MIKE OLDFIELD - ...compilations...
1981 - Music Wonderland
"Music Wonderland" is a compilation album by Mike Oldfield released in 1981. With Mike Oldfield clearly beginning his shift away from ambitious multi-instrumental epics into more pop-inflected territory, what better time could there have been for his label to remind listeners that he'd always had an eye for the three-minute single? True, nothing here is as overt as "Family Man," the hit that he and his band wrote for Hall & Oates, but still a cover of ABBA's "Arrival" swiftly followed by such stirring delights as "Portsmouth," "In Dulci Jubilo," "On Horseback," "The Sailor's Hornpipe," and a pulsating live take of the disco hit "Guilty" depict a musician who was a far cry from the super-serious prodigy that the media still preferred to view him as. Even the inevitable extracts from Tubular Bells and Ommadawn concentrate on the most toe-tapping sequences, to wrap up an album of startling excitement and, yes, surprising brevity. - cduniverse.com
TRACKS: 01. Arrival 02. Portsmouth 03. Sheba 04. Blue Peter 05. Extract From Tubular Bells 06. Sailor's Hornpipe 07. Punkadiddle 08. Wonderful Land 09. In Dulci Jubilo 10. Extract From Ommadawn 11. On Horseback 12. Guilty (Live) 13. North Star/Platinum Finale
1993 - Elements: The Best Of Mike Oldfield
Long before new age and instrumental ambient music became their own genres and million-dollar industries, Mike Oldfieldwas making meticulously composed atmospheric pieces that challenged stylistic categories and listener expectations. Dense, layered, and symphonic in conception, Oldfield's compositions drew on world music, classical, rock, and pop, and usually featured his own talents as a multi-instrumentalist. ELEMENTS is a 16-track best-of collection that culls from as many albums. Kicking off with "Tubular Bells", the song made famous by its use in THE EXORCIST, the set then provides an overview of Oldfield's eclectic musical offerings (which often featured guest vocalists). The wistful pop of "Moonlight Shadow", and the hypnotic, pulsing groove of "Foreign Affair" are only two highlights among many. ELEMENTS proves an excellent sampler of the many facets of Oldfield's musical universe. - amazon.com
TRACKS: 01. 01 Tubular Bells (Opening Theme) 02. Family Man 03. Moonlight Shadow 04. Heaven's Open 05. Five Miles Out 06. To France 07. Foreign Affair 08. In Dulci Jubilo 09. Shadow On The Wall 10. Islands 11. Etude 12. Sentinel 13. Ommadawn (Excerpt) 14. Incantations - Part Four (Excerpt) 15. Amarok (Excerpt) 16. Portsmouth
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