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Heaven's open (1991) [VINYL]


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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000092A42
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,626,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Whilst I specifically wanted a vinyl copy of this album, I suspect many will also consider / prefer a CD version, so I'll try to give my opinion on the music.....

As the review title says, this is not the classic 70s type Mike Oldfield fayre. The first 5 tracks are vocal (with Mike himself doing the honours), with the 6th being a 15 minute instrumental.

The title track 'Heaven's Open' is an up-tempo rock track, with references to Meatloaf in style, a piano taking a prominent part (I understand former Formula1 champion Jaques Villeneuve was a big fan of this particular track, often listening to it whilst preparing for a race). Other tracks vary from pop/rock to reggae. I doubt any of them would ever have been hit singles, but the songs are OK, with Mike making a creditable attempt at the vocals.

The instrumental track, 'Music From The Balcony' uses a strange mix of samples in which to create music. Birdsong, insect noises, and what sounds like metallic railings / fencing being hit all make an appearance, along with several synthesized / MIDI type musical instruments. It may sound slightly familiar to Amarok at times.

This is a slightly strange one - probably not a great idea for a casual Oldfield fan, or as a first Oldfield purchase. Existing fans may also place this album toward the lower end of their favourites list, and certainly nothing at all like his earlier works, but it still requires a place in any collection of Mike Oldfield music that is slightly more than casual.
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