Flying Start

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"Flying Start"
Single by Mike Oldfield with Kevin Ayers
from the album Islands
Released 1 February 1988 (1988-02-01)
Genre Progressive rock, Pop rock
Label Virgin Records
Writer(s) Mike Oldfield
Producer(s) Mike Oldfield
Simon Phillips (co-producer on B-side)
Mike Oldfield chronology
"Magic Touch"
(1988)
"Flying Start"
(1988)
"Earth Moving"
(1989)

"Flying Start" is a single by musician Mike Oldfield, released in 1988 (see 1988 in music). It is from the September 1987 album Islands.

Unusually for an Oldfield 12-inch at that time, the extended duration was achieved simply by a short introductory instrumental that bears no musical relation to the rest of the song and is separated from it by a short pause; the song itself is identical to the album and 7-inch versions. Prior to this, Oldfield had usually extended his songs for their 12-inch versions by incorporating an extra verse and/or instrumental section within the main body of the track.

Kevin Ayers[edit]

"Flying Start" features Kevin Ayers on vocals. A different version of the song was also released on Kevin Ayers' album Falling Up in February 1988. The music video features various computer generated elements.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Flying Start" (Extended version) – 4:50
  2. "The Wind Chimes" (Excerpt from part 2) – 3:58

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