Mike Oldfield discography

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This page is a discography for the musician Mike Oldfield.

Mike Oldfield discography
Studio albums 26
Live albums 1
Compilation albums 21
Video albums 8
EPs 4
Singles 49

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK[1] DEN[2] FRA[3] GER NED[4] NZL[5] NOR[6] SWE[7] US[8]
1973 Tubular Bells
  • Released: 2 July 1973
  • Format: LP, Quad, CD
1 - 9 37 2 25 - - 3
  • 9× Platinum (UK)
  • 2× Platinum (CAN)
  • Gold (FR)
  • Gold (NLD)
  • Gold (US)
  • Gold (SWE)
1974 Hergest Ridge
  • Released: 2 September 1974
1 - - - 12 - - - 87
  • Gold (UK)
1975 Ommadawn
  • Released: 3 November 1975
4 - - - 2 - - 42 146
  • Gold (NLD)
  • Gold (UK)
1978 Incantations
  • Released: 27 November 1978
14 - - 41 27 19 14 32 -
  • Platinum (UK)
1979 Platinum
  • Released: 26 November 1979
24 - - 11 - - 24 - -
  • Platinum (ESP)
  • Gold (GER)
  • Gold (UK)
1980 QE2
  • Released: 27 October 1980
27 - - 12 - - 23 - 174
  • Gold (GER)
  • Gold (UK)
  • Gold (ESP)
1982 Five Miles Out
  • Released: 15 March 1982
7 - 175 7 34 32 16 5 164
  • Platinum (ESP)
  • Gold (GER)
  • Gold (UK)
1983 Crises
  • Released: 23 May 1983
6 - 2 1 2 6 1 1 -
  • Platinum (GER)
  • Platinum (SWE)
  • Platinum (ESP)
  • Gold (FRA)
  • Gold (NLD)
  • Gold (UK)
1984 Discovery
  • Released: 25 June 1984
15 - 12 1 2 47 3 3 -
  • Platinum (ESP)
  • Gold (FRA)
  • Gold (GER)
  • Gold (UK)
  • Gold (SWE)
The Killing Fields
  • Released: 3 December 1984
97 - - 64 - - - - -
  • Silver (UK)
1987 Islands
  • Released: 28 September 1987
29 - 21 9 71 - 9 12 138
  • Platinum (ESP)
  • Gold (FRA)
  • Gold (GER)
  • Gold (UK)
1989 Earth Moving
  • Released: 10 July 1989
30 - 36 1 55 - - 21 -
  • Gold (FRA)
  • Gold (GER)
  • Gold (CH)
  • Gold (ESP)
1990 Amarok
  • Released: 28 May 1990
49 - 37 16 66 - - 50 - -
1991 Heaven's Open
  • Released: 18 February 1991
- - - 13 18 - - - - -
1992 Tubular Bells II
  • Released: 31 August 1992
1 - 32 7 15 27 - 18 -
  • 2x Platinum (UK)
  • 5x Platinum (ESP)
  • Gold (GER)
1994 The Songs of Distant Earth
  • Released: 21 November 1994
24 - - 33 81 - - 12 -
  • 2x Platinum (ESP)
  • Gold (UK)
1996 Voyager
  • Released: 26 August 1996
12 - 30 15 41 - 30 13 -
  • 3x Platinum (ESP)
  • Gold (UK)
1998 Tubular Bells III
  • Released: 31 August 1998
4 - 47 9 46 - - 31 -
  • 4x Platinum (ESP)
  • Gold (UK)
1999 Guitars
  • Released: 24 May 1999
40 - - 16 - - - - - -
The Millennium Bell
  • Released: 26 November 1999
133 - - 39 - - - - - -
2002 Tr3s Lunas
  • Released: 3 June 2002
- - 67 19 - - - 32 - -
2003 Tubular Bells 2003
  • Released: 26 May 2003
51 - 44 29 41 - - - - -
2005 Light + Shade
  • Released: 26 September 2005
175 - 78 26 - - - - - -
2008 Music of the Spheres
  • Released: 17 March 2008
9 24 72 14 - - - 31 -
  • Silver (UK)
2014 Man on the Rocks
  • Released: 3 March 2014
12 15 75 3 16 - - 48 - -
2017 Return to Ommadawn
  • Released: 20 January 2017
4 - 44 3 28 - - 38 - -

Other albums[edit]

Soundtracks[edit]

Although the introduction theme was used in The Exorcist, Tubular Bells (1973) was not a soundtrack album.

