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Posted: May 27 2020, 16:41

For me, Four Winds is a standout track on a fairly lacklustre and disappointing album.  My theory behind it is this:

Each of the four sections represents a different "wind", coming from a different direction.  Hence:

1. We begin with the bluesy opening - clearly a wind from the Deep South.
2. At 1:36 we get gently Celtic - the North Wind rolling down from Scandinavia through the northern Scottish Isles
2. At 3:48 we head East, to the Sitar-inflected "eastern" Wind.
4. Finally, at 6:14 until the end we get a bit Morricone, for the Western Wind, of course.

I admit there may be notes to this effect in the CD booklet but I don't have it with me at present (locked-down away from my physical media!;)

Personally I could done with a whole track each of 1 and 4, with 2 and 3 being the weaker tracks.
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Posted: May 27 2020, 22:24

And we get the tornado/waterspout on the Man in the Rocks artwork as a bonus.  :)  Your interpretation sounds plausible to me, although the standout tracks for me are "Summit Day" and "Out of Mind", There's also a nice video on youtube accompanying "Embers" with astronomical artwork.

Not sure about the album cover of Guitars: Mike looks as though he's checking his personal freshness  :laugh:
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Posted: May 28 2020, 03:08

Really like this album, although I can  see why it sounds a bit unadventurous after Songs of Distant Earth and TB3. The idea of a guitars-only Oldfield album could have been very interesting considering the diverse range of sounds he gets from just a few different guitars.
One of the highpoints for me is part 2 of Fourwinds. It's that sort of riff as used in Tubular Bells around the 11:30 mark and Amarok again at around 11:30 (Scot). Very Oldfield.


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Posted: May 28 2020, 07:36

The idea of an album using very restricted instrumental forces also reminds me of Household Objects (which likewise followed two very adventurous albums), so the idea is also very Pink Floyd.
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Posted: May 28 2020, 14:38

It all comes back to Vaughan Williams in the end .....

March of the Kitchen Utensils


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Posted: May 28 2020, 19:35

Typical Vaughan Williams mediocrity - it's hard to know why he bothered. Now Janacek was a truly great composer - certainly more imaginative than Bach, Beethoven and Mozart rolled together.

But I suspect the real reason Vaughan Williams was mentioned was to make me think of his Tuba Concerto - and Tuba sounds like TUBULAR!!!  :laugh:
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