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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent budget introduction to Mike Oldfield
Moonlight Shadow - The Collection is a decent, no frills, budget compiliation of Mike's Virgin career (1973 - 1990) and also includes a few tracks from his most recent albums recorded for Mercury (2005 - 2007).

If you've got Two Sides which was last years best of, compiled by Oldfield himself, then some of the excerpts from his longer works, such as Tubular...
Published 17 months ago by Mr. D. K. Smith

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another compilation!
Yet another Mike Oldfield compilation. The CD comes with a booklet, but it really is time that Universal employed someone who has passed a GCSE in English - I have yet to see one of their booklets free from basic spelling and grammatical errors. This one contains a strange mixture of UK and American English spellings, an overuse of commas and underuse of apostrophes...
Published 17 months ago by S. Wilson


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4.0 out of 5 stars A decent budget introduction to Mike Oldfield, 18 May 2013
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Mr. D. K. Smith (South Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
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Moonlight Shadow - The Collection is a decent, no frills, budget compiliation of Mike's Virgin career (1973 - 1990) and also includes a few tracks from his most recent albums recorded for Mercury (2005 - 2007).

If you've got Two Sides which was last years best of, compiled by Oldfield himself, then some of the excerpts from his longer works, such as Tubular Bells and Amarok (Part 1), will be familiar as they're the same edits used on that release. Sadly, the excerpt from the end of side one of Ommadawn on this compilation only runs to 3:41, whilst the Two Sides excerpt lasts for 6:48. So the shorter Ommadawn fades out long before the climax, which means that you get the build up, but not the pay-off. It would have been better, in my opinion, to drop one of the other tracks, and have the full 6:48 excerpt.

Elsewhere, you have familiar tracks from other Oldfield compilations - such as In Dulce Jubilo, Guilty, Blue Peter and Moonlight Shadow. And although Moonlight Shadow gives its name to the album, it's the only example of Oldfield's songwriting here - a pity as it would have been nice to include a few others - such as Five Miles Out, To France or Heaven's Open, for example.

No complaints with the inclusion of the likes of First Excursion, Sheba and Mount Teidi which are some of his best short instrumentals. There are some other tracks omitted which would have been just as good, Taurus 3 from the album Crisis, for example, but with only a single CD to play with, there's obviously not room to include everything that deserves to be on there.

So whilst Moonlight Shadow is far from the full story, with more comprehensive compilations around, the fact that the CD is currently around £3.00 means this is an inexpensive way to get an overview of a good section of Oldfield's output.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great driving music......mellow tracks too., 17 Oct 2013
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I think you automatically skip to the tracks you know like Moonlight shaDOW OR
Guilty but the others are all growing on me......a great trip down memory lane...
coinciding nicely with the amazing prog last week showing Mike performing Tubular
Bells live (mid oct posting).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch work, 3 Dec 2013
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An excellent sampling of Mike Oldfield's work. I can't listen to it too many times. He's one of the few artists that I try to grab everything he's done.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A condensed Oldfield collection, 30 May 2014
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A good overview of Mike Oldfield's work on one album without listening to the whole collective. I enjoyed listening to some of his earlier music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moonlight Shadow: The Collection, 18 May 2014
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Having been and Oldfield fan from the first release of Tubular Bells, I enjoyed this collection of re mastered tunes.

Yes I have them on other albums but its nice to hear the changes
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ESSENTIAL INTRODUCTION TO MIKE OLDFIELD, 19 May 2013
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This offering is excellent value for money and demonstrates that great music is available for ALL to enjoy.

The tracks are definately in the right order and shine a light once again on the diversity of Oldfield's music.

Particular attention should be brought to track 5 "Diana" which is instantly recognisable to a fan but a brilliant development from the "Incantations" album track. This being said there are 16 great tracks to listen to, all of which show why MO is still going strong.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another compilation!, 16 May 2013
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Yet another Mike Oldfield compilation. The CD comes with a booklet, but it really is time that Universal employed someone who has passed a GCSE in English - I have yet to see one of their booklets free from basic spelling and grammatical errors. This one contains a strange mixture of UK and American English spellings, an overuse of commas and underuse of apostrophes.

Although there's a potted biography on Oldfield, there's no information on the tracks themselves. It mentions the 2012 Olympics both at the start and end, but doesn't include the relevant music on the CD.

Otherwise, it's a nice enough compilation for anyone who has yet to buy an album by Oldfield, but there's nothing new here for existing fans.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice compilation, 19 Feb 2014
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Well, it makes me calm in my car, when stuck in traffic. A really nice piece of music. Great buy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 17 July 2014
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Good easy listening CD both for the home and the car.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 4 Nov 2013
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Excellent album.
All the old standards and a few that I had not heard before.
I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys music.
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