Mike Oldfield – Ommadawn

26 Mar

Mike Oldfield - Ommadawn DS56p front

Allmusic

Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS56p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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2 Responses to “Mike Oldfield – Ommadawn”

  1. sacdtodvda May 15, 2016 at 06:43 #

    I can only agree with Owen wholeheartedly on this one.

    Compositionally, Tubular Bells was a bunch of ideas strung together so Mike could show what he could do. Hergest Ridge has sparser arrangements but there are to many ideas, too many short passages that don’t really develop. Ommadawn is a more mature composition with ideas more developed and building toward a finale.

    This decode is the best I have ever heard the album sound as well. Some nice rear channel placement, particularly some lead guitar fills, and there’s even some distinct phantom centre channel, particularly the percussion underneath the early section that sounds like a number of recorders played together.

  2. Owen Smith April 16, 2016 at 21:52 #

    I know this album extremely well. I’ve heard the Boxed SQ encoded version in stereo, the original release stereo CD, and OD’s ealier SQ*Final decode and I’ve listened to all three a lot. This new Phoenix decode is by far the best version I’ve heard. It’s so clear, the minutest detail is there to be heard, things that were a bit difficult to place are now clear. The quad separation is excellent, Phoenix works its magic and put things that are only supposed to be in one of the rears actually there and nowhere else. The quad mix is better than Hergest Ridge though not a demo track, quite a lot of it is semi acoustic ambience in the rears. But there are some discrete elements in the rears and it fits.

    Musically this is the most mature work in Boxed. Tubular Bells is stunning but clearly an early work, and Hergest Ridge is a bit lightweight. But this is a more solid and mature work showing Oldfield developing.

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