Mike Oldfield ‎– Hergest Ridge

Virgin ‎– V2013, Virgin ‎– V.2013
Vinyl, LP, Album


A Hergest Ridge 21:40
B Hergest Ridge 18:51

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Recorded at The Manor in Spring 1974.

First UK pressing with the original stereo mix (post - '76 reissues featured the quad mix found on the 'Boxed' album).
On front cover, the album's title and artist's name are on top

This version was cut by Arun, Pete Norman and Melys (2). There exists another version cut by Porky and Melys (2), with slightly different cover (title on top and artist's name on bottom)

℗&© 1974 Virgin Records, 119 Portobello Road, London, W.11.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, stamped/etched): V 2013 A-1U O O G 4 PETE & MELY
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, stamped/etched): V 2013 B-3U L G ARUN 1

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
7243 8 49368 2 2, MIKECD2 Mike Oldfield Hergest Ridge(HDCD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin 7243 8 49368 2 2, MIKECD2 UK 2000 Sell This Version
CDV 2013 Mike Oldfield Hergest Ridge(CD, Album, RE) Virgin CDV 2013 UK Unknown Sell This Version
88.134-I Mike Oldfield Hergest Ridge(LP, Album) Virgin 88.134-I Spain 1974 Sell This Version
88 134 XOT Mike Oldfield Hergest Ridge(LP, Album, RE, gre) Virgin 88 134 XOT Germany 1980 Sell This Version
88 134-270, 88 134 XOT Mike Oldfield Hergest Ridge(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 88 134-270, 88 134 XOT Europe Unknown Sell This Version


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July 17, 2018
There were copies made in Argentina with serial number 6044 and green label with twins on labels, issued in 1979. Not refered here at DiscoGS.

Source: http://www.mike-oldfield.es/mowd/itemdetail.asp?id=2118#


June 11, 2015
His finest album in my humble opinion, but I must agree with the comments regarding the 2010 remix - it really does spoil the piece. Such a sensitive and moving composition does not lend itself to the rather heavy handed nature of the reworking. Stick with the 1974 or 1976 versions to hear it st it's best .


May 17, 2015
edited over 4 years ago
Hergest Ridge is different from any other album Mike did. Part one is superb as it gently whistles in and builds up very subtly. The Oboe solo is very beautiful and it's been compared to Vaughan Williams pastoral music. Side two is where it fails though. Unlike it's predecessor Tubular Bells which has two equally great parts, Hergest part two is good until the big fat, loud multilayered guitar and organ section, goes on and on and on and ruins the tranquility and beauty of the album as a whole. This is understandable as Mike suffered from anxiety during this time, lived in a reclusive fashion, and you can hear the anger breaking out of his music. I usually only listen to part one. Still there is no album like this. The 2010 mix by Mike is nonsense and the Deluxe Edition should have had the 1974 mix on disc one and the Boxed mix on disc two. I feel the 2010 mix highlights the percussive, jangling elements of the instrumentation and goes against what Hergest Ridge is all about. It's a relaxing, beautifully composed, melodic piece, until halfway through side two that is! I bought the 2010 LP when it was released (the new artwork looks great) as I always had the boxed mix on CD and I have Boxed itself on vinyl. I don't really like Back To Black, I think their vinyl is poor quality and I usually avoid it. I bought the Deluxe Edition CD recently and this is great apart from the 2010 mix!


April 3, 2012

When this album came out in 1974 I grabbed it immediately and to this day consider it Mike Oldfield's finest album. The only problem was: it was a USA copy and I went through at least 2 LP's in the day(and exchanged several at the store for warping and noise). Due to the petroleum crisis at the time, the USA pressings were terrible. Crackles abounded throughout. Skip to 2008. I bought the "Porky Cut", made in the UK and the disc mastered by the noted Porky Peckham. This album is so perfect it sounds like a CD! I urge anyone who wants this album in the "non-boxed" un-remixed original version to spend a little more and buy the UK version. In my opinion the 2010 remix by Mike did not improve this work, it made it worse. Get this one. I think it was only about $25 but well worth it! This is the only version to buy as far as I'm concerned. You won't find it on cassette, CD or any other format, so grab one in VG+ or better while you can!