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Incantations [Original recording remastered]

Mike Oldfield Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (29 May 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00004T9AJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,213 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Incantations (Part 1)
2. Incantations (Part 2)
3. Incantations (Part 3)
4. Incantations (Part 4)

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he music of Mike Oldfield is some of the most spiritual, ethereal, reflective and sensual in rock. Oldfield himself created his own genre with his groundbreaking 1973 work, Tubular Bells, and has continued to craft highly individual works to this day which have built him a loyal international following.

The fourth instalment in his catalogue reissues, Incantations, was originally released in November 1978 and was Oldfield’s first and only studio double album. Comprising of four parts of the title track, it was a masterpiece of minimalism, with Oldfield again playing many of the instruments, with old friends including David Bedford conducting the choir and orchestra, Pierre Moerlen on drums and Mike’s sister Sally on vocals.

With remastering overseen by Oldfield himself, the packages contain a variety of rare material; and again, as with Tubular Bells, Hergest Ridge and Ommadawn, contain a brand new 5.1 mix by Oldfield on DVD, as well as footage from his 1979 concert tour that supported the album. Both CD formats also include "Guilty", Oldfield’s legendary 1979 single recorded in New York City at the height of the disco movement. Few expected the man who crafted 25 minute sides of symphonic rock to hit the dancefloor with such élan. Also includes artwork overseen by Oldfield and extensive notes.

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars so called "deluxe" treatment 25 July 2011
By Cudsie
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase

It looks like Universal are going to sort out the glitch after all:

Thank you for your email regarding Mike Oldfield's Incantations.
The new re-master of Incantations is faithful to the original analogue master tape. These tapes included an edit point at 12:37 on Part 4 of Incantations which can be discerned as a small jump in the track. Following feedback that this has affected the enjoyment for some listeners, a new master has been prepared and approved by Mike for all subsequent pressings. If you would like us to send you an amended disc please let us have your address details and we will send you one. Please email mk.customerservices@umusic.com for CD and support@universal-music.co.uk for vinyl.

If you have any further enquiries please don't hesitate to contact us: on:support@universal-music.co.uk

Kind regards,
Universal Music"

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As we all know the course of true love never does run smooth - and so it seems with these Mike Oldfield re-releases/remasters.

Firstly the packaging.

Clearly things must be getting tight at Universal Music as we no longer get the clear plastic shroud to protect the digipack - instead we get a tape wrapped around the bottom of the product sealing the flaps shut.

Don't worry it comes off easy enough but then you have to throw it away - which is probably a clever marketing ploy - because on that piece of tape you have just thrown away is the only place where it says this is a "deluxe" product!

There is a big black sticker over the rather nice new photograph of the Minorca beach proclaiming the new 2011 remaster with 5.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
First off, let me convey how thrilled I was to receive this deluxe version of Incantations, for it arrived here in New Zealand just three days after it was released in the U.K. Now that is remarkable! Well done Amazon, a fine job of such a speedy delivery!

Sadly the story takes a turn for the worse from here on....

My issue is with the term DELUXE...that is to say this DELUXE version of Incantations seems to be way below standard...this is really disappointing from a fan's point of view, particularly when one considers how long some of us fans have waited for Incantations to be issued in DELUXE format.

I picked up on previous reviews in that there seems to be widespread disappointment around the packaging. Yes I concur, the packaging really is not up to 'DELUXE' standards. To my way of thinking, DELUXE ought to mean a substantial cut above the rest. DELUXE meaning something really special that will satisfy dedicated fans because it should attain a special ranking that automatically sets regular versions aside.

I too am disappointed to detect the audio 'glitch' on Part 4 around 12.36. It sounds awful, particularly when listening through headphones. This reminds me of the New Order DELUXE issues of their back catalogue whereby each disc in that series suffered from serious audio glitches. One track in particular was taken directly from vinyl instead of the original master! That whole debacle was a great big disappointment to say the least and therefore DELUXE was actually sub-standard. The same thing is emerging here with Incantations. This should not happen! Who was supervising during the re-mastering and transfer? Just not good enough!

