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Mike Oldfield: Incantation
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 Incantation, Part One (Mike Oldfield) - 19:08
 Incantation, Part Two (Mike Oldfield) - 19:36
 Incantation, Part Three (Mike Oldfield) - 16:58
 Incantation, Part Four (Mike Oldfield) - 17:01
MIKE OLDFIELD - Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Multi Instruments
MIKE LAIRD - Trumpet
PIERRE MOERLEN - Drums, Vibraphone, Backing Vocals
TERRY OLDFIELD - Flutes
SEBASTIAN BELL - Flutes
JABULA - African drums, Percussion, Drums
SALLY OLDFIELD - Vocals
MADDY PRIOR - Vocals
THE QUEEN'S COLLEGE GIRLS CHOIR - Vocals
DAVID BEDFORD - Conductor
2xLP: 1978 UK (Virgin VDT 101)
2xLP: 1978 GE (Virgin 300 193-420: includes poster)
2xLP: 1978 OZ (Virgin/Festival L-70111/2 (VDT101))
2xLP: 1978 JP (Virgin VIP 9905-6)
CS: 1978 GE (Virgin 500 193-422)
CD: 1985 UK (Virgin CDVDT 101)
CD: 1991 UK (Virgin CDVDT 101: reissue)
Recorded at Througham dec 1977 - sept 1978
Extract from Hiawatha by Longfellow
Hymn to Diana by Ben Jonson
Thanks to Carlos
Pierre Moerlin- courtesy Arista Records
Sally Oldfield - courtesy Bronze Records
Maddy Prior - courtesy Chrysalis Records
Out-takes from Incantations plus portions of Tubular Bells and
"Portsmouth" were used on the soundtrack of The Space Movie, a
television documentary by Tony Palmer which celebrated the tenth
anniversary of the July 1969 moon landing by US astronauts.
There are at least two different mixes of this album available on
vinyl, with the major differences apparently noticable during the "Song
of Hiawatha" sequence.
Early releases of the CD have part three with a length of 13:49, rather
than 16:59, cutting off the first three minutes! Current releases
contain the uncut version.
"It's got quite a lot of Irish drum - called a bodrhan. It is used for
a basic sort of rhythm track - a percussion track. And it's got
some choral stuff on it; some of the vocal lines are based on words
from the poem "Song of Hiawatha" by Longfellow. There is quite a lot of
tuned percussion, such as vibraphones and marimba, and also a lot of
guitar - mainly electric solos. There is also acoustic bass guitar
and electric bass."
Mike Oldfield about this album
After a two-year pause following the release of Boxed, Oldfield
returned with a new epic project, this one spread over four vinyl sides
and devoted to Native American themes rather than hewing once more
towards the Celtic end of the spectrum. Included was Oldfield's musical
adaptation of "The Song of Hiawatha," grandiose but empty; there was a
nice sense of the dramatic when it came to dynamic range, but no sense
of time -- the piece ran far too long as Oldfield searched for enough
musical ideas to prop the whole thing up. After this, Oldfield avoided
album-length concepts for quite some time.
Steven McDonald - All Music Guide
Incantations war eine der ersten Platten von Mike Oldfield,
ursprünglich erschienen 1978, lange bevor er mit "Moonlight
Shadow" die Single-Charts eroberte. Radio-kompatibel ist diese CD
sicher nicht. Vier Tracks mit jeweils ca. 18 Minuten Dauer, welches
Radio könnte dies schon in sein Format pressen. Aber vielleicht
ist es auch besser so. Auf Incantations experimentiert Mike Oldfield
mit afrikanischen Instrumenten (Jabula spielt afrikanische Trommeln)
und Gesängen (allerdings vom britischen Queens College Girls Choir
gesungen). Sonst spielt er selbstverständlich so gut wie alle
Instrumente selbst. Diese Platte ist von einer epischen Breite und
Tiefe, die Klänge erinnern an frühe Chill-out-Sounds, die
sicher Einfluss auch auf die heutige Techno- und Ambient-Szene gehabt
haben. Traumhaft zum Relaxen und Chillen.
Peter Grosser - Amazon.de
INCANTATIONS PART ONE
INCANTATIONS PART TWO - Hiawatha's Departure
extract from "Hiawatha" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
By the shores of Gitche Gumee,
By the shining Big-Sea-Water,
At the doorway of the wigwam,
In the early Summer morning,
Hiawatha stood and waited.
All the air was full of freshness,
All the earth was bright and joyous,
And before him, through the sunshine,
Westward toward the neighboring forest
Passed in golden swarms the Ahmo,
Passed the bees, the honey-makers,
Burning, singing in the sunshine.
Bright above him shone the heavens,
Level spread the lake before him;
From its bosom leaped the sturgeon,
Sparkling, flashing in the sunshine;
On its margin the great forest
Stood reflected in the water,
Every tree-top had its shadow,
Motionless beneath the water.
From the brow of Hiawatha
Gone was every trace of sorrow,
As the fog from off the water,
As the mist from off the meadow.
With a smile of joy and gladness,
With a look of exultation,
As of one who in a vision
Sees what is to be, but is not,
Stood and waited Hiawatha.
Toward the sun his hands were lifted,
Both the palms spread out toward it,
And between the parted fingers
Fell the sunshine on his features,
Flecked with light his naked shoulders,
As it falls and flecks an oak-tree
Through the rifted leaves and branches.
O'er the water floating, flying,
Something in the hazy distance,
Something in the mists of morning,
Loomed and lifted from the water,
Now seemed floating, now seemed flying,
Coming nearer, nearer, nearer.
Was it Shingebis the diver?
Or the pelican, the Shada?
Or the heron, the Shuh-shuh-gah?
Or the white goose, Waw-be-wana,
With the water dripping, flashing,
From its glossy neck and feathers?
It was neither goose nor diver,
Neither pelican nor heron,
O'er the water floating, flying,
Through the shining mist of morning,
But a birch canoe with paddles,
Rising, sinking on the water,
Dripping, flashing in the sunshine;
And within it came a people
(The Son of the Evening Star)
Can it be the sun descending
O'er the level plain of water?
Or the Red Swan floating, flying,
Wounded by the magic arrow,
Staining all the waves with crimson,
With the crimson of its life-blood,
Filling all the air with splendor,
Filling all the air with plumage?
Yes; it is the sun descending,
Sinking down into the water;
All the sky is stained with purple,
All the water flushed with crimson!
No; it is the Red Swan floating,
Diving down beneath the water;
To the sky its wings are lifted,
With its blood the waves are reddened!
Over it the Star of Evening
Melts and trembles through the purple,
Hangs suspended in the twilight,
Walks in silence through the heavens.
INCANTATIONS PART THREE
INCANTATIONS PART FOUR - Ode To Cynthia
Queen and huntress, chaste and fair,
Now the sun is laid to sleep,
Seated in thy silver chair,
State in wonted manner keep.
Earth, let not thy envious shade
Dare itself to interpose;
Cynthia's shining orb was made
Heaven to cheer when day did close.
Lay thy bow of pearl apart,
And thy crystal-shining quiver,
Give unto the flying hart
Space to breathe, how short soever.
Hesperus entreats thy light,
Goddess excellently bright.
Bless us then with wished sight
Thou that mak'st a day of night.
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