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Return To Ommadawn - Mike Oldfield

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Mike’s debut album ‘Tubular Bells’ was an acclaimed multimillion seller out of left field, and its successor, ‘Hergest Ridge’, sold prodigiously too, despite a critical backlash which Mike took hard. More eclectic than ever featuring the African drums of Jabula, Chieftains piper Paddy Moloney and so much more — his third album ‘Ommadawn’ was recorded in Mike’s new home studio on the Welsh borders in the teeth of technical difficulties, the personal stress of industry demands and unwanted fame, and then the sudden death of his mother Maureen. Deeply reflective yet also joyful, ‘Ommadawn’ was yet another massive hit album, completing what has become the trinity of pieces of music closest to their creator’s heart — and that of his fans too.

Four decades later, Mike found life’s troubles recurring. In 2012 he was thrilled to be asked to reorchestrate some of his best-loved compositions for the soundtrack of the London Olympics opening ceremony as devised by Danny Boyle. Visually and musically, the event was a massive global success, and a personal success for Mike as well.

“The Olympics ceremony was such a high, giving me such a sense of validation that the music I made back in the ‘70s was good, that there was only one way to go. Down. “The last four years have been bad for me: a long legal battle; my son Dougal died; my father died." But out of tragedy and struggle, once more beautiful music is born ‘Return To Ommadawn’.

Track Listings:
    1. Return To Ommadawn, Pt. I 21:10
    2. Return To Ommadawn Pt. II 20:56
Total Time: 42:06
Artist Name(s):
Mike Oldfield
Release Year: 2017
Album Type:
Compact Disc, Digital / Download, LP 33 1/3
Label / Publishing
Label Name:
Virgin EMI
Catalog Number(s):
CDV3166, V3166
Nassau, Bahamas
Editions / Reissues
  1. Virgin EMI V3166
  2. Virgin EMI CDV3166
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