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Oracle [Import]

Michael Hedges Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 May 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Windham Hill
  • ASIN: B000000NLT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,400 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The 2nd Law
2. Ignition
3. Baal T'shuvah
4. Dirge
5. Jitterboogie
6. Oracle
7. Gospel
8. Tomorrow Never Knows
9. Theme From HATARI!
10. Aura Muunta
11. Jitterboogie (Family Version)
12. Sofa No.1
13. When I Was 4
14. Bonus Track

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Michael Hedges's last album before his untimely death is one of his best. The 1996 album opens with The 2nd Law, a quietly intense and introspective piece, and moves on through the percussive Ignition, the sprightly Gospel, and two variations on the same piece, Jitterboogie and the playful Jitterboogie (Family Version). The sole vocal piece on the album is a nice turn on the Beatles' Tomorrow Never Knows, with Hedges backing himself on guitar and fretless bass. There are two other interesting cover choices, Henry Mancini's Theme from Hatari! and Frank Zappa's Sofa No. 1. Oracle won the 1998 Grammy for Best New Age Album, and the award was richly deserved. --Daniel Durchholz

Over time, Michael Hedges' recording approach and guitar technique had morphed to include all sorts of gadgetry and inspired technical innovations. Each new disc introduced new musical and thematic elements to the guitarist's vast repertoire. This attention to innovative detail isn't as pronounced on Oracle, but it would be untrue to describe the disc as representing a creative stasis. On an album that is mostly instrumental and generally concerned more with melody than thematic cohesion and quirky technical breakthroughs, Hedges relies on his past offerings and simplest musical instincts for inspiration, and the results are splendid. After having the stolen homemade instrument he used to write and record his groundbreaking debut, Breakfast in the Field, returned to him in 1995, Hedges used the guitar as a guiding light, leading the way toward a return to a more musical and less technical musical style. Standouts include the simplified Zappa cover 'Sofa No. 1' and the gentle guitar manifestoes 'The 2nd Law' and 'Oracle' but, as fans would expect, this offering is consistent in its quality, and rare in its musical commitment. --Vincent Jeffries (All Music Guide)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best guitarist in the world...ever! 12 Dec 2000
By Wrax
Format:Audio CD
If you've never heard the man play then you are missing out on an important musical experience.
Michael Hedges was one of the best players to pick up a guitar. Sadly he died in December 1997 in a motor vehicle accident. His style was second to none - two handed playing, fabulous alternate tunings but most of all beautiful beautiful music.
Most reviews you read (Amazon included) tend to focus on his seminal 1984 album "Aerial Boundaries". I rate "Oracle" as just as important, just as amazing and just as beautiful. From the opening "The 2nd Law" to the closing "When I Was 4" his playing simply oozes out of your CD player. There's even a great version of Frank Zappa's classic song, "Sofa No. 1".....
I can't force you to buy this CD, maybe if you're curious you should try "Aerial Boundaries" first but if you like acoustic guitar, beautiful tunes and fantastic guitar playing then save your pennies, Deutschmarks, dollars, etc and buy this too.
If you're like me, it may inspire you to pick up a guitar again after a long time!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond mere music 16 Dec 2005
By Diogenes DogSnack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Who was Michael Hedges? One of the greatest acoustic guitar players ever, for sure, and a brilliant composer, but much more than that. His total mastery of technique enabled him to transcend the boundaries of his instrument and to speak with a direct connection to his soul. Not a striving to reach such a state, but the outpouring of a true master, of one who has attained it. I hear his music and no longer wonder about the reason for existence. Not to say that all of his music attains this lofty level, but a great deal does. Oracle might not be his best work, (although it is my personal favorite) but it's definitely in the top three.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oracle is his third best album, very well balanced. 10 Sep 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Michael returns to the steel strings guitars to express his music again, before a fatal car accident in northern california. As always, the result is very deep and intense. This album could be related to Aerial Boundaries because of the textures used. It is not as dense as Taproot but shows the work of a fully grown composer as well. His death in december of 97 leaves us all without one of the most complete composers of the last two decades.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No wonder this won a grammy! 6 Feb 2002
By Andy Williamson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This was the first Hedges cd I heard and I went on to get most of the others afterwards. The first three tracks are simply gorgeous as is "Gospel" and "Sofa No. 1" a nice addition for the Zappa fans...
But by far the stand out track is "Baal T'shuvah", an absolutely warm, well-rounded, fingerstyle song that is beyond description. Essential.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Hedges - Oracle....BRILIANT 14 Nov 2005
By William P. Borden - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Always wondered how you would answer the question "if I were stranded on a deserted island, what music would you take?" This one is without a DOUBT at the top of my list. Michael's untimely death STILL wracks me to this day. The man was just beginning to blossom. I can say without hesitation that this CD is the single most important piece of modern acoustic guitar ever made. The emotion laid forth on each and every song is unmatched. Strong enough review for you? Buy it, and if you do not like it, I WILL BUY THE COPY FROM YOU!!! If I had 100 copies of this album, I would be fine with that!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Oracle Plays and Sings 1 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Here's Michael Hedges at his nearly best (Arial Boundaries still shines brightest in my eyes)..His vocals on 'Tomorrow Never Knows' are simple and clean...it would have been nice if he had been able to live to see his artistry as a guitarist be fully complemented with his talents as a vocalist. A fine addition to any collection.
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