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Hergest Ridge [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Mike Oldfield Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (29 May 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00004T9AG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,936 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Hergest Ridge (Part One) (2000 Digital Remaster)21:24Album Only
Listen  2. Hergest Ridge (Part Two) (2000 Digital Remaster)18:45Album Only


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars get your facts right 19 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
Could i just ask people like the poor reviewer below me to get their facts right before going to print.
The Hergest Ridge album came out very soon after Tubular Bells so how could it sound like Ommadawn ?
Again how could Mike "plagarise Ommadawn" if he hadn,t even recorded it yet ?
I just wish people, who like to express their opinions on Amazon, would actually bother to read up a records history first.It is not helpful to others when deciding to buy the album but it just makes one seem foolish - sorry if this seems harsh but i have noticed a recent increase in both online and printed "journalist" reviews (especially Classic Rock ) to get facts completely wrong.
i know this is only a minor point in the whole history of the Cosmos but you do need to realise that Hergest Ridge was the follow-up to T.B. and that Ommadawn then came 3rd.
By the way H.R. is somewhat similar to T.B. but has a charm all of its own ,of course Ommadawn then goes onto sound like a natural progression to H.R.- surprise,surprise - thats the way an artist should develop and here Mike does just that. The themes are quite repetitive but thats Mikes style and personally i find the music to be very pleasant and calming - new age before new age had a name ?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hergest Ridge - a melodic masterpiece 11 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
I love this album. Maybe it has suffered because it has fallen in the shadow of the innovative Tubular Bells; but give me Hergest Ridge any day of the week.
For those not used to Mike Oldfield's work this album could best be described as a modern symphony. It is instrumental (apart from some choral and chanting passages) with the music varying from expressive and moody to crescendo. But its strength lies in the melodies within.
I find myself listening to this music as I surf the net, drive in the car or while having a beer and it lifts the spirit and charms at the same time.
When people talk about Mike Oldfield, Hergest Ridge is rarely mentioned. Why this happens I don't know because this album is a gem. If you like melody, atmospheric music and variety you will not be disappointed by this.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So much better in the original mix 6 July 2005
Format:Audio CD
I was lucky enough to have grown up with the original vinyl pre-Oldfield-tweak version (crackles, pops and all) and eagerly anticipated the CD release, only to find the remastered version a pale imitation of the haunting release I am so familiar with. Even when I first heard the original, aged around 5 or 6, I found the opening few minutes achingly beautiful and intensely moving; even now I still find it a totally unique piece of music which retains the power to send shivers down the spine at its beginning and at the end where an eerie and shocking chord transition shatters a hitherto languid choral sequence.
Though I appreciate Tubular Bells and what I've heard of Oldfield's other work, there is something special - I would even go so far as to say spiritual - about Hergest Ridge; even the LP cover was a work of art. I am perplexed that Oldfield can have found reason to try improving what was already perfect and the current remastered version loses more in content than it gains in quality.
I won't be throwing out the LP just yet...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A work of beauty 26 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album when it was first released and was an instant favorite and even better than Tubular Bells. The critics gave it a rough time and called it TB2.
The years have pased and my memory of the album fadded. I bought it recently and added it to my iPod. Over the past few months it is now top of my most played list.
All the other reviews have said enough about the beautiful melodies and the perfect composition of the two peices of work. It is so calming you just have to close your eyes whilst listening and drift to another place. This is easily some of the finest music I have ever heard and even after 30 years it still delights.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Welsh Mountainside Melody from the 70ies 27 April 2007
By Mr. P. J. R. LEWIS TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Vertually everyone has heard of Tubular Bells and how it launched both Mike Oldfield and especially Richard Bransons multi billion pound Virgin industry but few have heard of Oldfields superior albums that came after his 17million seller.
For those still wondering about my unusual title to Oldfields second album Hergest Ridge is just five miles up the road from Clyro made famous by the Rev Francis Kilvert and his diaries,and only 9 miles from Hay on Wye the famous secondhand book shop of the world.

Mike Oldfield moved to a cottage overlooking this picturesque hillside to escape the intense publicity over the success of Tubular Bells.He was able to look at the beauty of looking over into the English border from his Welsh stronghold which gave him inspiration to write Hergest Ridge.

I have visited and walked the ridge on numerous occasions and if you want to be inspired to musical greatness it is certainly the place to do it.

Hergest was a giant that lived nearby and the tales of his exploits make enjoyable reading but Oldfield has certainly matured in his second outing with a stronger more controlled less experimental sound to the album.

If Tubular Bells saw Oldfield showing off his skills as a musician with the albums catchy melody then Hergest Ridge is a more serious attempt at producing a instrumental album and it is certainly one of his most composed pieces of work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars HERGEST RIDGE
MY BEST FRIEND HAD THIS RECORDING WHEN WE WERE IN OUR TEENS. IT'S A GREAT ALBUM, OUTSHINING TUBULAR BELLS BY A LONG SHOT! LISTENING TO THIS HAS BROUGHT BACK SOME LOVELY MEMORIES
Published 11 months ago by Deborah Ingham
2.0 out of 5 stars How to Ruin an Excellent Piece of Music
I have the early vinyl record and bought, expensively, this cd some time ago, for replacement. When I first listened to it I thought some kind of digital default damaged my copy. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kerp Agvar
2.0 out of 5 stars Hergest Ridge
Yeah Yeah Yeah! But how the hell do I obtain the original vinyl mix on cd? I've just downloaded this latest incarnation of H.R.cost me 7.00 and I'm not a happy bunny. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2009 by Mr. G. Tree
5.0 out of 5 stars GORGEOUS!!!
Where 'Tubular Bells' was a mixture of folk and prog that chopped and changed melodies and moods with awesome musical dexterity, this, the follow up, 'Hergest Ridge' is a much more... Read more
Published on 21 July 2009 by Stotty
5.0 out of 5 stars music for the soul
Hearing this composition is only part of the experience as it is a musical adventure that can be felt it in the very soul of anyone who is appreciative and persevering enough to... Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2008 by PAULINE STAVES
3.0 out of 5 stars Close but no cigar
I have the original album and it remains my favorite Oldfield album along side Ommadawn. This mix has the essence of the original but none of the delicacy found on the vinyl... Read more
Published on 29 Feb 2008 by Mr. P. Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars great! thts all there is to say!
having not been around when the lp or remixed version was released i can not comment on the production of the 'remastered version'. however on the music side it is simply stunning! Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2007 by matt.B
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing Tracks
I originally bought Hergest Ridge in the Virgin 3CDS boxset, which also included Ommadawn. That version had 5 tracks on it, though it only lists Hergest Ridge Parts 1 and 2. Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2007 by Paul Haines
3.0 out of 5 stars Hit And Miss
The sound quality of the remaster is very good, but I have to echo the previous comments about this NOT being the original mix. Read more
Published on 13 Aug 2007 by Graham Armfield
2.0 out of 5 stars he should've called this album 'dammawon'
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i originally bought hergest ridge on vinyl as part of the 'boxed' set incl Tubular bells (which i already had) and Ommadawn, and I must have listened to the... Read more
Published on 14 July 2007 by Chris K
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