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Mike Oldfield

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Reading, Berkshire, England (1967 – present)

Mike Oldfield (born Michael Gordon Oldfield, 15 May 1953, Reading, Berkshire, England) is largely known for Tubular Bells, his groundbreaking album from 1973, the success of which also bankrolled Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Records, for which Tubular Bells was the inaugural release. However, his musical career has spread over more than 40 years encompassing a range of styles, with varying amounts of success. According to the Gibraltar Encyclopedia of Progressive Rock, his style is labeled as Oldfield Progressive.

Before Oldfield started his solo career, he formed a band with his sister Sally Oldfield in 1967 called The Sallyangie and at the start of the 70s played bass and guitar with Kevin Ayers and the Whole World, alongside Ayers, David Bedford and saxophonist Lol Coxhill. At this time Kevin Ayers lent Oldfield a multitrack tape recorder, and it was on this that Oldfield began to put together what would become Tubular Bells, although Branson at one point suggested “Breakfast In Bed” as a title.

Tubular Bells is considered to be the first rock album to incorporate elements of classical composition, particularly the use of repetition with subtle variations in the minimalist style as pioneered by composers such as Philip Glass, Steve Reich and LaMonte Young, although these influences were filtered through rock sensibilities. Oldfield also claimed to have been inspired by Kevin Ayers’ observation that “there was nothing wrong with repetition so long as it was something worth repeating”.

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  • GasmaskAvenger

    Having listened to the "Man on the Rocks" album, Nuclear is easily the best track on an album that's most made up of filler that wouldn't be out of place on Adult Contemporary rock radio, though there are a few other above average tracks here and there (Chariot, the title track and Castaway). I'm sure Mr. Oldfield will be happy to know that he won't forever be known as "the guy who's song is associated with that movie full of split pea soup and bloodied crucifixes" now.

    Yesterday 2:21am Reply
  • spiderferi

    @Bastard1: do you know who are you talking about? he's a rock fucking legend and you said this guy was not born and blah blah.

    21 Aug 6:45pm Reply
  • laserfaker

    Я ЯДЕРНЫЙ! Я ДИКИЙ!

    14 Aug 11:36am Reply
  • Cu-Real

    Tubular Bells это вообще навсегда.

    30 Jul 4:01pm Reply
  • Bastard1

    If this guy had never been born, the MGSV trailer might've not been spoiled by bad music. Food for thought...

    30 Jul 8:49am Reply
  • filtrum

    http://youtu.be/e8wWGAy5W4c

    21 Jul 8:38pm Reply
  • xenoprime

    Please join - Progressive Electronic

    16 Jul 7:34pm Reply
  • Bios_

    Thank you based Kojima

    13 Jul 2:12pm Reply
  • LouisFahrenheit

    Рвёт душу своим Nuclear

    9 Jul 6:18pm Reply
  • KPOJIb

    NANOMACHINES, SON

    9 Jul 8:07am Reply
  • stickyshooZ

    Big Boss brought me here.

    1 Jul 6:04am Reply
  • DiSTANToblivion

    Without that MGSV trailer I would have never discovered this amazing music.

    30 Jun 10:02am Reply
  • AngelaSimon

    Thank you based Kojima [29]

    30 Jun 9:49am Reply
  • Rustain

    i bid everyone who comes to this shout box because of "Nuclear" a warm welcome to the world of Mike Oldfield and progressive rock. You're in for a treat!

    30 Jun 5:38am Reply
  • KIodvNG

    Thank you based Kojima [28]

    28 Jun 5:01pm Reply
  • satan_inside

    Thank you based Kojima [27]

    28 Jun 1:12pm Reply
  • RpRocker

    I'm nuclear! I'm wild!

    28 Jun 8:39am Reply
  • danielnbl

    yay mgs

    26 Jun 8:45am Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    Why spamming about Kojima here. Lol. Making it look like a spam shoutbox.

    25 Jun 11:23am Reply
  • kri2011

    I came here just to see if there are posts about mgs V :D

    24 Jun 4:41pm Reply
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