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Elements: The Best Of


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Elements: The Best Of + The Songs Of Distant Earth + Tubular Bells, 2
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Product details

  • Audio CD (13 Sep 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000008J3I
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,962 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tubular Bells (Opening Theme)
2. Family Man
3. Moonlight Shadow
4. Heaven's Open
5. Five Miles Out
6. To France
7. Foreign Affair
8. In Dulci Jubilo
9. Shadow On The Wall
10. Islands
11. Etude
12. Sentinel
13. Ommadawn (Exerpt)
14. Incantations Part Four Excerpt)
15. Amarok (Excerpt)
16. Portsmouth

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Dec 2000
Format: Audio CD
I remember hearing a song on the radio at about 8 years old that haunted me in to adulthood. The song was "Moonlight Shadow" and it remains one of my favourite ever songs to date. It would be sad to write Oldfield off as only being famed for Tubular Bells and co as there are some truly wonderful and charismatic songs on this album. "Five Miles Out" shows how its all done and "Heavens Open" is a must for playing whilst driving the long open road. This album is brilliantly quirky but so easily listened to I don't why I am the first to review it!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 29 Jan 2005
Format: Audio CD
Mike Oldfield, a multi-instrumentalist, achieved worldwide success with his debut, Tubular bells, but never came close to matching its success again although his albums continued to sell well in his British homeland. This collection of his music from the seventies, eighties and early nineties shows Mike's development as an artist. Although titled Elements, this is really a Best of package.
The set opens with the opening theme to Tubular bells and includes his four British top ten hits (In Dulce Jubilo, Portsmouth, Moonlight shadow, Sentinel) as well as Family man, which was only a minor UK hit for Mike but which became a top twenty UK hit via a cover by Hall and Oates. Some of Mike's lesser hits are missing including the UK top twenty hit, Blue Peter, which is Mike's interpretation of the theme to the long-running children's TV series - it was even used on the TV for a few years.
The vastly under-appreciated Maggie Reilly (a brilliant soprano) sings on some of Mike's records, most notably Moonlight shadow, an extremely sad song albeit with a bouncy tune. Another brilliant guest vocalist is Bonnie Tyler, featured on Islands.
While you might wish to buy the original Tubular bells album in its entirety, this sampling of Mike's best music spanning nearly twenty years shows plenty of variety.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By nicola.hair@bibdsl.co.uk on 8 Feb 2001
Format: Audio CD
I first bought this ablum for my aunt birthday when i was about 15. I thought i would play it and see what all the fuss was about - and i liked it so much she never actually received it. I bought her something else instead!! Now i am 21 and looking to buy the CD. I think my favorite song on the album is Family Man. It is catchy, the words mean something, and it makes very good background music as I drive. Do not asume Mike Oldfield is just a classical writer, he is amazing and you will probebly recognise some of the songs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr M Stanley on 8 July 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It's ok, I really love Mike Oldfield and bought this because of price. There are some brilliant tracks on it Moonlight Shadow, In Dulci Jubilo and Portsmouth and some not so good ones in my opinion. Again i think at the right price it's worth putting this on your album list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Costigan on 7 April 2014
Format: Audio CD
This is was a fantastic compilation of great music from a great artist. Amazon is one of a very few places where you can get it. For the true lover of music I recommend this CD to any one that fits that description. Get it while you can.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By brian gelder on 25 Jan 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
any true mike oldfield fan should not be without this c/d. his class as a musician shines through every track. once again amazons delivery was second to none. love the c/d love amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P J Horan on 1 Jun 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Featuring Mikes best compositions, can't go wrong if your a fan. Maggie Reilly should get more acclaim for her singing.
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Format: Audio CD
The best hits of the "classic" (i.e., pre Tubular Bells II and its sequels) Mike Oldfield, from the most "pop" ones (Moonlight Shadow, Heaven's Open, Islands, etc.) to the first instrumentals (Incantations, Ommadawn, etc.).

This is a great gift for someone that thinks that Mike Oldfield is only what he's been doing the last 20 years.
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