Oldfield was commissioned to produce the music for NASA's The Space Movie in 1979; no soundtrack album was released at the time. However a DVD and CD soundtrack (though the CD content is just the audio track from the DVD, including voiceovers and sound effects) were issued in October 2015.

Mike Oldfield also contributed to the The X-Files movie soundtrack album, with his rendition of Mark Snow's main theme, entitled "Tubular X". Note, this does not appear on all versions of the soundtrack album for the movie.

The only full film score which Oldfield has written, was for the 1984 film The Killing Fields (See The Killing Fields soundtrack album).

Orchestral arrangements[edit]

In 1975 David Bedford arranged Oldfield's first two albums, Tubular Bells and Hergest Ridge, for orchestra. These were both performed and recorded, however only The Orchestral Tubular Bells was released to the public as an album, and reached number 17 in the UK Albums Chart. Even though The Orchestral Hergest Ridge was not released, sections were used in the soundtrack to The Space Movie.

Live albums[edit]

There is only one officially released Oldfield live audio album, Exposed, although others have been released on video (see below). Exposed reached number 16 in the UK Album Chart, was certified as Silver in the UK and was recorded in 1979.

The alternate version of Platinum, Airborn is a US-only 2-LP release from 1980. One LP being a version of Platinum, the other having a live version of Tubular Bells part one and a live/studio version of Incantations. Note, they are not the same recordings as Exposed.

Warner's Sight&Sound edition of The Art in Heaven Concert includes a cd of Mike Oldfield's new millennium live performance in Berlin.

The Special Edition of Music of the Spheres also contains the only live performance of the piece given by Oldfield (Bilbao 2008).

Live CDs are being included as well in Mercury Records Deluxe Editions of Oldfield's albums: Platinum (Live at Wembley Arena, May 1980), QE2 (Live from the European Adventure Tour), Five Miles Out (Live in Cologne – 6 December 1982 – Five Miles Out Tour), Crises (Live Highlights from Wembley Arena 22 July 1983 Crises Tour; Live at Wembley Arena 22 July 1983 Crises Tour).

Album reissues[edit]

There have been a number of reissue releases of Oldfield's work.

The most notable reissue sets have been of Oldfield's Virgin Records albums Tubular Bells through Heaven's Open:

  • In 2000 Virgin issued HDCD reissues of the albums.
    • This included a hybrid SACD version of Tubular Bells, containing a new remaster of the original LP in 2-channel CDDA and DSD, and a new remaster of the 1975 quadraphonic mix.
  • In the 2000s Virgin Japan released the albums with Mini-LP style artwork.
  • From 2009, when Oldfield's Virgin albums were transferred to Mercury Records (later Virgin EMI) they were slowly reissued with bonus material. In 2009 Tubular Bells was released in multiple editions including an Ultimate Edition and a Deluxe Edition. The Ultimate Edition contained 3 CDs, 1 DVD, 1 Vinyl, 1 Book and other items.
    • Hergest Ridge and Ommadawn were reissued in June 2010, and Incantations followed in July 2011.
    • On 30 July 2012 two more albums were re-issued, Platinum and QE2. Both are available as both a standard single CD edition, a 2 CD deluxe edition and a limited edition coloured vinyl LP (blue for Platinum, white for QE2). Both albums have been remastered and the releases were supervised by Mike Oldfield.
    • On 2 September 2013 Five Miles Out and Crises (also in a 5 disc edition) were reissued.
    • On 29 January 2016 Discovery and The Killing Fields were reissued. Discovery is a 2 CD, 1 DVD release including a CD of the 1984 Suite, a combination of the works from Oldfield's two 1984 albums.

Singles[edit]

Oldfield has had more than 25 charting singles in the UK. Oldfield's highest charting single in the UK is "Portsmouth", which charted at number 3, however "Moonlight Shadow" reached number 1 on many European charts.

