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Two Mike Oldfield albums reissued with 5.1 sound

3 May 2010. –ŗÁžŚŮÚŤŽ:
Two Mike Oldfield albums reissued with 5.1 soundAfter the success of TUBULAR BELLS and THE MIKE OLDFIELD COLLECTION in 2009, Mercury are delighted to announce that Mike Oldfield's reissue programme continues with two stunning 2010 mixes of two of his best-loved works, HERGEST RIDGE and OMMADAWN to be released on June 7th 2010.

Hergest Ridge and Ommadawn have been mixed, approved and authorised by Mike Oldfield himself. Both albums are released in a Single Disc Edition, A Deluxe Edition (a 2 Disc plus DVD set), in digital form and as A Back to Black vinyl version. Also available, from 14th June, will be a Limited Signed Framed print edition, which is only available through Mike Oldfield's Official Store. is currently in the midst of an overhaul and should be ready very soon, but to pre-order any of these products, please visit the Official Store.


Sharing the format of its two predecessors - Tubular Bells and Hergest Ridge, Oldfield stays loyal to his conceptual roots in Ommadawn, but incorporates musical styles from a far greater range of influences including folk, Celtic, and middle eastern sounds. As a result, Oldfield channels greater scope for musical development, defining Ommadawn as a creative peak in Oldfield's wide-ranging career. With this deluxe edition, Oldfield includes versions of Ommadawn previously lost, carefully selected bonus tracks, and DVD material to accompany specific tracks.

Composing for traditional Celtic instruments such as the uilleann pipes, Oldfield uses Ommadawn as an outlet for spiritual investigation as much as expert musicianship. A master of songcraft, Oldfield layers guitars, pipes, drums and vocals to create a masterpiece pumped full of ethereal mysticism and described by one critic as "the musical equivalent of astral projection". Says Oldfield "I do not feel I am musician. I don't know... I create sounds, that are reflections of my emotions."


Disc 1
01††† Ommadawn Part One††† 2010 Mix Previously Unreleased††† 19:05
02††† Ommadawn Part One / On Horseback††† 2010 Mix Previously Unreleased††† 17:20
03††† In Dulce Jubilo††† Bonus††† 02:51
04††† First Excursion††† Bonus††† 05:56
05††† Argiers††† Bonus††† 03:57
06††† Portsmouth††† ††† 02:04

Disc 2
01††† Ommadawn Part One††† 1975 Stereo Mix††† 19:10
02††† Ommadawn Part One / On Horseback††† 1975 Stereo Mix††† 17:11
03††† Ommadawn Lost Version††† 1975 Demo Previously Unreleased††† 17:10

Disc 3
01††† Ommadawn Part One††† 2010 5.1 Surround Mix††† 19:04
02††† Ommadawn Part Two / On Horseback††† 2010 5.1 Surround Mix††† 17:22
03††† In Dulce Jubilo††† Promo††† 03:04
04††† Portsmouth††† Promo††† 02:03

Hergest Ridge

Departing from the choppy mix of prog and folk-based influences explored for the first time on Mike Oldfield's debut Tubular Bells, Oldfield's much anticipated follow up, Hergest Ridge develops for itself a unique charm entirely its own. Softer and calmer, atmospheric and haunting, Hergest Ridge is a lament to the soothing environment Oldfield enveloped himself in directly after his debut's overwhelming success. This 2010 deluxe edition features versions of the original record, remastered for a modern audience, unheard demo versions, plus the mixes found on the vinyl version first released in 1974 - along with DVD footage to accompany both parts of Hergest Ridge.

With sounds evoking imagery of rolling Welsh hills and pure, pastoral scenery - drawing influences from a genuine British nature spot - Hergest Ridge serves as a retreat from Oldfield's inner trauma as much as it does a journey into the wild desolation of nature. Signature guitars, mixed in with delicate woodwind and crashing brass deliver the insights into a mind which has grown harsher and colder in the face of public acrimony.

Comments Oldfield "I know I'm very unstable, and I probably always will be, but the point is that I've accepted that about myself. Hergest Ridge, on the other hand, is smooth, uncluttered. There are no tube trains, very few car doors, lots of open countryside, smooth hills, a general feeling of smoothness and wellbeing and non-hysteria, just a much nicer environment."


Disc 1
01††† Hergest Ridge Part One††† 2010 Mix Previously Unreleased††† 19:21
02††† Hergest Ridge Part Two††† 2010 Mix Previously Unreleased††† 18:46
03††† In Dulce Jubilo (For Maureen)††† ††† 02:45
04††† Spanish Tune††† ††† 03:11

Disc 2
01††† Hergest Ridge Part One††† 1974 Stereo Mix††† 21:32
02††† Hergest Ridge Part Two††† 1974 Stereo Mix††† 18:40
03††† Hergest Ridge Demo Part One††† 1974 Demo Previously Unreleased††† 20:21
04††† Hergest Ridge Demo Part Two††† 1974 Demo Previously Unreleased††† 18:13

Disc 3
01††† Hergest Ridge Part One††† 2010 5.1 Surround Mix††† 19:20
02††† Hergest Ridge Part Two††† 2010 5.1 Surround Mix††† 18:45

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