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Earth Moving

Released: July 10, 1989

Recorded: Roughwood Croft

Earth Moving cover

1. Holy 4:37
2. Hostage 4:09
3. Far Country 4:25
4. Innocent 3:30
5. Runaway Son 4:05
6. See The Light 3:59
7. Earthmoving 4:03
8. Blue Night 3:47
9. Nothing But /
Bridge To Paradise
8:40

All tracks written by Mike Oldfield
Engineered and Programmed by Mike Oldfield
Produced by Mike Oldfield and Daniel Lazerus

Recorded using Atari 1040ST with C-LAB Notator software, Roland and Korg synthesizers, Fairlight Series 111, PRS guitars, Harrison Series X console, Studer A8800 tape deck with Dolby SR noise reduction and Ampex Grand Master tape, ATC SCM200 monitors, digitally mastered

Technical Advisor: Richard Barrie
Personnal Assistant: Jeremy Parker
Casting Engineer: Dennis Blackham at Tape One

Thanks also to Danny Thompson, Gareth Snook, Bertice Reading, Roger Chapman, Ian Gillan, Fish and Beverly Brown

Holy
Lead Vocals: Adrian Belew
Background Vocals: Phil Spalding
Guitars and Keyboards: Mike Oldfield
Ad Libs: Carol Kenyon

Hostage
Lead Vocals: Max Bacon
Additional Vocal: Nicky 'B' Bentley
Background Vocals: Mike Oldfield
Guitars and Keyboards: Mike Oldfield
Clavinet: Daniel Lazerus
Violin: Bobby Valentino

Far Country
Lead Vocals: Mark Willliamson
Keyboards: Mike Oldfield
Right Solo Guitar: Mike Oldfield
Left Solo Guitar: Adrian Belew

Innocent
Lead & Backing Vocals: Anita Hegerland
Guitars and keyboards: Mike Oldfield

Runaway Son
Lead Vocals: Chris Thompson
Kick Horn Section: Simon Gardner, Simon Clarke, Tim Sanders, Roddy Lorimer
(Horn Arrangement): Mike Oldfield and Daniel Lazerus
Guitars and keyboards: Mike Oldfield

See The Light
Lead Vocals: Chris Thompson
Background Vocals: Phil Spalding
Kick Horn Section: Simon Gardner, Simon Clarke, Tim Sanders, Roddy Lorimer
(Horn Arrangement): Mike Oldfield and Daniel Lazerus
Guitars and Keyboards: Mike Oldfield

Earth Moving
Lead Vocals: Nikki "B" Bentley (of "B" Force)
Background Vocals: Keith Murrell, Sonia Jones Morgan, Maggie Ryder, Jackie Challenor, Carl Wayne, Lance Ellington
Guitar and Keyboards: Mike Oldfield
Fretless Bass: Phil Spalding
Saxophone: Raf Ravenscroft

Blue Night
Lead Vocals: Maggie Reilly
Background Vocals: Maggie Reilly and Daniel Lazerus
Guitars and Keyboards: Mike Oldfield
Tambourine: Daniel Lazerus

Nothing But
Lead Vocals: Carol Kenyon
Additional Vocals: Paul Lee
Guiutars and Keyboards: Mike Oldfield

Bridge To Paradise
Lead Vocals: Max Bacon
Additional Vocals: Phil Spalding
Background Vocals: Keith Murrell, Sonia Jones Morgan, Maggie Ryder, Jackie Challenor, Carl Wayne, Lance Ellington
Guitars and Keyboards: Mike Oldfield
Blues Harp and Tambourine: Daniel Lazerus


Personnel

Daniel Lazerus (producer)


Richard Barrie (technical engineer)

Also appears in: QE2, Five Miles Out, Islands, Amarok, Heaven's Open, Tubular Bells II, The Songs of Distant Earth, Voyager


The Kick Horns (ensemble)

Horn group consisting of Simon Gardner, Simon Clarke, Tim Sanders and Roddy Lorimer.


Max Bacon (musician)

Lead singer from the rock group GTR, in which Phil Spalding played bass. Max later left the music business to become a pub landlord.

Also appears in: Islands


Adrian Belew (musician)


Nikki 'B' Bentley (musician)

Now better known by her real name of Nikki Lamborn, half of the rock duo 'Never the Bride'.

Also appears in: Heaven's Open


Jackie Challenor (musician)


Lance Ellington (musician)


Anita Hegerland (musician)

Norwegian singer, who became Mike's girlfriend and mother of two of his children, Greta and Noah. She had her first hit single at the age of 9 and, alongside her success in Scandinavia, was known in West Germany for her song with Roy Black, 'Schön ist es auf die Welt zu sein'.

Also appears in: Islands, Heaven's Open


Sonia Jones Morgan (musician)


Carol Kenyon (musician)


Paul Lee (musician)


Keith Murrell (musician)


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, Crises, Discovery


Maggie Ryder (musician)


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: Crises, Islands


Bridget St John (musician)

British folk rock singer. Made some LPs on the Dandelion record label, run by British DJ John Peel in the early 70s (albums on this label are now extremely rare and change hands for huge amounts of money). Did some vocals for Kevin Ayers' Shooting at the moon album. She put her recording career on hold in 1976 to move to New York.

Also appears in: Ommadawn, Amarok


Chris Thompson (musician)


Bobby Valentino (musician)


Carl Wayne (musician)


Mark Williamson (musician)



Instruments

Electric guitars
PRS Signature A particularly high grade, limited edition, version of the Custom 24. In Vintage Yellow.
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Synthesisers
Fairlight CMI Series III A further improvement of the CMI system, incorporating 16 bit sampling.
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Korg M1 The biggest selling digital keyboard of all time, the Korg M1 was used by many artists after its release in 1988.
Roland D-110 Linear Algorhythmic synthesis module.
Roland D-50 Linear Algorhythmic synthesiser keyboard.
Roland MT-32 Table top Linear Algorhythmic Synthesis module. Low cost descendent of the D-50. Mike had two, for composing with while he was on holiday.
Yamaha DX-100 Small synthesiser, used as a controller keyboard for Mike's 1980s portable sequencing setup. In the 1989 Keyboards interview, Mike mentions using a small portable Roland keyboard while writing the album in Greece. It's listed in the article as a Roland DX 800, which never existed. It was probably this keyboard which was meant.
Samplers
Fairlight CMI Series III A further improvement of the CMI system, incorporating 16 bit sampling.
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Loudspeakers
ATC SCM200 Studio monitor speakers.
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Studio effects and outboard
Dolby SR Noise Reduction units Dolby SR was Dolby's most advanced form of tape noise reduction. SR stands for Spectral Recording, a reference to the way that the system can act independently on different parts of the frequency spectrum.
Tape recorders
Ampex Grand Master Recording tape.
Studer A-800 2" 24 track multitrack tape recorder.
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Mixing desks
Harrison Series X Photo
Computers
Atari STacy portable computer Used as part of Mike's late 80s portable sequencing setup, together with the walkman with powered speakers and two Roland MT32 sound modules.
Sequencers
C-Lab Notator Sequencing software for the Atari ST
Computer software
C-Lab Notator Sequencing software for the Atari ST


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TV-AM Interview (1989)

Mike Oldfield Turns The Clock Back Computers: (1990)




Lyrics

  • Holly
  • Hostage
  • Far Country
  • Innocent
  • Runaway Son
  • See the Light
  • Earth Moving
  • Blue Night
  • Nothing But
  • Bridge to Paradise

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