Guitars (Mike Oldfield album)

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Studio album by Mike Oldfield
Released 24 May 1999 (1999-05-24)
Recorded Roughwood Studio, Buckinghamshire
Genre Progressive rock, new age
Length 42:40
Label WEA
Producer Mike Oldfield
Mike Oldfield chronology
Tubular Bells III
(1998)Tubular Bells III1998
The Millennium Bell
(1999)The Millennium Bell1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Guitars is the 19th record album written and performed by Mike Oldfield, released in 1999. The concept of the album was to only perform it using guitar-like instruments.


Oldfield plays all the music on the album, using only guitars of various types. The most remarkable usage is that of his Roland MIDI-equipped guitars,[2] which he uses to trigger drum samples and produce string-like sounds. "Four Winds" is a four-part work, whose sections are musical portraits of the four compass points (North, South, East and West).

The Live Then & Now 1999 tour was in promotion of this album, and Tubular Bells III.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Muse" – 2:12
  2. "Cochise" – 5:15
  3. "Embers" – 3:51
  4. "Summit Day" – 3:46
  5. "Out of Sight" – 3:48
  6. "B. Blues" – 4:30
  7. "Four Winds" – 9:32
  8. "Enigmatism" – 3:32
  9. "Out of Mind" – 3:46
  10. "From the Ashes" – 2:28

Inner cover photo[edit]

The liner notes has a photo of Oldfield surrounded by some of his guitars, which he used on the album. From the classical (Spanish acoustic) guitar at the top (and slightly to the right) going clockwise, the guitars are as follows:

  • José Ramírez Classical guitar
  • Fender Stratocaster, salmon pink (1962)
  • Martin O-45 Parlour Guitar
  • PRS Custom 24 with Roland synth pickup
  • Fender Stratocaster, sunburst (1972)
  • PRS Custom 24
  • José Ramirez Flamenco guitar
  • Wal 4 string bass guitar
  • PRS McCarty Thinline


  1. ^ Mike Oldfield - Guitars review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-12-24.
  2. ^ "Interview with Mike Oldfield". Roland PowerOn magazine (Issue 4). 1999-06-06. Retrieved 2009-02-27. 
  3. ^ "Guitars press release". WEA. April 1999. Retrieved 2009-02-27. 

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