Welcome Guest
[ Log In :: Register ]

Pages: (6) < [1] 2 3 4 5 6 ... >

[ Track this topic :: Email this topic :: Print this topic ]

Topic: Return To Ommadawn to be released January 20, 2017< Next Oldest | Next Newest >
Olivier Offline





Group: Super Admins
Posts: 1838
Joined: Nov. 1999
Posted: Dec. 07 2016, 11:11

Mike announced on Facebook the release of Return To Ommadawn for January 20 2017, and posted a 32 seconds excerpt of the new album. BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright played a snippet too (starting at 2 hours 12 minutes, thanks Harmono!).

Hello everyone,

I’m delighted to announce that my new album, Return To Ommadawn, will be released on January 20 2017
and is available to pre-order on my official store now: https://MikeOldfield.lnk.to/ReturnToOmmadawnFP

I hope you will enjoy listening to the new album as much as I have enjoyed making it.

Thanks for your patience, I know it has been a long wait.
Meanwhile here is a short snippet with elements from the introduction to Part One.

I also hear that Steve Wright will be playing the radio exclusive single version on his show this afternoon on BBC Radio 2.
You can hear it just after 4.pm UK time at : http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2

Hope you will be able to tune in and enjoy.

All the best for now !

Mike Oldfield
Back to top
Profile PM WEB 
Harmono Offline





Group: Members
Posts: 759
Joined: May 2005
Posted: Dec. 07 2016, 12:34

Recording of Steve Wright's show is now available: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0848fc4

Haven't heard the "radio exclusive single" yet! Going to listen now! Edit: starts at about 2 hours 12 minutes.
Back to top
Profile PM 
Harmono Offline





Group: Members
Posts: 759
Joined: May 2005
Posted: Dec. 07 2016, 14:22

Apparently the first snippet on the show is what Mike has described as a lovely tune similar to Telstar.
Back to top
Profile PM 
Yann Offline





Group: Members
Posts: 46
Joined: Oct. 2015
Posted: Dec. 07 2016, 16:21

The starting from the excerpt was, well, let's say ok... but the last 30 seconds... wow, that was amazing, it sounded as the old Mike. The excerpt just ended when it was starting to sound like the 70s albums.

Damn! I wanted more!!! :D
Back to top
Profile PM 
Lancelot Offline





Group: Members
Posts: 16
Joined: April 2002
Posted: Dec. 07 2016, 19:33

I am not impressed at all to tell the truth. This sounds very sterile to me, in the vein of Oldfield's superficial new age output since Voyager. I hope I am wrong as I cannot judge the album from a 30 sec snippet... I also sincerely hope this horrible pseudo Lord-of-the-Ringish fantasy cover has nothing to do with the final album cover.
Back to top
Profile PM 
cAveMan Offline





Group: Members
Posts: 52
Joined: Sep. 2005
Posted: Dec. 08 2016, 03:26

Quote (Lancelot @ Dec. 08 2016, 01:33)
I also sincerely hope this horrible pseudo Lord-of-the-Ringish fantasy cover has nothing to do with the final album cover.

I'm afraid that's the final cover :O . I don't like it at all, it's too generic, and the typography  is also superficial. I also really hope that the cover art has little to do with the actual music.

Having said that, i really didn't like the first snippet tune from the BBC show, the second (the drum thing) sounded far better, but still I was kinda disappointed to hear that he actually just resampled original Ommadawn vocals  (sound like just playing backwards) instead of engaging someone to really sing something! I hope that the whole album will not sound just like recycled Ommadawn.

Oh and also, it was all too damn loud, squished and overly compressed, I hope that's just the radio, not the final master!
Back to top
Profile PM 
qjamesfloyd Offline





Group: Members
Posts: 953
Joined: April 2001
Posted: Dec. 08 2016, 07:13

I really like the cover, I looks like a 70's prog cover to me, the brief snippets of the album I heard on BBC Radio 2 are good too, the guitar, sounds wonderful, if we have more of that I will be happy. Let's not be to negative, we have been wanting Mike to go back to side length instrumental music, and that is what we get next month, I for one am very excited.

