Hergest Ridge

Performers Mike Oldfield

Blue Plate | June 22, 2010 | Compact Disc

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Personnel: Mike Oldfield (acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, organ, percussion); Clodagh Simmonds, Sally Oldfield (vocals); Ted Hobart (trumpet); June Whiting, Lindsey Cooper (oboe); Chili Charles (drums).
Includes liner notes by Dave Laing.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Released as another lengthy composition, Hergest Ridge was the album that followed Mike Oldfield's momentous Tubular Bells release, with many of the same instrumental elements and methods employed throughout its two sections. Because of the time of its release, Hergest Ridge was overshadowed by the effects of Oldfield's first album for Virgin, but even so, he still manages to invoke some interesting patches of music by using instruments like the glockenspiel, sleigh bells, the lowrey organ, oboes, and a variety of mandolins and guitars to maintain the same type of diversity as Tubular Bells. Symphonic throughout most of the album's two parts, the highlight of Hergest Ridge is Oldfield's use of 90 multi-tracked guitars which are clustered together to create one of the most unique sounds ever to surface on his albums. Actually, Hergest Ridge entered the British charts in the number one spot in the fall of 1974, but Tubular Bells finally took its place only three weeks later. The album was highly regarded in the U.K. upon its release and it continues Oldfield's creativity, proving that the genius put forth on his claim-to-fame album would indeed have some effect on works to come. ~ Mike DeGagne

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 22, 2010

Genre: Art Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1974

Label Name: Blue Plate

UPC: 600753267554

Found in: Art Rock, Art Rock

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Hergest Ridge

Performers Mike Oldfield

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 22, 2010

Genre: Art Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1974

Label Name: Blue Plate

UPC: 600753267554


Title Track Time
1.Hergest Ridge, Pt. 1 --
2.Hergest Ridge, Pt. 2 --
3.In Dulce Jubilo (For Maureen) --
4.Spanish Tune --

Editorial Notes

Personnel: Mike Oldfield (acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, organ, percussion); Clodagh Simmonds, Sally Oldfield (vocals); Ted Hobart (trumpet); June Whiting, Lindsey Cooper (oboe); Chili Charles (drums).
Includes liner notes by Dave Laing.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Released as another lengthy composition, Hergest Ridge was the album that followed Mike Oldfield's momentous Tubular Bells release, with many of the same instrumental elements and methods employed throughout its two sections. Because of the time of its release, Hergest Ridge was overshadowed by the effects of Oldfield's first album for Virgin, but even so, he still manages to invoke some interesting patches of music by using instruments like the glockenspiel, sleigh bells, the lowrey organ, oboes, and a variety of mandolins and guitars to maintain the same type of diversity as Tubular Bells. Symphonic throughout most of the album's two parts, the highlight of Hergest Ridge is Oldfield's use of 90 multi-tracked guitars which are clustered together to create one of the most unique sounds ever to surface on his albums. Actually, Hergest Ridge entered the British charts in the number one spot in the fall of 1974, but Tubular Bells finally took its place only three weeks later. The album was highly regarded in the U.K. upon its release and it continues Oldfield's creativity, proving that the genius put forth on his claim-to-fame album would indeed have some effect on works to come. ~ Mike DeGagne
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