My personal view is that there are simply 4 key components of a DELUXE version.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars IT'S NOT JUST A GLITCH IS MORE THAN THAT 6 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Shame on quality control by Universal and Oldfield himself. Don't get me wrong the original Incantations could be five stars but this release lacks of quality control.
I have just received my CD and I can tell you that if Universal says "These tapes included an edit point at 12:37 on Part 4 of Incantations which can be discerned as a small jump in the track..." it's not just a small jump it's a mistake that needs to be corrected right now. Amazon should remove the item until a new release comes to stores. Be warned you will notice the jump even if you never heard Incantations before.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Frustratingly sublime. [UPDATE} 25 July 2011
By M. Yon
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Incantations (Remastered)

Incantations (2011) is both a joy and frustration to me. What it may do is lead some to re-assess this album.

Back in 1978 it was Mike's fourth album and the next in an increasingly complex set of albums, though with diminishing sales.

Nevertheless, I remember that there was a degree of expectation amongst fans. After the release of Ommadawn in 1975, and with there being one album a year from Tubular Bells in 1973, there were three years of work (and waiting!), with the resulting album being a double, Oldfield's first. It is still his longest album to date.

It is a subtle, orchestral, classical work. Many of the other reviews here will say that. It uses proper orchestras, blistering guitar, and amazing choral voices that are still quite amazing. It is an album that runs in cycles, with rhythms and voices that intermix and overlap. On hearing it in the 1970's I was both mesmerised and frustrated. I loved certain aspects of it, yet felt that some parts were overlong and repetitive - something that fans have argued about ever since. (I have heard it referred to as Mike's `White Album' because of this.) As such, it got rather unfairly criticised, and was rather ignored at the time: this was when Punk Rock reared its head, and Mike's music was seen as out of step.

Personally, I have found over time that I have grown to love it, whilst perhaps accepting that it's not perfect.

So: what of this new remastered 2011 version?

Well: the short answer is that it is still frustrating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Oldfield
Probably Oldfield's finest work.
Fabulously other worldly and ethereal.
And ended with a guitar heavy finale. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Geoff
4.0 out of 5 stars Incantations
Great Oldfield style, music to relax by. Bought mainly to listen to on my Kindle, but have also downloaded and burnt discs for the car.
Published 1 month ago by Bob K
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't beleive all you read here.
There's a lot been written here about a glitch in Incatations part four caused by a dodgy edit point, well my copy of the CD arrived yesterday and if it is there it's not audible... Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. R. HALIDAY
4.0 out of 5 stars The 4th Protocol
I could repeat what most other people have said - or at least the MO-philes (like me)
Hergest Ridge was (to me) a catastrophic embarrassment, but then along came Ommadawn,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Heading For Gitche Gumee
I never fail to take this album with me when visiting family on the shores of Lake Superior. I usually put it on just as I hit Hwy 17, the music mirroring the Canadian landscape as... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Peter Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldfield's finest album ?
Very good and thorough edition of this Mike Oldfield Classic... the discs are filled with bonus tracks and various demos and mixes of the period (including Guilty). Read more
Published 6 months ago by R. David
5.0 out of 5 stars the greatest
what to say about this piece which i consider to be his very best!first heard when taking o'levels yep eons ago and have been captivated by it ever since.my every -mood cd! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tashee
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best
I like most of Oldfield's work but this is not his best, in my opinion. A bit too repetitive for me.
Published 10 months ago by riverlily
4.0 out of 5 stars Still sounds good
Still have the vinyl version, can now listen to it in the car but can't beat listening to this album using headphones for ultimate appreciation.
Published 11 months ago by Coach
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I guess few musicians in the world would be able to produce such a masterpiece nowadays, not even Oldfield himself of the current days ! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Leonardo Beltri
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