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Music Of The Spheres [CD]

Mike Oldfield Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: UCJ Mercury
  • ASIN: B000T6K8KW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,059 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Harbinger (Album Version) 4:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Animus 3:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Silhouette 3:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Shabda (Album Version) 3:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Tempest (Album Version) 5:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Harbinger reprise (Album Version) 1:300.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. On My Heart 2:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Aurora (Album Version) 3:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Prophecy 2:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. On My Heart reprise (Album Version) 1:160.39  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Harmonia Mundi 3:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Other Side 1:280.39  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Empyrean (Album Version) 1:370.39  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Musica Universalis 6:230.79  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

If you're going to prove your detractors wrong better to do it in grand style. In his autobiography (Changeling 2007) Mike Oldfield describes how, after being the butt of patronising attitudes whilst a member of Kevin Ayers' band, he wanted to come up with something that would make everyone sit up and take him seriously. Well, it doesn't get much grander than Tubular Bells, and more or less the whole wide world (give or take a few million sales here and there) sat up and took notice.

The phenomenal success didn't necessarily make him happy. Several times in his book he talks of being grateful for the abiding interest in Bells whilst simultaneously resentful about having everything he does compared to that first record. Despite such stylistically diverse pieces such Ommadawn, the catchy pop and rock of Moonlight Shadow or Family Man, or even the techno-tinged moods of 2005's Light And Shade, he's never quite escaped the gilded cage which his debut album has constructed around him.

It's no great surprise, therefore, that the dancing string motif of the opening track Harbinger is clearly drawn from the same gene pool as the first fruit of his loins. Similarly the stirring bass figures which stoke the engines of Musica Universalis bear a striking resemblance to those underpinning the Viv Stanshall-narrated coda of Tubular Bells.

Back then the guitar was pretty much the star. Here Oldfield's tunes have been threaded into Karl Jenkins' opulent orchestral embroidery. Not surprisingly Music Of The Spheres does sound an awful lot like an Adiemus album at times. Shabda in particular has those choral voices that Jenkins pushed to the fore though mercifully aren't lumbered with that ridiculous invented 'ethnic' language which Jenkins devised.

Perhaps because Oldfield's presence is limited to a few cameo appearances the album lacks the personality and tension which he achieved with side one of Tubular Bells. And if that seems unfair then it's because so much of Music Of The Spheres sounds like an old arrival rather than a new departure. --Sid Smith

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MIKE OLDFIELD Music Of The Spheres (2008 UK 14-track CD album - Collaborating for this release with the highly respected Karl Jenkins Mike Oldfield has returned to his ubiquitous Tubular Bells and used a theme from it aS the theme for his first attempt at a truly classical album. With a guest appearances by the divine Hayley Westenra on the vocal piece On My Heart and acclaimed pianist Lang Lang who appears throughout Oldfield has drawn upon the best the Classical world hasto offer for this premier outing)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my word - this is good 12 Nov 2007
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I grew up in a house where my Dad was a huge Mike Oldfield fan, and I remember him excitedly rushing home with his latest album, putting it on the hi-fi, and then we would sit there and listen to it, waiting for him to pass judgement. His enthusiasm rubbed off on me, and as the years passed we would both listen to the albums separately, then reconvene to discuss what we had heard. For me, "Amarok" has been his finest album, followed by "Ommadawn", but this album is right alongside them.

The first thing that must be said is that "Music of the Spheres" is NOT "Tubular Bells 4", and although it immediately sounds like Oldfield you soon realise that the entire album is orchestral and there is little, maybe even no guitar on there, so don't expect wailing electric guitars, but do be prepared for strings, brass, and choirs. Right from the start is is clear that this is an Oldfield album but the orchestration is simply gorgeous. The album is split into two halves, a Hayley Westenra vocal ending the first "side", and the rousing "Musica Universalis" bringing the second to a close, a few of his trademark tubular bells popping up towards the end.

