Guilty (Mike Oldfield instrumental)

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Single by Mike Oldfield
B-side Excerpt from Incantatations
Released 21 April 1979 (1979-04-21)
Format 7", 12" vinyl
Recorded New York City, New York
Genre Disco
Length 8:10
Label Virgin Records
Writer(s) Mike Oldfield
Producer(s) Mike Oldfield
Mike Oldfield singles chronology
"Take Four"
"Blue Peter"

"Guilty" is a single by musician Mike Oldfield, released in 1979 on Virgin Records. It reached number 22 in the UK Singles Chart. It is notable for being Oldfield's first obvious attempt to capitalise on a current musical trend, in this case disco/dance music. The UK 12" edition was originally issued on pale blue vinyl.


The composition came from Oldfield's desire to create an up-tempo tune based on a more interesting chord structure than what was typical to disco music; it is built on the circle of fifths chord previously used as the leitmotif of the musician's album Incantations.[1]

When Oldfield was in New York recording Platinum and "Guilty" he recorded a disco arrangement of his first album, Tubular Bells.[2] A version of Free's "All Right Now" was also recorded during these sessions.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Guilty" is in a colourful cartoon style. A promo video for "Guilty 2013" was released by earMusic, which features a shortened version of the "Guilty Electrofunk Mix" from the Oldfield/York remix album Tubular Beats. In 2011 Moist Creations had released a screenshot from this titled "Guilty 2011".

Track listing[edit]

7" single[edit]

  1. "Guilty" Mike Oldfield – 4:00
  2. "Excerpt from Incantations" Mike Oldfield – 4:10

12" super giant 45[edit]

  1. "Guilty (Long version)" Mike Oldfield – 6:44
  2. "Guilty" Mike Oldfield – 4:02



Chart (1979) Position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 22


  1. ^ The Essential Mike Oldfield (Videotape). Virgin Video. 1980. 1 minutes in. 
  2. ^ "Rare Tracks". Amarok ( Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  3. ^ Guilty (12" single liner notes). Mike Oldfield. United Kingdom: Virgin Records. 1979-04-06. VS 24512. 
  4. ^ "Archive Chart: 1979-05-12" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 2013-04-08.