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Five Miles Out

Mike Oldfield Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (27 Oct 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Disky
  • ASIN: B0000072NX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,084 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five out of Five Miles Out 5 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
First off the bat my review is for the 2013 Deluxe Edition. Now I'm guessing most listeners coming to this release will already be familiar with Mike Oldfield's Five Miles Out so is this remaster worth the spend out? Well actually yes.

By the time Oldfield came to record Five Miles Out recording techniques and studio gear had improved a great deal since he started his career. It is from this point onwards in the Oldfield cannon that I always thought the remastering process wouldn't offer very much over the original releases. Well I was wrong, this release sounds absolutely tremendous. There is such definition and clarity and the bass is so round and warm. It sounds great loud too, those crunchy distorted power chords sound like they're gonna come straight out of the speakers.

Musically, Five Miles Out is a real highlight in Oldfield's career. There are so many twists and turns and so many beautifully interwoven layers. Oldfield was riding the crest of a very creative wave, there is so much energy on offer here. Many of the passages are actually quite heavy in a heavy rock sense but the number of styles presented is baffling. Five Miles Out is a unique album and the title track is perhaps one of the most unique, idiosyncratic pieces of music I've ever heard, it's just so strange yet familiar!

On to the extras; the live disc is stunning. There are some very playful and deftly executed versions presented here. The highlight for me is the crowd joining in with Five Miles Out while the band actually slip into a reggae vibe led by some amazing organ. I didn't think I could sit through yet another rendition of Tubular Bells but the version here is so different and creative.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. R. G. Prizeman TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My copy arrived this morning, this is one of my Favourite Mike Oldfield albums I always prefer the rockier sound that came with this album, and I loved the title track. The first thing however was the disappointment that still Universal have not returned to the slip case, which they used recently for the ABBA release of the Visitors and there third album in Deluxe format. The problem with the package is by putting tape saying deluxe around the box is just tacky and so easily damages,if removed and we all know the cost is minimal, just to slip a plastic slip case over the set.
Putting the packaging to one side, this set is a marked improvement to QE2 and Platinum, where you get a DVD with not only 5.1 sound but DTS as well, which is just great to here in the surround mode. You notice and hear a lot more during Tarus ll which kicks of the album. Family man with a roaring base and drums which stand out very much as do the vocals which are placed in the centre speaker, but you also get a lot of guitar sounds coming from the rear speakers which only seems to enhance the sound of the album. As you may expect the title track sounds excellent in 5.1 and you also get a bit more visual while the album plays,a spinning record for family man, and the mix drawings for Mount Teidi.
The CD is a great re-master some tracks sound like they have been completely re mixed, so you may want to hold onto your Virgin copy as well There are also other visual treats including Mike Oldfield performing the song on the BBC 6.55 special. One thing I did notice on the promo video Maggie Riley had been replaced by some blonde girl miming, why who knows. So apart from the initials package which is a great shame this a a return to the first three release with 2 CD's and a DVD which is great value for money, I won't mention what happened with Crisis but that's another review. One star knocked off for the package.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly great album 31 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the Mike Oldfield album which got me hooked. I have worn out two tapes of this music, and now have the digitally remastered CD version.
The first half is one track: Taurus Two, which has a sort of medieval villagy feel to it, despite the electric guitars and drum kits. It is far ranging, from a lulluby to what I can best describe as Elizabethan heavy metal. This will take you away to world of your imagination. It has bizarre and creative rhythms, unusual combinations of sounds, evocative mixes, and thundering climaxes.
The second half begins with The Single: "Family Man" which is clearly designed as a single, and doesn't sit very happily with the rest of the album. It is a pop version of the rest of the album, with Maggy Reilly on vocals. Good, but out of place.
Next are two tracks of Mike Oldfield's experimental stuff, with more of those weird drums and fast hazy keyboards. Excellent, like Taurus Two, but a bit less structured.
Last, the title track, a loud tale of a flight through a storm. It a sort of heavy metal for people who like notes.
The emotional and sonic range of this album is awesome. It rewards careful listening, as all Oldfield's good albums do, and repeated listening. If you though Tubular Bells was a bit quiet, here is something to show off your amplifier's powers. Get it, turn it up, and let your mind roam.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Ophiicus VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
If you are not into Mike Oldfield; start with the Complete collection. If you have heard any of his other albums and liked them you'll love this. Musically, Oldfield doesn't put a foot wrong, even when he's having a jest. Personally, I prefer prefer Crises, which is the third of the trio of which this is the second. QE2 is the first, where the Taurus theme is born, developing in three stages - this having the second installment. If you are at all musical you'll need all three to follow the theme development, which is brilliant, as we expect. An English Radio Presenter recently commented how nice it was to hear all these Mike Oldfield and Jean Michel Jarre tribute groups in the charts. If they were breaking today they might be Daft Punk and Norman Cook respectively: hey kids - nothings new. Buy this album; buy all Mike Oldfield Albums; but, if you want this you NEED Crises and QE2 for the set; they are sister works.
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Published 2 months ago by Phill Bridger
3.0 out of 5 stars Follow the Quadrilogy
Five Miles Out has its moments and for Mike Oldfield fans it is worth purchasing. However before buying this album make sure you have in your collection the first four albums:... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Malcolm Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars for gift
hope the person will like it as it was brought for a present hope they like the new one ?
Published 5 months ago by jacqueline meredith
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star
Mike Oldfield makes fantastic music and I would recommend this album to anybody who enjoys being taken on a journey.
Published 5 months ago by Miss D Ferraccioli
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect album
There isnt a single note on this album that I dont like. It really has everything. An essential album to own.
Published 6 months ago by Mats Larsson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album
I really like this album. The music in Taurus 2 is magic. Just close your eyes and you can travel anywhere!
Published 9 months ago by cvision123
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent musicianship
Good recording and quality, but a pity the package was cardboard not plastic, for ease of storage.
Still a worthy purchase.
Published 10 months ago by wyneagle
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the upgrade, and great for a first time buyer too.
An outstanding edition of one of Mike's most successful albums. Disc 1 contains a worthwhile remaster of the original release which is much clearer in its' fine details than any... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. D. A. Jacovelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a journey with MO into the clouds
This tale of Mike flying his small aircraft in the turbulent skies over Europe takes your senses on a flight of their own. Read more
Published 11 months ago by MarkB-MOF
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