Mike Oldfield ‎– Airborn

Virgin ‎– VA 13143
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, SP

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A1 Part 1: Airborn
Written-By – Mike Oldfield
A2 Part 2: Platinum
Written-By – Mike Oldfield
A3 Part 3: Charleston
Written-By – Mike Oldfield
A4 Part 4: North Star / Platinum Finale
Arranged By – Mike OldfieldWritten-By – Philip Glass
B1 Guilty
Written-By – Mike Oldfield
B2 Into Wonderland
Written-By – Mike Oldfield, Nico Ramsden
B3 Punkadiddle
Written-By – Mike Oldfield
B4 I Got Rhythm
Arranged By – Mike OldfieldLyrics By – Ira GershwinMusic By – George Gershwin
C Tubular Bells (Part 1)
Written-By – Mike Oldfield
D Incantations (Studio And Live)
Written-By – Mike Oldfield

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SP pressing variation.

Track C: Recorded On The European Tour March/April 1979.
Track D: Recorded At Througham December 1977-September 1978 And On The European Tour March/April 1979.

© & ℗ 1980 Virgin Records.
All selections published by Virgin Music, Inc., ASCAP except
A4 published by Virgin Music, Inc./Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc., ASCAP
B4 published by New World Music Corp., ASCAP

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Etched Side One): ST-VA- 804485-D @tGP SP 0-1SM 1-5
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched Side Two): ST-VA- 804486-C @tGP SP 0-1SM 1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched Side Three): ST-VA- 804487-A @tGP SP 0-1SM 3-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched Side Four): ST-VA- 804488-A @tGP SP 0-1SM 2-2
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other Versions (5 of 5) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
V2153/2 Mike Oldfield Airborn(2xLP, Album) Virgin V2153/2 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
V 2153 Mike Oldfield Airborn(LP, Album) Virgin V 2153 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
SM: 2085 Mike Oldfield Live Vol. 1 Air Born(Cass, Album) SMAT SM: 2085 South Korea Unknown Sell This Version
VA 13143 Mike Oldfield Airborn(2xLP, Album, AR) Virgin VA 13143 US 1980 Sell This Version
TCV 2153 Mike Oldfield Airborn(Cass, Album) Virgin TCV 2153 Canada 1980 Sell This Version


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October 6, 2017
GULITY is not a live version, it is a studio version.


October 21, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
AIRBORN is something special for Oldfield Collectors. "TUBULAR BELLS PART I" and "INCANTATIONS" are not the same recordings as released on "EXPOSED". "TUBULAR BELLS PART I" was recorded 06.05.1979 in Birmingham [National Exhibition Center] and is the only show from this tour with a Master of Ceremonies, the actor John Gorman. "INCANTATIONS" is a fascinating combination of the EXPOSED live and the studio recording, ending with the End-section of "TUBULAR BELLS PART II". GUILTY is played faster than the track on EXPOSED, recorded from an unknown location. Hope this helps…


May 17, 2015
I always thought Guilty should have been on Platinum. Woodhenge is pretty minimal and does not fit in with the other tracks.


September 11, 2009
'Airborn' was the US/Canada release of 'Platinum'. As with various other stateside releases by various UK artists in past years, the featured tracks were changed slightly, and a second LP was included featuring a very strange live/studio remix of Tubular Bells and Incantations.
The tracks 'Sally' and 'Woodhenge' were replaced with 'Guilty' and 'into Wonderland'.

The second LP remixes could be described as a bodge, featuring several minutes alternating studio and live segments, cutting at appropriate pauses.

The release was in a single sleeve, with unique artwork, featuring the tubular bells, somewhat warped and rearranged, over a semi-sci-fi landscape. Probably an interesting find for Oldfield completists, due to the second LP, but otherwise not particularly important.