Mike Oldfield ‎– The Best Of Mike Oldfield: Elements

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1 Tubular Bells (Opening Theme)
Written-By – Mike Oldfield
4:16
2 Family Man
Vocals [Uncredited] – Maggie ReillyWritten-By – Reilly*, Frye*, Mike Oldfield, Pert*, Fenn*, Cross*
3:45
3 Moonlight Shadow
Vocals [Uncredited] – Maggie ReillyWritten-By – Mike Oldfield
3:35
4 Heaven's Open
Written-By – Mike Oldfield
4:27
5 Five Miles Out
Vocals [Uncredited] – Maggie ReillyWritten-By – Mike Oldfield
4:14
6 To France
Vocals [Uncredited] – Maggie ReillyWritten-By – Mike Oldfield
4:42
7 Foreign Affair
Vocals [Uncredited] – Maggie ReillyWritten-By – Maggie Reilly, Mike Oldfield
3:53
8 In Dulci Jubilo
Written-By – R.L. Pearsall*Written-By [Uncredited] – Johann Sebastian Bach
2:49
9 Shadow On The Wall
Producer – Alan ShacklockVocals [Uncredited] – Roger ChapmanWritten-By – Mike Oldfield
5:07
10 Islands
Vocals [Uncredited] – Bonnie TylerWritten-By – Mike Oldfield
4:17
11 Etude
Arranged By – Mike OldfieldWritten-By – Francisco Tarrega*
3:06
12 Sentinel
Producer – Trevor HornWritten-By – Mike Oldfield
3:56
13 Ommadawn (Excerpt)
Written-By – Mike Oldfield
3:38
14 Incantations - Part Four (Excerpt)
Vocals [Uncredited] – Sally OldfieldWritten-By – Mike Oldfield
4:38
15 Amarok (Excerpt)
Written-By – Mike Oldfield
4:43
16 Portsmouth
Written-By – Mike Oldfield
2:00

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This compilation: ℗ 1993 Virgin Records Ltd © 1993 Virgin Records Ltd
Made in the UK

logo: Virgin
Disc: Made in Holland
Inlays: made in the u.k.
Remastered at Abbey Road Studios, London.

Tracks 1, 3, 10, 13, 14 & 16 published by EMI Virgin Music Ltd.
Track 2 published by EMI Virgin Music Ltd./TBP Music Ltd./Josef Weinberger Ltd.
Track 7 published by EMI Virgin Music Ltd./TBP Music Ltd.
Tracks 4, 5, 6, 9, 11 & 15 published by Oldfield Music Ltd./EMI Virgin Music Ltd.
Track 12 published by Warner Music UK Ltd.

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  • Barcode (Text): 7 24383 90692 5
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  • Label Code: LC 3098
  • Price Code (On CD): PM520
  • Price Code (F: On inlay): PM520
  • Rights Society: BIEM|STEMRA
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martindavey87

martindavey87

February 8, 2018

We all have "those albums" that have been etched into our memories since childhood. My parents, both Mike Oldfield fans, had this on CD since its release and so it has always been, to some degree, ingrained in my mind. Especially the front cover. So simple, yet so interesting.

One of "those albums".

But now I'm older and more susceptible to cynicism, so it's with more critical ears that I listen to 'The Best of Mike Oldfield: Elements'. A lot of the songs definitely take me back to my childhood, sitting on my parents living room floor blasting out 'Family Man' or the eternally classic 'Moonlight Shadow'... but how does the record hold up as a whole?

'Elements' is a good compilation, no doubt, but it's pretty much an impossible task to try to summarize the music of Mike Oldfield on one disc. Even at the time of its release (1993), Oldfield's repertoire was so vast and constantly expanding that there's no way one album can cover every basis. With that in mind, 'Elements' does a good job of covering most of the more radio-friendly songs of Oldfield's back-catalogue.

Besides the aforementioned hits, songs like 'Five Miles Out', 'To France', 'In Dulci Jubilo', 'Heaven's Open' and 'Shadow on the Wall' are all Oldfield classics that will certainly appeal to the less-ambitious music fans, but it's when they're mixed in with various excerpts or worldly music-based tracks that the album just seems a little discordant.

It's a good compilation to own if you're a die-hard fan looking to finish their collection, but otherwise it's far outdated by now and there's much more relevant and career-encompassing ones out there.
Pastoreo

Pastoreo

July 13, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
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Analyzed: Mike Oldfield / The Best of Mike Oldfield-Elements 243 8 39069 2 5, Virgin ‎– VTCD18
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR15 -3.41 dB -22.92 dB 4:16 01-Tubular Bells (Opening Theme)
DR12 -1.12 dB -16.85 dB 3:45 02-Family Man
DR13 -0.29 dB -16.57 dB 3:35 03-Moonlight Shadow
DR8 -0.29 dB -12.48 dB 4:27 04-Heaven's Open
DR12 -0.29 dB -15.68 dB 4:14 05-Five Miles Out
DR13 -1.33 dB -18.03 dB 4:42 06-To France
DR16 -1.19 dB -18.15 dB 3:53 07-Foreign Affair
DR11 -3.70 dB -17.77 dB 2:49 08-In Dulci Jubilo
DR14 -0.85 dB -17.46 dB 5:07 09-Shadow On The Wall
DR12 -1.28 dB -15.86 dB 4:17 10-Islands
DR14 -0.48 dB -17.52 dB 3:06 11-Etude
DR13 -0.34 dB -18.23 dB 3:56 12-Sentinel
DR12 -1.89 dB -17.91 dB 3:38 13-Ommadawn (Excerpt)
DR11 -0.95 dB -17.01 dB 4:38 14-Incantations (Part Four) (Excerpt)
DR12 -1.54 dB -16.22 dB 4:43 15-Amarok (Excerpt)
DR13 -0.43 dB -16.17 dB 2:00 16-Portsmouth
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Number of tracks: 16
Official DR value: DR13

Good DR value
xavier1982

xavier1982

July 15, 2015
Some titles is missing on cd but present on vhs and dvd hope a reissue double cd with tracks missing