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Not as good as TB2!,
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This review is from: Mike Oldfield: The Millennium Bell - Live In Berlin [DVD]  (DVD)
As a long-standing Oldfield fan I am somewhat disappointed with this offering.Obviously, the musical content of 'M.Bell' would not approach the brilliance of 'TB2' or 'S.O.Distant Earth' but apart from that the concert is somewhat flat.The audience seem very reluctant to get involved in the music despite many obvious inviting signs from the on-stage performers.Also I found the ongoing noise of 'popping' fireworks detracted from the music and at some points tended to interfere with it.The high-light of the concert according to the back-notes is the 'special','Art In Heaven'.This is some of Oldfield's work off 'Songs Of Distant Earth' accompanied by flashing lights/fireworks etc. superimposed on the footage of Mike performing on stage.This spoils the whole musical experience and as far as I'm concerned the 'lights etc' should have been left at home.However despite all the criticism I would still recommend this to the 'real' Oldfield fan.The live versions of 'Moonlight Shadow' and 'Portsmouth' are very enjoyable as is some of the 'M.Bell' music, particularly 'Mastermind'.All that said I still consider the concert of TB2 at Edinburgh has not been bettered to-date.
Come on Mike, give us 'Songs Of Distant Earth' in live concert or to be really ambitious give us 'Amorak'!