Shadow on the Wall

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"Shadow on the Wall"
Single by Mike Oldfield
from the album Crises
B-side "Taurus 3"
Released September 1983 (1983-09)
Format 7", 12" vinyl
Recorded Denham November 1982 – April 1983
Genre Progressive rock
Length 3:09
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Mike Oldfield
Producer(s) Mike Oldfield, Simon Phillips
Mike Oldfield singles chronology
"Moonlight Shadow"
(1983)
"Shadow on the Wall"
(1983)
"Crime of Passion"
(1984)

"Shadow on the Wall" is a single by musician Mike Oldfield, released in 1983 by Virgin Records. English rock singer Roger Chapman performs vocals on the song and it is taken from Oldfield's Crises album.[1] The song was a hit single especially in Germanic countries.

The music video for "Shadow on the Wall" is based around an interrogation scene. The song also features on Roger Chapman's compilation albums, such as 1994's King of the Shouters where the song has been 'remastered'.

An "acoustic" mix and a 5.1 surround sound mix were released on the 2013 reissue of Crises.

The song has been covered by a number of artists including Swedish metal band Arch Enemy,[2] and Finnish rock group Zero Nine.

B-side[edit]

The B-side is "Taurus 3", a short, fast-paced guitar piece, which is notably different from Oldfield's long multi-themed pieces, "Taurus" and "Taurus 2", on QE2 and Five Miles Out respectively.

Track listing[edit]

7 inch[edit]

  1. "Shadow on the Wall" – 3:09
  2. "Taurus 3" – 2:25

12 inch[edit]

  1. "Shadow on the Wall" (Extended version) – 5:07
  2. "Taurus 3" – 2:25

Chart positions[edit]

Preceded by
"I Like Chopin" by Gazebo
Austrian number-one single
15 December 1983
Succeeded by
"Islands in the Stream" by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Singles". Amadian. Retrieved 31 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Arch Enemy – War Eternal". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Mike Oldfield and Roger Chapman – Shadow on the Wall" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mike Oldfield and Roger Chapman – Shadow on the Wall" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Shadow On The Wall – MIKE OLDFIELD & ROGER CHAPMAN" (in Dutch). Top 30. Retrieved 3 February 2014. "Hoogste notering in de top 30 : 5" 
  6. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Mike Oldfield and Roger Chapman search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Mike Oldfield and Roger Chapman – Shadow on the Wall" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  9. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  10. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Mike Oldfield and Roger Chapman – Shadow on the Wall". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  11. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Shadown On The Wall Search". Official Charts Company. 8 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Single 1983" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 

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