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Five Miles Out

Released: March 19, 1982

Recorded: Denham

Five Miles Out cover

1. Taurus II 24:49
2. Family Man 3:45
3. Orabidoo 13:03
4. Mount Teidi 4:10
5. Five Miles Out 4:17

Maggie Reilly - Vocals
Morris Pert - Percussion, Keyboards
Tim Cross - Keyboards
Rick Fenn - Guitars
Mike Oldfield - Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals

Mike Frye - Percussion
Paddy Moloney - Uileann Pipes on 'Taurus II'
Carl Palmer - Percussion on 'Mount Teidi'
Graham Broad - Drums on 'Five Miles Out'

Strings on 'Five Miles Out' arranged by Morris Pert
and conducted by Martyn Ford

Produced and engineered by Mike Oldfield
Except 'Five Miles Out', produced and engineered by Mike Oldfield and Tom Newman
And 'Mount Teidi', produced by Mike Oldfield and engineered by Richard Mainwaring

Technical Assistant - Richard Barrie

Inner sleeve (track sheet)


Personnel

Morris Pert (arranger, musician)

Although maybe best known as a percussionist (America's Billboard magazine voted him as the no 4 Jazz and Rock percussionist in 1977), Morris Pert is also a composer, having written 3 symphonies. He later set up his own studio in his native Scotland, where he concentrated on composition and electronic music recording. As a percussionist, Morris has worked with names like Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Phil Collins. He died in 2010.

Also appears in: Platinum, QE2, The Killing Fields


Tom Newman (producer)

Also appears in: Tubular Bells, Hergest Ridge, Platinum, Islands, Amarok, Heaven's Open, Tubular Bells II, The Songs of Distant Earth, Voyager


Martyn Ford (conductor)


Richard Manwaring (engineer)

Engineer and producer who's worked on countless albums, including those by Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Talking Heads and Chick Corea.

Also appears in: Platinum


Richard Barrie (technical engineer)

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


Graham Broad (musician)


Tim Cross (musician)

Freelance musician and composer who, after studying composition and harpsichord at Dartington College of Arts, began his career writing advertising music. He met Mike through Tom Newman. Tim also collaborated with the Adverts and TV Smith, another connection he made through Tom. He died as a result of lung cancer in 2012.

Also appears in: Exposed, QE2


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: Crises, Islands


Mike Frye (musician)

Classically trained musician, who was principle percussionist for the London Symphony Orchestra. He now runs a company providing bespoke, chauffeur-driven tours of the UK.

Also appears in: Exposed, QE2


Paddy Moloney (musician)

Leader of Irish folk group 'The Chieftains', which Paddy formed in 1963. Most famously, the group featured on the soundtrack to the Stanley Kubrick film 'Barry Lyndon'.

Also appears in: Ommadawn, Amarok


Carl Palmer (musician)

Drummer perhaps best known as one third of Emerson, Lake and Palmer.


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, Crises, Discovery, Earth Moving


Gerald Coulson (cover artwork)

A renowned aviation artist who started his career as an apprentice aircraft engineer, before becoming a Royal Air Force technician and later a British Airways engineer. He began producing technical illustrations for service manuals and, from there, moved into painting.



Instruments

Percussion instruments
Bodhrán 18" bodhrán decorated with a St John Eagle from the Book of Kells. The bodhrán (pronounced as bough-rahn or bow-rahn) is an Irish frame drum made from goatskin, played with a beater called a tipper or cípín.
Drum machines and electronic percussion
Linn LM-1 Electronic drum machine, using samples of acoustic drums 'Linn Machine' is listed on the track sheet. Presumably it's the LM-1, rather than the similar LinnDrum (only released in 1982)
Electric guitars
1966 Fender Telecaster This guitar used to be owned by Marc Bolan. Mike added an extra pickup - made by Bill Lawrence - to it, with the help of his dad in their garden shed. Mike later took all the finish off the guitar, leaving it as bare wood. Video
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Shown in the photo of Mike's studio on inside of the gatefold of the LP
1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior This guitar was modified with a 2 octave fretboard. It was bought by a Scottish fan.
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Shown in the photo of Mike's studio on inside of the gatefold of the LP
Steel-string acoustic guitars
Andy Manson acoustic Worth £439, swapped for a Martin D-35. From c.1980.
Bass guitars
1960 Fender Precision Bass, blonde Mike bought this shortly after recording Tubular Bells. He played it on the BBC Second House performance in 1974. The frets were later removed from it. Sold via Chandler Guitars in February 2006.
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Shown in the photo of Mike's studio on inside of the gatefold of the LP
Tony Zemaitis acoustic bass guitar Sold via Chandler Guitars in February 2008
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Shown in the photo of Mike's studio on inside of the gatefold of the LP
Amps
Mesa/Boogie To get his distorted guitar sound from this amp, Mike overloaded the input by running the guitar through a preamp first. The sound then went into the mixer, where the input was overloaded, then through the Vocal Stresser and a parametric EQ, then a gate and a limiter. (Guitarist, 1984) Shown in the photo of Mike's studio on inside of the gatefold of the LP
Synthesisers
ARP Solina string ensemble
Roland VP-330 Analogue vocoder keyboard, often also used for its string sound.
Sequential Circuits Prophet V Photo
Loudspeakers
Westlake HR-1 Studio monitor speaker.
Studio effects and outboard
ADR Vocal Stresser F769X-R
Tape recorders
Ampex ATR-124 2" 24 track multitrack tape recorder.
Photo
Ampex Grand Master Recording tape.
Mixing desks
Neve 8108 with NECAM automation Analogue mixing desk with computer automation system.
Sequencers
EMS Universal Sequencer Related to the sequencer from EMS's Synthi KS (available both on its own and as part of the Synthi AKS suitcase synthesiser/sequencer, as used by Pink Floyd and Jean Michel Jarre, amongst others). The Universal Sequencer had control voltage and gate outputs for controlling analogue synthesisers. Mike primarily used it together with his ARP 2600. According to EMS, very few of them were made. Shown in the photo of Mike's studio on inside of the gatefold of the LP


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Articles

Stereo Review Interview (1982)

High Fidelity - Five Miles Out Review (1982)




Lyrics

  • The Deep Deep Sound
  • Family Man
  • Orabidoo
  • Five Miles Out

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