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Posted: May 15 2006, 23:14

I heard Pictures in the Dark for the first time tonight. I wanted to cry. I can't believe how beautiful this song is. The harmony, the way Mike just bursts out at the end, anyone else a fan of this song?

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Posted: May 16 2006, 05:11

I like it very much. Cooperation of all these voices is really great.
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Posted: May 16 2006, 06:45

Erm, Mike is in the video but I believe that it was Barry Palmer who actually sung those bits.....
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Posted: May 16 2006, 06:48

One of my favourites, too! Hadn't heard it for years before I heard the extended version on The Platinum Collection - I can't get it outta my head now - the contrast between those voices, Aled Jones squeaking his way through the bridge, and such perfect lyrics (I'm not a fan of a lot of Mike's lyrics, I have to admit - some of them are a bit corny, but with PITD he got em spot-on) :)

Tony :)


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Posted: May 16 2006, 07:54

Quote (emac @ May 16 2006, 06:45)
Erm, Mike is in the video but I believe that it was Barry Palmer who actually sung those bits.....

I think all that's left of Barry's singing is the backing vocals. The parts that Mike sings (with lots of "feeling") in the video does sound like Mike to my ears.
I think the following (from interview with Barry Palmer 1997) supports my theory:

"On 'Pictures in the Dark' I sung all the parts at the beginning and Aled Jones doing some small parts, but Mike changed the production and my part was putting down and down... so I was left with only a small part. It was a bit of a dissapointment, because I thought it was good - but that's the way he works, he wants the best for his song and often uses 4 or 5 singers to do the job and you have to get the record to see who is on it."

But then again I can't be sure...

By the way it's a great track, but I think there are better singles from that era (Crime of Passion, Mistake). It's got a great arrangement, but I could live without that boy soprano!


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Posted: May 17 2006, 06:36

Yes I think your probably right, The voice at the end sounds a little crude for Barry. It does sound just like Mike.
Although I must say I really liked Mike's singing on the Heavens open album!
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Posted: May 17 2006, 07:00

Quote (larstangmark @ May 16 2006, 07:54)
but I could live without that boy soprano!

I think that's actually quite charming :)

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Posted: May 17 2006, 09:18

Quote (emac @ May 17 2006, 06:36)
Although I must say I really liked Mike's singing on the Heavens open album!
emac.

I love Mike's singing! I think he did a huge mistake by bringing in all those singers-for-hire on Islands and Earth Moving. I'm sure Mike would have made a better job himself on a lot of the tracks.

Mike's best vocal performance IMO is Five Miles Out, and when I come to think of it PITD is structured almost the same way as FMO, although PITD isn't quite as dramatic.


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Posted: May 17 2006, 09:20

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I think that's actually quite charming :)

Could be, but once you've seen that kid with his hands in his pockets, it gets quite bizarre!
And if I have to chose between the singing homecomputer and the boy - i'll have the boy thanks...


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Posted: May 17 2006, 14:11

I like Pictures in the Dark very much, especially the extended version on the Platinum Collection! It's the contrast of all those different voices that makes it so fascinating for me - so I don't want to miss the boy's soprano!
It's also my favourite "Anita's song" together with When the Night's on Fire.
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Posted: May 17 2006, 16:10

Its got a superb guitar solo and it brings back memories of being 17 and buying the Wind Chimes video, I had never heard PITD before seeing it with the video. Listening to it today, it sounds beautifully niave and innocent in the way Mike's best stuff does.
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Posted: May 17 2006, 19:17

The Wind Chimes - now there's a beautiful piece of music! :)

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Posted: May 17 2006, 22:57

PITD has been just about my favorite song by anyone since acquiring the extended version in the mid-80's. There are other pieces close to it, but if all of the CDs or vinyls of those favorites were flying out of my hands near a cliff or imminently crashing on cement in a moment of klutziness and I could only rescue one, PITD would be it. I love the mystery and images that it conjures, and the various voices.

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Posted: July 25 2006, 05:43

Quote (larstangmark @ May 17 2006, 14:20)
Quote (Piltdownboy on horseback 22 @ May 17 2006, 07:00)
I think that's actually quite charming :)

Could be, but once you've seen that kid with his hands in his pockets, it gets quite bizarre!
And if I have to chose between the singing homecomputer and the boy - i'll have the boy thanks...


That Boy soprano was, at the time of the release of Pictures in the Dark, probably a much bigger star than Mike Oldfield was. Aled Jones was the best boy soprano of the age, and is still a remarkably talented singer.
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Posted: July 25 2006, 07:30

My opinion:
Great piece
Cool video

Cheers
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Posted: Nov. 29 2006, 08:17

When I first bought The Complete Mike Oldfield it was my favorite song on there ... I guess it was a German copy I bought (LP) .. always wanted it on CD .. in these enlightened days I guess thats not a problem.

I didn't think much of the video ... I think Mikes best promo videos are when he stays the hell out of it .. like Let There be Light and Moonlight Shadow.

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Posted: Mar. 20 2018, 21:12

What an incredible song! Such beauty, such power!..
It leaves me with a sense of liberation.

Still trying to figure out what the lyrics mean...
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Posted: Aug. 22 2018, 11:46

Sorry for repeating myself, but...

I am still such a fan!! I just can't hide it :laugh:
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Posted: Aug. 25 2018, 07:08

The more in evidence the better! :cool:  :laugh:
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