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Children of the Sun [VINYL]


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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Felipe Sarró on 22 Aug 2007
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Well, I disagree with Barry. I have been an Oldfield fan for many years (since the early eighties) and I think the best albums are the simplest ones; that means the first ten years of Oldfield's musical activity (with the exception of 1990's Amarok).

This album has to be heard with the 70's ears, I mean, if you like disco incursions of the latest Oldfield albums don't buy it. But if you appreciate purity of sound and voices, I recommend you "Children of the sun".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Dec 2012
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There seems to be very few musicians nowadays capable of writing even what remotely resembles a melody, let alone an original song. Here is an amazing example of the creative power of olden days. This album (originally recorded in 1968) is full of youthful creative energy and nature-inspired melodies. Some of them, mesmerizing and enchanting, some others verging on the surreal. Sally Oldfield's versatile pure toned vocal beautifully resonating with her then 15 year old brother's gentle voice and stunning flute and guitar accompaniment. Disc 2 contains some astonishingly original instrumental music by Mike Oldfield.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ommadawn on 8 Nov 2011
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If you are a fan of Mike Oldfield this double CD is a must! I bought the original on Vinyl when it was first released, just because I was a fan & wanted everything he' done.Although the first CD is a bit twee and very much of it's time,the second CD is a complete revelation. On the 3 Oldfield-only tracks, we have sections that later became Ommadawn and Amarok, & that show where his mind was going, his mastery of the guitar & his complete genius at the age of just 15! Wonderful!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. DINSDALE on 2 Oct 2011
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Bearing in mind that Mike Oldfield was a mere shy kid of 16 when this album was made there is much to recommend this latest reissue on Esoteric. Yes, it would never be made today, and yes it is somewhat twee, but for students of the English folk explosion of the late 60's, it has a certain period charm. Mike and older sister Sally (the second half of the band name coming from Jansch's guitar classic `Angie') found themselves at the legendary Sound Techniques studio in the company of Pentangle's Terry Cox and flute veteran Ray Warleigh. The original album consists of sixteen short songs sung by both Mike and Sally (I personally had to check the credits to find out that the male voice was in fact Mike Oldfield) and the over-riding influence would appear to be the work of The Incredible String Band seen through younger eyes, without perhaps the acid influences. Cox and Warleigh add a certain authority to proceedings, and whilst the Oldfields appear to have disowned the album it is not without merit.

Of major interest is a 35 minute bonus disc which features a couple of non album singles and perhaps most importantly, a trio of acoustic guitar instrumentals from Mike Oldfield recorded at Sound Techniques during the sessions. These display astonishingly well developed guitar playing for a 16 year old, and a most unexpected surprise in the form of `A Sad Song For Rosie', which would later be re-worked as the `Northumbrian Pipes' section of Oldfield's masterwork `Ommadawn'.

The main album has not exactly dated well, but for Oldfield scholars this reissue should not be dismissed. In an interview around about the time of `Incantations', Oldfield spoke of the long guitar instrumentals he used to write, and now we finally have the chance to hear them for ourselves for the first time.
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