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Mike Oldfield

Dave the Gnome 25 Apr 14 - 05:40 PM
Leadfingers 25 Apr 14 - 06:12 PM
GUEST,punkfolkrocker 25 Apr 14 - 10:56 PM
GUEST,punkfolkrocker 25 Apr 14 - 11:08 PM
GUEST,Musket 26 Apr 14 - 01:46 AM
GUEST,punkfolkrocker 26 Apr 14 - 02:02 AM
GUEST, topsie 26 Apr 14 - 04:09 AM
gnu 26 Apr 14 - 05:21 AM
Leadfingers 26 Apr 14 - 06:05 AM
GUEST 27 Apr 14 - 12:55 AM
Dave the Gnome 27 Apr 14 - 03:50 AM
GUEST 27 Apr 14 - 03:06 PM
GUEST,allan conn 27 Apr 14 - 03:24 PM
GUEST,michaelr 27 Apr 14 - 08:28 PM
GUEST 27 Apr 14 - 09:05 PM
Sir Roger de Beverley 28 Apr 14 - 10:58 AM
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Subject: Mike Oldfield
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 25 Apr 14 - 05:40 PM

Just browsing and remembered how good he is

On his own

Or with Maggie Riley


Not folk but I enjoy sharing :-)

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: Mike Oldfield
From: Leadfingers
Date: 25 Apr 14 - 06:12 PM

Right Smart Arse , isnt he ?


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Subject: RE: Mike Oldfield
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 25 Apr 14 - 10:56 PM

yeah.. ok .. I admit I've got "The Sallyangie" CD...

..and my old dad bought "Tubular Bells" the weekend it was released,
and gave me the honour of sitting on the stereo sweet spot on the sofa
while he cranked his big wharfedale speakers to potential council house eviction levels...


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Subject: RE: Mike Oldfield
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 25 Apr 14 - 11:08 PM

.. and heres one for the posh mudcat kids who steadfastly earned their Blue Peter badges..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hXIwdXNwYA


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Subject: RE: Mike Oldfield
From: GUEST,Musket
Date: 26 Apr 14 - 01:46 AM

Funny really Dave. I genuinely class his work as folk in the genre sense. Not just for the hornpipe in Tubular Bells but the echoes of traditional tunes in some of his other work.

His folk genesis in Sallyangie may have set the seed in my mind, but grab a glass, close yer eyes and listen to Hergest Ridge. Your preconceived image of him will slowly but surely morph into a beard, sandals with socks and fairisle sweater.

;-)


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Subject: RE: Mike Oldfield
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 26 Apr 14 - 02:02 AM

1973 -> 1976
very confusing evolutionary culural years in the provincial counties..

long hair cropped down a bit, dunlop tennis daps, tight "Dr Feelgood" style suit jackets whilst still wearing tank tops...

huge teenage angst and battles over trouser width at ankles.



proto punk years.. gotta reminisce fondly now we're all geting on for 60..


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Subject: RE: Mike Oldfield
From: GUEST, topsie
Date: 26 Apr 14 - 04:09 AM

"now we're all geting on for 60"

Who is this "we"?


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Subject: RE: Mike Oldfield
From: gnu
Date: 26 Apr 14 - 05:21 AM

"The uploader has not made this video available in your country.

Sorry about that."

All of em.


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Subject: RE: Mike Oldfield
From: Leadfingers
Date: 26 Apr 14 - 06:05 AM

http://tubular.net/instruments/ is a list of instruments Mike used - And other equipment .Interesting that its ALL strings and keyboards .

The Blue Peter theme (Barnacle Bill) has been on my "To Learn" list for a while


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Subject: RE: Mike Oldfield
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Apr 14 - 12:55 AM

Us lot from Loughborough University Radio who got 'im started promotionally - Radio 1 picked him up from us. The key man in it was Mike Smith, just before he went off to work with Dave Kettlewell on All The Tunes That Ever There Was, the key study of East Anglian dulcimer. Then there was Sally Oldfield, his sister, who is pure folkie. I took over from Mike as Program Controller.
We didn't view folk as a separate domain at that time, but just within the boundaries of concept rock (Fairport and Jethro Tull still gigging, and Steeleye were just starting), which is why we also got Kraftwerk started.


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Subject: RE: Mike Oldfield
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 27 Apr 14 - 03:50 AM

If I remember correctly Tubular Bells was Virgin Records first recording was Tubular Bells. So Richard Branson had a lot to do with popularising him and I guess Oldfield had a lot to do with helping to kick off Branson's business!

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: Mike Oldfield
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Apr 14 - 03:06 PM

Yup, but Virgin were known at that point - it was only after R1 played it near enough back-to-back it went.


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Subject: RE: Mike Oldfield
From: GUEST,allan conn
Date: 27 Apr 14 - 03:24 PM

On the documentary on bbc4 about Oldfield it was suggested that Branson didn't get tubular bells at all,much preferring cliff Richard,and that it was others at virgin who championed Oldfield. Only when it took off did branson take note.


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Subject: RE: Mike Oldfield
From: GUEST,michaelr
Date: 27 Apr 14 - 08:28 PM

Anyone remember Sally Oldfield's album with the Tolkien Elvish lyrics? One of the songs was called "Night of the Hunter's Moon"; don't remember the album title. Very precious.


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Subject: RE: Mike Oldfield
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Apr 14 - 09:05 PM

How did my unknown become known? Virgin were UNknown. Sorry.
It wouldn't have mattered who launched it, it sold itself.


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Subject: RE: Mike Oldfield
From: Sir Roger de Beverley
Date: 28 Apr 14 - 10:58 AM

Way back in the 1960s (ISB reference there)I booked Alex Campbell to perform at the Grimsby College and the support was the Sallyangie. I think that Mike was about 15 then and,boy, was he a good guitarist.

R


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