Magic Touch (Mike Oldfield song)

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"Magic Touch"
Magic Touch (Mike Oldfield).jpg
Single by Mike Oldfield
from the album Islands
Released22 February 1988 (1988-02-22)
Recordedcirca. 1987
GenrePop rock
Songwriter(s)Mike Oldfield
Producer(s)Mike Oldfield
Geoffrey Downes
Mike Oldfield singles chronology
"The Time Has Come"
"Magic Touch"
"Flying Start"
United States release cover
Magic Touch (US) (Mike Oldfield).jpg

"Magic Touch" is a single by musician Mike Oldfield, released in 1988 (see 1988 in music). It is from the album Islands.


The song charted at number 10 on the US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart.[1]

Chart (1988) Position
Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 10

Release details[edit]

It was only released in the USA, Germany and Australia. The music video for this single was directed by Alex Proyas. The video for the song was available on The Wind Chimes and Elements.


The original mix features Max Bacon on vocals. This version does not appear on the European releases of the Islands album, due to Max Bacon still being under contract to Arista Records at the time.[2] However, Bacon's vocals do appear on the US album version, which was not released until 1988 in an attempt to capitalize on Bacon's familiarity to US audiences as the vocalist of GTR. The UK album version features Jim Price on vocals.


The single's artwork differed in the UK and US. The UK artwork showed Oldfield standing on a blue background, covered in shadows of hands. The US artwork is in a similar style to the album cover, showing hands rising out of the ocean.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Magic Touch" (Original mix edit) – 4:04
  2. "Music for the Video Wall" – 4:34
  3. "Magic Touch" (Original mix) – 4:13


  1. ^ "Mike Oldfield Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 7 February 2009.
  2. ^ "Mike Oldfield biography, page 4". The Official Mike Oldfield Information Service. Archived from the original on 6 April 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2008.