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Five Miles Out

Release Date: March 19, 1982
Location: 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)


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.


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. A bodhrán was also used on Return To Ommadawn in 2016. Also used in Ommadawn, Incantations, Amarok, Voyager, Return To Ommadawn
Drum machines and electronic percussion
Linn LM-1 Electronic drum machine, using samples of acoustic drums 'Linn Machine' is listed on the track sheet, and the LM-1 can be seen in the gatefold photo of his studio.

Also used in QE2
Electric guitars
1965 Fender Telecaster Neck date of November 1965 (s/n L807280). 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. The guitar was offered through Chandler for £20,000 but wasn’t sold. It was then to be auctioned off by Bonhams on June 20, 2007 (Lot 391) with an estimate of £25,000 - 35,000. Next attempt was on January 15, 2008 (Lot 361, estimate £10,000 - 15,000). The last attempt was made on December 16, 2009 (Lot 277, estimate £8,000 - 12,000). All attempts failed due to low bids and the guitar was withdrawn. It was sold in January 2010 by charity SANE to English guitarist Keith Smart. Video
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Shown in the photo of Mike's studio on inside of the gatefold of the LP

Also used in Tubular Bells, Ommadawn, Amarok, Tubular Bells 2003
1957 Gibson Les Paul TV model s/n 7 2031. This guitar was modified with a 2 octave fretboard. It was bought by a Scottish fan.
Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo
Shown in the photo of Mike's studio on inside of the gatefold of the LP

Also used in Ommadawn, Incantations, Discovery, Amarok
Steel-string acoustic guitars
Manson acoustic Worth £439, swapped for a Martin D-35. From c.1980.
Photo Photo
Also used in Crises
Bass guitars
1960 Fender Precision Bass, blonde s/n 48986. 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.
Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo
Shown in the photo of Mike's studio on inside of the gatefold of the LP

Also used in Hergest Ridge, Ommadawn, Incantations, QE2
1975 Zemaitis acoustic bass guitar Sold via Chandler Guitars in February 2008
Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo
Shown in the photo of Mike's studio on inside of the gatefold of the LP

Also used in Ommadawn, Incantations
Guitar effects
MXR Pitch Transposer Blue rack unit that can often be spotted in Mike's early 80s guitar racks - e.g. on top of the rack in the Essential Mike Oldfield interview footage. Can be used for anything from subtle chorus-like detuning to extreme pitch shifts. On top of the mixing desk in the gatefold studio picture, so presumably used on the album.

Also used in QE2
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

Also used in Exposed, Discovery, Tubular Bells 2003
Solina string ensemble String synthesiser produced by the Dutch organ company Eminent and later rebadged by ARP. It owed much of its sound to its ensemble effect, created by running the sound through three LFO-modulated delay lines. Also used in Ommadawn, Incantations, Platinum, QE2, Crises, Return To Ommadawn
Barth Musicoder Analogue vocoder built in the early 1980s by the R. Barth company in Hamburg, Germany. Seen in multiple pictures both in Mike's studio (it's on top of the Fairlight keyboard in the photo inside the LP gatefold) and on the Five Miles Out tour.

Also used in QE2
Sequential Circuits Prophet V Photo
Also used in Platinum, QE2, Crises, Discovery
Westlake HR-1 Studio monitor speaker. Also used in Crises, Islands
Studio effects and outboard
ADR Vocal Stresser F769X-R Also used in Discovery
Klark Teknik DN70 digital time processor Digital delay unit. Can be spotted just behind the model plane on the LP gatefold picture, as well as in pictures of Mike's touring rig at the time.
Tape recorders
Ampex Grand Master Recording tape. Also used in Earth Moving
Ampex ATR-124 2" 24 track multitrack tape recorder.
Also used in Crises
Mixing desks
Neve 8108 with NECAM automation Analogue mixing desk with computer automation system. Also used in Crises
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

Also used in Incantations, Platinum, QE2



Stereo Review Interview (1982)

High Fidelity - Five Miles Out Review (1982)


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