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Man On The Rocks

Mike Oldfield Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (3 Mar 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B00FR0WL46
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,311 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sailing
2. Moonshine
3. Man On The Rocks
4. Castaway
5. Minutes
6. Dreaming In The Wind
7. Nuclear
8. Chariots
9. Following The Angels
10. Irene
11. I Give Myself Away

Product Description

Man on Rocks is Mike Oldfield's first album of new material since 2008, featuring 11 brand new tracks. Recorded in the Bahamas, Mike's 25th studio album has been produced by Mike with legendary British producer Stephen Lipson (Jeff Beck, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox).

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Oldfield's rock songs 8 Mar 2014
By Ben P
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By a stroke of good luck Mr Oldfield was asked to perform at the 2012 Olympics and this release reflects a burst of energy and it certainly comes across that all had a good time making this. It is beautifully reflective in parts; Dreaming in the Wind is particularly good and the upbeat Moonshine is one of Mike's catchiest songs to date. It certainly isn't Tubular Bells and if you liked Moonlight Shadow and those vocal tracks on Discovery, then this may be up your street. Luke Spiller puts in a great performance too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing 7 April 2014
By Andy
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What a huge disappointment. Would i buy and listen to this kind of music if it was not Mike Oldfield? NO i would NOT.
Like other people have said, its dull, boring and quite simplistic. Chris De Burgh can write better songs than this!!! The Instrumental CD is even worse. The only reason i can think this was added was to pull in true Oldfield fans who love his instrumental work because how many other song writers create a 'karaoke' CD, to go with their album.
I can't deny that MO has written some great vocal songs in the distant past but he should stick to doing what he does best. He played Tubular Bells at the opening ceremony for the Olympics not 'Make Make' from 'Heavens Open'
For me i believe, Mike Oldfield, like most talented musicians, have gone through different phases. He has done fantastic music up to and including 'The Killing Fields' then going up and down hill. It would not have been so bad if he had done an album like 'Islands' where it's half vocal half intrumental.
I believe that 'Music of the Spheres' & 'Tubular Bells III' were very good albums but the last decent album was 'The Songs of Distant Earth' For me that album just feels complete, where it all seems to come together. But sadly 'Man on the Rocks' is very distant indeed.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 6 Mar 2014
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I took a chance and ordered this album on the strength of the single, "Sailing". I must admit, I had my fingers crossed, 'cos I've been caught out before! On this occasion, however, I'm so glad I took a chance. What a cracking album! I should say at this point that I am a 50 something whose favorite era in music is the 70's, particularly rock and pop. If your tastes are similar, you are going to love this album. From the first track, the a fore-mentioned "Sailing", through "Man on the Rocks", "Dreaming in the Wind", "Irene" and "I Give Myself Away", all cracking tracks in their own right! Luke Spiller's vocals are brilliant, Mike Oldfield's guitar playing superb, production overall wonderful. The only thing I can find to criticize - I don't like cardboard CD covers!
Seriously, just buy this album! It's the best!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge after the first listen 8 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD
After the first listen I liked 3 songs and thought the album was garbage. After some subsequential listens, other songs started to grow on me, and after 6 days owning the album, I love it. Don't judge after the first listen, it needs more chance. Great vocal album, Mike, now time for a long complex instrumental on your new Mac Pro! 😃
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back Mike! 11 Mar 2014
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5 years after the release of the amazing 'Music Of The Spheres' I thought, as many other fans did, that Mike had released his final album and hung up his guitar for good. Then in 2013 and just after his stellar performance at the 2012 Olympic games opening ceremony he announces a fully vocal rock themed album.

This was not welcome news to some die hard fans, but this album is by no means another 'Earth Moving'

Instead what we have here is 11 tracks, (10 original Oldfield compositions and 1 cover song) featuring some of his finest and most powerful guitar solos ever. The vocals are sung equally as powerful by the wonderful newcomer Luke Spiller from the band 'The Struts' I'd myself hadn't heard of him, but I personally think he is one of the finest singers Mike has ever recorded with. His singing I found is like a mixture of Freddie Mercury, Mick Jagger and Bryan Ferry.

The songs on the album range from a happy light feel to a more darker and serious mood, via some beautiful mellow dreamy moments. It is like the vocal equivalent to 'Light And Shade'. A very mixed bag of pop, rock and chill out.

Lighter moments being Sailing, Moonshine, Minutes, Following The Angels and I Give Myself Away.
Darker moments being Man On The Rocks, Castaway, Nuclear, Chariots and Irene
Mellow moments being Dreaming In The Wind.

All 11 songs are well structured and many of them build to a beautiful soaring climax, highlights being the wonderful title track and Castaway.

I personally loved all the songs. But if I had to pick a weakest track, it would certainly be 'Following The Angels', an OK track I thought, but nowhere near as strong as the other 10 songs on the album.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good job Mike 11 Mar 2014
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It's been a long time since his last album and boy he more than made up for it. SAILING was the first single from the album that give us a taste of things to come MOONSHINE gets better the more you hear it MAN ON THE ROCKS the title track is good it makes you want to sit and listen to the whole album and you find yourself singing alone to the songs till you get to the last track I GIVE MYSELF AWAY I felt sad but in a good way so the only way to make me smile again is to play the whole album again and again until I learn the words to CASTAWAY LOL love the album I give it ten stars if I could thank you Mike Oldfield you made my day ......
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A long way from tubular Bells but still good.
Not really what you'd expect from Mike Oldfield but if you like a more rock type style it's good. Luke Spillers vocals are great. I really enjoyed the album.
Published 1 day ago by Paulo67
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great cd
Published 13 days ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really enjoyed the man on the rocks album Mike still has it and Luke's voice suits Mikes style.
Published 1 month ago by Jo Pearse
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent, just as expected.
Published 1 month ago by M Haynes
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
One of the best albums I haver heard in a long time.
Published 1 month ago by J. Koppe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD. You might hear 'We're Sailing' over the ...
Great CD. You might hear 'We're Sailing' over the waters near Largs this year - 'cos that's just what the guys and gals will be doing!
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. S
3.0 out of 5 stars Old Mike's back.
There are some good songs in here--and one or two iffy ones--but I would have preferred a variety of vocalists and at least one instrumental. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. D. BLACKBURN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Have got all the albums & listen to the all regularly.
Published 1 month ago by Phil Merridan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very fast delivery great to hear mike oldfields music change
Published 1 month ago by briannie
5.0 out of 5 stars Instrumental version near to perfect.
I bought this after hearing 'Sailing' on my car radio.
I give this 5* for the instrumental CD which is the 'second' disc and is one of the best albums I have ever heard. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rachel Senhurst
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