This review is from: Platinum [Deluxe Edition] (Audio CD)
In the late 70s I discovered Mike Oldfield. A live recording of 'Incantations' did the trick and then out came 'Platinum' and I just had to buy it. I always wondered why some copies listed track 6 as 'Sally' whereas my copy said 'Into wonderland' and the song lyrics repeated that line - what was the real title? Years later I discovered there really was a song called 'Sally' but it was pulled at the last minute and replaced by 'Into wonderland'. Having subsequently heard it I am not surprised. However, as a deluxe package, there would have been room for it and I feel, like other reviewers it should have been included. Rather that than the awful remixed 'North Star' which his just too long and the studio doodle. Knock off one star..
However, I have to agree with everyone that the second 1980 live disc is just wonderful. A great selection of tracks not previously released featuring all of side one of 'Platinum' (I believe a live version of this was released on the 1985 'Complete Mike Oldfield' collection but I don't know if it is the same performance; I suspect not). Two more tracks from the album are also included; 'Punkadiddle' and 'I got Rhythm' (slowed down Gerswhin). For me the creme de la creme of these live cuts are a wonderful 22 minute version of 'Incantations' featuring all the best bits (time and time again when listening to the original I feel like screaming "get on with it!" when some of the tunes repeat over and over again)and the acoustic bit from side 2 of 'Tubular Bells' which I have never heard live before - this omits the 'Piltdown man' section and runs straight into the wonderful closing section and then 'Sailors Hornpipe'. You can really sense the atmosphere at the concert by the way the audience responds to these performances. Note that the live versions of 'Punkadiddle' and 'Polka' are different to those already released as B sides to 'Five miles out' and 'Arrival' singles.
There is a very interesting booklet charting the evolution of the album (with no mention of 'Sally' though)and featuring original photos plus some others from the period and a list of the tour dates. All in all a very worthwhile purchase that has awakened my interest in Mike's music.