Joined: April 2022
||Posted: April 14 2022, 04:54
Amarok was intended to be a sequel to Ommadawn. For this reason it wouldn't be strange that Amarok contains references to Ommadawn and perhaps some other albums or songs. However, direct melodic references seem to be rather scarce. Apparently, most themes are quite original.
These are the bits that sounded quite familiar to me:
Boat: of course the fast piano and organ combination reminds of the Tubular Bells Introduction.
Slow Waltz: sounds like a lullaby in the spirit of Orabidoo. Could have fit well in Taurus II too.
Lion Reprise: guitar solo from 36:45 sounds like a variation of the guitar solo in Ommadawn pt. 1 at 9:47.
Africa II sounds like a blend of Ommadawn pt. 1 (percussion) and The Bell.
There are also some very old bits in Amarok. The Scot theme was already present in some of Mike's demos back in 1971.
Peace (Demo A / 1971 Demo) on YouTube, from 5:10
Peace (Demo B / 1971 Demo) on YouTube, from 3:45
And as mentioned before in several threads, some bits are even present on the Sallyangie album:
Branches (feat. Mike Oldfield & Sally Oldfield) on YouTube,
from 0:42 Didlybom
from 3:29 Mad Bit
Any more thoughts?
I'd rather be... happy?