Critisicms? The album is only forty five minutes long and could easily have been much longer, but what we have here is just perfect. Oldfield's best album in years, and I really can't wait to hear the album again.
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
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Having been a great fan of Mike Oldfield's music since 1973 (!) I've never really been disapointed with any thing he's done but as with all genuinely creative artists ,their careers have their high points and low points.
Mike Oldfield is no exception and although it's been a long time coming ,'Music of the Spheres' is definately one of the high points in his long career.This is Mike Oldfield at his very best.
When I first heard he was creating an orchestral peice of music with no electric guitar my main concern was that it wouldn't sound like Mike Oldfield.I've always thought that Mike's distictive sound came from the fact that, apart from his unique electric guitar style he generaly plays nearly every instrument himself thus giving each peice his own unique'musical voice'.
Where 'Music of the Spheres'succeeds is that although apart from some beautiful acoustic guitar played by Mike,the music is played via an orchestra but some how has that unmistakable Mike Oldfield 'sound-scape'you would expect to hear if he'd played everything himself.
From the opening bars of Harbinger to the last notes of Musica Universalis this is classic Mike Oldfield of a quality we haven't heard Mike produce in many ,many years.
At its very best Mike's music has an almost addictive quality about it.Sadly this quality has been lacking in recent years but here he's back with a piece of music that in parts is so beautiful it will send shivers down your spine and bring tears to your eyes !
This is the Mike Oldfield album I've been waiting so long for,brilliant in its composition and construction.Music that inspires and moves you with flashes of genuine genius.Anyone who thought that 'Tubular Bells' or 'Ommadawn' were the pinical of Mike Oldfield's career listen to this.
My only hope now is that we all get the chance to see it performed live.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not really classical, but still grand! 13 Nov 2007
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I've listened to a 45-minute promo copy several times now. To begin with, it seemed a bit 'cod' classical - like a Mike Oldfield album arranged by Adiemus. However, after about 6 listens I really began to love it! OK, it's got some obvious borrowings from TB1 and Crises, but the melodies are gorgeous, it doesn't get ponderous and there's passion aplenty. Thankfully, the Oldfield of recent jingles albums has been replaced by the man behind Ommadawn and Hergest Ridge, and you can't get better than that!
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56 of 66 people found the following review helpful
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If there is one musician in this world who was born to write a classical work, then it has to be Mike Oldfield. His most successful works have been those that combine real instruments with a compositional style that is not too far removed from classical music (i.e. Tubular Bells, Hergest Ridge, Ommadan etc) and after over 30 years in the music industry he has composed possibly his finest work since the 1970's. I am able to make this claim because i have a promo copy which has now been played countless times, and i want to pass this message on to as many people as possible- you will be presented with a 45 minute work in two movements, and within these movements you will hear the unmistakable style of the man himself, who also appears on most tracks, with his lyrical classical guitar. The work opens with HARBINGER, and the strings performing a very familiar musical pattern! THE TEMPEST is probably the most experimental and unconventional of the tracks, with a minimalist/ Steve Reich-like display from the strings/piano etc but at 3"45 there is an almighty build up, with an explosion of passion and thematic beauty. Influences of Karl Jenkins (the arranger and conductor on this album) can also be heard in SHABDA which towards the end features a beautiful chorus that raises the roof, and in my view is a homage to ADIEMUS. The song ON MY HEART is performed by Hayley Westenra and is so beautiful it will not fail to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. This closes part 1, and with AURORA we are treated to a virtuosic display from the strings in a very joyful passage, with choir singing the title 'Au-ro-ra!' THE OTHER SIDE is very filmic, whilst EMPYREAN reminds me of early Oldfield works with it's aggressive brass lines. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mike Oldfield - Music of the Spheres
This is one of the best compositions Mike Oldfield has ever created. You will never get tired of hearing it over and over again.
Published 1 month ago by Leonard Ellul-Mercer
5.0 out of 5 stars Big artist
A great record of a great composer of music, this is an album for the senses, at a good price, everything ok. Recommended 100%
Published 2 months ago by JESUS
5.0 out of 5 stars music by mike oldfield
Any music by mike oldfield is a must not dissapointed by this tape first class.look forward to his next realeases.
Published 3 months ago by richard john Walton
3.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing
It had been recommended to me but although good bedtime listening it failed to provide the inspiration that was expected.
Published 4 months ago by Mike Dennis
4.0 out of 5 stars Music of the Years
With the imminent release of Oldfield's 2014 release; Man on the Rocks, I find myself drawn to his other most recent release now 6 years old. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Edward Leedskalnin
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Oldfield
Another well made rendition with different instruments and slight variations of Tubular Bells. It sounded good but why does he continue to remake TB over and over and over... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Viandante del Cielo
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Mike Oldfield
Mike Oldfield has produced over the years some inspiring music and this is no exception, and in this case it is a more "classical" but contemporary feel.
Published 6 months ago by CN
5.0 out of 5 stars Anniversary gift
I bought this for my husband for our anniversary and it is every bit as good as Tubular Bells was when it first was released. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Isabel U
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh damn
Just listened to this for the first time and I suppose it's okay as background music when you're working late. But, oh damn ... Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2012 by P. Schlingemann
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowing
I absolutely love this album; I can't stop playing it. I have been a fan of Mike Oldfield since TB1 first came out, although after Ommadawn, I went for quite a while without... Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2012 by TallestQS
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