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Two Sides: The Very Best Of Mike Oldfield

Mike Oldfield Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B0087ZFH94
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,795 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Tubular Bells (Two Sides Excerpt)13:28Album Only
Listen  2. Ommadawn (Two Sides Excerpt) 6:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Crises (Two Sides Excerpt)10:29Album Only
Listen  4. The Lake (Two Sides Excerpt) 5:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Amarok Part 1 (Two Sides Excerpt) 5:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Amarok Part 2 (Two Sides Excerpt)15:15Album Only
Listen  7. Sentinel 8:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Supernova 3:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ascension 5:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Tempest 5:480.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  2. Family Man 3:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Five Miles Out 4:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Moonlight Shadow 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Shadow On The Wall 3:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. To France 4:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Etude (2000 Remaster) 4:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Magic Touch 4:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Islands [feat. Bonnie Tyler] 4:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Heaven's Open 4:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Tattoo 3:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Song Of The Sun 4:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Summit Day 3:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Lake Constance 5:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Broad Sunlit Uplands 4:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. The Doge's Palace 3:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Amber Light 3:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Angelique 4:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. On My Heart 2:280.79  Buy MP3 


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Compilation album by the British progressive rock legend. Released almost immediately after Oldfield performed at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games, it includes all of the artist's most popular and acclaimed works, including 'Tubular Bells', 'Ommadawn', 'Sentinel', 'Moonlight Shadow', and many more.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why not? It's a good collection! 1 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Look, I acknowledge that this is yet another compilation; nothing `new' as such.
But this is Mike's personal selection - what he likes about his music and it does differ from previous offerings.
Here we have the very well known, the quite well known and a few are - by comparison, less familiar.
Yes, there are sections `Tubular Bells' - of course and the delightful `Ommadawn', but nothing from `Hergest Ridge' and `Incantations' - and I can see why, despite the fact I am very fond of the latter.
He's added a few chunks of the wonderfully mad and sublime `Amarok'
What really pleases me personally is the inclusion of the entire end section of `Crises' - that magnificent segment that builds and builds as master drummer Simon Phillips lets fly with some thunderous drumming gradually dominating the multi-layered guitar and keyboard theme. In my opinion - spectacular stuff!
This is followed by shorter pieces such as `Sentinel', `Ascension', `Supernova' and `The Tempest'; all, pleasing enough and good to hear.
Side Two features a more "vocal" approach - and this is where I feel less inclined.
The quirky and slightly silly `Guilty', kicks it off and it is a varied bunch, but Mike's choice. There are instrumental interludes, including the gentle and charming `Etude'.
I paid 8 for this and am more than happy with my purchase; it's pretty good value for money and following his performance at the awesome opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, it might prove to be a good introduction to those "new" to his work.
Tubular Bells hits 40 in 2013 and Mike hits 60! You just cannot take away the magnitude of his influence and contribution to popular music. Yes, it has, at times, been a tad patchy and erratic but - on the whole, pretty impression.
Cannot really justify 5 stars but a very worthy 4!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars two sides...more like three or four! 4 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD
Is this the best way to get a taster of Mike Oldfield? Well yes it is.

The fans will tell you that there is a lot of great stuff missing from this disc and they would be right. There's nothing here from Incantations, Platinum or QE2 for example which is a lot of people's favourite Oldfield era but nevermind! If you like what's on Two Sides and investigate further you'll get to that sure enough. Oldfield's output is a bit of a mine field because over 40 years his taste has been very broad indeed. So this collection may show you what to avoid as much as what to delve deeper into. I recommend taking the plunge.

On a slight tangent; don't let the sleeve convince you this just another Tubular Bells release! It's sleekness and chill-out vibes may also give the impression of a chill-out artist but Oldfield's music is much more than that. He's at times earthy, gutsy, dramatic and highly emotive, the sleeve fom 1985's complete Mike Oldfield painted a more appropraite picture.

