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The Songs Of Distant Earth [CD]

Mike Oldfield Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (6 Jun 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B000026FJ6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,582 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In the Beginning
2. Let There Be Light
3. Supernova
4. Magellan
5. First Landing
6. Oceania
7. Only Time Will Tell
8. Prayer For The Earth
9. Lament For Atlantis
10. The Chamber
11. Hibernaculum
12. Tubular World
13. The Shining Ones
14. Crystal Clear
15. The Sunken Forest
16. Ascension
17. A New Beginning

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Mike OLDFIELD The Songs Of Distant Earth CD

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
...and buy this.
OK, so I *am* a big Mike Oldfield fan, but having said that, of all his albums, this is probably the one most likely to appeal to non-fans. So go ahead, buy it, and have your preconceptions challenged.
It is, quite simply, superb. I saw a TV ad for this album when it came out in 1994 which showed about 20 seconds of track 2 - 'Let There Be Light' - together with the accompanying video, and I knew immediately that I would love the album - though at that time I only had one other of his albums (TB II). And I do - to this day.
It is so unlike anything he has ever done before, yet at the same time it contains his signature guitar sound (not to mention the top notch production), and I would highly recommend it to anyone genuinely interested in music - of any kind.
And the music itself? Space-oriented, yes, but organic and melodic rather than merely electronic and inhuman. Beats, samples, vocals - and of course, the trademark Oldfield guitars. Put it this way, you could listen to the whole thing and not realise it was Mike. But if you knew - you'd know. Trust me - it rocks.
"Welcome back into space, Mike: there's still lots of room out here." As they say.
Masterpiece.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE TRUE FANTASTIC VOYAGE 21 Mar 2001
Format:Audio CD
Forget everything that you know about music. Let this be your guide. I am particualrly partial to Mike Oldfield. I have been for quite sometime. This is one of his most memorable. I am not convinced that it is his best. If you have read my review of Ommadawn then you will know that both of these albums have great personal appeal for me. This album reaches deep within my psyche and drawing out my soul as it must have done with Mike.
This may seem like pretentious babble. You have not heard this album. It is simply stunning. The majestic images evoked by the 'Let there be light' track and the splendid 'Crystal Clear' keep my eyes fixed for hours. It is the kind of music which induces visions that drugs attain to. It is difficult to put into words how much this album means to me - as my rambling has proven. Please buy this and open up your eyes to the majesty of far away planets and deep oceans populated by strange creatures.
Nuff said
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mike's Best Work Ever? 7 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
You are either a big fan of Mike Oldfield or you probably haven't heard of him. When he dies he will be remembered for his concept debut album, Tubular Bells and this album won't get a mention.

But I believe this to be his finest hour. Mike has gone on record (excuse pun) that he was never completely satisfied with Tubular Bells so who am I to complain?

SoDE is a unique album. Never before nor since has he managed to create such variety and depth in a jam packed recording.

The album has 17 tracks but ostensibly they run on giving an uninterrupted listening experience.

The album starts off fairly quietly and finishes up with a bang. As usual, Mike likes to build up his music so that his best efforts are usually at the end. Like watching a thriller movie, the climax is realised and you want to come back for more.

Some people view this album as a chill-out recording. Indeed, one of the tracks, "Crystal Clear", has in fact a voice taken from psychology, and is the second best track.

The penultimate track, "Ascension" is a sort of reprise of all that has gone before and mixed wonderfully as only Mike can.

Mike the perfectionist musician meets Mike the perfectionist audio engineer. How can he fail?

Throughout SoDE there are many varied voices to be heard with just a smattering of lyrics. This is Mike's trademark. There are actually no "songs" on this album. This is an instrumental piece of work. But the voices are also instruments and can vary from actual "live" recordings to haunting melodies and also the surreal. But it never sounds weird. Just brilliantly timed to fade in and fade out with Mike playing a myriad of instruments.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars is not enough 26 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD the day it was released. On first listening I knew it was something special. I have listened to this album probably on average 3 times a week since then. This is, quite simply, the best album I've ever heard, and to say this after a period of almost 12 years really does mean that it passes the test of time.
I won't tell you about the music in detail because it means different things to each person, but if you are adventurous in your musical tastes, whatever you like, then give this album a listen. I really do think there's something for just about everyone here.
Go on, broaden your horizons and listen to "The Songs Of Distant Earth". It may change your musical life.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true masterpiece 4 July 2001
By Huwie
Format:Audio CD
I may be an avid Oldfield fan, but I tell you this...you only have to be appreciative of music to love this album. It is, quite simply, astonishingly beautiful, the kind of music every sci-fi film wants as its soundtrack. The tracks' boundaries are blurred in typical Oldfield style and the album is sadly over before you know it, but what a time you have! I will never, ever get tired of hearing this piece. Music fans must buy it now or forever live in shame!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
legendary
Published 18 days ago by michael r lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Universal Delights
The Third best Mike Oldfield album after Five Miles Out and Tubular Bells.

Nothing he's done since has come close - the atmospherics, harmonies and storytelling on this... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Mr. Scott Carrick
5.0 out of 5 stars A must to buy
This is my favorite CD, I bought it many years ago and never tire of hearing it, use it to meditate and its fantastic to listern to in the winter months when its pouring with rain... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Suzieq
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well impressed was a bit unsure at first but love it
Published 26 days ago by mark henderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Put time aside as this cd is Best listened to in its entirety.
Published 27 days ago by Mikey
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of this world!!
This album is simply amazing, listening to this takes me to another world entirely but at the same time allows me experience places that just don't exist on this plane, this album... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Sacredstar
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gentle Journey Through Space
There are plenty of reviews out there on Oldfield's symphony inspired by Arthur C Clarks scifi novel of the same name. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Malcolm Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic I layed in a radox bath to sooth an ...
Fantastic I layed in a radox bath to sooth an aching back after a hard time gardening with a glass of wine an was well chilled out
Published 1 month ago by kevin hornsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with my purchase
Briliant album. Recieved it very quickly. Very happy with my purchase.
Published 2 months ago by John Fearon
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Mike Oldfield fare
If you're a fan of Mike Oldfield, and this album is not in your collection, don't hesitate to add "The Songs Of Distant Earth".
Published 5 months ago by MrMicroChip
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