Mike Oldfield ‎– The Songs Of Distant Earth

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Released November 21, 1994.

Tracklist

In The Beginning 1:24
Let There Be Light 4:52
Supernova 3:29
Magellan 4:41
First Landing 1:16
Oceania 3:27
Only Time Will Tell 4:19
Prayer For The Earth 2:10
Lament For Atlantis 2:44
The Chamber 1:49
Hibernaculum 3:32
Tubular World 3:23
The Shining Ones 2:59
Crystal Clear 5:42
The Sunken Forest 2:39
Ascension 5:48
A New Beginning 1:33

Versions (56)

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4509 98581 2, 4509-98581 2, 4509-98581-2 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(CD, Album) WEA, WEA, WEA 4509 98581 2, 4509-98581 2, 4509-98581-2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
WICD 5197 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(CD, Album) WEA WICD 5197 South Africa 1994 Sell This Version
4509 98581-2 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(CD, Album) WEA 4509 98581-2 Australia 1994 Sell This Version
4509 98581 2 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(CD, Album) WEA 4509 98581 2 Turkey 1994 Sell This Version
CD 98581 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(CD, Album) WEA CD 98581 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
SAM 1477 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(CD, Album, Ltd, Promo) WEA SAM 1477 UK 1994 Sell This Version
WPCR-125 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(CD, Album, Mixed) WEA WPCR-125 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
PRO-CD-7530-A-R Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(CD, Album, Promo) Reprise Records PRO-CD-7530-A-R US 1994 Sell This Version
SAM 1477 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(CD, Album, Promo) WEA SAM 1477 UK 1994 Sell This Version
4509 98581 2, 4509-98581 2, 4509-98581-2 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(CD, Album, Unofficial) WEA (2), WEA (2), WEA (2) 4509 98581 2, 4509-98581 2, 4509-98581-2 Russia 1994 Sell This Version
9 45933-4 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(Cass, Album) Reprise Records 9 45933-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
4509-98581-4 8 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(Cass, Album) WEA, Warner Music Poland 4509-98581-4 8 Poland 1994 Sell This Version
ZWIC 5197 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(Cass, Album) WEA ZWIC 5197 South Africa 1994 Sell This Version
4509-98581-4 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(Cass, Album) WEA 4509-98581-4 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
4509 98581 4 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(Cass, Album) WEA 4509 98581 4 Turkey 1994 Sell This Version
4509-98581-4 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(Cass, Album) WEA 4509-98581-4 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
PCW-646, 4509-98581-4 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(Cass, Album) Polton, WEA PCW-646, 4509-98581-4 Poland 1994 Sell This Version
4509-98581-4 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(Cass, Album) Warner Music Poland 4509-98581-4 Poland 1994 Sell This Version
99 85814 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(Cass, Album) WEA 99 85814 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
none Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Mike Oldfield) none 1994 Sell This Version
4509-98581-1 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(LP, Album) WEA 4509-98581-1 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
9 45933-2 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(CD, Album, Club, Enh) Reprise Records 9 45933-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
9 45933-2 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(CD, Album, Club, Enh) Reprise Records 9 45933-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
4509-98542-2, 4509 98542 2 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(CD, Album, Enh) WEA, WEA 4509-98542-2, 4509 98542 2 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
BCD-219 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(CD, Album, Enh) WEA BCD-219 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
45090 98542-2 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(CD, Album, Enh, Mixed) WEA, UFO Group 45090 98542-2 Taiwan 1995 Sell This Version
4509 98542 2 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(CD, Album, Enh, Mixed) Warner Music UK Ltd. 4509 98542 2 UK 1995 Sell This Version
9 45933-2 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(CD, Album, Enh, Mixed) Reprise Records 9 45933-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
9 45933 2 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(CD, Album, Enh, Promo) Reprise Records 9 45933 2 US 1995 Sell This Version
AMRY-9201 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(CD-ROM, Album, Num) WEA AMRY-9201 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
4509 98542 2, 4509-98542 2, 4509-98542-2 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(CD, Album, Enh, RE) WEA, WEA, WEA 4509 98542 2, 4509-98542 2, 4509-98542-2 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
4509985422 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(CD, Album, Enh, RE) WEA 4509985422 Spain 2010 Sell This Version
WPCR-16723 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, SHM) Warner Music WPCR-16723 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
2564623321 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(LP, Album, RE, 180) Warner Music 2564623321 UK & Europe 2015 Sell This Version
9 45933-2 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(CD, Album, Enh, Mixed, RP) Reprise Records 9 45933-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
4509 98542 2, 4509-98542 2, 4509-98542-2 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(CD, Album, Enh, RE) WEA, WEA, WEA 4509 98542 2, 4509-98542 2, 4509-98542-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
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4509 98542 2, 4509-98542 2, 4509-98542-2 Mike Oldfield The Songs Of Distant Earth(CD, Album, Enh, RP) WEA, WEA, WEA 4509 98542 2, 4509-98542 2, 4509-98542-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
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ANTiP0D