Compilations and remixes[edit]

Year Title Notes UK Album Chart GER NED
1976 Boxed Versions of Tubular Bells, Hergest Ridge and Ommadawn encoded into SQ Quadraphonic. Also a 4th LP, Collaborations, of shorter tracks with some of the musicians he's worked with on the longer projects. The CD release preserves the quadraphonic encoding.[9]
22
1979 Impressions
1980 Mike Oldfield's Wonderland
1980 Music Wonderland
5
12
1981 Episodes
1985 The Complete Mike Oldfield
36
1987 A Virgin Compilation
1990 Collector's Edition Box I & II Boxed sets of three albums.
1993 Elements – The Best of Mike Oldfield 1 CD
5
13
54
1993 Elements Box 4 CDs
1997 XXV: The Essential
78
2001 The Best of Tubular Bells
60
2002 Collection
2003 The Complete Tubular Bells 3 CDs + 1 DVD. Includes Tubular Bells 2003, Tubular Bells II and Tubular Bells III.
167
2006 The Platinum Collection 3 CDs
36
2009 The Mike Oldfield Collection 1974–1983 2 CDs (1 is Tubular Bells)
11
2012 Icon 1 CD released by Universal Music Enterprises.
-
2012 Two Sides: The Very Best of Mike Oldfield 2 CDs, personally compiled by Oldfield
6
2012 Mike Oldfield Classic Album Selection 1973–1980 6 CDs (Tubular Bells, Hergest Ridge, Ommadawn, Incantations, Platinum, and QE2)
-
2013 Tubular Beats Remix album by Mike Oldfield and York (Torsten Stenzel). Released on 1 February 2013 in Germany by Edel Records.
-
55
54
2013 Moonlight Shadow: The Collection 1 CD Released on 22 April 2013 by Spectrum Audio.
-
2014 The Studio Albums 1992–2003 8 CDs of Oldfield's Warner Music albums released in October 2014.
2015 The Best of 1992–2003 2 CDs of music from Oldfield's Warner Music albums released in April 2015. It features a number of edits and remixes that had previously only been available as single B-sides.
2016 The 1984 Suite A compilation and remix album featuring pieces from Discovery and The Killing Fields.
2016 Collaborations A standalone reissue of the 4th LP from Boxed.

Video/DVD[edit]

Year Title VHS release DVD release Blu-ray release
1977 Reflection [10] Unknown [11] - -
1979 The Space Movie 1983 2007, re-released in 2015. -
1979 Exposed - 2005 -
1980 The Essential Live 1980 - -
1981 Live at Montreux 1981 - 2006 -
1984 The Killing Fields 1992 2001 2013
1988 The Wind Chimes 1988 Included on DVD Elements (2004) -
1992 Tubular Bells II, The Performance Live 1992 1999 (with Tubular Bells III) -
1993 Elements - The Best of Mike Oldfield 1993 2004 -
1998 Tubular Bells III, The Performance Live 1998 1999 (with Tubular Bells II) -
2000 The Art in Heaven Concert 2000 2001 -
2006 Best of Night of the Proms – Volume 2 - 2007 -
2006 Best of Night of the Proms – Volume 3 - 2008 -
2012 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony - 2012 2012

Other:

Collaborations[edit]

