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Hergest Ridge [CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, Box set]

Mike Oldfield Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (7 Jun 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, Box set
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B003DO13O2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,783 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Hergest Ridge Part One
2. Hergest Ridge Part Two
3. Hergest Ridge Demo Part One
4. Hergest Ridge Demo Part Two
Disc: 2
1. Hergest Ridge Part One
2. Hergest Ridge Part Two

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Product Description

Originally released in 1974, Hergest Ridge was the follow-up to Mike Oldifeld's groundbreaking 1973 debut, Tubular Bells. It gave Oldfield his first UK Number One album, and was actually knocked off the UK top spot by Tubular Bells itself. It is another lengthy suite, reflecting the glory of the countryside in which Oldfield had secluded himself following his early global success. This new 2010 mix is designed to highlight the nuances of the work and features a new cover--Oldfield was never happy with the album’s original fish-eyed lens picture of his glider on the top of Hergest Ridge.

This deluxe edition includes a DVD and a brand new 5.1 mix overseen by Oldfield himself.

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very welcome return to the past.... 15 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD
I'll be honest. I bought this deluxe set (and that of Ommadawn) for the original mix version rather than for the 2010 mix version. On occasion I have recalled the utter enjoyment of listening to the original 1974 LP version of Hergest Ridge in my youth and wishing it were available on CD rather than that of the subsequent 1976 'Boxed' remix. There was something calming, sober, reflective, restorative and utterly beautiful about the original and subtle mix that was never in my opinion captured in the subsequent remix. I hear it now on CD for the first time in this deluxe edition and I am overjoyed. It is as I say utterly beautiful and moving, and for my part, is up there in the top 3 of Mike's works, with Ommadawn and Tubular Bells. If you have never heard this original 1974 mix - take the opportunity to now.

As for the 2010 mix. I agree with most comments here that it has been done well and gives a refreshing take on Hergest Ridge. All too often for me, remixes destroy the essence of the original work - but not so here. It brings to the fore detail in the work that is more laid back in the original mix. While for me it will never replace the original mix, and is surely not meant to?, I will nonetheless listen to it often.

Perhaps most surprising is the quality of the 1974 demo recordings. By their nature I assumed that they would only be appreciated by the die hard fan. Not so here. They are of a high quality both in terms of audio and mix. While clearly not the finished deal, the care in which they have been recorded, mixed and produced means (excepting some passages) they would not easily be identified as essays leading to the final work. Again, beautiful and a very pleasing and welcome listening experience.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beguiling & Beautiful 1 July 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The release of a re-mixed `Hergest Ridge' (HR/2010) follows the 2009 release of a remixed `Tubular Bells' (TB/2009), made possible by Oldfield's acquisition from Virgin Records (VR) of the rights to his entire VR back catalogue. This is not, of course, the first time that `Hergest Ridge' has been re-worked, as a substantially different version was released in 1976 as part of the `Mike Oldfield Boxed' (HR/MOB) set, intended as a QUAD mix. At the time Oldfield stated that his intention was to "...cut down on what I thought had been unnecessary trimmings...I thought people might think it was too repetitive". This pared down, textually revised version would be used in all subsequent releases of the album (mixed back to stereo), including the first cd and later HDCD issues.

For the 2010 release, Oldfield has returned and reconsidered the approach taken in the `boxed' and original stereo mix, producing a further hybrid, whilst also sanctioning the first ever issue on cd of the original 1974 stereo mix, something which fans have sought for many years. To further whet the appetite, a complete demo version is also available (allowing fans to compare and contrast the development of the music from initial stages to completed work) alongside a new 5.1 Surround Sound Mix (which I do not include in this review).

This represents a considerable amount of material of review meaningfully, so in order to save space (and perhaps your patience!) I will concentrate on the new 2010 stereo mix with reference to HR/MOB and HR/1974.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT REMASTERED PACKAGE 10 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
For 11:99 you get 3CD's comprising 2009 Stereo mix,5.1 DVD and what must be the most important part of this set - the original 1974 recorded mix. I bought this album when I was 15 and up until now was always disapointed with the poor sound quality from the vinyl release espiecally at the end of side 1 where the choir came surging back which caused real bad distortion noise. This has finally been rectified and you get a proper listening expierience the way this music should be heard. Anyone who thought Mike Oldfield was just Tubular Bells should hear this.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-evaluation - it's about the MUSIC! 26 April 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am always more than happy to re-assess things and quite prepared to eat some humble pie. In light of S Dinsdale's comment I realized I was succumbing to certain prejudices.
I STILL have reservations about this re-release; BUT as far as the music goes I must not allow myself to waver.
Hergest Ridge is a wonderful work and an engrossing piece of music. Perhaps slightly shaky after Tubular Bells, it none-the-less has passion, grace and fire, with Mike's meticulous attention to detail.
It is a grand vision full of intricate changes; it deserves attention and credit.
Personally, my favourites are "Ommadawn" and "Incantations" and I'm wondering whether the latter might be in for a "Deluxe" release?
Elegant, eloquent and charged Hergest Ridge is a complex blend of sartorial splendour. Its mood swings are dramatic - a perfect example of this being the mid-section 'storm' in part two.
Great MUSIC! Superb!
The remix and repackaging - well; it's harmless enough I suppose?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Many Changes to the Original Hergest Ridge
Hergest Ridge (1974 CD recording) is a good album, very peaceful, mellow and melodic that in many parts intentionally or not minimized detail of some instruments into a somewhat... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Malcolm Robertson
3.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent and Infuriating
Ok - so many mixes of this record. Love the melodies, the vibe - most effective in its most simple and pastoral form in my view.

Listening to the 2010 stereo mix. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Neil C
5.0 out of 5 stars Intimate, beautiful album
Completely different than Tubular bells, to me a better "listen-to" album. Meditative, contemplative, transporting into another world. 5. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jan Friedman
5.0 out of 5 stars Wecome back!
Like many others i had the original on vinyl and on cassette and loved the "fuzziness" of the sound, so when i could no longer play the lp i bought the cd and thought, "this... Read more
Published 16 months ago by D. A. Todd
2.0 out of 5 stars cd to replace vinyl
Again, I bought this set to replace a worn vinyl, but it has been ruined by a hopeless remix, so it is now just a repetitive noise. Luckily I still have the vinyl
Published 18 months ago by Mr. E. Bray
5.0 out of 5 stars after almost 40 years....it finally makes sense
At the time of this albums original release, I was one of those many, many people for whom it made absolutely no sense, either musically or conceptually. Read more
Published 24 months ago by F. M. Havicon
2.0 out of 5 stars Hergest Ridge, really?
When I first heard it, it sounded great. The remastering is a treat and it could have been recorded yesterday..... Read more
Published on 4 May 2012 by Golding
4.0 out of 5 stars RIDGE OF SIGHS
I remember the the anticipation when this was first released,and the music was annalysed like nothing since "Sargeant pepper", Mike Oldfield was feted as a genious,and all was well... Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2012 by Finbar the looney
4.0 out of 5 stars Hergest Ridge
I must confess to be a Mike Oldfield fan and although he is not the best musician in the world and (sorry Mike if you are reading this) has produced some real turkeys every now and... Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2011 by Dangerous Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Most worthwhile remaster out there.
To remaster AND remix an album some thirty-five years old is fittingly unorthodox for the multi-instrumental genius that is Mike Oldfield. Read more
Published on 18 July 2011 by Edward Leedskalnin
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