- Audio CD (7 Jun. 2010)
- Deluxe Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 3
- Format: CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, Box set
- Label: Commercial Marketing
- ASIN: B003DO13O2
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,521 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Hergest Ridge CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, Box set
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Originally released in 1974, Hergest Ridge was the follow-up to Mike Oldifeld's groundbreaking 1973 debut, Tubular Bells. It gave Oldfield his first UK Number One album, and was actually knocked off the UK top spot by Tubular Bells itself. It is another lengthy suite, reflecting the glory of the countryside in which Oldfield had secluded himself following his early global success. This new 2010 mix is designed to highlight the nuances of the work and features a new cover--Oldfield was never happy with the album’s original fish-eyed lens picture of his glider on the top of Hergest Ridge.
This deluxe edition includes a DVD and a brand new 5.1 mix overseen by Oldfield himself.
Top Customer Reviews
For the 2010 release, Oldfield has returned and reconsidered the approach taken in the `boxed' and original stereo mix, producing a further hybrid, whilst also sanctioning the first ever issue on cd of the original 1974 stereo mix, something which fans have sought for many years. To further whet the appetite, a complete demo version is also available (allowing fans to compare and contrast the development of the music from initial stages to completed work) alongside a new 5.1 Surround Sound Mix (which I do not include in this review).
This represents a considerable amount of material of review meaningfully, so in order to save space (and perhaps your patience!) I will concentrate on the new 2010 stereo mix with reference to HR/MOB and HR/1974.Read more ›
The music has themes in it which feel familiar possibly because the album was next after tubular bells. Over the music of Hergest Ridge has a nice pastoral feel to it, and the bonus track or an older version of `In Dulci Jubilo' originally a B-side and the `Spanish theme' essentially an extract of `Hergest ridge' are nice.
The surround mix is revisionism at its best opening up the surround field and using all speakers, the mix itself is defiantly discrete and up there with the best surround mixes available. The only let down being its only Dolby digital and not DTS or LPCM which would really have helped make the music zing. So I have to dock a point for that.
Otherwise an excellent deluxe edition and worthy of any Mike Oldfield fans collection
As for the 2010 mix. I agree with most comments here that it has been done well and gives a refreshing take on Hergest Ridge. All too often for me, remixes destroy the essence of the original work - but not so here. It brings to the fore detail in the work that is more laid back in the original mix. While for me it will never replace the original mix, and is surely not meant to?, I will nonetheless listen to it often.
Perhaps most surprising is the quality of the 1974 demo recordings. By their nature I assumed that they would only be appreciated by the die hard fan. Not so here. They are of a high quality both in terms of audio and mix. While clearly not the finished deal, the care in which they have been recorded, mixed and produced means (excepting some passages) they would not easily be identified as essays leading to the final work. Again, beautiful and a very pleasing and welcome listening experience.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another favourite by Mike Oldfield in multidisc edition. Play it in 5.1.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Superb retro analogue guitar/instrumental music that still sounds fresh, interesting and futuristic. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Scott Carrick
I bought the deluxe editions of Tubular Bells and Ommadawn at the same time, and was delighted to hear remixes by Oldfield, earlier mixes having probably been influenced by... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Captain W
Having played the original 1974 version which was on LP and Cassette, it was a pleasant change to hear the cd version which was taken from the 'Boxed' remixed album. Read morePublished 11 months ago by DJ Corporation
Hergest Ridge has become my favourite MO record, It is not as immediately accessible as it's older sibling, not as powerful as Ommadawn. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ra
Mike's 2010 remix of the classic album shortens part one to make it more palatable and makes other adjustments to make this the ultimate version. Fantastic! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer