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The Platinum Collection [Original recording remastered, Box set]

Mike Oldfield Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (13 Mar 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Box set
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000E5KOKM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,914 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Tubular Bells (Opening Theme)
2. Tubular Bells (Excerpt)
3. Sailor's Hornpipe
4. Hergest Ridge (Excerpt)
5. Ommadawn (Excerpt)
6. Ommadawn (Excerpt)
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Moonlight Shadow (Extended Version)
2. Blue Peter
3. Guilty (Long Version)
4. Arrival
5. Wonderful Land
6. Sheba
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Sentinel
2. Pictures In The Dark
3. Shine (Extended Version)
4. Islands (12' Mix)
5. Flying Start (12' Version)
6. The Time Has Come (12' Version)
See all 15 tracks on this disc

Customer Reviews

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent collection, and good value 16 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
What, another Oldfield compilation? There are already plenty out there, none of which are flawless, some of which are bad. The existing Oldfield fan will own them all of course, for the smattering of B-sides, non-album A-sides and live tracks, and may wonder why they should look at this new Platinum Collection at all. But three discs running well over three hours is not something to complain about at this price. And many tracks are extended versions (like the superior version of 'Guilty', which was originally a blue vinyl 12" single), which sort of adds to the value. (This kind of thing offends die-hard music fans, who don't like shelling out just to get a rare track . . . )
As far as compilations go, this is far less sterile than normal. The selection seems to have been made intelligently (such as the 'Hergest Ridge' excerpt being the visionary first ten minutes of Part 1), and the fact Oldfield is given interview space in the booklet lends it a more friendly personality. I found myself enjoying tracks I've not usually liked before, in particular the songs from what is considered his 'career dip' in the 1980s (honestly though, what established artist DIDN'T dip in that dire decade?). One or two things deserve pointing out: 'Don Alphonso' is a mono recording - how on earth did that happen? 'The William Tell Overture' is lifted from the 'Elements' box and still sounds like a (decent) vinyl transfer with one audible tick. The booklet does have a variety of grammatical mistakes (Jerry Lordan wrote 'Wonderful Land', not 'Lardon'!!), including a mis-spelling of the liner note author's name (how embarassing, shoddy and sadly commonplace in this day and age!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Introduction to Mike Oldfield 14 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you are new to Mike Oldfield this is the one to get and if like me you’re a true fan of Mike still get it. Why you may ask looking at the contents of the cd’s you say “ I’ve got them all,” what the track listings don’t tell you is a lot of the tracks are extended or twelve inch versions . Amazon please note
That is the reason I bought this tripple cd (extended & twelve inch versions mean more music). This box set showes Mikes diversety in music ranging frome complicated sections to single sections than any erlier complations for the very reasonable price.
If I had to pick the worst tracks they would be .
Don Alfonso this is more like a b side than an a side light harted and slightly amusing
Woodhenge this track in my view is boring and when I play Platinum I tend to skip this track.
And Millennium Bell I like this track on the original cd but on this it fades out before it is finished.
That’s three tracks out of forty six so I can’t complain really.
So in my view it’s worth buying if your new to Mike and if your familiar to Mike’s music the extended versions offer a different sound to some old singles.
After all it’s three cd’s for the price of one
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Just to correct one of the other reviewers, I don't know which Sally Oldfield Terry Alexander is refering to (both Mike's first wife and sister are called Sally), but neither of them sing on these songs. Tracks like Moonlight Shadow, Family Man, Mistake, and most others are performed by the wonderful Maggie Reilly.

I have almost all the other Mike Oldfield albums, but none of them contain extended versions or 12" mixs (some of which are better than the originals). This album is perfect for people who are just discovering Mike's work, and for completists.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than many Oldfiled compilations 15 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
Whilst I agree that Mike Oldfield's catalogue has been regurgitated far too many times, at least this compilation offers something different, namely those extended versions that have never been on CD before. "Guilty (long version)", "Shine" (featuring Jon Anderson from Yes), the wonderful "Pictures in the Dark" (though it's not credited as the long version), are here, together with other longer version from the "Islands" and "Earth Moving" CDs. Plus there's "Don Alfonso" on CD for the first time (apart from many bootleg appearances).
So whilst I agree that Oldfield has been treated quite badly by his record companies over the years, this is one compilation that should get the thumbs up from the fans!!
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad collection, but could be better
Putting together a compilation of Mike Oldfield's work is a challenge that I'm not sure anybody is up to, since his best known and most acclaimed work is long pieces meant to be... Read more
Published 14 months ago by JeffRich
5.0 out of 5 stars very satisfied
Erano proprio i CDs che cercavo da tempo, sono molto soddisfatto. Ringrazio tutto lo staff per il servizio che recano.
Published 18 months ago by Massimo
3.0 out of 5 stars For the completist only.
There have been a number of collections of Oldfield's music, so what does this one bring? Apart from the largely unsung 'Don Alfonso', not a lot. Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2011 by Simon Gibbons
1.0 out of 5 stars DEATH 2
Mike Oldfield was a dinosaur when I was a kid, so God only knows what he's still doing lumbering around. Read more
Published on 12 July 2009 by Paul Ess.
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not the full monty
Now I'm sure if I'd studied the track listing more carefully, I would have realised that the Tubular Bells tracks would not have been the full work - merely an extract. Read more
Published on 1 May 2006 by Mr. R. T. Bates
Mike Oldfield is one of our most innovative and underrated talented composer /arrangers. This compilation allows the listener to indulge in the epitome of ground-breaking music. Read more
Published on 2 April 2006 by Terry Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing Back My Lifes' Memories
I was listen to all three CDS for a day and went mentally through my whole life.....I am an Mike Oldfield -fan since the age of 8 and now, 30 years later I have the oportunity of... Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2006
2.0 out of 5 stars Not his fault..
Surely this is Virgins output and therefore beyond Oldfields control?
It looks good value for the money, but a couple of unissued rareties (12" mixes not on CD maybe) might... Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2006 by Md Francis
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