by Robert Wilkinson
Today is the birthday of the amazing composer and musician Mike Oldfield.
Mike Oldfield (May 15, 1953) is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who has given us some of the most beautiful and haunting music ever created. His compositions blend rock, folk, world beat, electronic music, and other eclectic musical styles.
This year I can’t do a complete bio and tribute, but I did find some outstanding pieces to celebrate his birthday!
First, the tune that introduced Mike to the world! For your enjoyment, a live 1973 or 1974 BBC performance of “Tubular Bells”
Here’s another great live performance of “Tubular Bells”
Here’s part 1 of the original studio version of “Tubular Bells”
Here’s an entire 65 minute concert live in Germany of Tubular Bells II
From 1980, an entire 1 hour 8 minute concert! Mike Oldfield at Knebworth
From his performance at Montreux in 1981, “Punkadiddle”
From 1983, a live 42 minute concert! Mike Oldfield “Crises” Live At Wembly 1983
Here’s Mike’s monster 1982 #1 hit, clearly one of the most amazingly haunting and beautiful tunes ever written! This clip is a rare acoustic live performance in 1985 by Mike Oldfield with the original vocalist, Maggie Reilly, of “Moonlight Shadow” (And yes, I’ve included some amazing electric performances of this song down a few!)
Live on the German television show Diskothek Mic Mac in 1986, “Pictures in the Dark”
From 1998, the original music video featuring Pepsi Demacque bringing life to Mike’s “Man In The Rain”
And now for three different offerings of Mike’s #1 hit, the hauntingly beautiful “Moonlight Shadow.” First, from “Tubular Bells III” live in London 1998, here’s Mike Oldfield accompanied by stunning vocals by Pepsi Demacque, performing “Moonlight Shadow”
Here’s a fantastic live performance by Hank Marvin and the Shadows of Mike's “Moonlight Shadow”
We’ll close this brief tribute with a live performance by Mike for VH1 In 1999 of “Moonlight Shadow”
If you just can’t get enough, for our encore we have six studio albums!
His second studio album, released after Tubular Bells but hit #1 before Tubular Bells! "Hergest Ridge Pt. 1" (1974)
"Hergest Ridge Pt. 2” (1974)
“Five Miles Out” (1982)
“The Songs of Distant Earth” (1994)
“Music of the Spheres” (2008)
To find out more about this amazing talent, here’s The Mike Oldfield website.
Tubular Bells blew my mind, and it’s only gotten better since then. Thanks for the great tunes over the years, Mike. By all means, keep doing what you're doing. It's beautiful....
Copyright © 2014 Robert Wilkinson