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5.0 out of 5 stars Old feel for new release, 7 Nov. 2005
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This review is from: Mike Oldfield: Exposed [DVD] (DVD)
There's a seventies look and feel to this concert, because it is indeed from 26 years ago. But the haircuts and fashion don't detract one iota from what is still a tremendous feat, musically and logistically, by the brilliant composer and guitarist that is Mike Oldfield. He has progressed immeasurably since those early days, but still gives a performance here of surprising confidence given that his shyness was almost as noted as his genius. 'Incantations' is presented first, and is a fine version, with parts of it tantamount to a flute concerto, preceeding a superb and fitting tribute to the late Pierre Moerlen, duetting with brother Benoit on vibraphone and other assorted percussion. 'Tubular Bells sees Mike in a more playful mood, though still the musicianship from all concerned is undiminished. This DVD is not simply footage of the concert on the eponymous CD that has been available previously, it is indeed a different performance. One entire concert rather than edits of a number of shows, refined maybe by the technical armoury available today that wasn't there in 1979, and, although there is no DTS sound here, what we do have is a very nice and full bodied stereo that really does the music justice. A marriage of rock and orchestral that comes over as entirely natural rather than pompous or inordinately grand, this is a disc well worth the purchase price to see an entire concert from Mike's first touring presentation of his work. Brilliant !
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