--------------
Please visit my Mark Knopfler/Dire Straits forum below:

http://s7.invisionfree.com/Silvertown_Blues/index.php?act=idx
Back to top
Profile PM WEB 
falk Offline





Group: Members
Posts: 52
Joined: Dec. 2012
Posted: Dec. 08 2016, 10:09

just heard the snippet. When the guitar comes in - great music, but until then a bit boring, but i guess you can´t judge on that little bit. the guitar makes me hopeful thoug
Back to top
Profile PM 
equinoxe Offline





Group: Members
Posts: 175
Joined: Aug. 2011
Posted: Dec. 08 2016, 10:54

After first listen of the snippets, what i can say is that i can't hear the power in that guitar solo... it's not enough strong and haven't much of spirit of old Mike in it, when comparing with solos from Ommadawn or Amarok or even with Castaway (which is beutiful! ), and is rather bombastic, but... it's only the snippet, it's just some part of the solo so i wont to judge it and will wait with hope for the album :)

I must say i like the theme from the first snippet, its really nice and it has very nice mood. Very good thing is back to the old analog instruments, because the composition sounds very natural and reach. Yes, this sounds very Oldfield'ish. Love it.

The title of the album is...really? (thought it was only the working title) and the cover is...naah, nevermind :)

Overall it doesn't sounds bad, and in fact i think it may be a really good album, maybe even his first really good instrumental album since 90's... :)
Back to top
Profile PM 
Chrissy Offline





Group: Members
Posts: 67
Joined: Sep. 2013
Posted: Dec. 08 2016, 13:00

Love the cover, very original. Impressed with the snippet that has been released. Be great to hear the whole thing.

Why is it so many people just complain.

Be glad that Mike has released a 40 minute piece of instrumental music. You try and do better!
Back to top
Profile PM 
captain cavern Offline





Group: Members
Posts: 247
Joined: Oct. 2003
Posted: Dec. 08 2016, 13:17

Quote
I was kinda disappointed to hear that he actually just resampled original Ommadawn vocals  (sound like just playing backwards) instead of engaging someone to really sing something! I hope that the whole album will not sound just like recycled Ommadawn.


Completely agree with that. The rest sounds good.
Back to top
Profile PM 
Priabonia Offline





Group: Members
Posts: 164
Joined: July 2011
Posted: Dec. 08 2016, 13:50

Another "dislike" from me (with the caveat, like others, that this is only a few minutes). Sounds like every other rubbish album post QE2...

...I bet the fanboys (and girls) on Farcebook are lapping it up though!


--------------
www.soundcloud.com/priabonia

www.soundcloud.com/just-before-dawn
Back to top
Profile PM 
TOBY Offline





Group: Members
Posts: 1551
Joined: May 2002
Posted: Dec. 08 2016, 14:18

Its an odd choice of cover image. Not sure what I was expecting really but probably not an 80's Dungeons and Dragons book illustration. I suppose it is reminiscent of 70's prog album covers but Mike's album covers were never like that so it sits slightly at odds with anything else thats come before.

The short sections we've heard of the album sort of don't surprise me much. Pessimistically I knew it would be Ommadawn but with the notes in a different order and things do point in that direction so far. That being said though, just a rearranged Ommadawn is probably going to be fairly listenable, if not massively inventive.

I am one of those people who thinks its slightly sad that all Mike can do these days is just rehash his back catalogue through either commercial necessity or creative bankruptcy, or a combination of both. Its a shame because understandably a lot of people do pour scorn over him because of it. I've always thought he's worth more than that but I've followed him long enough to know Mike does what Mike wants to do. He's started work on TB4 apparently.
Back to top
Profile PM 
qcfoetus Offline





