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Disappointing, not what I expected
on 23 July 2012
When the original was released back in the late 70s, it fast became one of my favourite pieces of music. In due course, I lost my recording, so when I discovered it on YouTube recently, I was overjoyed. Call me an idiot, but I don't particularly relish listening to fine music for free; after all, the musicians need to earn a living. Besides, at £4.99 that's now far less than a pack of 20 Superkings.
I guess, however, that I should have read the accompanying notes, for this is a remastered copy of the original. Now while that means everything is going to sound that little bit clearer - no bad thing, it does also mean that there is the potential for changes to the balance of instruments, new harmonies added, old ones removed etc, and you could end up with something completely different.
This is where the difference between Oldfield's approach and classical composition becomes apparent. The classical composer, due to his skill and brilliance, is able to have the perfect manuscript translated into music, with all the little nuances intact and composed and orchestrated for optimum impact.
No doubt about it, Mike is a brilliant, brilliant musician, and I wish I could do what he does, but you cannot better the original Ommadawn.
There are places in the new version where he's mucked about with it, and that's not what we Mike Oldfield fans want. So, if anyone has an original version that they would like to swap with this new version, let me know. And that goes for you as well Mike, I also lived in Reading.