Indeed the lyrics were the main reason the confusion arose. Initial copies of the album were pressed with "Sally" included, but when Richard Branson Head of Virgin records heard the song, he insisted Album) it be removed from the album. Future pressings therefore had "Into wonderland" instead. The sleeve artwork was not changed though, leading many people to think that the song "Into wonderland" is called "Sally".
Apparently, even Wendy Roberts, who provided the vocals for "Into wonderland", thought the song she had sung on was actually called "Sally"! Oldfield brought in many accomplished musicians, including a number from the then current line up of Gong. Indeed this was the third Oldfield album Gong drummer Pierre Moerlen played on. Meanwhile, another drummer, Morris Pert, was making the first of his many contributions to Oldfield's work.
In all, a rather disappointing album which is pleasant but undemanding. The second side of the LP gives the impression that Oldfield is running short of inspiration, even reverting to a rare cover version to fill the time. In the USA, the album was released under the title "Airborn" Listed separately on this site with the track "Woodhenge" replaced by the single track "Guilty".
The twin enemies of prog rock, punk and disco, had arisen between 'Ommadawn' 4 on the British charts and 'Incantations' Like many late '70s progressive acts, OLDFIELD'S position in the industry was threatened by these musical trends, so much so that Virgin, his record company, favoured their new punk signings over him and other established acts. It's still progressive, but does not soar like his first four albums.
And no doubt that was the intention. I'm certain that as well as reprising the instruments used on 'Incantations the year before, Part 1 of 'Platinum' actually makes fairly free use of one of 'Incantations' main themes. Sometimes he's successful, other times not; I'm not convinced by his whispered scat here. While 'Into Wonderland' is forgettable, 'Punkadiddle' certainly isn't. Oldfield's version was also released as a single and as the B-side for his "Sheba" single; in some countries, "Wonderful Land" was the A-side.
The Shadows later covered one of Oldfield's songs, "Moonlight Shadow". The video for "Wonderful Land" again shows Oldfield playing various instruments, including a violin, which he has claimed not to be able to play very well. The album was named after the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2. Though only reaching number twelve on the German album charts, the album became the best-selling album of in Germany. Mike Oldfield singles discography. This page is a singles discography for the musician Mike Oldfield.
Sheba" is a single by musician Mike Oldfield, released in It is from the album QE2. Vocals on "Sheba" were performed by Maggie Reilly, and drum parts were played by Phil Collins; Oldfield plays all other instruments.
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