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Well worth the 18 month wait since the concert.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Mike Oldfield: The Millennium Bell - Live In Berlin [DVD]  (DVD)
Being a long term Mike Oldfield fan it is great to have a live concert with a large variety of his works. All of the older tracks have been given a new edge and sound up to date without loosing the original feeling. The only track that slightly dissapoints is Shadows on the Wall, Roger Champman's vocal on the CD is really powerful, the DVD concert version vocal by Pepsi is not quite as strong but it has grown on me after a couple of playings.
The Millenium Bell tracks on the DVD are excellent (Mastermind should be used as a James Bond Theme)
Overall the sound (5.1) is teriffic, we were looking around for the fireworks going off at times. We really felt like being in the audience. All the musicians were very enthusiastic and you could see that they loved what they were doing. The choir and orchestra were really rocking.
The additional material on the DVD was dissapointing. The special Mike Oldfield track was an excellent integration between new and classic music. However, the two documentary tracks were obviously heavily edited and not the complete work.
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Initial post: 21 Jun 2015 12:32:12 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jun 2015 12:34:14 BDT
Roger Chapman's vocal on the CD is pretty much unsurpassable and he was very unassuming about it when I met him just saying that Mike asked him to do it so he did. I feel sorry for any singer trying to equal that performance and it does put me off buying this to think of anyone else attempting it. The set list does not particularly appeal considering what else could have been on here and why has "Shadow on the Wall" become "Shadows on the Wall"?
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