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Mike Oldfield: Hergest Ridge

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Label: Virgin Records
Released: 1974.08.01
Category: Pop/Rock
Producer(s): Mike Oldfield
Rating: *********. (9/10)
Media type: CD
Web address: www.mikeoldfield.org
Appears with:
Purchase date: 1999.06.22
Price in €: 10,99

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[1] Hergest Ridge, Part 1 (Mike Oldfield) - 21:40
[2] Hergest Ridge, Part 2 (Mike Oldfield) - 18:5

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MIKE OLDFIELD - Electric Guitars, Glockenspiel, Sleigh Bells, Mandolin, Nutracker, Timpani, Gong, Acoustic Guitar, Spanish Guitar, Farfisa, Lowrey & Gemini Organs, Engineer

TED HOBART - Trumpet
DAVID BEDFORD - Choir and String Conductor

TOM NEWMAN - Additional Engineer

 C o m m e n t s ,   N o t e s

LP: 1974 UK (Virgin V 2013)
LP: 1974 OZ (Virgin/Festival L-35258 / V 2013)
LP: 1974 US (Virgin VR 13-109 0698) white-label; banded for airplay
LP: 1974 US (Virgin VR 13-109 0968) not banded for airplay
LP: 1974 US (Virgin 7 90590-1)
LP: 1974 JP (Virgin VIP-6915)
CD: 1990 UK (Virgin CDVP 2013)matrix: CDV-2013 11
CD: 1987 US (Virgin 7 90590-2)Mixes unknown on these pressings
LP: 1974 CN (EMI; ST-VR-743183) b&w virgins/red dragon label. Mix: mandolin starts at 2:12, not 3:21; horn at 4:04, bass at 1:20 much louder than Boxed LP or HR CD
LP: 1974 US (Virgin International VI 2013) Mix: Bass guitar enters at 1:17 in Part 1
CD: 1986 UK (Virgin CDV 2013 {MPO 01}) [Apr 1986] Mix: No bass guitar entry at 1:17 of Part 1
LP: 1974 UK (Virgin QV 2013) [quad] Mix: quad

There exists a promo-only orchestral version of this album. As far as can be determined, it's available only when you subscribe to the Dark Star fanzine. The music was also used in the Space Movie soundtrack (1979) and was supposed to appear on the soundtrack LP but quantities pressed of this are allegedly in the single digits. Part 2 of it is on the bootleg "Swollowed up by a big fat snake".

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, HR was Mike's first number one album, not Tubular Bells.

Hergest Ridge is on the border of Wales and Herefordshire in England, just south of Kington and near Offa's Dyke. Mike lived nearby after the success of Tubular Bells and used to fly model gliders from the ridge - the quiet countryside helped him to cope with his success. In addition to the album Hergest Ridge, mention is also made in the song "On Horseback" at the end of Ommadawn.

"Hergest Ridge ... is smooth, uncluttered. There are no tube trains, very few car doors, lots of open countryside, smooth hills, a general feeling of smoothness and well-being and non-hysteria, just a much nicer environment."

Mike Oldfield about this album

A well-made follow-up, with a strange, otherworldly quality in evidence.

Bruce Eder - All Music Guide

"Hergest Ride" war das Nachfolgealbum von "Tubular Bells", dem Meisterwerk Mike Oldfields, in dessen Schatten das Album auch seitdem steht. Dabei ist "Hergest Ride" eigentlich auch ein wunderschönes Album. Wie beim frühen Mike Oldfield fast üblich besteht es aus nur zwei Tracks, der eine fast 22, der andere 19 Minuten lang. Anders als bei "Tubular Bells" hat Mike Oldfield hier auch mit anderen Musikern zusammengearbeitet, die jedoch eher nur am Rande wirken durften, er selbst hat wieder die meisten Instrumente gespielt und das Album auch selbst abgemischt und produziert, diese Freiheit hatte er sich schon gesichert. Der Avantgarde-Komponist David Bedford hat die Leitung des Chors und der Streicher übernommen, Sally Oldfield und Clodagh Simmonds singen. "Hergest Ride" kann zwar mit "Tubular Bells" nicht ganz mithalten, ist jedoch ein sehr schönes, keltisch angehauchtes, typisches Werk des frühen Oldfield, wie vielleicht auch "Ommadawn". Einfach schön!

Peter Grosser - Amazon.de

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All tracks are instrumental.

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