Moonlight Shadow - The Collection is a decent, no frills, budget compiliation of Mike's Virgin career (1973 - 1990) and also includes a few tracks from his most recent albums recorded for Mercury (2005 - 2007).
If you've got Two Sides
which was last years best of, compiled by Oldfield himself, then some of the excerpts from his longer works, such as Tubular Bells and Amarok (Part 1), will be familiar as they're the same edits used on that release. Sadly, the excerpt from the end of side one of Ommadawn on this compilation only runs to 3:41, whilst the Two Sides excerpt lasts for 6:48. So the shorter Ommadawn fades out long before the climax, which means that you get the build up, but not the pay-off. It would have been better, in my opinion, to drop one of the other tracks, and have the full 6:48 excerpt.
Elsewhere, you have familiar tracks from other Oldfield compilations - such as In Dulce Jubilo, Guilty, Blue Peter and Moonlight Shadow. And although Moonlight Shadow gives its name to the album, it's the only example of Oldfield's songwriting here - a pity as it would have been nice to include a few others - such as Five Miles Out, To France or Heaven's Open, for example.
No complaints with the inclusion of the likes of First Excursion, Sheba and Mount Teidi which are some of his best short instrumentals. There are some other tracks omitted which would have been just as good, Taurus 3 from the album Crisis, for example, but with only a single CD to play with, there's obviously not room to include everything that deserves to be on there.
So whilst Moonlight Shadow is far from the full story, with more comprehensive compilations around, the fact that the CD is currently around £5.00 means this is an inexpensive way to get an overview of a good section of Oldfield's output.