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4.0 out of 5 stars two sides...more like three or four!, 4 Aug 2012
This review is from: Two Sides: The Very Best Of Mike Oldfield (Audio CD)
Is this the best way to get a taster of Mike Oldfield? Well yes it is.

The fans will tell you that there is a lot of great stuff missing from this disc and they would be right. There's nothing here from Incantations, Platinum or QE2 for example which is a lot of people's favourite Oldfield era but nevermind! If you like what's on Two Sides and investigate further you'll get to that sure enough. Oldfield's output is a bit of a mine field because over 40 years his taste has been very broad indeed. So this collection may show you what to avoid as much as what to delve deeper into. I recommend taking the plunge.

On a slight tangent; don't let the sleeve convince you this just another Tubular Bells release! It's sleekness and chill-out vibes may also give the impression of a chill-out artist but Oldfield's music is much more than that. He's at times earthy, gutsy, dramatic and highly emotive, the sleeve fom 1985's complete Mike Oldfield painted a more appropraite picture.

And to sign off...I've gotten into the habit of telling Oldfield fans about a young whipper-snapper by the name of Andrew Taylor who has released an album called Mohribold (google it). If you like Oldfield you'll love Mohribold! There are some Oldfield-esque moments but he's got his own style too. Maybe he's one to watch out for since Oldfield has called for an instrumetnal rock renaissence after his Olympics appearance.
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Initial post: 6 Aug 2012 12:07:26 BDT
A Hole says:
Mohribold?! What a GEM. I love it when people turn me on to something great that would otherwise have slipped under the radar. I concur, if you like Oldfield then you'll like this Andrew Taylor album.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Sep 2012 14:23:00 BDT
S. Bullman says:
Well, I don't concur.
Andrew Taylor may be able to take on Oldfield's studio techniques, but his Mohribold compositions do NOT match up to much of Oldfield's. I downloaded Mohribold his album on this advice and was disappointed. The tracks are long as there are several undistinguished themes bolted together semi-randomly, and the joins CAN be heard only too well.

Posted on 10 Sep 2012 17:48:23 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Sep 2012 17:48:58 BDT
A shame that S. Bullman disagrees about Mohribold but then music is a subjective thing. I know plenty of people who have downloaded it and fallen in love with it. I guess also that Oldfield's benchmark is very high indeed, though I stand by recommendation if you like Oldfield then Mohribold is well worth a download and listen.

Posted on 27 Sep 2012 18:56:29 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Sep 2012 18:57:06 BDT
S. J. Scott says:
Don't get too hung up on the Oldfield comparisons; this is a truly fine and sublime album by any standards. The tunes are gorgeous, and Andrew's instrumentation and arrangements are tasteful and well considered. I play this album a lot.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2012 11:00:02 BDT
A Hole says:
Long tracks are a problem? I wasn't aware of that but hey-ho, each to their own. I didn't say it was BETTER than Oldfield, or even AS GOOD AS, I just said you'd like it if you liked Oldfield. Personally I prefer this album to anything MO knocked out, it has a more folksy, intimate feel and I think the compositions are wonderfully strong. As for the joins being audible - so what? The question is whether or not it holds any charm, any reason to keep listening, does it touch a part of your humanity and in the case of Mohribold I'd say yes to all.

Sorry if you thought my advice lead you into a disappointing download, I'm sure you'll come around one day.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Oct 2012 15:18:19 BDT
Snufkin says:
Same comment ? Whoever mentioned joins anyway? Not usually the deciding factor for me, but I respect your viewpoint. Mohribold is a brilliant album. And I think that the 'studio techniques' at both of these artists disposal are somewhat different - to say the least. The phrase 'Worlds Apart' springs to mind. Andrew Taylor's Mohribold is an epic record well worth the ears of folk/prog fans earthwide. Shame you don't like it yet, but listen again and try not to get hung up on comparisons. Maybe you'll change your mind.
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