Joined: Sep. 2007
||Posted: Oct. 27 2015, 03:58
I remember this being shown on TV in 1979. No VCRs in those days (unless you were fabulously rich) so declined an invitation to go out with my friends and settled down to watch it with a microphone put by the TV speaker to record the soundtrack onto a reel to reel recorder.
36 years on, this sounds like they have somehow got hold of my recording and put it onto a CD. This feels like such a missed opportunity as, in the soundtrack, there are extracts of unreleased material (orchestral Hergest Ridge, for example) and out-takes (in particular, the part of Incantations that starts at 8:07 which is sung rather than the screaming guitar that made the final cut (and was criminally left out on the 'Exposed' tour)).
What I was hoping for was a decent quality soundtrack CD without all of the voices/sounds etc. that are on the film. What we get is a straight rip of the soundtrack, warts and all.
The insert sleeve is quite informative although it does contain some questionable statements; in particular, this quote from Tony Palmer:
In fact, his album of Incantations was eventually released before our film was finished. And although I think he would not forgive me for saying so, I think the 'mix' we used was occasionally rather better
I beg to differ!
If you are an Oldfield collector who has to have every item ever released in your collection, then I suppose that £10.00 isn't too bad. Otherwise, don't waste your money.