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Boxed

Released: October 29, 1976

Boxed cover

1. Tubular Bells: Part One 25:55
COMPOSED BY MIKE OLDFIELD - REMIXED
2. Tubular Bells: Part Two 25:47
COMPOSED BY MIKE OLDFIELD EXCEPT
"THE SAILOR HORNPIPE" - TRAD. ARR. OLDFIELD - REMIXED

3. The Rio Grande 6:37
(TRAD. ARR. DAVID BEDFORD)
4. Portsmouth 2:02
(TRAD. ARR. MIKE OLDFIELD)
5. In Dulci Jubilo 2:49
(R.L. PEARSALL ARR. OLDFIELD)

1. Hergest Ridge: Part One 21:33
COMPOSED BY MIKE OLDFIELD - REMIXED
2. Hergest Ridge: Part Two 18:40
COMPOSED BY MIKE OLDFIELD - REMIXED
3. An extract from Star's End 7:33
(DAVID BEDFORD)
4. Argiers 3:59
(TRAD. ARR. MIKE OLDFIELD)
5. Speak (Tho You Only Say Farewell) 2:54
(RAY MORELLL/HORATIO NICHOLLS)

1. Ommadawn: Part One 20:06
COMPOSED BY MIKE OLDFIELD - REMIXED
2. Ommadawn: Part Two 17:17
COMPOSED BY MIKE OLDFIELD EXCEPT "ON HORSEBACK"
MUSIC: M. OLDFIELD/LYRICS: M. OLDFIELD/WILLIAM MURRAY - REMIXED

3. The Phaeacian Games 3:58
(DAVID BEDFORD)
4. First Excursion 5:56
(MIKE OLDFIELD/DAVID BEDFORD)

Tubular Bells re-mixed in quad by Phil Newell, assisted by Alan Perkins.

Hergest Ridge re-mixed in quad by Mike Oldfield.

Ommadawn re-mixed in quad by Mike Oldfield and Phil Newell.

Phaeacian Games
David Bedford: ARP synthesizer, sring syntesizer, grand piano, electric piano.
Mike Oldfield: guitar.
Recorded at TW Studios, London in June 1976 and at Througham in July 1976.
Produced by Peter Jenner.
Engineers: Martin Adam (TW), David Bedford (Througham).

Extract from "Star's End"
Mike Oldfield: guitar, bass guitar.
Chris Cutler: percuussion.
The Royal Philarmonic Orchestra conducted by Vemon Handley.
Recorded at The Manor and by The Manor Mobile at Barking Town Hall in August 1974.
Produced by David Bedford and Mike Oldfield.

The Rio Grande
David Bedford: grand piano, organ.
Mike Oldfield: guitar.
Vocals by classes 2 and 3, Queen's College, London.
Recorded at The Manor, The Beacon and with the Manor Mobiile at Queen's College Hall n June 1975.
Produced by David Bedford.

First Excursion
Mike Oldfield: guitar.
David Bedford: grand piano, string syntesizer.
Recorded at Througham in Auugust 1976.
Produced by Mike Oldfield.
Engineer: Phil Newell.

Argiers
Mike Oldfield: acoustic guitar, string synthesizer.
Leslie Penning: recorders.
Recorded at Througham in January 1976.
Produced by Mike Oldfield.
Engineer: Paul Lindsay.

Portsmouth
Mike Oldfield: acoustiic guitar, accordion, mandolin, string synthesizer, kettle drum, bodhran feet.
Lesllie Penning: recorders, feet.
Recorded at Througham in January 1976.
Produced by Mike Oldfield.
Engineer: Paul Lindsay.

In Dulci Jubilo
Mike Oldield: acoustic and electric guitars, string synthesizer.
Leslie Penning: recorders, kortholt.
William Murray: snare drum.
Reorded at The Beacon in November 1974 and The Manor in October 1975
Produced by Mike Oldfield.
Engineers: Mike Oldfield (Beacon), Phill Newell (Manor).

Speak (Tho'You Only say Farewell)
Mike Oldfield: vocals.
David Bedford: grand piano, vocals.
Recorded at The Beacon in November 1974.
Produced and engineered by Mike Oldfield.


Notes

Originally issued as a 4 LP set, then later as 3 CDs, Boxed presented Mike's first three albums in SQ quadraphonic versions. The fourth LP featured a selection of Mike's collaborations with David Bedford and Les Penning. At the time, quadraphonic audio - using four channels to drive a pair of speakers at the front and another at the rear - was seen as an important step on from stereo, with both The Manor and Mike's own studio at Througham Slad being equipped for quadraphonic production.

Mike's remix of Hergest Ridge was more to his liking than the original, so all subsequent releases of the album, up until 2010, used the Boxed mix. CDs of Hergest Ridge now use Mike's 2010 remix, apart from the Deluxe Edition which also offers the original 1974 mix, which is also used on the Universal LPs. Boxed is no longer available on CD, and the Boxed mix of Hergest Ridge is also no longer available separately.

As SQ was a 'matrix' system, with the quadraphonic positioning information encoded into a two channel (essentially stereo) signal, the encoding was preserved on the CD release of the set and can be decoded very effectively with the right equipment.

In Dulci Jubilo was the first tune which Les Penning played to Mike on meeting him. The original version, released in 1974, was recorded at the Beacon with Mike's mother Maureen in the room; as she died shortly afterwards, it was released as 'In Dulci Jubilo (for Maureen)'. Mike wasn't entirely happy with the results, and so it was reworked at the Manor, though some of the original parts remained.
Portsmouth and Argiers were two of the tunes which Mike and Les used to play together at Penhros Court. According to Les, they were recorded in the living room at Througham, using the Manor Mobile, as Mike's own studio had not yet been installed. Les says they were just two of a number of tunes recorded on the same day, originally intended to be released as an album under his name.



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Lyrics

  • Sailors Hornpipe
  • The Rio Grande
  • Speak (Tho' You Only Say Farewell)

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