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Crises

Released: May 27, 1983

Recorded: Denham

Crises cover

1. Crises 20:53
2. Moonlight Shadow 3:38
3. In High Places 3:34
4. Foreign Affair 3:52
5. Taurus 3 2:26
6. Shadow On The Wall 3:10

Recorded November 1982 - April 1983 using Ampex ATR 124, NEVE 8108 with NECAM, and Westlake Monitors, in Denham, England.

Mastered at C.B.C.
Studios, London, England.

Engineered by Nigel Luby.

Produced by Mike Oldfield & Simon Phillips.

Crises (Music & Lyrics: Mike Oldfield)
Mike Oldfield: Vocals, Guitars, Fairlight C.M.I., Oberheim OBXa, DSX and DMX, Simmons Drums, Bass, Piano, Prophet, Farfisa, Harp, Mandolin, Quantec Room simulator, Roland Strings
Phil Spalding: Bass
Ant: Guitars
Rick Fenn: Guitar
Simon Phillips: Tama Drums

Moonlight Shadow (Music & Lyrics: Mike Oldfield)
Mike Oldfield: Guitars, Fairlight C.M.I.
Maggie Reilly: Vocals
Phil Spalding: Bass
Simon Phillips: Tama Drums

In High Places (Music: Mike Oldfield, Lyrics: Mike Oldfield & Jon Anderson)
Mike Oldfield: Guitar, Oberheim OBXa, Roland Strings, Fairlight C.M.I.
Jon Anderson: Vocals
Pierre Moerlen: Vibraphone
Simon Phillips: Tama Drums

Foreign Affair (Music: Mike Oldfield, Lyrics: Mike Oldfield & Maggie Reilly)
Mike Oldfield: Fairlight C.M.I., Roland Strings
Maggie Reilly: Vocals
Simon Phillips: Tama Drums & Shaker

Taurus 3 (Music: Mike Oldfield)
Mike Oldfield: Adamus, Ramirez & Manson Guitars, Mandolin, Acoustic Bass, Bells, Tambourine, Shaker
Simon Phillips: Tama Drums, Finger Snaps, Bells, Tambourine, Shaker, Boots

Shadow on the Wall (Music & Lyrics: Mike Oldfield)
Mike Oldfield: Guitars, Banjo, Bass, Fairlight C.M.I., Roland Strings
Roger Chapman: Vocals
Ant: Guitars
Simon Phillips: Tama Drums

Cover by Terry Ilot


Notes

Sally, Molly and Dougal are Mike's girlfriend Sally Cooper and their two children Molly and Dougal Oldfield.

Some CD releases of Crises included an interview done with Mike at the time of the album's release. You can read it, and see the photos which accompanied it, here.


Personnel

Nigel Luby (engineer)


Jon Anderson (musician)

Singer with progressive rock group 'Yes', Jon has also led a solo career, releasing 15 albums since 1976. Jon has also worked with many groups and artists in the rock world, including King Crimson, John Paul Jones, Tangerine Dream, Rick Wakeman and Vangelis (most famously with the Jon and Vangelis project, though Jon guested on Vangelis albums before that).


Roger Chapman (musician)

Singer and songwriter with rock group 'Family' in the late 60s/Early 70s, then later with 'Streetwalkers'. Roger went solo in the late 70s, and moved to Germany shortly afterwards, where he found greater success with his style of music than he did while in the UK.


Rick Fenn (musician)

Was a member of band 10CC from 1976 onwards. Also played with stars such as Elkie Brooks, Cliff Richard, Rick Wakeman and Peter Green (of Fleetwood Mac fame). Produced a solo album called 'Profiles' which featured Nick Mason of Pink Floyd on drums.

Also appears in: Five Miles Out, Islands


Ant Glynne (musician)

Has played with Asia, Roger Chapman, Leo Sayer, Albert Collins and most recently, Rick Wakeman's 'English Rock Ensemble'. Ant has also worked as a demonstrator for Marshall guitar amplifiers, including playing a Marshall concert with Slash (of Guns'n'Roses fame). Ant has also demonstrated Fender guitars and amplifiers. In addition, Ant has played in several productions in London's West End.


Simon Phillips (producer, musician)

A drummer who started off playing in his father's dixieland band at the age of 12, before going on to work with rock legends like Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend and Gary Moore, as well as being the current drummer for Toto. He met Mike in New York at Tony Roma's Ribs, while on tour with Al DiMeola.

