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Posted: April 26 2015, 15:05

Rhino has released Mike's 30th or so compilation: The Best of Mike Oldfield: 1992-2003. You can order it at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, etc.

The collection is drawn from Oldfield’s eight studio albums released on Warner Bros. Records between 1992 and 2003, a period that saw him revisit Tubular Bells three times.
The inclusion of non-album versions, rare edits and radio mixes on the first CD will be welcomed by fans and disc two takes this a step further with various remixes, including The Orb’s “Orbular Bells” mix of Sentinel.


Tracklist:

Disc One: Singles
1. Sentinel (Single Restructure)
2. Tattoo (Edit)
3. The Bell (Mc Viv Stanshall Remix)
4. Hibernaculum
5. Let There Be Light
6. The Voyager
7. Women Of Ireland (Lurker Edit)
8. Man In The Rain
9. Far Above The Clouds (Timewriter's Radio Mix)
10. Cochise
11. Out Of Mind
12. Pacha Mama
13. Sunlight Shining Through Cloud
14. Amber Light
15. To Be Free (Single Remix)
16. Thou Art In Heaven (Radio Edit)
17. Introduction 2003 (Single Remix)
18. The Sailor's Hornpipe 2003

Disc Two: Rarities & Mixes
1. Early Stages
2. Silent Night
3. The Bell (Mc Billy Connolly Remix)
4. The Spectral Army
5. The Song Of The Boat Men
6. Indian Lake
7. Mike's Reel
8. Sentinel (Orbular Bells Mix)
9. Let There Be Light (Bt's Pure Luminesence Remix)
10. Women Of Ireland (System 7 12'' Mix)
11. Far Above The Clouds (Jam & Spoon Mix)
12. To Be Free (Soultronik Mix-Tical Mix)
13. Thou Art In Heaven (Pumpin' Dolls Vs. Mighty Mike Club Mix) [Radio Edit]
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Posted: April 28 2015, 13:00

30 or so collections? I have a couple of my own, but this seems alright to me. Sums up the cd-box already released, and gets the missing parts of platinum collection. But the latter and the complete mike oldfield still seems the best to me
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Posted: April 28 2015, 16:19

This is a good compilation. Some excellent tracks and at least 8 that  didn't have.
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Posted: April 28 2015, 17:25

Quote (falk @ April 28 2015, 10:00)
30 or so collections? I have a couple of my own, but this seems alright to me. Sums up the cd-box already released, and gets the missing parts of platinum collection. But the latter and the complete mike oldfield still seems the best to me

From http://www.discogs.com/artist....&page=1

yeah, some are actually box sets, not track compilations:

Impressions   2 versions Tellydisc 1980

Music Wonderland   9 versions Virgin 1981

Mike Oldfield's Wonderland ‎(LP, Comp) Virgin 203.550 1981

Episodes   3 versions Virgin, Virgin 1981

The Complete Mike Oldfield   31 versions Virgin, Virgin 1985

A Virgin Compilation ‎(CD, Comp) Virgin PRCD2113 1987

Platinum / QE2 / Five Miles Out   2 versions Virgin 1990

Collectors' Edition ‎(3xCD, Comp, RE, Ltd + Box) Virgin Records Ltd., Virgin Records Ltd., Virgin Records Ltd., Virgin Records Ltd. TPAK 15, CDV 2013, CDV 2026, CDV 2043 1990

Tubular Bells/Amarok ‎(2xCD, Comp) Virgin CDV2001B 1990

Elements   3 versions Virgin, Virgin 1993

The Best Of Mike Oldfield: Elements   14 versions Virgin, Virgin 1993

XXV: The Essential Mike Oldfield   6 versions WEA 1997

Ommadawn / The Orchestral Tubular Bells / Earth Moving ‎(3xCD, Comp) Disky HR 854582 1998

Five Miles Out / Crises / Heaven's Open ‎(Box, Comp + CD, Album, RE + CD, Album, RE + CD, Al) Disky HR 854592 1998

The Best Of Tubular Bells ‎(CD, Comp) Virgin, Virgin 7243 8 10140 2 8, CDV2936 2001

Collection   2 versions Virgin 2002

DVD Collection (2x DVD-Video + DVD-Audio) ‎(2xDVD-V, PAL + DVD-A, Multichannel + Box, Comp) Warner Music Vision 2564-60609-2 2003

The Complete Tubular Bells ‎(CD, Album, Copy Prot. + CD, Album, RE + CD, Album,) WEA 2564602052 2003

The Platinum Collection ‎(3xCD, Comp) Virgin, Virgin MIKECDX17, 00946 3 54936 2 7 2006

Tubular Bells II / Tubular Bells III ‎(2xCD, Comp) Warner Music International, Rhino Records (2) 2564-69460-4 2008

The Collection   3 versions Mercury, Mercury, Mercury 2009

Tubular Bells + Hergest Ridge ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Album, RE, RM + Comp) Universal Music Group International, Mercury 0600753359549 2011

Two Sides (The Very Best Of Mike Oldfield)   4 versions Mercury, Universal UMC 2012

Classic Album Selection (Six Albums 1973-1980) ‎(Box, Comp, RM + CD, Album, RE + CD, Album, RE + CD)

Icon ‎(CD, Comp) Universal Music Group International, Universal Music Group International 5337949, 0600753379493 2012

