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Platinum [Original recording remastered]

Mike Oldfield Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 May 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00004T9AL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,589 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Platinum (Part 1) : Airborne
2. Platinum (Part 2) : Platinum
3. Platinum (Part 3) : Charleston
4. Platinum (Part 4) : North Star/Platinum Finale
5. Woodhenge
6. Sally
7. Punkadiddle
8. I Got Rhythm

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Mike OLDFIELD Platinum CD

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another missed opportunity 5 Aug 2012
By Cudsie
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Platinum Remastered. 3 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD
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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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
After having amassed a music collection that includes nearly all of Mike Oldfields CDs, this one is perhaps the best of them all. It is split into two halves, the first four tracks are instrumental and the last four are vocal. The last four, whilst not bad, are not Mike Oldfields best attempts at vocal tracks and pale into insignificance behind other classics such as Moonlight Shadow and To France. The main work of art on the album is, as is to be expected from the title, the first four tracks, which are collectively entitled Platinum. All four are based around accoustic and prominantly electric guitars and the first track introduces the instruments in a bouncy melody that becomes more upbeat as it continues. The melody suddenly changes in the last few minutes to lead in the second track, another melody that incorporates the guitars prominantly but one that is more sombre and moody than the first with a slightly slower tempo. The third track is a return to upbeat - a jovial, almost bouncy and comical affair, completely different from the first two and one that wouldn't be out of place in a circus! Finally, the fourth track is in my opinion the best of them all, a haunting melody that eclipses every other track on the CD and one that could stand on its own quite happily as a solo piece. If you are a fan of Mike Oldfields early instrumental work then this album is a real must...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Revisited, 32 years on... 31 July 2012
By M. Yon
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Mike Oldfield at his best (I prefer it to Tubular Bells)
Published 4 days ago by Julian
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!
I used to own this on vinyl many years ago and I loved it. This 2000 re-mastered version has kept the album just as it was on vinyl (with no additional bonus tracks or promo... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldfield Genuis
Love it Love it Love it Love it Love it…Oldfield at his most predictive. The live cd is so good
Published 3 months ago by darren
3.0 out of 5 stars Bi-polar Album
This album is the first in which Oldfield moves towards a more 'direct' pop sound, stepping away from the symphonic masterpieces of the 70's. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Neil C
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites
One of my favourites. Mike Oldfield plays great electric guitar in the style we know him best. You wont regret buying this
Published 9 months ago by Sean
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but where is Sally?
I've always loved this album and was looking forward to the latest re-master - yes it sounds great as you'd expect but once again the powers that be (maybe it is Mike himself, who... Read more
Published 11 months ago by mariopops
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and nothig but great
This is my favorite of Mike's flow of works. The sound is superb and I feel a whole new touch to the music. Extra tracks are a welcome Bono.
Published 11 months ago by Arrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Always liked Platinum
always liked the album and like all fan we would of like the missing track (SALLY) on it but the live tracks make up for it ...
Published 12 months ago by Bassanio Collis
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent
It's one of the best album Mike Oldfield made. This is an excelent sound quality of one of the best guitarplayers ever.
Published 13 months ago by herb
4.0 out of 5 stars Platinum - Mike Oldfield
This started a slightly different era in Mike Oldfields music, in some respects simpler but still retaining many of the hallmarks of superb musicianship on his earlier albums in... Read more
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