Also appears in: Discovery, Islands, Heaven's Open


Maggie Reilly (musician)

Scottish singer, who rose to fame with Glasgow pop group "Joe Cool" in the early 1970s. The band then merged with another, "Up" and became funk-rock band "Cado Belle". She met Mike in 1980 via Cado Belle keyboard player Stuart MacKillop, who had been working for Abba after leaving Cado Belle. She joined Mike on his 1980 tour, then went on to record songs with him on five albums (including Crises). In the years afterwards, Maggie went on to record with rock musicians such as Jack Bruce, George Harrison, Dave Gilmour and Nick Mason.

Also appears in: QE2, Five Miles Out, Discovery, Earth Moving


Phil Spalding (musician)

A session bass player. Played in the Bernie Tormé band 1977 - 79 (also some drums). Later played in band GTR (1984 - 86), which included Max Bacon on vocals. Played with Toyah Wilcox (wife of Robert Fripp) in the early 80s, and later joined Mike on Michel Polnareff's album Kama Sutra.

Also appears in: Islands, Earth Moving


Terry Ilott (cover artwork)



Instruments

Miscellaneous stringed instruments
Gibson RB-250 Mastertone Banjo Mike appeared with this banjo at the Tubular Bells II premiere concert in Edinburgh. Its appearance is consistent with a post-1960s RB-250, so our current best guess is that it's the same banjo which Mike used on every album from Ommadawn onwards.
Drum machines and electronic percussion
Oberheim DMX Digital drum machine.
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Simmons Drums
Electric guitars
1959 Fender Stratocaster, sunburst This was the first of the Strats that Mike bought. The scratchplate of this guitar was modified, probably in the 1990s, to make space for a Roland GK-2 synth pickup.
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1962 Gibson Les Paul/SG Junior This is one of the early models of SG which still had the Les Paul logo on the headstock. Mike bought this to replace the SG that was stolen from The Beacon. It became one of his most used guitars, being used extensively on albums and concerts throughout the 70s and 80s. He sold it through Chandler Guitars in February 2006. It was bought by a Swiss fan.
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Roland G-808 Guitar controller for Roland guitar synthesis system.
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Steel-string acoustic guitars
Andy Manson acoustic Worth £439, swapped for a Martin D-35. From c.1980.
Ovation Adamas Electroacoustic guitar with carbon fibre top.
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Bass guitars
Roland G-88 Bass guitar designed for controlling the GR-33B bass synthesiser. It can also be used as a conventional bass, which Mike seems to have done.
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Mike appears with it in the Shadow on the Wall video, so it's quite likely he used it on the album.
Organs
Farfisa Professional Organ Photo
Synthesisers
ARP Solina string ensemble
Fairlight CMI Series II Mike had two of these - the second was for live work.
Oberheim OB-Xa Sold together with DSX sequencer and 'Tubular Bells' flightcase to "Malcolm" for £540 in Spring 2000 at vemia.co.uk. OB-Xa later resold on ebay, March 2007.
Roland G-808 Guitar controller for Roland guitar synthesis system.
Photo
Roland G-88 Bass guitar designed for controlling the GR-33B bass synthesiser. It can also be used as a conventional bass, which Mike seems to have done.
Photo
Mike appears with it in the Shadow on the Wall video, so it's quite likely he used it on the album.
Roland GR-300 Guitar synthesis module controlled by Roland G-808 guitar
Roland VP-330 Analogue vocoder keyboard, often also used for its string sound. Used for its string sound - listed as 'Roland Strings'
Sequential Circuits Prophet V Photo
Samplers
Fairlight CMI Series II Mike had two of these - the second was for live work.
Loudspeakers
Westlake HR-1 Studio monitor speaker.
Studio effects and outboard
Quantec Room Simulator Digital reverb unit, released in 1982.
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Tape recorders
Ampex ATR-124 2" 24 track multitrack tape recorder.
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Mixing desks
Neve 8108 with NECAM automation Analogue mixing desk with computer automation system.
Sequencers
Oberheim DSX Sequencer. Used as an interface between Mike's analogue synths and the Fairlight CMI.


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Lyrics

  • Crises
  • Moonlight Shadow
  • In High Places
  • Foreign Affair
  • Shadow on the Wall

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