Exposed (Mike Oldfield album)

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Mike Oldfield Exposed live album cover.jpg
Live album by
Released17 July 1979 (1979-07-17)
RecordedMarch – April 1979 (Tour of Europe)
GenreProgressive rock
ProducerPhilp R. Newell
Mike Oldfield
Mike Oldfield chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Smash Hits6/10[2]

Exposed is a live double album by Mike Oldfield, released in 1979. Marketed as a limited edition of 100,000 copies, and as "Two live albums for the price of one," it retailed for a suggested £4.99.

The album was a collection of Oldfield's tours in Spain, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and England from March to May 1979. It peaked at number 16 on the UK Album Chart.


A double CD version was later released. A DVD version of the concert, recorded at Wembley Conference Centre, was released in 2005.

Initially during the tour the concerts were being recorded without the knowledge of the musicians, so that they could be paid less money; for just a performance and not a recording, the musicians found out, but the recordings went ahead and the album was produced.[3]

The artwork is linked to the title, as it shows a frame of film containing a photo of Oldfield in a concert arena. Among the choir singers were members of the Queen's College, London choir.[4]

The album was recorded using The Manor Studio's Mobile unit, and mixed at The Town House, London. The double vinyl album was released in 4 channel quadraphonic sound using the SQ Quadraphonic encoding system. This was one of the last quadraphonic albums released.


Exposed has been reissued a number of times including a HDCD reissue by Virgin Records in 2000.

As of November 2016 the album has not been reissued on CD or digitally by Mercury Records, however other reissued albums include different live recordings from the same period as Exposed. This comes as part of a deal in which Oldfield's Virgin albums were transferred to Universal's label. With the exception of this record and The Orchestral Tubular Bells, all Oldfield's other 1970s albums have been reissued by Mercury Records on CD.

However, a re-issue of Exposed by Universal Music Group on heavyweight vinyl has been announced for release on 2 December 2016 on the same day as a vinyl reissue of the Collaborations disc from Oldfield's Boxed compilation.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Incantations (Parts 1 & 2)" (Mike Oldfield) – 26:30

Side two[edit]

  1. "Incantations (Parts 3 & 4)" (Mike Oldfield) – 20:50

Side three[edit]

  1. "Tubular Bells (Part 1)" (Mike Oldfield) – 28:36

Side four[edit]

  1. "Tubular Bells (Part 2)" (Mike Oldfield, except "The Sailor's Hornpipe") – 11:09
  2. "Guilty" (Mike Oldfield) – 6:22



Chart (1979) Position
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[6] 43
UK Albums (OCC)[7] 16


  1. ^ Exposed review at AllMusic
  2. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (August 23 – September 5, 1979): 25.
  3. ^ Oldfield, Mike (2007). Changeling - Autobiography of Mike Oldfield. Virgin Books. ISBN 978-1-85227-381-1.
  4. ^ "1979 Exposed". Dark Star. Archived from the original on 10 October 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Oldfield Reveals 'Collaborations' And 'Exposed'". Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 April 2013.

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