Discovery (Mike Oldfield album)
|Studio album by Mike Oldfield|
|Released||25 June 1984|
|Recorded||"In the Swiss Alps at 2000 metres within sight of Lake Geneva on sunny days"|
|Mike Oldfield chronology|
|Singles from Discovery|
Discovery is the ninth album by Mike Oldfield, released in 1984. Discovery will be re-released in a deluxe edition format in 2015, as per all previous albums which were originally released on the Virgin label.
It was recorded at Oldfield's then-home in Villars-sur-Ollon in the Swiss Alps where he was living for tax reasons. Oldfield also wrote The Killing Fields, the soundtrack to the 1984 film of the same name there.
The first track of the album, "To France", features Maggie Reilly on vocals. The second track, "Poison Arrows", seamlessly continues from the ending of "To France" and features Barry Palmer on vocals. According to Oldfield "The Lake" was inspired by his time in time in Switzerland and around Lake Geneva.
During 1984 Oldfield and his band embarked on a Europe wide tour in promotion of the album.
Recording and instruments
Around the time of Discovery Oldfield had been seen using a Gibson SG Junior and a Les Paul Junior (including a modified 24 fret fretboard), along with a pair of Fender Stratocasters (red and sunburst). Oldfield also used guitar synthesizers on the album, utilising Roland's GR-300 and G-808 controller. The Roland G-88 bass synth controller is heavily used for bass guitar sounds on the album. It is likely that a mandolin made by Scottish-based luthier Mike Vanden is used in "To France". Among the acoustic guitars on the album, an Ovation Adamas was used. Oldfield's main compositional tool for the album was the Fairlight CMI. In addition to using its sequencing abilities he also used it as a sampler, for example with Maggie Reilly's voice on "The Lake".
Barry Palmer and Maggie Reilly did not meet until the album was finished even though they share vocal duties on "Tricks of the Light"; they recorded their vocals separately.
The inner sleeve of the original vinyl LP featured candid photographs taken during the recording sessions. One of the photos, titled "Simon's notes", shows a handwritten list of tracks recorded during the sessions, some of which - such as "T'Sword" - may either have been released under different names or remain unreleased to this day.
|Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)||3|
|Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)||2|
|German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||1|
|New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)||47|
|Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)||3|
|Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)||3|
|Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)||1|
|UK Albums (OCC)||15|
All tracks by Mike Oldfield
- "To France" – 4:37
- "Poison Arrows" – 3:57
- "Crystal Gazing" – 3:02
- "Tricks of the Light" – 3:52
- "Discovery" – 4:35
- "Talk About Your Life" – 4:24
- "Saved by a Bell" – 4:39
- "The Lake" – 12:10
- Maggie Reilly – vocals
- Barry Palmer – vocals
- Simon Phillips – Tama Drums, producer
- Mike Oldfield – all other instruments, producer
- Dan Kramer – cover photography
The German electronic project Meteor Seven released the track "Signs of Life" featuring a vocal sample from the track "Talk About Your Life". The German techno hard dance band Scooter released a cover of the album track "Talk About Your Life" on their album Music for a Big Night Out.
- Discovery review at AllMusic
- Mike Oldfield (2 August 2012), Two Sides Sleeve Notes, Mercury Records, retrieved 3 January 2015
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- "Mike Oldfield – Discovery". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-04-08.
- "Mike Oldfield – Discovery". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-04-08.
- "1984-07-07 Top 40 UK Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-04-08.
- Mike Oldfield Discography - Discovery at Tubular.net