Group: Members
Posts: 33
Joined: April 2013
Posted: Dec. 08 2016, 23:30

I'm actually looking forward to this new recording. The snippets are too short to fuel my expectations, but any new project from Mike genuinely calls to me. The resampled original vocals do sound a little odd, but perhaps that's part of the whole RTO concept? As for the cover image, I can't help but smile at the apparent symbolism of this giant turtle, slowly but surely moving at us, safe from harm (critics?) under its shield of rock!   :p
Back to top
Profile PM 
cAveMan Offline





Group: Members
Posts: 52
Joined: Sep. 2005
Posted: Dec. 09 2016, 04:12

Quote (TOBY @ Dec. 08 2016, 20:18)
I am one of those people who thinks its slightly sad that all Mike can do these days is just rehash his back catalogue through either commercial necessity or creative bankruptcy, or a combination of both.

I agree on that. Even Mike himself stated that he lost his creativity after that "personal healing" thing he did in the late seventies. But I wouldn't give him credit for that statement, since we have really good long instrumental music afterwards (think Crises, FMO...., and even stuff he did in the 90s).
Back to top
Profile PM 
qjamesfloyd Offline





Group: Members
Posts: 953
Joined: April 2001
Posted: Dec. 09 2016, 04:39

Quote (qcfoetus @ Dec. 09 2016, 04:30)
The resampled original vocals do sound a little odd, but perhaps that's part of the whole RTO concept?

Mike has stated he re-used the original voices as a nod to the original album, and the lack of an On Horseback song at the end.

--------------
Please visit my Mark Knopfler/Dire Straits forum below:

http://s7.invisionfree.com/Silvertown_Blues/index.php?act=idx
Back to top
Profile PM WEB 
tarquincat Offline





Group: Members
Posts: 62
Joined: Aug. 2009
Posted: Dec. 09 2016, 04:47

I just don't get this site. Is it just full of miserable old sods who won't except anything but something of such originality that Mike would become the next Mozart (or the next Mike Oldfield)? (If you believe the Film Amadeus, some people didn't rate him much either).

If you praise Mike Oldfield here, you are accused of being a "Facebook yes man", if you slag every movement off, you are proper & balanced and exercising your freedom of speech.

TOBY sounds like he has been buying everything & moaning about it since Incantations - Listen to something else then !

"all Mike can do these days is just rehash his back catalogue "

This has included a number of previously unavailable live recordings that many people wanted, probably no good to you as after all, a live recording is just a rehash of existing material.

"creative bankruptcy"

His last 2 albums have been a Classical Symphony & a Rock Album ( Rock rather than Rock/Pop, as each contained a marked guitar solo) with many collaborators. These are departures from usual Mike Oldfield output.

Now, having gone back to "long form solo multi instrumental album", he is being criticised for going back to "long form solo multi instrumental album", or would you have forgiven him if he had called it something different ? In which case, listen to it with your eyes closed (& mind open ?)

You don't have to buy it & you certainly don't have to whinge about it! Maybe you could do this amazing album yourself & show us how it is done ?
Back to top
Profile PM 
Nige Offline





Group: Members
Posts: 25
Joined: Sep. 2007
Posted: Dec. 09 2016, 05:09

Well said, tarquincat.

On first listen, I too am a little underwhelmed.  However, let's remember the following:

1.  It's an extract and, quite possibly, three parts of the album that do not follow eachother in the full piece
2.  On that basis, the parts are out of their musical context and also probably shorter than their respective sections on the completed album.  Oldfield is a master of building up a musical phrase and these extracts are just too short to enable that to come through.
3. An earlier post listed the 55 sections of the new album - we've heard 3 which is hardly enough to judge the whole thing!
4. What we've heard is, as another poster has highlighted, a compressed radio version, further compressed for streaming so it's perhaps a little premature to judge the sound quality of the finished article.

I, for one, can't wait for January 20th!

Merry Christmas,

Nige
Back to top
Profile PM 
TOBY Offline





Group: Members
Posts: 1551
Joined: May 2002
Posted: Dec. 09 2016, 06:27

Quote (tarquincat @ Dec. 09 2016, 04:47)
TOBY sounds like he has been buying everything & moaning about it since Incantations - Listen to something else then !

