It also features two previously unreleased tracks: "The Royal Mile", which is claimed in some places to be a "newly rediscovered" track from the period but is simply a slight reworking of "Afghan", which has been available since ; and "Zombies Halloween Special ", a reworking of the song "Poison Arrows" with the original vocals replaced by robotic "Stephen Hawking" style vocals with the lines "Somebody's out to get you" replaced with "Zombies are out to get you".
Oldfield also used guitar synthesizers on the album, utilising Roland 's GR and G controller. The Roland G bass synth controller is heavily used for bass guitar sounds on the album. Among the acoustic guitars on the album, an Ovation Adamas was used. Oldfield's main compositional tool for the album was the Fairlight CMI. In addition to using its sequencing abilities he also used it as a sampler , for example with Maggie Reilly's voice on "The Lake".
Barry Palmer and Maggie Reilly did not meet until the album was finished even though they share vocal duties on "Tricks of the Light"; they recorded their vocals separately. The inner sleeve of the original vinyl LP featured candid photographs taken during the recording sessions.
One of the photos, titled "Simon's notes", shows a handwritten list of tracks recorded during the sessions, some of which - such as "T'Sword" - may either have been released under different names or remain unreleased to this day. The album peaked at 3 on Norway's album chart , spending 13 weeks on it. It also peaked at 15 in the UK Albums Chart.
All tracks by Mike Oldfield. Tracks taken from the "To France" 12 inch single. Tracks taken from B-side of "Tricks of the Light" single. Best Selling in Records See all. Are You Experienced? Save on Records Trending price is based on prices over last 90 days. You may also like. Vinyl Records Mike Oldfield. Mike Oldfield Single Vinyl Records. Mike Oldfield Pop Vinyl Records. The Roland G bass synth controller is heavily used for bass guitar sounds on the album. Barry Palmer and Maggie Reilly did not meet until the album was finished even though they share vocal duties on "Tricks of the Light"; they recorded their vocals separately.
The inner sleeve of the original vinyl LP featured candid photographs taken during the recording sessions. One of the photos, titled "Simon's notes", shows a handwritten list of tracks recorded during the sessions, some of which - such as "T'Sword" - may either have been released under different names or remain unreleased to this day. Side one. Side two. Tama drums were Simon Phillips ' brand of choice for drums on the album; Phillips also did some production work.
Oldfield makes extensive use of Oberheim and Fairlight keyboards. Asked how he recruited Chapman and Anderson in an interview, Oldfield answered "we just hang out in the same bar". The "Moonlight Shadow" single from this album includes the rare track "Rite of Man". The North American version of the album has a different running order and includes the single " Mistake ".
The title track of the album is a twenty-minute-long piece, featuring a small amount of vocals, sung by Oldfield. The beginning and end of the track are driven by a synthesised lead passage, stylistically similar to the opening theme to Oldfield's Tubular Bells. Oldfield had singer Hazel O'Connor sing on an early version of the track, which was then titled "Moment of Passion", but it failed to produce sufficient results.
He then booked Reilly for a studio session, for which he prepared by drinking wine and writing a set of lyrics using a rhyming dictionary. Reilly sang the lyrics in a rock style at first, which prompted Oldfield to suggest a softer tone and "in the manner of a lullaby".
The idea worked, despite recording the song in small sections and using multiple drop-ins which took some time to finalise and piece together.
Two pair had worked on several occasions prior to recording Crises , and Oldfield had enjoyed Anderson's vocal style and how easy it was working with him. Anderson was living in Barbados at the time of writing, so Oldfield phoned him from England and sung the song's tune to him, after which Anderson went away and wrote lyrics to it.
The two later met and finished the song in Oldfield's studio. Oldfield wrote the song with Chapman's voice in mind. The album's cover art was by Terry Ilott. In the interview mentioned before, Oldfield stated that "I'm the man in the corner, and the tower is my music". It spent 19 weeks on Norway's album chart , peaking at No. The album also topped the charts in Germany and Sweden. The boxed set also includes a page hardback book. There will also be a copy limited edition vinyl available on transparent green vinyl.
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