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4.5 out of 5 stars
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4.5 out of 5 stars
Ommadawn
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on 11 November 2016
One of my favourite Mike's albums so I'm happy the CD is in my collection now.
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on 5 March 2017
Superb lp took me back to 1975
Delighted with the condition afte 40 years
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on 4 March 2015
brilliant.
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on 26 September 2017
good not heard this one before
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on 4 August 2017
still the best
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on 7 June 2017
Brilliant. Takes me back to my youth.
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on 2 March 2017
Good record, thanks
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VINE VOICEon 8 June 2010
An excellent revisionist approach to renewing your label, Mike Oldfield has gone back and 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 1975 original mix and the 1975 demo.

The music is excellent mainly instrumental and inspired by his live in the near `Hegerst Ridge', Mike has pulled in some excellent pastoral themes, the closing tune `On Horseback' harking back to the comedy of the Sailors Hornpipe which closed Tubular bells this time folk being prodded and poked.. Bonus tracks are the Single version of `In Dulce Jubilo','First excursion', `Argiers' and `Portsmouth' all contemporary to the album

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. Bonuses on the DVD are the Videos for `Portsmouth' and `In Dulce Jubilo'
Otherwise an excellent deluxe edition and worthy of any Mike Oldfield fans collection
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HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 21 November 2014
As I recall an "Ommadawn" in Ireland was a bit of an eejit - a fool - a dunderhead. I don't know if that was Mike Oldfield's intention - but as the South African group JABULA play the final percussive repeated refrain on "Part 1" - Clodagh Simonds of the cult Irish Folk group MELLOW CANDLE sings "Ommadawn ag ceoil..." which roughly translates from the Gaelic into "Fool singing music..."

Along with his first two albums "Tubular Bells" (1973) and "Hergest Ridge" (1974) - 1975's "Ommadawn" was always going to be a DELUXE EDITION contender and Universal have done a wonderful job on this intensely layered masterpiece and firm fan favourite. Here are the Hertfordshire themes...

Released June 2010 - "Ommadawn DELUXE EDITION" is a 2CD/1DVD set on Universal 532 676-1 (Barcode 600753267615) and breaks down as follows:

CD 1 (51:19 minutes)
1. Ommadawn (Part One)
2. Ommadawn (Part Two)/On Horseback [Side 2]
Previously Unreleased 2010 Stereo Mixes by Mike Oldfield of the 1975 album

3. In Dulce Jubilo
A-side of a UK 7" single released October 1976 on Virgin VS 163

4. First Excursion
5. Argiers
6. Portsmouth
Tracks 4 to 6 originally released October 1976 in the UK on the 4LP Box set "Boxed" on Virgin VBOX 1

CD 2 (53:39 minutes):
1. Ommadawn (Part One)
2. Ommadawn (Part Two)/On Horseback
Original 1975 Stereo Mixes. Tracks 1 and 2 issued as the album "Ommadawn" released 25 October 1975 in the UK on Virgin V 2043 and in the USA on Virgin PZ 33913

3. Ommadawn (Lost Version - 1975 Demo)
Previously Unreleased

DVD (All Regions):
1. Ommadawn (Part One)
2. Ommadawn (Part Two)/On Horseback
Tracks 1 and 2 are 2010 5.1 Surround Mixes by Mike Oldfield

VISUAL CONTENT
3. In Dulce Jubilo (Original Promotional Video)
4. Portsmouth (Original Promotional Video)

One of removable stickers you have to cut open criss-crosses the base of the glossy DELUXE EDITION digipak and when opened - you get what were the pictures of the inner sleeve of the original 1975 Virgin Records LP. The 20-page booklet features pictures of Oldfield at his Hertfordshire home where Virgin installed 24-track recording equipment for him, snaps of the huge numbers of instruments he played on the record, a foreign picture sleeve of the "In Dulce Jubilo" single and excellent liner notes from MARK POWELL (including interviews with Oldfield about the difficulties of recording - tapes disintegrating etc). Both MARK POWELL and PASCHAL BYRNE (names who've handled huge amounts of reissues for Universal) did the tape research with Oldfield and Paschal Byrne handling the 24-bit remasters.

The 2010 version is a revelation. Side 1 was always this dense mass of music that felt too packed in some ways - the remaster and remix brings so much more to the fore. There sweet clarity to the acoustic and Spanish guitars and the ethereal vocals floating in the background. And if I re-listen to the 2000 HDCD version for Side 2 where Paddy Maloney's Uilleann Pipes (The Chieftains) come sailing in - the 2010 version has gorgeous depth - making his beautiful air even more spine tingling. It's been decades since I heard the "Boxed" tracks and I'd forgotten how good they actually are - especially the guitars of "First Excursion" sounding like Eno or mellow King Crimson. "Argiers" feels like a Steve Hackett Genesis instrumental circa "Foxtrot" with a Flute added - while "Portsmouth" has only ever annoyed me (and still does). But you have to say that best of all is the 5.1 Surround Mix on the DVD - which I've admittedly only heard once on a mate's system - it's properly amazing - like the Steve Wilson remixes of the Yes and Crimson catalogues. Gotta invest...

After a critical drubbing and overkill backlash for "Hergest Ridge" in 1974 - Oldfield had time to record and build "Ommadawn" from the bottom up. It felt 'accomplished' on release in 1975 and still does to this day.

Nice to hear this 2010 DE remaster give its dense layers that extra oomph. The multi-instrumentalist all-dancing fool rises to play his song once more...and how...
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on 28 March 2017
I have been enthusiastically listening to and collecting rock and jazz music in all formats for the last 40 years and I can confidently say that this is one of the best albums ever, no matter what genre you're talking about. I must have listened to it at least a thousand times. I like Mike and his other albums, and most of them are very good to excellent, but none of them come even close to this one. The only two albums that are on parity are Van Morrison's Astral Weeks and John Coltrane's A Love Supreme IMHO.
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