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Islands

Released: September 7, 1987

Recorded: Megève, Denham

Islands cover

(UK version)

1. The Wind Chimes Part One And Part Two 21:49
2. Islands 4:19
3. Flying Start 3:36
4. North Point 3:33
5. Magic Touch 4:14
6. The Time Has Come 3:51
7. When The Nights On Fire 6:41

 


(US version)

1. The Wind Chimes Part One 2:33
2. The Wind Chimes Part Two
19:14
3. Magic Touch
4:14
4. The Time Has Come
3:51
5. North Point
3:31
6. Flying Start 3:36
7. Islands 4:19

The Wind Chimes Part One
Produced by Mike Oldfield

The Wind Chimes Part Two
Co Produced by Mike Oldfield and Simon Phillips

Islands
Vocals by Bonnie Tyler
Co Produced by Mike Oldfield, Tom Newman and Alan Shacklock

Flying Start
Vocals by Kevin Ayers
Produced by Mike Oldfield

North Point
Vocals by Anita Hegerland
Produced by Mike Oldfield

Magic Touch
Vocals by Jim Price (UK), Max Bacon (US)
Co Produced by Mike Oldfield and Geoffrey Downes

The Time Has Come
Vocals by Anita Hegerland
Co Produced by Mike Oldfield and Michael Cretu

When The Nights On Fire
Vocals by Anita Hegerland
Co Produced by Mike Oldfield

Mastered by Greg Fulginiti at Artisan Sound Recorders

Musicians: Tony Beard, Raf Ravenscroft, Andy Mackay, Mickey Simmonds, Phil Spalding, Micky Moody, Rick Fenn, Max Bacon, Bjorn J:Son Lindh, Mervyn (Spam) Spence, Pierre Moerlen and Benoit Moerlen.
The Wind Chimes: Simon Phillips played Drums; Anita Hegerland - vocal Chants

Technical & Engineering Assistant: Richard Barrie

Photography (back of the US version): Jerry Uelsmann


Personnel

Michael Cretu (producer)

Co-produced 'The Time Has Come'


Geoffrey Downs (producer)

Co-produced 'Magic Touch'.


Tom Newman (producer)

Co-produced the song 'Islands'

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


Alan Shacklock (producer)


Richard Barrie (technical engineer)

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


Kevin Ayers (musician)

Singer-songwriter and leader of the band The Whole World, which Mike played in before recording Tubular Bells. He was also a founder member of Soft Machine.


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: Earth Moving


Tony Beard (musician)


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, Crises


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: Earth Moving, Heaven's Open


Björn J:son Lindh (musician)


Andy Mackay (musician)

Played the oboe on the song 'Islands'.


Pierre Moerlen (musician)

Drummer with (and later leader of) the prog-rock group Gong. Mike would have met Gong while he was at The Manor recording Tubular Bells at the same time as they were recording their 'Flying Teapot' album (another of Virgin records' early releases). Mike made a guest appearance on Gong's LP 'Downwind'. He died unepectdly of natural causes in 2005.

Also appears in: Ommadawn, Incantations, Exposed, Platinum


Micky Moody (musician)


Simon Phillips (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: Crises, Discovery, Heaven's Open


Jim Price (musician)


Raf Ravenscroft (musician)

A session saxophonist, best known for his work on Gerry Rafferty's 'Baker Street'.


Mickey Simmonds (musician)

Also appears in: Heaven's Open


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, Earth Moving


Mervyn 'Spam' Spence (musician)



Instruments

Electric guitars
Danelectro/Coral Sitar An electric guitar with a special bridge to produce a buzzy sitar-like sound. Used on the intro to 'Flying Start', as well as in parts of The Wind Chimes.

Also used in: Amarok, Guitars
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.
Photo
Also used in: Crises, Discovery
Synthesisers
Fairlight CMI Series III A further improvement of the CMI system, incorporating 16 bit sampling.
Photo
Also used in: Earth Moving, Heaven's Open
Kurzweil K250
Roland D-110 Linear Algorhythmic synthesis module. Also used in: Earth Moving
Roland D-50 Linear Algorhythmic synthesiser keyboard. Also used in: Earth Moving, Amarok, Heaven's Open, Tubular Bells II, The Songs of Distant Earth
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
Also used in: Crises, Discovery
Roland GR-33B Bass guitar synthesizer module controlled by a Roland G 88 bass guitar fitted with a synth pickup. Also used in: Discovery
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. Also used in: Earth Moving
Yamaha DX-7 6 operator polyphonic digital FM synthesiser keyboard. Later given to a school for the disabled in exchange for a Farfisa Professional for Tubular Bells II. [?] Seems to feature quite heavily in The Wind Chimes.
Samplers
Fairlight CMI Series III A further improvement of the CMI system, incorporating 16 bit sampling.
Photo
Also used in: Earth Moving, Heaven's Open
Loudspeakers
Tannoy SRM10B 10" Super Red Monitors. Used as nearfield monitors, as part of Mike's Islands-era video setup. Also used in Mike's Los Angeles studio while recording Tubular Bells II. Also used in: Tubular Bells II
Westlake HR-1 Studio monitor speaker. Also used in: Five Miles Out, Crises
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. Also used in: Earth Moving
Tape recorders
Studer A-800 2" 24 track multitrack tape recorder.
Photo Photo
Also used in: Discovery, Earth Moving
Mixing desks
Harrison Series X Photo
Mike told H & SR Magazine that this was the first Harrison in England, and that he and Simon Phillips used to play dice while waiting for the automation data to merge on its slow computer.

Also used in: Earth Moving, Amarok, Heaven's Open, Tubular Bells II


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