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5.0 out of 5 stars Platinum Remastered.
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...
Published on 3 Aug. 2012 by Edward Leedskalnin

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3.0 out of 5 stars Another missed opportunity
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...
Published on 5 Aug. 2012 by Cudsie


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Variety, 1 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Platinum (Audio CD)
I bought this LP in December 1979 and couldn't stop playing it! I particularly love the contrasting styles used by Mike on each track. On my copy of the LP, the track "Sally" was Mike's original track, and some years later I heard a different recording of same LP, but the track "Sally" had been replaced by a track which was actually titled "Into Wonderland". The latter, though superior to the original, stands out like a sore thumb in context with the rest of Side Two. I doubt the original "Sally" is available on CD, as I have this on CD and the track is definitely "Into Wonderland", the original being something of a rarity now. That said, this is a terrific album and the segue effect is a good tool, and I will keep listening to this album for a long time to come!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some good pieces, 7 July 2009
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Matthew D. Hayward (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Platinum (2000 Digital Remaster) (MP3 Download)
One of my favourite Oldfield albums, I especially like "Airborn", "Platinum" and "North Star". Quite an upbeat album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!, 9 May 2014
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Joe (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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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 rubbish tagged on the end). I prefer it that way as it's like owning the original all over again. The album itself is brilliant and a worthy addition to anyone's collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oldfield Genuis, 2 May 2014
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Love it Love it Love it Love it Love it…Oldfield at his most predictive. The live cd is so good
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bi-polar Album, 13 Jan. 2014
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Neil C (Liverpool, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Platinum [Remastered] (Audio CD)
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.

The first side, the Platinum Suite, is a jaunt in four parts and comes very highly recommended. It has some great playing, melodies, arrangements and textures and bounces along very nicely - very easy to appreciate and perhaps even a good route into Oldfield's music for the uninitiated. In fact it is really the only reason to buy this album - so 4 stars for that.

Now onto the second side - a different story .... it begins with Woodhenge, a new age like instrumental which is quite minimalist but high on atmosphere and is beautifully recorded - it is the most tasteful offering on the album although some may find it dull. After that track, the remaining three cuts are probably the worst things that Oldfield ever did having pretty much no merit whatsoever(IMHO) - so for side two I would give overall 2 stars (for Woodhenge only)....

The extras on this CD release include some very interesting alternate takes/mixes from the main Platinum Suite and this brings up the star rating for the overall package ....

Then finally this CD version concludes with the short (2 minute or so) Blue Peter theme that Oldfield did for the TV programme - well executed but rather cheesy and naff (good for the TV programme but not to listen to). It would have made more sense to me for the compilers to have left Blue Peter as an extra on the more nautically themed QE2 album which followed this and to have the track Guilty as an extra with Platinum (rather than on the new version of Incantations). Stylistically the slightly disco/funky/poppy Guilty fits well with side one of Platinum. In fact I wonder why he didn't put that track on the original Platinum album instead of some of the other nonsense at the end of side 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites, 13 Oct. 2013
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Sean "Sean" (Glasgow Scotland) - See all my reviews
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One of my favourites. Mike Oldfield plays great electric guitar in the style we know him best. You wont regret buying this
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but where is Sally?, 1 Sept. 2013
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mariopops "Andy Rogers" (SOLIHULL, WEST MIDLANDS United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Platinum (2000 Digital Remaster) (MP3 Download)
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 knows?) have gone with the "2nd issue" version of Platinum. When I bought it on vinyl a long long time ago the 2nd track on side 2 was "Sally", and very good it was too if a bit silly .. when the album was suddenly mysteriously withdrawn and immediately re-issued Sally had been replaced by "Into Wonderland",a bit of a nothing bland twee song. To make it even more odd the tune and theme from Sally still recurs in the segue between "Woodhenge" and "Punkaddidle". I really hoped this re-issue would have re-instated Sally (or at least as a bonus track) - sadly no . Still a 4-star album though :-) ..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great and nothig but great, 24 Aug. 2013
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always liked Platinum, 12 July 2013
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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 ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent, 13 Jun. 2013
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It's one of the best album Mike Oldfield made. This is an excelent sound quality of one of the best guitarplayers ever.
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