Mike Oldfield ‎– Crises

Virgin ‎– VVIPD 116
CD, Album

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1 Crises
Bass – Phil SpaldingDrums [Tama] – Simon PhillipsGuitar – Ant*, Rick FennVocals, Guitar, Synthesizer [Fairlight C.m.i., Prophet, Roland Strings], Electronic Drums [Oberheim Obxa, Dsx, Dmx, Simmons Drum], Electronics [Quantec Room Simulator], Bass, Piano, Harp, Mandolin, Percussion [Farfisa] – Mike Oldfield
2 Moonlight Shadow
Bass – Phil SpaldingDrums [Tama] – Simon PhillipsMusic By, Lyrics By, Guitar, Synthesizer [Fairlight C.m.i.] – Mike OldfieldVocals – Maggie Reilly
3 In High Places
Drums [Tama] – Simon PhillipsGuitar, Electronic Drums [Oberheim Obxa], Synthesizer [Roland Strings, Fairlight C.m.i.] – Mike OldfieldLyrics By – Jon AndersonVibraphone – Pierre MoerlenVocals – Jon Anderson
4 Foreign Affair
Drums [Tama], Shaker – Simon PhillipsLyrics By – Maggie ReillySynthesizer [Fairlight C.m.i., Roland Strings] – Mike OldfieldVocals – Maggie Reilly
5 Taurus 3
Drums [Tama], Finger Snaps, Bells, Tambourine, Shaker, Percussion [Boots] – Simon PhillipsGuitar [Adamus, Ramirez & Manson Guitars], Mandolin, Acoustic Bass, Bells, Tambourine, Shaker – Mike OldfieldMusic By – Mike Oldfield
6 Shadow On The Wall
Drums [Tama] – Simon PhillipsGuitar – Ant*Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Synthesizer [Fairlight C.m.i., Roland Strings] – Mike OldfieldVocals – Roger Chapman



Virgin VIP
Distributed by Pickwick.
An Oldfield Music Production.
(P) © 1983 Virgin Records Ltd.

Booklet reads:
The watcher and the tower Waiting hour by hour.
Manufactured in the U.K.
Recorded November 1982-April 1983 using Ampex ATR 124, NEVE 8108 with NECAM, and Westlake Monitors, in Denham, England. Mastered at CBS Studios, London, England.

Disc reads: All publishing by Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd. except* (track 3) by Warner Brothers Music Ltd. / Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd. and † (track 4) by Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd. / TBP Music Ltd. © 1983 Virgin Records Ltd.
Made in France by MPO.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 012981 011628
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc Inner Ring): VVIPD 116 MPO 01 @

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
205 500, 205 500-320 Mike Oldfield Crises(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 205 500, 205 500-320 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
V2262 Mike Oldfield Crises(LP, Album) Virgin V2262 UK 1983 Sell This Version
CAR 1850 Mike Oldfield Crises(HDCD, Album, RM, RE) Caroline Records CAR 1850 US 2000 Sell This Version
405 500 Mike Oldfield Crises(Cass, Album) Virgin 405 500 France 1983 Sell This Version
VI 863002 Mike Oldfield Crises(CD, Album, RE) Disky VI 863002 Europe Unknown Sell This Version



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February 8, 2018

Here's one I remember fondly, I must have been around 17 or 18 years-old at the time, and as I was helping my mum unpack her shopping bags, I came across Mike Oldfield's 'Crises', a CD she'd bought as it was only a couple of quid and she'd loved it since her days of owning it on vinyl. I'd encountered Oldfield's music many times throughout my childhood due to both of my parents being fans, but it was upon hearing this album that this fledgling young progressive rock fan really started to properly appreciate his music.

The next day I went to the same shop and bought my own copy of the album.

Featuring a bit of a mixed bag of styles and influences, 'Crises' is based around its 21-minute title track, a song with plenty of rocking riffs and some interesting keyboard melodies. There are times when the song does tend to lag, but the first half of it is genuinely exciting stuff, full of energetic performances and some thrilling guitar work.

After this, there are five shorter tracks, and this is where the album truly shines. For starters, there's acoustic rockers such as 'Shadow on the Wall' and 'Moonlight Shadow', which would go on to be a huge hit for Oldfield, showing that there was definitely still potential for mainstream success after Tubular Bells. 'In High Places' (featuring Jon Anderson of Yes) and 'Foreign Affair' are both more slower tempo, synth-based pop songs, but do well to highlight just how versatile Mike Oldfield can be with his music.

'Crises' is a fairly underrated album in Mike Oldfield's discography, though perhaps my opinion is swayed by the fact that it's essentially the album that made me a fan. Either way, while I doubt there's many people who'd consider this one of his best, it's still a solid release, and well worth looking into if you're into progressive rock or 80's pop.