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Mike Oldfield

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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Mike Oldfield Finds Out That Success Has Its Problems

Interview by Fred Dellar, Smash Hits, 10 January 1980

MIKE OLDFIELD strokes the tabby cat that sits on his lap. Though in the comfort of his own home, he's uneasy, unsure. It's a bad ...


Mike Oldfield (1994)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, 17 November 1994

The Tubular Bells man on his latest album, The Songs of Distant Earth, on using technology, digital vs. analogue, Richard Branson and more.

File format: mp3; file size: 47.4mb, interview length: 49 24" sound quality: ****


Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells; Iggy And The Stooges: Raw Power

Review by Simon Frith, Let It Rock, August 1973

SOME RECORDS GET so much critical attention that I can’t listen to them blind, can’t ignore other opinions. So, according to John Peel Tubular Bells ...

Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells (Virgin Records 2001)

Review by Gary Lucas, Zoo World, 25 October 1973

Mike Oldfield's Saga Of The Tubular Bells ...

Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells (Virgin)

Review by Paul Gambaccini, Rolling Stone, 8 November 1973

AN UNKNOWN English teenager playing over 20 instruments has produced the most important one-shot project of 1973. It is a debut performance of a kind ...

Mike Oldfield: High On The Ridge

Report and Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, 24 August 1974

Toy gliders, house-hunting and a jam with a harpsichordist in a restaurant. It's all happening on the Welsh Marches where Karl Dallas meets Mike Oldfield. ...

Mike Oldfield: Hergest Ridge (Virgin)

Review by Robert Duncan, Creem, December 1974

WHERE'S THE movie? Mike Oldfield's latest opus, Hergest Ridge, needs a movie, a picture-book, something as badly as his highly touted first effort, Tubular Bells, ...

Mike Oldfield: Balm for the Walking Wounded

Profile and Interview by Karl Dallas, Let It Rock, December 1974

Mike Oldfield, the man and his music, by Karl Dallas. ...

Mike Oldfield

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, unpublished, for Rolling Stone, 1975

Photographs of Mike Oldfield show him to he a tight-lipped introvert with hardly a trace of emotion present in his face. The interviews, when granted, ...

Mike Oldfield and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Tubular Bells

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 11 January 1975

AS IT ALREADY appears that every other person in Great Britain possesses a copy of this much-venerated work, I doubt if it's necessary to explain ...

Tom Newman: The Man Who Taped the Tubular Bells

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 8 February 1975

WHEN IT COMES to tape, who better to talk to than the guy who did the 2,000 over-dubs on Tubular Bells, engineer Tom Newman? ...

Mike Oldfield: Boxed (Virgin) *****

Review by Mick Brown, Sounds, 6 November 1976

ONE LAVISHLY illustrated and highly informative booklet, four albums, two hours 40 minutes plus of music – Boxed is the almost complete Mike Oldfield. ...

Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Love Beach; Mike Oldfield: Incantations

Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, 25 November 1978

JEAN-PAUL Sartre took mescaline once, to prove to himself that he wasn't necessarily the institution people thought he was, and as a result became convinced ...

Mike Oldfield: This Is The Year Of The Expanding Man...

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, 25 November 1978

What Scientology did for Chick Corea (and John Travolta), Exegesis is doing for mild, retiring Mike Oldfield. He puts the stare on KARL DALLAS ...

Mike Oldfield: Boy Genius "Not Broke" Shock

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, 29 December 1979

Things haven't been going smoothly for Mike Oldfield. Tours have lost money, expensive gear has been scrapped and he's had a dispute with his label ...

Mike Oldfield

Interview by Tim Oakes, International Musician And Recording World, June 1980

IN MANY WAYS, Mike Oldfield is the perfect artist to officially open the IM & RW Test Bed studio. His whole career was born out ...

Mike Oldfield

Interview by Andy Gill, Q, October 1992

THE ENTRANCE to the grounds is classic old Hollywood style, with a phone you have to call from to get someone to operate the remote-controlled ...

Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells II

Review by Mat Snow, Q, October 1992

IN 1973, THE 49-minute progressive-rock classic Tubular Bells not only seeded the Virgin empire by selling 16 million copies but also set a benchmark of ...

Pleased To Meet You: Mike Oldfield & Orbital

Interview by David Quantick, Q, October 1996

Without "funny" Mike Oldfield ambient music as we know it might never have existed. Without ex-baldies Orbital the Royal Albert Hall might never have hosted ...

Ring Out The Old . . .

Retrospective by Joel McIver, Record Collector, Spring 2000

EVERYONE KNOWS the haunting opening melody of Tubular Bells, but it means different things to different people. If you're in your 40s or over, you ...

Mike Oldfield: The Making of Tubular Bells

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, August 2001

One of the most influential pieces of music in rock history – much imitated, used in movies, TV commercials and documentaries, sampled by Janet Jackson, ...

Mike Oldfield: An Interview

Interview by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, June 2013

HE IS, OF COURSE, Mr. Tubular Bells and, regular as clockwork, the 40th anniversary of the release of his greatest hit delivers what a lot ...


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