Mike Oldfield – Songs of distant earth


Released: 1994 By Wea

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  1. CD ROM Track
  2. In The Beginning [1:24]
  3. Let There Be Light [4:52]MP3 soundclip of Let there be light [3:00]
  4. Supernova [3:29]
  5. Magellan [4:41]
  6. First Landing [1:16]
  7. Oceania [3:27]
  8. Only Time Will Tell [4:19]
  9. Prayer For The Earth [2:10]
  10. Lament For Atlantis [2:44]
  11. The Chamber [1:49]
  12. Hibernaculum [3:32]
  13. Tubular World [3:23]
  14. The Shining Ones [2:59]
  15. Crystal Clear [5:42]
  16. The Sunken Forest [2:39]
  17. Ascension [5:48]
  18. A New Beginning [1:33]

Great space album

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Weight 105 g



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2 reviews for Mike Oldfield – Songs of distant earth

  1. Theodoros Sotiropoulos / Greece

    One great space album from Mike Oldfield.

    2005. Theodoros Sotiropoulos / Greece

  2. Sean McFee

    Oldfield is not an artist who has aged gracefully in the eyes of many of his fans; between what are perceived as weak albums and an endless stream of transparent Tubular Bells-related cash-ins, he has simply worn out his welcome except among the true believers. Songs of Distant Earth came out in the mid-90s when there wasn’t a ton of hope, but the memories of the brilliant Amarok had not entirely faded. Truth be told, it’s rather a nice release, consistent with Oldfield‘s other work, but fitting its time as well. There is a world music element that comes in here, less actual world music than Gabriel Real World through a filter of electronica, a little bit like Enigma or Cyrille Verdeaux‘s Ethnicolors project. There are, of course, influences from Celtic music, a variety of micro-themes tied together to create extended instrumental suites, and the requisite riff that sounds like the opening of Tubular Bells (you’ll be waiting about 2/3 of the album if that’s all you care about).
    While there is arguably not a weak moment here, I think the album suffers a bit from a general flatness of intensity and dynamics; in other words, there is also arguably not a really strong moment here either. It’s simply Oldfield-for-the-90s, half of a pair with Tubular Bells 3 (which I prefer, incidentally), not an embarrassment for the artist but limited by an aversion to risk.

    2005. Sean McFee

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