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Product details

  • 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)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Hergest Ridge Part One
  2. Hergest Ridge Part Two
  3. Hergest Ridge Demo Part One
  4. Hergest Ridge Demo Part Two

Disc: 2

  1. Hergest Ridge Part One
  2. Hergest Ridge Part Two

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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.

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The release of a re-mixed `Hergest Ridge' (HR/2010) follows the 2009 release of a remixed `Tubular Bells' (TB/2009), made possible by Oldfield's acquisition from Virgin Records (VR) of the rights to his entire VR back catalogue. This is not, of course, the first time that `Hergest Ridge' has been re-worked, as a substantially different version was released in 1976 as part of the `Mike Oldfield Boxed' (HR/MOB) set, intended as a QUAD mix. At the time Oldfield stated that his intention was to "...cut down on what I thought had been unnecessary trimmings...I thought people might think it was too repetitive". This pared down, textually revised version would be used in all subsequent releases of the album (mixed back to stereo), including the first cd and later HDCD issues.

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.
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For £11:99 you get 3CD's comprising 2009 Stereo mix,5.1 DVD and what must be the most important part of this set - the original 1974 recorded mix. I bought this album when I was 15 and up until now was always disapointed with the poor sound quality from the vinyl release espiecally at the end of side 1 where the choir came surging back which caused real bad distortion noise. This has finally been rectified and you get a proper listening expierience the way this music should be heard. Anyone who thought Mike Oldfield was just Tubular Bells should hear this.
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An excellent revisionist approach to renewing your label, Mike Oldfield ahs gone back an revisited the mater-tapes creating a new 2010 mix of the album, as well as a surround version of the album, playable on all surround capable DVD players. In the deluxe editions you also get the original mix the first time the 1974 original mix has appeared on CD and a demo.

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
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I'll be honest. I bought this deluxe set (and that of Ommadawn) for the original mix version rather than for the 2010 mix version. On occasion I have recalled the utter enjoyment of listening to the original 1974 LP version of Hergest Ridge in my youth and wishing it were available on CD rather than that of the subsequent 1976 'Boxed' remix. There was something calming, sober, reflective, restorative and utterly beautiful about the original and subtle mix that was never in my opinion captured in the subsequent remix. I hear it now on CD for the first time in this deluxe edition and I am overjoyed. It is as I say utterly beautiful and moving, and for my part, is up there in the top 3 of Mike's works, with Ommadawn and Tubular Bells. If you have never heard this original 1974 mix - take the opportunity to now.

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.
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