Moonlight Shadow: The Collection ‎(CD, Comp) Spectrum SPEC2134 2013

The Studio Albums : 1992-2003 ‎(Box, Comp + CD, Album, RE + CD, Album, RE + CD, Al) Warner Music 825646233298 2014

1972-1984 ‎(Box, Comp, Club + LP, Album, RE + LP, Album, RE + )
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Posted: April 28 2015, 22:17

This is good, many good mixes there :cool:

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Posted: April 28 2015, 23:32

The Complete Mike Oldfield (which was about the first thing I bought after discovering Tubular Bells, all those years ago) was the best sampler for a a while even though it only goes up to 1984. Covers most of the 70s singles, has nice excerpts from the long instrumentals, etc. It also had some cooking live tracks (like the version of Platinum - which sounds like it came from the European Adventure tour since it sounds like a similar arrangement to the Montreux vid) and until the recent deluxe editions it was really the only sanctioned release of live material from any of his tours after 1978. In fact I think the some of the live shows on the deluxe eds include some of the same recordings as the bits on TCMO.

As for this compilation, I picked up a lot of the non-album stuff on from the early '90s singles as they came out at the time. To me it looks like it fills the gaps that the Essential collection didn't really cover (I mean that had too many mixes of those awful songs from Earthmoving). I'll probably pick this up if I see it anyway just to collate all that stuff.

Early Stages is, of course, the early mix of Sentinel from when it was just Mike and Tom involved, before that Trevor guy got on board, so it feels a bit more "organic", if you get my drift. I do think it's kind of a shame that the finished TBII didn't really have that same vibe.

In my opinion, BT's Pure Luminesence remix of Let There Be Light is probably the best remix of any of his work not done by Mike himself. It goes for 13 minutes or something, it keeps plenty of Mike's guitar in it but BT wasn't afraid to put his own mark on it and is suitably epic. Might be a bit over the top for some but basically I flogged it to death.

(I'd put the Orb mixes of Sentinel close to up there, again they're not to everyone's taste because they utterly deconstructed the source material and made something awesomely spacey and strange out of it, but it probably helps that I'm an Orb fan as well.)
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Posted: April 29 2015, 02:17

The new Warner Compilation is really a good one, as it concentrates on 10 years and the tracks fit together perfectly. I don't like most Oldfield Compilations (except for The Complete and Impressions) because i don't want to listen to In Dulci Jubilo followed up by Shadow On The Wall.
The new Compilation has good remixes (e.g. The Orb & BT) and some rare tracks i haven't listened to for a long time.
But this compilation also reveals that between 1992 and 2003 there were nearly no changes in style and sounddesign...
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Posted: April 29 2015, 02:54

Not good compilation to me.

I have all this remixes in Mikes singles, really nothing interesting to me.  :(


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Posted: April 29 2015, 14:09

Quote (nurofeg @ April 29 2015, 02:54)
Not good compilation to me.

I have all this remixes in Mikes singles, really nothing interesting to me.  :(

But now you don't have to listen them one by one  :p

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Tubular Bells Ultimate #323/500
Hergest Ridge #20/250
Ommadawn #213/250
Incantations #376/500
Platinum #248/1000
QE2 #703/1000
Music from the opening ceremony #455/500
Five Miles Out #389/500
Crises #287/500
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Posted: April 30 2015, 02:30

I'm enjoying to put my cds to cd player and listen them, also i put all songs from all my cds to computer and play shuffle everytime.

I just need something that i don't have it.  :)


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Posted: April 30 2015, 05:59

wondering why here was nothing about 4 vinyls that got released yesterday...Tsode, Voyager, TB 2 and 3
accidentaly found that info when visited spanish site...


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-TB Limited ultimate edition 2009 (still sealed)
-Hergest Ridge Limited 2010 #017
-Ommadawn Limited 2010 #065
-Incantations Limited 2011 #003
-Platinum Limited 2012 #316
-QE2 Limited 2012 #112
-Opening Ceremony London 2012 #61
-Five Miles Out 2013 Limited LP #116
-Crises 2013 Limited LP #259
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Posted: May 01 2015, 03:38

Quote (Hifiguru @ April 30 2015, 10:59)
wondering why here was nothing about 4 vinyls that got released yesterday...Tsode, Voyager, TB 2 and 3
accidentaly found that info when visited spanish site...

I bought all 4 albums on vinyl. I have just got back into vinyl in recent months and wanted a few special items and these seemed to fit the bill nicely!
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Posted: May 17 2015, 14:51

I really like the new Warner compilation because of its rarities on CD 2. Not every mix is my cup of tea but I really got positively surprised by title 1 to 7. Especially Indian Lake, The Spectral Army  and The Song Of The Boat Men make it all worth to me....      :)

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Posted: May 21 2015, 07:25

"Early Stages" is remarkable. It has "that magic" of the 73-83 era and gives a glimpse of how wonderful things Mike and Tom could (can?) do together.

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Posted: June 06 2015, 16:27

I agree with you on "Early Stages" -- and just realized disc 2 containing it has wandered to someplace other than its case, yikes! It would be fantastic if Mike and Tom worked on the prequel together. Tom has been doing such interesting projects and I think that they could create something very special.  [wanders away to find that disc......]

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