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Amarok is the 13th record album by Mike Oldfield, released in 1990. It is considered by fans to be his most distinctive work: a single sixty-minute track of continuous, uninterrupted but constantly-changing music.

Virgin Records had been trying to convince Oldfield to release a sequel to Tubular Bells, though probably more for the name recognition than anything else, particularly as Oldfield’s contract was due to expire. Instead, he created an album that seems to have been designed to be as much a delight to his fans as it was a frustration to Virgin.

It is next to impossible to isolate any one short, radio-friendly section of Amarok without it seeming out of place, and thus no single could be cut and released separately, nor could the album ever be played on popular radio. Similarly, Amarok has never been performed live in its entirety, though Oldfield has played excerpts from time to time. Oldfield had expressed many times his displeasure at Virgin’s lack of promotion of his works, and Amarok might have been his revenge: a completely unmarketable album that still showcased his talent as a composer and performer. Oldfield did attempt to circumvent Virgin and create publicity for the album by offering a prize of £1000 of his own money to the first person to find the “secret message” hidden within it, although the competition received little coverage and consequently its impact on sales was negligible. The message was actually a piece of Morse code found 48 minutes into the piece and spelling out “FUCK OFF RB”, a direct statement to Virgin chief Richard Branson.


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Hello everyone. I suppose you think, that nothing much is happening at the moment - ah ha ha ha ha. well, that's what I want to talk to you all about; endings. now, endings normally happening at
End. but as we all know - endings are just beginnings. you know, once these things really get started, it's jolly hard to stop them again. however, as we have all come this far, I think, under the circumstances, the best solution is, that we all keep going.
Let's keep this going inside; never an ending. let's remember, that this world wants fresh beginnings. I feel here, in this country and through out the world; we are crying out for beginnings, beginnings. we never want to hear this word; endings. I know you don't want to sit down. I know you want to do something. of course you're looking for the good start. of course you're looking for a fresh start. isn't that charming. too-te-loo I'm really feel I could dance. ah ha ha ha ha - ah ha ha ha ha. charming. ah ha.

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  • Jakeukalane

    A hour past faster when I listen to this.

    14 Jun 10:54pm Reply
  • biadlon

    Compared to this, what a waste of talent is he now ? all this chill out music for elevators he's done over last years.... sometimes hard to believe, very hard...

    13 May 2013 Reply
  • metalop1g

    Can't get enough of this

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • spindizzy

    Happy? [7]

    14 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Jakeukalane

    Best album ever in history of music. There are no words to describe its complexity and magnificient beauty [2]

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • arielglencer

    Happy? [6]

    26 Nov 2012 Reply
  • 4methyst

    Happy? [5]

    24 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Japperman

    Such a perfect track/album. My favourite part starts at 5.74

    26 Aug 2012 Reply
  • ARaisbeck

    Dissonant yet harmonic... this album is in fact a masterpiece and quite an emotional musical journey at that.

    21 Jul 2012 Reply
  • DaniB30

    Simply amazing... a true masterpiece!

    24 May 2012 Reply
  • Caalaabaash

    Happy? [3]

    23 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Xylvanya

    If you like ambitious and relaxing music, maybe it´s possible you like XYLVANYA: „Anxious“; „Beach II“ „SA RIERA part I“, "Imperial Crown" „Climbing“ or „Ex-Mannequin“ or „Horizont (III) or "Gewitter-Regen" or "Erinnerungen an meinen Vater" or "Trust (Piano-Version)" or "Norwegen" or "Retrospective view" and many many more.....(all in all 6 hours of music, all songs full & free listening) . Thank you for support or feedback! Peace, Xylvanya

    28 Jan 2012 Reply
  • qpskeifjtygh

    Kurwa genialne, że tak poetycko powiem !

    15 Dec 2011 Reply
  • PaulPoulak

    Happy? [2]

    23 Nov 2011 Reply
  • williamyeats

    Amarok beats the sh*t out of Oldfield's albums from 80s, even Five Miles Out with its monumental Taurus is no match for this one. Only Ommadawn, Bells and Hergest reach those heights of sublime musicianship, with Ommadawn on top of it. Just my opinion.

    22 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Watchful_Eye

    This song makes me feel alive. It is not easy to make me feel alive.

    13 Sep 2011 Reply
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    12 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Soichifs

    What a way to make your fans happy, and unhappy to your label. Epic masterpiece, it will always surprise and amaze me with every single listen.

    9 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Grey-and-Pink

    Great until Thatcher comes in; that is truly a cringe-worthy moment.

    9 Jan 2011 Reply
  • AdamDowds

    I'm only 20 minutes in but I am hooked to it so much I want to hear it all the way through! This is my first time of hearing it.

    11 Nov 2010 Reply
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