- Audio CD (15 July 2002)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Extra tracks
- Label: WARNER BROS
- ASIN: B000066SWT
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,980 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
3 Lunas Extra tracks
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MIKE OLDFIELD Tres Lunas (2002 UK limited edition 14-track enhanced 2-CD set comprising the album of Ibiza-influenced chill music including the single To Be Free plus a CD-Rom introduction to an online Mike Oldfield computer game housed intheoriginal song hype-stickered slimline double jewel case complete with fold-out picture insert)
Tr3s Lunas, eh? Ever wondered what it must be like to live on a strange faraway planet orbited by three moons? Thought not. However, this is the very same question asked (and answered) by the dependably adaptable and not-mad-really multi-instrumentalist Mike Oldfield on the title track of this, his 22nd album. This kind of New Age mumbo-jumbo not withstanding, Tr3s Lunas is a perfectly pleasant record. Conceived at a favourite restaurant during a recuperative sojourn in the haste-sapping sunshine of Ibiza, Tr3s Lunas is Oldfield's self-confessed "chill out" album.
Given the it's unhurried pace, emphasis on creamy guitar lines and shimmering atmospherics together with--thematically speaking--some contented personal reflections on the joys of a non-materalistic lifestyle, it couldn't be any more "chilled out" if it came with an advisory sticker cautioning against listening to it whilst operating machinery.
Not a man much given to the daily hurly-burly and cut-and-thrust of today's shop-'til-you-drop society, Oldfield prefers his own company, be it wandering alone in a desert (on the Spanish flavoured "No Man's Land") or browsing the tombstones in Venetian graveyards ("Daydream") whilst the beauty of horses, insects and turtles are similarly addressed in an atmosphere of tranquil instrumental wonderment. The interactive element of the CD, namely "MusicVR Tr3s Lunas Game", is billed as a "non-violent" musical adventure through deserts and cities, meeting cats, dolphins and scorpions along the way. Bloodlusting, Playstation-fingering thrill-seekers may find its pleasantness hugely off-putting. --Kevin Maidment
Top Customer Reviews
The inter-active game that comes with the album I think is both innovative and inspiring. It's a great idea to put pictures to music, but to be in control of a surreal world in which you fly around examining different items of interest and listening to music is great. As you fly and approach objects the music changes depending on where you are, what your looking at and what you've done. Some of the music you hear is on the album but a lot of it is'nt. So it's a great bonus. The visuals are stunning. From the flying with fire birds to swimming with Dolphins, the detail is fantastic. Some of the set pieces such as the large child-like figure that slow dances above a lagoon or the snowy owl flight through a forest tunnel, are the reasons I keep going back to it again and again. The music is MP3 quality and accompany the proceedings perfectly.
Tr3s Lunas is a fantastic album whether you listen to just the album or play the game as well.
Mike Oldfield strikes back with a Double CD. A Music CD and a CD developed during the last 2 years with the virtual game MusicVR for PC . This record is a must, and Mike Oldfield returns with new tracks, each one with symphonic and melodic music. Two instruments are the main characters on the record, the electric guitars, and the piano, very used on the CD, plus the sax-guitar, a guitar which sounds like a saxophon. The record includes To Be Free, a quality song, even without it the record will be a must. If you liked Tubular Bells II (1992), The Songs Of Distant Earth (1994) or Guitars (1999), or you are interested on Mike Oldfield's career, this record will not disappoint you. The composition and the musicality have a high quality and return us the most inspirated Oldfield.
In my opinion TSODE is Mike Oldfield's best composition by a long, long way.
By comparison, Tres Lunas is merely very, very good.
After taking inspiration from the genre of science fiction for TSODE, Oldfield had turned to sci-fi again as a premise for this album, and produced something with, it must be said, a similar feel.
It is different enough to be enjoyable in it's own right, and had TSODE not existed or I had not heard of it, I would perhaps have raved as much about Tres Lunas.
I don't quite agree with Lee Thomas's opinion that this is a watered down TSODE, but I know what he means.
If you like the former, you will like this, I am sure - and by now you will have guessed, considering how many times I have mentioned TSODE, that it is made of the same stuff.
Oh, and by the way, I think in "To Be Free", it has by far Mike's best song included... and I've heard most (for better or for worse!).
Anyway people... you know what to do.
This album features 13 (excluding a radio edit bonus track) individual pieces of music.
The music goes back to a 'Songs Of Distant Earth' feel, albiet slightly inferior to that album.
Although most tracks here are soundtrack material to his Tr3s Lunas computer game, I would say they're a lot more satisfying than some of the tunes on 'The Millennium Bell.'
The atmosphere on this album seems darker also, and less gimmocky, 'celebration' type stuff.
There was more time spent on this album too, about 2 years as opposed to the 6 or so months on the previous one. Giving it a less rushed, more developed feel.
I think the Millennium buzz effected everyone. Even though it actually wasn't until the end of year 2000!!
Overall, a better effort.
A watered down 'Songs Of Distant Earth' does more for me than 'The Millennium Bell.'
So 4 stars for this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well, _many other Oldfield CDs are better, I think. Still good, but too much new-agey electronics without the musicality we are used from M.O.
I love all of Mike Oldfield's music and this is no exceptionPublished on 23 May 2015 by irene gettins
Brilliant. Have been a Mike Oldfield fan since Tubular Bells was released in 1973. This was one of three albums missing from my collection. Read morePublished on 12 April 2015 by Peter S