|Studio album by|
|Released||10 July 1989|
|Producer||Daniel Lazerus, Mike Oldfield|
|Mike Oldfield chronology|
|Singles from Earth Moving|
Oldfield used several vocalists on the album, including his then girlfriend, Anita Hegerland. The album's music was performed mainly with synthesizers. It was the first time Oldfield recorded an album without an instrumental piece; each track being vocal-based pop and rock songs. Oldfield's only other album free of instrumentals to date is 2014's Man on the Rocks.
The final track, despite appearing to be a lengthier piece, consists of two short, apparently unconnected songs, combined into one track, with a noticeable pause in between. According to Oldfield, the album was made with the full understanding of his recording company, Virgin Records, which demanded he create more commercially oriented material than his previous albums. After recording Earth Moving Oldfield wanted to move away from 'computerised music' and return to real musicians and instruments; this is evident in his next album, Amarok.
According to an interview Mike Oldfield and Anita Hegerland gave on the television programme Good Morning Britain, the song "Innocent" was inspired by their young daughter Greta, who appears in the song's music video. In the programme, Oldfield and Hegerland performed an acoustic version of the song, Hegerland singing and Oldfield playing the guitar.
Earth Moving is the first album on which Oldfield used PRS guitars, having previously used Gibson guitars. Synthesizers on the album include a Fairlight Series III and various instruments made by Roland and Korg (including an M1). The album was recorded using an Atari 1040ST with C-Lab Notator software, a Harrison Series X console, a Studer A8800 tape deck with Dolby SR noise reduction, an Ampex Grand Master tape and ATC SCM200 monitors.
All tracks written by Mike Oldfield.
- "See the Light" – 3:59
- "Earth Moving" – 4:03
- "Blue Night" – 3:47
- "Nothing But" / "Bridge to Paradise" – 8:40
- Mike Oldfield – guitars and keyboards
- Max Bacon – vocals ("Hostage", "Bridge to Paradise")
- Adrian Belew – vocals ("Holy"), left channel guitar solo ("Far Country")
- Nikki "B" Bentley – vocals ("Earth Moving")
- Anita Hegerland – vocals ("Innocent")
- Carol Kenyon – vocals ("Nothing But")
- Raphael Ravenscroft – saxophone
- Maggie Reilly – vocals ("Blue Night")
- Phil Spalding – bass guitar, backing vocals ("Bridge to Paradise", "See the Light", "Holy")
- Chris Thompson – vocals ("Runaway Son", "See the Light")
- Carl Wayne – backing vocals ("Earth Moving")
- Mark Williamson – vocals ("Far Country")
- Earth Moving review at AllMusic
- "Mike Oldfield Turns the clock Back - Computers: Curse of Modern Music". Dick Speelpenning - Sym-info-Magazine No.91. October 1990. Retrieved 14 August 2008.
- "TV-AM Interview". Tubular.net (Transcribed from Good Morning Britain). 11 July 1989. Retrieved 20 September 2008.