Joined: Sep. 2005
||Posted: Sep. 29 2005, 23:16
Hello everyone... i´m don_alfonso... some call me Pedro but to the point. I´ve read all your post for years and now i think the time to say something has arrive. I´m from Portugal, born on early June 1973 (ring´s any bell?). I´ve see Mike on stage for 3 times in different tours. He´s my "beacon" since 11.
2 decades listening one of the most creative musical genius from all time. So, i think i´ve catch the maturity to say a few words about Light & shade.
I got the album since 2 weeks ago - don´t ask! - and i think you all create too much expectations and for that reason the result of your judges will always be afected by them.
It´s like G. Lucas and his new Star Wars. Everybody expects it will bring us the best movie of all time... and give us... Jar Jar Bink´s ... or the future Floyd´s reunion... for playing once again... "Shine On".
Things are...like they are... Mike is walking on his own trends, like he wants and enjoy it. He´s nothing to prove to anyone. He does the things he like, enjoying the process of creation, touching in new "toys" like any child when recieve a new one.
A musician like him that had create a piece of art like "Tubular Bells" or "Amarok" (and beteween... many others) has done for any statements on is own.
Life is simply... if you want. So it´s the process to recieve music and place it on our heart, mind, soul... to be an OST of your life.
You all know Mike ( i guess! ). His brilliant! Music will be on him for decades... and after him (and us) it will continue making soundtracks for dreamers for centurys and centurys.
I´m happy with Light + Shade. Of course it´s not his best work - neither the worst - but brings us a very peacefull Oldfield like no other time.
You´ve got to put off your tecnicians and comparisations judges. Listen the album with heart. There´s so much Oldfield in there.
"Blackbird"... if this track, for example, was recorded and include on one of the first works probably you all say that´s an eternety master piece. But, this track is really on Ligt... maybe 20 years from now you all say... uaaau One of the best tracks ever from Mike.
if you listen now, right now, QE2 or Platinum... you may find these one´s a litle boring... Mike himself has this opinion. But there´s Oldfield on this old one´s. .
I´ve make a compilation with my best tracks from Light+Shade+Tr3s Lunas... and some tracks from the games that are not on those ones and i´ve got 80minutes of a brilliant music. I went to beach one of these sunsets, put that compilation on i.pod and... i´ve got there an amazing time.
Noboby does it like Mike. Every note his a breath from a genius. With or without synths, or vocoder, real or digital drums or piano.
His now with 52. You have to think on that. The spirit to work with real instruments is a mindless memory, pluggin all cables, and amps, and mics... and thousands of buttons...errr... be there, done that!
Everything is on an box, and... probably, one of these days, he wake´s up and think "humm... why not see how are the "old box".
For now with 2 computers, 2 mouses, guitars by the seat... and fresh toys... without lost the touch and everything is more... easy!
This album is an excelent reason - forget "Romance" - to bring Mike again on the road. I put my money on that!!
There´s the track list to the next tour from Mr. Mike Oldfield
Before the opening... 30 minutes with just random synth chord´s with some touches from a piano playing notes from well know chord´s from his old ones... subtil & than...
01)Angelique (mix the finale with...)
02)Let There Be Light
04)In The Pool
07)Tears of an Angel (mix the finale with)
08)Only time will Tell
09)Resolution (mixing at the same beat with...)
10)Weigthless (with "rock" beat on drums)
12)Jewel in the Crown (with Amar of Course!
14)Our Father (short acoustic version with sample vocals)
16)Four Winds (with powerfull drum´s and grand finale!!!
17)Crises (Shortly & reviwed cover - like Omadawn on last tour - strong drum´s on ending)
18)Tres Lunas - Acoustic spanish/chill version - and mix to...
Last one on stage
20)Spirit Dance - deep/dramatic mix to...
21)Return to Origin... fading to the first chords to Piano of "Tubular Bells"... until Fade to Black
Bonus) Mike alone on stage playing "Sailor´s Hornpipe"
In the right venues, with the right musicians, with the right lightning show... this is a tracklist to make a new history.