"all Mike can do these days is just rehash his back catalogue "

This has included a number of previously unavailable live recordings that many people wanted, probably no good to you as after all, a live recording is just a rehash of existing material.

"creative bankruptcy"

His last 2 albums have been a Classical Symphony & a Rock Album ( Rock rather than Rock/Pop, as each contained a marked guitar solo) with many collaborators. These are departures from usual Mike Oldfield output.

Now, having gone back to "long form solo multi instrumental album", he is being criticised for going back to "long form solo multi instrumental album", or would you have forgiven him if he had called it something different ? In which case, listen to it with your eyes closed (& mind open ?)

When I spoke about rehashing his back catalogue I was talking specifically about his album sequels, over the years, not his much sought after recent re-releases. I'm aware he's done other things too in-between these albums that have been unrelated to Tubular Bells. Admittedly I didn't word myself particularly well earlier.

I don't think anyone is criticising him for going back to doing a long form instrumental album, at least I haven't read any criticism of him doing so anyway. As I said before even a re-written Ommadawn is probably fairly enjoyable, just not hugely imaginative.

I'm sure I'm not the only Oldfield fan out there who thinks Mike is worth more than the deep cynicism he's met with in the wider music industry for re-wrting and/or recycling his older albums. You don't have to go very far outside the reality bubble of Mike Oldfield fandom to discover he's not thought of in very high regard with all his album sequels. Something which I think is rather sad. Which is really my point.

ps. I've been buying everything and moaning about it since around the release of Voyager. Although there have been good moments since. In particular the first Music VR project which was massively ahead of its time and deserves a lot of praise looking back on it now. Music of the Sphere's is a quite lovely album too.
Back to top
Profile PM 
qjamesfloyd Offline





Group: Members
Posts: 953
Joined: April 2001
Posted: Dec. 09 2016, 07:14

Quote (tarquincat @ Dec. 09 2016, 09:47)
I just don't get this site. Is it just full of miserable old sods who won't except anything but something of such originality that Mike would become the next Mozart (or the next Mike Oldfield)? (If you believe the Film Amadeus, some people didn't rate him much either).

If you praise Mike Oldfield here, you are accused of being a "Facebook yes man", if you slag every movement off, you are proper & balanced and exercising your freedom of speech.

TOBY sounds like he has been buying everything & moaning about it since Incantations - Listen to something else then !

"all Mike can do these days is just rehash his back catalogue "

This has included a number of previously unavailable live recordings that many people wanted, probably no good to you as after all, a live recording is just a rehash of existing material.

"creative bankruptcy"

His last 2 albums have been a Classical Symphony & a Rock Album ( Rock rather than Rock/Pop, as each contained a marked guitar solo) with many collaborators. These are departures from usual Mike Oldfield output.

Now, having gone back to "long form solo multi instrumental album", he is being criticised for going back to "long form solo multi instrumental album", or would you have forgiven him if he had called it something different ? In which case, listen to it with your eyes closed (& mind open ?)

You don't have to buy it & you certainly don't have to whinge about it! Maybe you could do this amazing album yourself & show us how it is done ?

Exactly, very well put. I agree :) If you listened to such short snippets of say Amarok, would you think it is that exciting? maybe not, but it really is good!!!
Meat Loaf has released Bat Out of Hell 1, 2 ,3. does he get the same backlash?


--------------
Please visit my Mark Knopfler/Dire Straits forum below:

http://s7.invisionfree.com/Silvertown_Blues/index.php?act=idx
Back to top
Profile PM WEB 
110 replies since Dec. 07 2016, 11:11 < Next Oldest | Next Newest >

[ Track this topic :: Email this topic :: Print this topic ]

Pages: (6) < [1] 2 3 4 5 6 ... >



Forums | Links | Instruments | Discography | Tours | Articles | FAQ | Artwork | Wallpapers
Biography | Gallery | Videos | MIDI / Ringtones | Tabs | Lyrics | Books | Sitemap | Contact

Mike Oldfield Tubular.net
Mike Oldfield Tubular.net