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Man On The Rocks

Mike Oldfield Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 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 (253 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,544 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

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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
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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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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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
By Frankk
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... it is not for background music. The more you listen, the more you hear!

Over the years (too many to count yet?) Mike Oldfield has shown the world his musical versatility. He is one of the greatest composers and musicians of the ages.
Over forty years after creating Tubular Bells and a five year pause after his last work The Music Of The Spheres, he now is presenting to us ten new songs plus a cover of a gospel.
For individuals needing categories: it would be rock music. The various songs represent a range of styles that some might feel the need to liken to certain bands (Rolling Stones, U2). Careful listeners however will be treated to music that is unlike anything else in this world. It is uniquely Mike Oldfield; brilliantly composed and finely handcrafted by the cosmic talent.
All he songs feature Mike's wonderful guitar play, in most: building up to a cathartic solo.
As Mike has frequently done before, he again enlists a lead vocalist, Luke Spiller (of the Struts. Do look them up!) to sing the lyrics. As Mike has always done: he picked an awesome singer to complement the music.
Again, some will be compelled to liken Luke to great talents like Freddy Mercury, but the comparison is redundant. Luke Spiller's performance stands on it's own merit.
Last, but not least: There is a "Deluxe" edition of this album that includes a second disc, the instrumental version. The music without the vocals my be targeted for devoted Mike Oldfield friends only but I highly recommend the 2CD option it to anyone. There is nothing wrong with the vocal version, but the music and play are so magical, it's just a pleasure listening to the instrumental version in it's purity.
I will need a second CD rack for my Mike Oldfield collection now and I'm looking forward to filling it in the next forty years!
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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 13 days ago by Jo Pearse
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent, just as expected.
Published 14 days ago by M Haynes
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
One of the best albums I haver heard in a long time.
Published 14 days 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 22 days 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 23 days ago by J. D. BLACKBURN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Have got all the albums & listen to the all regularly.
Published 24 days ago by Phil Merridan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very fast delivery great to hear mike oldfields music change
Published 25 days 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 28 days ago by Rachel Senhurst
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great album
Published 28 days ago by Mr. A. Charnley
2.0 out of 5 stars Oldfield on the Rocks?
Definitely not one of Mike's best albums.
Thought material was weak although Luke's voice is amazing.
Instrumental disc was boring waste of time.
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