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A Flight Over Hergest Ridge,
This review is from: Hergest Ridge (Audio CD)
Although this album sold well it did suffer from comparison to it's iconic predecessor. It is an invocation of pastoral England during a time when Oldfield had fled from the sress of suddenly being thrust into the lime light.
I have the previous remastered version of Hergest Ridge and wondered if I really needed this multi-version "deluxe" edition, however, I read some positive reviews and thought I would give it a go and I am not disappointed it is a triumph. I know this can be seen as a cynical repackaging exercise for Oldfield and the current record label to get some more mileage out recycled work and part of me is susspicious of the whole endeavour but then I listen to the music and I am won over. I am not so precious about the orignal version (which incidentally sounds stunning here)that I have any problems with the new mix, the 2010 verson sounds wonderful in the new stereo mix and the 5.1 surround version adds just a little bit extra.
The big plus for me is the demo version which captures something different in the music that is not there in the later versions and is more than just a curiosity.
I am a bit surprised that i find this new version quite so engaging. I did listen to the album on vinyl when it first came out and did enjoy the CD version but this is just the icing on the cake.
If you own a previous copy of this album and are quite happy with it then you probably don't need this but how really needs a huge music collection? If you are tempted then go for it thsi is rather wonderful stuff. It also contains an early version of In Dulce Jubilo with the addtion to the title of "(For Maureen)"