Return to Ommadawn

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Return to Ommadawn
ReturnToOmmadawn.jpg
Studio album by
Released20 January 2017[1]
RecordedDecember 2015 – May 2016[2] Nassau, Bahamas
GenreProgressive rock, world music, folk rock
Length42:07[3]
LabelVirgin EMI
ProducerMike Oldfield
Mike Oldfield chronology
Man on the Rocks
(2014)
Return to Ommadawn
(2017)

Return to Ommadawn is the twenty-sixth studio album by Mike Oldfield. It is a sequel to his third album, Ommadawn (1975).

The album was released on 20 January 2017[1] on CD, CD/DVD, LP and as a digital download by Virgin EMI Records.[4] The CD/DVD-Audio set contains a 5.1 surround sound mix of the album.[5]

Background[edit]

Oldfield has played with the idea of creating a sequel to Ommadawn in the past; "Amarok was originally going to be Ommadawn II, but it went off a little in its own direction."[6]

On 16 October 2015, Oldfield stated on Twitter, "I am continuing to work on ideas for "A New Ommadawn" for the last week or so to see if [...] the idea actually works."[7] On 8 May 2016, Oldfield stated on his Facebook group page that the new Ommadawn project with the tentative title of Return to Ommadawn is finished, and he is awaiting a release date from the record company.

On 7 December 2016, Oldfield revealed in a Facebook post that the release date was to be 20 January 2017. A 30-second preview was included in this Facebook post,[1] and a 3-minute "radio exclusive single version" was played on BBC Radio 2.[8]

Return to Ommadawn is the first album since Incantations (1978) that follows the format of having one track per side of vinyl simply titled "Part one", "Part two" etc.[2]

The album received mixed to average reviews, scoring 64 out of 100 on Metacritic.[9] It charted at number 1 in Spain.[10]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleMusicLength
1."Return to Ommadawn (Part one)"Oldfield21:10
Side two
No.TitleMusicLength
2."Return to Ommadawn (Part two)"Oldfield20:57
Total length:42:07

Instrumentation[edit]

All instruments played by Mike Oldfield. Instrument list as stated in the original 2017 release:[11]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[12] 61
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[13] 6
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[14] 31
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[15] 21
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[16] 2
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[17] 28
French Albums (SNEP)[18] 44
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[19] 3
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[20] 4
Irish Albums (IRMA)[21] 43
Italian Albums (FIMI)[22] 26
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[23] 23
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[24] 45
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[25] 1
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[26] 38
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[27] 8
UK Albums (OCC)[28] 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Mike Oldfield on Facebook". Mike Oldfield. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Mike Oldfield Returns To Ommadawn". Team Rock. 8 December 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Mike Oldfield - Return to Ommadawn". Apple iTunes. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Mike Oldfield's Online Store". Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Mike Oldfield's Online Store - Return to Ommadawn CD/DVD". Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Mike Oldfield on Amarok". H & SR Magazine. March 1991. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Mike Oldfield's Twitter". Mike Oldfield. 16 October 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Steve Wright in the Afternoon: Jennifer Aniston, