Mike Oldfield ‎– Ommadawn

Virgin ‎– CDV 2043, Virgin ‎– CDVP 2043
CD, Album, Picture Disc


Album originally released in 1975.

Ommadawn consists of three tracks on this edition, the third is unlisted on the album artwork and is entitled "On Horseback". This song is mixed into "Ommadawn (Part Two)" on most releases, bringing the total time up to 17:20.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
V 2043 Mike Oldfield Ommadawn(LP, Album) Virgin V 2043 UK 1975 Sell This Version
532 676-2 Mike Oldfield Ommadawn(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Mercury, Universal UMC 532 676-2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
VI873762, SYM 00158 Mike Oldfield Ommadawn(CD, Album, Unofficial) Disky (2), Disky (2) VI873762, SYM 00158 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
27 493 XOT, V2043 Mike Oldfield Ommadawn(LP, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin 27 493 XOT, V2043 Netherlands 1976 Sell This Version
V2 86695 , V2 0777 7 86695 2 4 Mike Oldfield Ommadawn(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin V2 86695 , V2 0777 7 86695 2 4 Canada Unknown Sell This Version



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March 28, 2018

'Ommadawn' is the third studio album by Mike Oldfield. It was released in 1975 and much like its predecessors, it's split into two "parts". Oldfield, only 22 at this point, was already a worldwide star after the success of his first album, 'Tubular Bells', and much in the same vein as before, he plays the majority of the instruments here, while covering a variety of folk, celtic and new age themes.

However, while I liked 'Tubular Bells', I thought Oldfield's follow up, 'Hergest Ridge' was a huge, huge let down, and 'Ommadawn' is only just slightly better than that. While the music is certainly well written, setting a nice atmosphere and progresses interestingly while maintaining a similar theme throughout, I just struggle to stay engaged all the way through.

In particular, the first part is really good, with lots of hauntingly beautiful melodies and varying dynamics. But the second half is where I completely switch off. Everything just seems so messy and uninspiring. At least five minutes of it is just a smorgasbord of noise, and by the time that dissipates, all interest is gone.

There's also a quick song tacked on at the end; 'On Horseback'. It has a spoken verse and a short, sung chorus. It's nothing fancy, and the lyrics make no sense to me, but it's catchy nonetheless. Not enough to save this album, though.

Overall, this is only just a step up from 'Hergest Ridge', and even then, it's much too similar for my liking. Oldfield has been one of my biggest musical inspirations, so I know better things are coming, but I think 'Ommadawn' is an album that I'll probably never come back to.