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Platinum (Deluxe Edition)

30 July 2012 | Format: MP3

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Disc 2
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4:59
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3:34
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22:14
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8:53
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3:38
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2:27
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2012
  • Release Date: 30 July 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Mike Oldfield, under exclusive licence to Mercury Records Limited
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  • Total Length: 2:10:27
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  • ASIN: B008G9VC6S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,039 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Cudsie on 5 Aug. 2012
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The Mike Oldfield Mercury re-masters continue with Platinum and QE2 though as with previous re-issues I feel the fans are not being given the package that would truly make them collectible and fully worth paying for them again.

Platinum is the 1979 release that marked a new direction for Oldfield in terms of style and format - and by and large it does sort of work - though on paper perhaps it shouldn't!

The Platinum suite which took up the first side of the album is by far the strongest element - split into 4 distinct sections they still gel together well and create a great new sound. The remaster is good with some of the higher end treble of previous releases toned down slightly. On Charleston you can still hear very faintly some crosstalk from some of the multi-track that wasn't dialled out completely on the master but this is perhaps the quietest I have heard it on any of Platinum's releases.

Side 2 of the album is more hit and miss and does not particularly gel as a whole what with covers, past offcuts and hasty additions after very late deletions! Beginning with an older Oldfield piece - Woodhenge - this was originally recorded in 1976 for an arts educational film "Reflections" - it is a mystical, ethereal work and is perhaps the most out of place track on the album. A companion track "The Path" recorded at the same time was eventually released on the B-side of a 1986 single (!) and is similarly mystical in nature but has not been included here. In America Woodhenge was replaced by "Guilty" on their version of the album (Called "Airborn"). To me that makes a lot more sense seeing as "Guilty" was recorded in the same sessions as the Platinum recordings and stylistically sounds similar.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Edward Leedskalnin on 3 Aug. 2012
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The die-hard fans will want to go for the deluxe edition but if you just want a remaster or are dipping your toes in those Oldfield waters, is this for you?

Platinum isn't definitive Oldfield but I do know many people were introduced to the man's music with this LP. His highly melodic guitar style is very evident here especially on what I still refer to as side one of the record! This is very catchy stuff and perhaps the least smoochy and cheesy example of late 1970's jazz-rock fusion. Oldfield was challenging himself when working on Platinum and you have to say it was worth it.

Side 2 was a little bit baffling back then but once one got one's head round it it revealed itself to be fun and full of those characteristic Oldfield layers. It starts with Woodhenge which clearly dated back a few years before this record, it's more in the vein of Ommadawn perhaps. Things soon move on to a collection of short poppier pieces.

If this is your first Oldfield venture I would recommend Ommadawn or the obvious Tubular Bells but don't let me put you off completely, Platinum is still an absolute classic!

If this isn't your first visit to Platinum and you're here for the remastering; is it noticeable? Just like QE2, my last copy on CD was purchased in the 1980's and this release is a definite improvement. By comparison my old copy sounds brittle and too trebley, this release is warm and reveals layers of music I hadn't noticed before, you wouldn't want to miss out on that now would you?!

I've gotten into the habit of telling Oldfield fans about a young whipper-snapper by the name of Andrew Taylor who has released an album called Mohribold (google it). If you like Oldfield you'll love Mohribold! There are some QE2-esque moments as well as some clear Ommadawn and Hergest Ridge influence but he's got his own style too. Maybe he's one to watch out for since Oldfield has called for an instrumetnal rock renaissence after his Olympics appearance.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Yon on 31 July 2012
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Ah, Platinum. The point where the new Mike Oldfield, following on from the release of the single Guilty, emerges with an album.

Very different from Incantations, it was erm, funkier. Having spent time in New York, Mike was relishing using new musicians. We also had cover versions, with Mike extracting a touch of Philip Glass's North Star in the long title track, and Gershwin's `I Got Rhythm', (or as the live album version calls it, `I've Got Rhythm')

The quality of the remastered original album is good. Of the three added `extras', we have the single version of the Blue Peter theme tune, at a shade over 2 minutes, a great version of Platinum played live in the studio that is previously unreleased, and a really good, longer (nearly twice as long!) version of North Star remixed by Mike in 2012. It's not groundbreaking but is good.

The 1980 live CD from Wembley Stadium is very good, and worth buying this new edition for alone. The quality of the recording is generally very good and I understand previously unavailable.

For me it's an interesting listen: I went to see Mike in concert in Sheffield a couple of nights before this recording. It is better and yet different to what I remember, 32 years on. Vocalist Wendy Roberts is better than I remembered, though I didn't think she was bad at the time. There's the odd misplayed note but it's not a bad effort at all, and the reason why many will buy this edition of the album.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DJ Control TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Aug. 2012
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I think Mr.Oldfield must have gotten bored with the idea of remixing his entire Virgin Records catalogue into 5.1 surround sound for these deluxe editions. We got as far as "Incantations (Remastered)" and the boredom had already started. The first three deluxe reissues of his back catalogue had fantastic remasters of the albums, a bonus disc of demos etc. and a dvd with a 5.1 surround mix of the entire album. Very deluxe. By the time we get to Incantations, the dvd is down to a six track selection of highlights (from what was originally a double vinyl album) and with a running time of just under 34 minutes I know this was a huge let down for fans. If ever there was an album in Mike's catalogue that was screaming to be mixed in surround for the 21st century, Incantations was it. We have to be content with six selected tracks that aren't even mixed to form a continuous piece of music.

By the time Platinum was reissued, there is no dvd. Not even some promo clips or as other reviewers have said, TV appearances. Especially absent is the doco on how the Blue Peter Theme was created. What a wasted opportunity. Yes the original album remaster sounds good. The 2012 remix of "North Star" is not bad either but the lack of any visual content and no surround mixes for the same price as previous releases smells of money grabbing. The only thing that saves this set from being redundant and why most Oldfield fans will probably purchase this album again is for the great live performance on the second cd. At almost 80 minutes of previously unreleased content this is a bonus but it doesn't makes this new edition *deluxe* by any stretch of marketing.
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