Boxed (Mike Oldfield album)

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Boxed
Mike Oldfield - Boxed.jpg
Box set by Mike Oldfield
Released 29 October 1976 (1976-10-29)
Recorded November 1974 – August 1976
(Collaborations)
Genre Progressive rock
Length 162:21
Label Virgin
Producer Mike Oldfield
Peter Jenner
David Bedford
Tom Newman
Mike Oldfield chronology
Ommadawn
(1975)Ommadawn1975
Boxed
(1976)
Incantations
(1978)Incantations1978

Boxed is a compilation album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield, released in 1976. It features SQ system 4 channel quadraphonic remixed versions of his first three albums (Tubular Bells, Hergest Ridge and Ommadawn) and some collaborations.

Background[edit]

Boxed features quadraphonic remixed versions of his first three albums. Oldfield later explained that instead of being true 4 channel sound, the initial quad remix of Tubular Bells, released few months after the stereo version, was a "strange fake out-of-phase system", because it was so complex a mix without automation.[1]

The quad remix of Tubular Bells on Boxed was entirely different and true 4 channel sound (later released on SACD). The Boxed-CD version still contains the SQ-encoded quad mixes and plays as normal stereo without a quad decoder. The SQ quad remix Hergest Ridge was the only version of the album available on CD (until the 2010 Mercury Records reissue, Deluxe Edition), as Oldfield disliked the original vinyl mix.

The traditional hornpipe melody "The Sailor's Hornpipe", which was the finale from Tubular Bells, has an extended speech from Viv Stanshall, which is from the recording sessions at The Manor Studio (see Tubular Bells original ending).

Tubular Bells was re-mixed in quad by Phil Newell, assisted by Alan Perkins. Hergest Ridge was re-mixed in quad by Mike Oldfield. Ommadawn was re-mixed in quad by Mike Oldfield and Phil Newell.

Cover[edit]

The album cover adapts the theme of two M. C. Escher's engravings: "Gallery" and "Other World".[2][3]

Charts[edit]

Boxed charted at number 22 on the UK Album Chart in 1976. In 2009 it also charted on the Billboard European Album Chart at number 76.

Chart (1976) Position
UK Album Chart 22
Chart (2009) Position
US Billboard European Album Chart 76

Track listing[edit]

Vinyl[edit]

LP one – Tubular Bells[edit]

Side one[edit]
  1. "Tubular Bells" Part One (Mike Oldfield) – 25:30
Side two[edit]
  1. "Tubular Bells" Part Two (Oldfield except "Sailor's Hornpipe" (Traditional)) – 25:47

LP two – Hergest Ridge[edit]

Side three[edit]
  1. "Hergest Ridge" Part One (Oldfield) – 21:24
Side four[edit]
  1. "Hergest Ridge" Part Two (Oldfield) – 18:46

LP three – Ommadawn[edit]

Side five[edit]
  1. "Ommadawn" Part One (Oldfield) – 20:06
Side six[edit]
  1. "Ommadawn" Part Two (Oldfield) – 17:22

LP four – Collaborations[edit]

Side seven[edit]
  1. "The Phaeacian Games" (David Bedford) – 3:59
  2. "Extract from Star's End" (Featuring David Bedford, Chris Cutler and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) (Bedford) – 7:33
  3. "The Rio Grande" (Traditional, arrangement by Bedford) – 6:34
Side eight[edit]
  1. "First Excursion" (Oldfield, Bedford) – 5:57
  2. "Argiers" (Traditional, arrangement by Oldfield) – 3:59
  3. "Portsmouth" (Featuring Leslie Penning) (Traditional, arrangement by Oldfield) – 2:04
  4. "In Dulci Jubilo" (Featuring Leslie Penning and William Murray) (Traditional, arrangement by Oldfield) – 2:51
  5. "Speak Tho' You Only Say Farewell" (Featuring David Bedford) (Ray Morello, Horatio Nicholls) – 2:56

CD[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

  1. "Tubular Bells" Part One (Mike Oldfield) – 25:30
  2. "Tubular Bells" Part Two (Oldfield except Sailor's Hornpipe (Traditional)) – 25:47
  3. "The Rio Grande" (Traditional, arrangement by Bedford) – 6:34
  4. "Portsmouth" (Featuring Leslie Penning) (Traditional, arrangement by Oldfield) – 2:04
  5. "In Dulci Jubilo" (Featuring Leslie Penning and William Murray) (Traditional, arrangement by Oldfield) – 2:51

Disc 2[edit]

  1. "Hergest Ridge" Part One (Oldfield) – 21:24
  2. "Hergest Ridge" Part Two (Oldfield) – 18:46
  3. "Extract from Star's End" (Featuring David Bedford, Chris Cutler and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) (Bedford) – 7:33
  4. "Argiers" (Traditional, arrangement by Oldfield) – 3:59
  5. "Speak Tho' You Only Say Farewell" (Featuring Bedford) (Ray Morello, Horatio Nicholls) – 2:56

Disc 3[edit]

  1. "Ommadawn" Part One (Oldfield) – 20:06
  2. "Ommadawn" Part Two (Oldfield) – 17:22
  3. "The Phaeacian Games" (David Bedford) – 3:59
  4. "First Excursion" (Oldfield, Bedford) – 5:57

Collaborations 2016 release[edit]

On 2 December 2016, forty years after the original Boxed release, the Collaborations compilation was released on vinyl LP by Universal Records. Cut at Abbey Road by Sean Magee using the original masters, this was the first time that the album had been issued as a standalone release.[4] The LP cover features new artwork from British designer Phil Smee, using the photos of Oldfield jumping shirtless on a trampoline, as featured in the original Boxed booklet.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Phaeacian Games" (David Bedford) – 3:59
  2. "Extract from Star's End" (Featuring David Bedford, Chris Cutler and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) (Bedford) – 7:33
  3. "The Rio Grande" (Traditional, arrangement by Bedford) – 6:34
  4. "First Excursion" (Oldfield, Bedford) – 5:57
  5. "Argiers" (Traditional, arrangement by Oldfield) – 3:59
  6. "Portsmouth" (Featuring Leslie Penning) (Traditional, arrangement by Oldfield) – 2:04
  7. "In Dulci Jubilo" (Featuring Leslie Penning and William Murray) (Traditional, arrangement by Oldfield) – 2:51
  8. "Speak Tho' You Only Say Farewell" (Featuring Bedford) (Ray Morello, Horatio Nicholls) – 2:56

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Craft: Mike Oldfield". Resolution Magazine (Tubular.net). March 2007. Retrieved 8 May 2008. 
  2. ^ "Gallery". M. C. Escher. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Other World". M. C. Escher. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Oldfield Reveals ‘Collaborations’ And ‘Exposed’ - udiscovermusic.com. Retrieved 14 December 2016

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