And to sign off...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 Oldfield-esque moments 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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive sampler 2 Aug 2012
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I was pleasantly surprised at the choice of the extracts included here. Not only is there a good half of Tubular Bells Part 1, but there also sublime sections taken from other instrumentals which provide more than just the 'pretty bits' for new listeners. The Africa section from Amarok is here- parts 1, 2 and 3- the whole damn Sondela including 100 zulus and a personal message to Richard Branson in morse code. The finale from Crises includes the entire build up as each element comes together to form an atomic explosion of sound in astonishing depth. You get the bouncy bit from The Lake and the whole Songs of Distant Earth overture in Ascension.

If you need a sampler with a view to starting out listening to Oldfield- or are a casual fan who wants some highlights to play in the car- then this is the collection to buy.

If you are a rampant purist, only the whole album will ever do...
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for newbies to Mike's music. 3 Aug 2012
By Ian Armer VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Ok, if you don't own ANY Mike Oldfield albums at all and want a good introduction to his work - start here. It's a broad sampler of his career and covers pretty much everything that will either convert you or make you realise just how much you hate his work. Oldfield is musical Marmite and does his own thing. You either like it or lump it, frankly.

If you own Mike Oldfield albums already, this is pointless outside of the fact that Mike himself chose the excerpts.

For those new to Mike's music - *****

For the rest of us - *
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Oh! 1 Aug 2012
By Swadmon
Format:Audio CD
It's got to be five stars for content and value but I can't programme either of the discs. Is the problem the discs, my cd player or is it my "weak in t'head" Derbyshire roots? Is anyone else struggling?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tubular Bells + 27 Mar 2014
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Felt the need to hear this out, don't know why, just did. mind you I am glad I did. Pleasant surprise with Virgin's first signing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two Bells 24 Jan 2014
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Magnificent Mike at his best he compiled this double cd with some of his finest music to date i would recommend this to any fan of the man himself. Some say the songs are cheesy but when you think how much material mike has produced over the years, the songs stand out for themselves. Hes also worked with other great musicians and female vocalists which on this cd sound superb, so go and buy it and turn up the volume you won,t regret buying it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old Mike Oldfield
Catching up on old albums I like.Recently saw a TV prog on M O so prompted me to buy this.
Published 4 months ago by Dilly
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Reminds you how talented Mike Oldfield is from his early work to the latest, reminds me of a very enjoyable Olympics
Published 4 months ago by Sam Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love a Mike compilation
A brilliant pair of discs showcasing some of Mike Oldfield's best. Tattoo is my all-time favourite Mike Oldfield piece, nice to hear it again alongside some excellent instrumentals... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mal Hewison
4.0 out of 5 stars Takes me back
Bought Tubular Bells on vinyl when it was originally released and this is the perfect follow up with all the singles on one disc and longer highlights on the other .
Published 5 months ago by paul marney
5.0 out of 5 stars Mike Oldfield CD
Came quickly as always, great CD getting lots of play out of it, love the CD, lots of music I really like on the CD.
Published 5 months ago by native indian
5.0 out of 5 stars All the old favorites remastered brilliant.
Great fan of the music of Mike Oldfield the music is timeless with all the old favorites remastered a pleasure to listen too.
Published 8 months ago by george103
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldfield
A great album,had it in vinyl once but my x wife ran off with it ,great to have it in my collection again
Published 9 months ago by red
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Can't fault it. Brought back a lot of happy memories from listening the first time around. fair price. dunno what else to say. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. G. A. Armitage
5.0 out of 5 stars Tubular.
Best Yet. Please keep up the good work you do. Great to see you at the opening ceremony of the Olympics.
Published 13 months ago by Maurice Boyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Mike Oldfield two SIdes
Glad I bought this one, put it on my iPad + iPod, shows how much I like it, found the 2nd cd better than the 1st, but I like them
Published 13 months ago by D. M. Blasco
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