ANTiP0D

April 14, 2021
referencing The Songs Of Distant Earth, LP, Album, RE, 180, 2564623321
it has a great sound, unfortunately it is obviously pressed from the 44KHz source, it has nothing above the usual CD range and the sound itself is very similar to the CD version aswell, you cant expect anything above that. I cant compare it with the original pressing anyway.
cartrox

cartrox

July 27, 2020
referencing The Songs Of Distant Earth, LP, Album, RE, 180, 2564623321
For me personally, i think this is a great pressing. It does have 28 minutes per side, but the only thing it affects is the volume. Just turn it up and enjoy the ride. It has great stereo separation (even in the bass range), and crisp highs and lows. Happy to own this.
deeporbit

deeporbit

November 5, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
referencing The Songs Of Distant Earth, CD, Album, Enh, 4509-98542-2, 4509 98542 2

It should be noted I think, that this particular release is quite rare because it's the earlier Enhanced CD with the original artwork. Most copies of the Enhanced CD have the later artwork.
In addition to this - the actual enhanced content on this earlier release is different to the later ones, because there is 1 different video of Mike playing music on this version.
helium

helium

February 27, 2019
referencing The Songs Of Distant Earth, LP, Album, RE, 180, 2564623321
The cover is horribly pixellated and dark. This is a very bad pressing.
orbscureDDJ

orbscureDDJ

February 7, 2019
edited over 2 years ago
referencing The Songs Of Distant Earth, CD, Album, Ltd, Promo, SAM 1477
As confirmed by Bladerunner1858, these were indeed handed out to the press/guests who attended what was billed as the World Premier, held at the London Planetarium. Mike didn't actually play, but the whole track was and included video footage projected onto the inside roof. I attended this event but sold my tin on eBay, although I still have the printed card invite.
burketop

burketop

October 3, 2018
referencing The Songs Of Distant Earth, LP, Album, RE, 180, 2564623321

At 28 mins on SIDE ONE this is a release that really needs a 2LP edition. Barring that, a high resolution 24/96 file is the way to go if you want the entire side to be as seamless as possible. Really wish this would get the multichannel treatment, Mike's 5.1 mix of Return to Ommadawn was so good.

This pressing itself is very good, done in Netherlands, but the running time just doesn't allow the levels to be high enough and the sonics are as expected, compromised. For now, I'd recommend sticking to the excellent CDs.
averduc

averduc

September 11, 2018
referencing The Songs Of Distant Earth, LP, Album, RE, 180, 2564623321
Cover images are just scanned from the CD release, you can see the dots from the original print... Apart from that, a great album
teslo

teslo

May 24, 2018
referencing The Songs Of Distant Earth, LP, Album, 4509-98581-1

I am not sure, that this count of owners have a correct release but not re-pressed one from 2016
james73

james73

January 27, 2017
referencing The Songs Of Distant Earth, LP, Album, RE, 180, 2564623321

Can anyone comment of the quality of this re-release please? I'm thinking about buying it, but I wasn't too happy with the vinyl version of 'Tubular Bells III' I got recently.
casper_24

casper_24

December 10, 2016
referencing The Songs Of Distant Earth, CD-ROM, Album, Num, AMRY-9201

The best sounding edition of this album. Very Rare release!