Year Title Artist Notes
1968 Children of the Sun The Sallyangie As part of a duo with his sister Sally Oldfield. Sallyangie also released two singles.
1969 "Two Ships" / "Colours of the World" The Sallyangie Single
1969 "Child of Allah" / "Lady Go Lightly" The Sallyangie Single
1970 Shooting at the Moon Kevin Ayers and the Whole World Bass guitar, lead guitar and backing vocals
1970 "If You've Got Money" / "Yep" Bridget St. John Elektra single; Bridget St. John featuring Kevin Ayers and the Whole World, including Mike Oldfield on lead guitar
1971 Edgar Broughton Band The Edgar Broughton Band Mandolin on one track
1971 Ear of Beholder Lol Coxhill
1971 Whatevershebringswesing Kevin Ayers and the Whole World Bass guitar and lead guitar
1972 Nurses Song with Elephants David Bedford
1973 Legend Henry Cow
1974 Rock Bottom Robert Wyatt Lead guitar on one track
1974 The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories Kevin Ayers Lead guitar on one track
1974 June 1, 1974 Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Nico and Brian Eno Live album recorded at the Rainbow Theatre in London on 1 June 1974.
1974 Star's End David Bedford
1974 Unrest Henry Cow
1974 Theatre Royal Drury Lane 8th September 1974 Robert Wyatt Live album released in 2005; lead guitar.
1975 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner David Bedford
1976 Odd Ditties Kevin Ayers A compilation of singles and unreleased tracks.
1976 The Odyssey David Bedford
1976 Bandages The Edgar Broughton Band
1977 Instructions for Angels David Bedford
1977 Mathematicians Air Display Pekka Pohjola Also known as a collaboration with Pekka Pohjola or The Consequences of Indecisions album. The original title is Keesojen Lehto, under which it is available on CD from Love Records. There was also a release with a Swedish title.
1977 Song of the White Horse David Bedford
1977 Fine Old Tom Tom Newman
1978 Water Bearer Sally Oldfield Mandolin on "Child of Allah"; a song that Oldfield had previously recorded with his sister, Sally, as Sallyangie.
1979 Faerie Symphony Tom Newman
1979 Downwind Pierre Moerlen's Gong
1979 Strange Man, Changed Man Bram Tchaikovsky
1979 "Judy's Gone Down/Jung Lovers" James Vane Single
1980 Live Pierre Moerlen's Gong Live album
1980 The Concertina Record Lea Nicholson Guitar, sleigh bells and bodhrán on one track
1980 Joy The Skids
1983 Star Clusters, Nebulae & Places in Devon/The Song of the White Horse David Bedford Produced and Engineered by Oldfield. Also the only LP issued by Oldfield Music.
1990 Natasha Sally Nathasha Oldfield
1990 Kâma-Sûtra Michel Polnareff
1992 Still Life with Guitar Kevin Ayers
1992 BBC Radio 1: Live in Concert Kevin Ayers
1992 Pavarotti & friends Luciano Pavarotti
1995 Variations on a Rhythm of Mike Oldfield David Bedford
1996 Singing the Bruise Kevin Ayers
1997 Snow Blind Tom Newman
1998 The Garden of Love Kevin Ayers
2000 Official Bootleg One Phil Beer
2000 Do Ya Wanna Play, Carl Carl Palmer
2002 From the Banks of the River Irwell Max Bacon
2005 Tag und Nacht Schiller
2006 Night of the Proms 2006 Night of the Proms Various artists live concert album; sections of Tubular Bells and Ommadawn, and "Shadow on the Wall" with John Miles.
2008 "Song for Survival" featuring the Anuta tribe Songs for Survival Various artists charity album for Survival International. In support of the BBC television series Tribe and Amazon.[12]
2012 Journey into Space Terry Oldfield Guitar on "Origin", "Flight of the Eagle" and "Dancer in the Void".
2012 Isles of Wonder: Music for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games Various Soundtrack from the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. Features new arrangements of Tubular Bells introduction, "Far Above the Clouds" and "In Dulci Jubilo". This album charted in the top ten around the world.[13][14] Live performance also released on BBC DVD/Blu-ray.
2012 Islanders York "Islanders"

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Mike Oldfield search". Danish Charts. Retrieved 2014-13-15.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ Peaks in France:
  4. ^ "Mike Oldfield search". DutchCharts.nl. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 
  5. ^ "Mike Oldfield search". Les Charts. Retrieved 2012-11-12. 
  6. ^ "Mike Oldfield search". Norwegian Charts. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
  7. ^ "Mike Oldfield search". Swedish Charts. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
  8. ^ "Mike Oldfield search". Billboard Albums Charts. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
  9. ^ "Boxed". tubular.net. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Keith Critchlow, Lawrence Moore (1977). Reflection (16 mm film with stereo sound). Music by Mike Oldfield & Alan Hacker. A Vortex Production, ©Arts Council of Great Britain. OCLC 51663848. 
  11. ^ "Reflection (VHS)". Rainer Muenz (mike-oldfield.es). Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Bruce Parry presents Amazon / Tribe Songs for Survival". Kensaltown Records. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  13. ^ "Olympics opening ceremony soundtrack album tops download charts". Washington Post. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Opening Ceremony album tops the download charts". London2012.com. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 

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