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  • Audio CD (24 May 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B00000J7LC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,420 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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CD-EAN 639842740128-WARNER 1999

Amazon.co.uk Review

"Apart from guitar," Mike Oldfield once confessed to an interviewer, "I can't play anything really well. I can get by on keyboards--enough to use--but I'm not really good at anything apart from guitar." This 1999 album--appropriately titled, as it happens--offers nothing less than a showcase for that facility and for Oldfield's two distinctive styles of playing: his very clean, heavily compressed Stratocaster sound and his busier, more contemplative acoustic work, where his technique (flawless as ever) betrays the influence of classical guitar, english folk and flamenco. Overdubbing madly, Oldfield creates his usual array of sketches and longer pieces--though modesty forbids him from claiming true axe-hero status: "It's dead easy," he's demurred, "because it's all just hammering. If you learn a basic claw-hammer technique from folk picking, you can do all the stuff I do." Hmm. I'll take his word for it. --Andrew McGuire

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 May 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have followed Mikes music since Tubular Bells although my interest in his work did wane after Islands which I thought was a pretty poor album. As an amateur guitarist I was intrigued by the concept of this album. I have to say that after one listen I was astonished at what Mike had achieved here. Only he could get away with an album purley of guitar tracks cleverly mixed using MIDI and sampling together with clean acoustic guitar. I defy any decent guitarist not to be impressed with this work. What this album achieves if nothing else is to prove not only what a brilliant guitarist Mike Oldfield is but also what a wonderful and versatile instrument the guitar is in all of it`s forms. Well done Mr. Oldfield. Will...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Mar. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I really enjoy this release by Mike Oldfield. Everything is played/generated via guitar strums linked to MIDI. It somehow manages to be ambient, relaxing and sexy whilst showcasing his unique, 'wrenching', thrash/folk/classical style. One of my favourites, I also recommend Amarok, Platinum, and QE2.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By simon.slator@zoom.co.uk on 18 May 2000
Format: Audio CD
Mike has a perfect knack for mood and composition but, if your ideal guitarist is someone along the lines of Yngwie Malmsteen - you'll find very little here. Mike's guitar work, when fused with the songs on display here, is nothing short of spellbinding. "Cochise" proving to be a good live piece on the 1999 tour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pete on 22 April 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
READ THE INSIDE COVER. ALL sounds on the album (drums sounds included) are produced from live guitar. Once i read that i listened again. Simply to have a mind to conceive such an idea is outstanding let alone to produce such an album. Whilst i would agree that he has better albums out there, to use ONLY guitars and come up with this is epic. As someone who grew up on Tubular Bells, this is one for the collection. Oh i forgot to say, Well engineered and reproduces well with good dynamics. Glad i paid good money. Well spent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sean on 13 Oct. 2013
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Great use of different guitars all played in the Mike Oldfield style we all love. It's rock music and gentle laid back music
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Michael Blizzard on 15 Jan. 2000
Format: Audio CD
...To me "Guitars" is a wonderful piece of work. This CD fits Mr Oldfield in equally with other top guitar players,eg.Joe Satriani,Ritchie Blackmore and Jeff Beck to name but three. Disagree ? Good. It would be very boring if we all liked the same things now,would`nt it....?
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By Dr. Robert A. Josey VINE VOICE on 11 Sept. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have never quite understood why reactions to this album are/were so hostile. It's one of his very best.

Granted some of the longer tracks like 'Cochise' meander slightly but generally there is a sharp precision to the tracks, and an undoubted emotional underbite. 'Summit Day' is one of my favourite Oldfield pieces - it is just incredibly melancholy and beautiful. 'Embers' and 'Out Of Mind' too have the same feeling.

'Guitars' has a more intimate mood than many of other 'grander scale' albums. But, hopefully, it will be remembered as a cachet of hidden gems. It truly deserves to be rehabilitated. I believe Oldfield refined and revised some of the tracks for concerts given in Spain a few years ago, with extra full-on bass which wowed the amphitheatres. That would've been sweet to listen to.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Feb. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Not Oldfield's best by any means, but not too bad. Generally sounds like a good demo tape, with many promising ideas that are ultimately left underdeveloped. Limiting all sounds to being guitar-derived is part of the problem - many of the tracks would have benefited from being fleshed out with keyboards and percussion. This won't appeal to new listeners, probably for die-hard fans only.
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