Guilty (Mike Oldfield instrumental)

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"Guilty"
Single by Mike Oldfield
B-side Excerpt from Incantatations
Released 21 April 1979 (1979-04-21)
Format 7", 12" Vinyl
Recorded New York City
Genre Disco
Length 8:10
Label Virgin Records
Writer(s) Mike Oldfield
Producer(s) Mike Oldfield
Mike Oldfield singles chronology
"Take Four"
(1978)
"Guilty"
(1979)
"Blue Peter"
(1979)

"Guilty" is a single by musician Mike Oldfield, released in 1979. It reached number 22 in the UK Singles Chart. It is notable for being Oldfield's first obvious attempt to capitalise on a current musical trend, in this case disco/dance music. The UK 12" edition was originally issued on pale blue vinyl.

Recording[edit]

The composition came from Oldfield's desire to create an up-tempo tune based on a more interesting chord structure than what was typical to disco music; it is built on the circle of fifths chord previously used as the leitmotif of the musician's album Incantations.[2]

When Oldfield was in New York recording Platinum and "Guilty" he recorded a disco arrangement of his first album, Tubular Bells.[3] A version of Free's "All Right Now" was also recorded during these sessions.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Guilty" is in a colourful cartoon style. A promo video for "Guilty 2013" was released by earMusic, which features a shortened version of the "Guilty Electrofunk Mix" from the Oldfield/York remix album Tubular Beats. In 2011 Moist Creations had released a screenshot from this titled "Guilty 2011".

Track listing[edit]

7" single[edit]

  1. "Guilty" Mike Oldfield – 4:00
  2. "Excerpt from Incantations" Mike Oldfield – 4:10

12" super giant 45[edit]

  1. "Guilty (Long version)" Mike Oldfield – 6:44
  2. "Guilty" Mike Oldfield – 4:02

Personnel[4][edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1979) Position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guilty (12" single liner notes). Mike Oldfield. United Kingdom: Virgin Records. 1979-04-06. VS 24512. 
  2. ^ The Essential Mike Oldfield (Videotape). Virgin Video. 1980. 1 minutes in. 
  3. ^ "Rare Tracks". Amarok (Ommadawn.net). Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  4. ^ Guilty (12" single liner notes). Mike Oldfield. United Kingdom: Virgin Records. 1979-04-06. VS 24512. 
  5. ^ "Archive Chart: 1979-05-12" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 2013-04-08.