Group: Super Admins
Joined: Dec. 1999
||Posted: Oct. 14 2001, 18:07
The way I understood it, that's what the article was about - Mike getting his act together and leaving the bottle alone (and of course, the struggle on the way there, which is unlikely to be over yet).
Mike's use of music as a release from torment seems, to me, to be what has driven some of what his fans consider his best work.
I don't believe that him having problems is the reason for us hearing no music from him recently - that is simply because he is working on a project with no deadline. His first three albums were produced during times when Mike was dealing with terrible mental problems (I have a feeling he had a thing going with drugs and alcohol then on top of all that).
The last thing Mike released was in late 1999 - about two years ago. That's the same amount of time that came between TB2 and TSODE. There was around three years between Discovery and Islands, about one and a half between QE2 and FMO, and three years between Ommadawn and Incantations. It's not uncommon for Mike to take a long time on something - it's usually because he's got a lot to work on in one way or another. As a plus point, they've been keeping us informed on what's going on - we've seen and heard various different samples from what Mike's been working on, and have even been allowed to play a trial version of his game (or whatever you want to call it). If people don't think that Music VR is a 'proper' Oldfield release, and want a music album and want it last year, I don't think Mike's the one who has the problem...(as it is on the music album front, sources are still saying that an album of the music from Music VR will be released).
As for another Tubular Bells...I think I've made it clear what my feelings on that subject are before