Having been a fan of this artist for more than 10 years, my review may appear to some as biased. However, I strongly urge anyone out there who has even a passing interest in Mike Oldfield's music to BUY IT. Having read the press release from his official website, I can confirm that this 3 cd set is split into 3 'chapters' from his diverse career. There are excerpts from his complex works, and anyone who thinks that this begins and ends with TUBULAR BELLS should think again, for excerpts from OMMADAWN are included, which is probably one of his most passionate and deeply emotional recordings EVER.
Disc 2 concentrates on his more commercial 'singles.' Who could forget MOONLIGHT SHADOW or Oldfield's own famous rendition of the BBC show BLUE PETER. Excerps from his 1984 sountrack to THE KILLING FIELDS display his talent for film scoring (which could be a sign of things to come) and are also included on disc 2. The final disc brings us to the latter part of his career, and includes excerpts from AMAROK- a complex work which fans consider his absolute best. Also included is the emotionally charged FAR ABOVE THE CLOUDS which closes TB3.
The past few years have not been kind to Oldfield commercially, with last september's LIGHT AND SHADE sinking without a trace in the UK. But with 40 million PLUS album sales under his belt, and with a fantastically diverse back catalogue to his credit, I would urge even the most casusal buyer to give it a listen. If you love REAL MUSIC WITH EMOTION you won't be dissapointed.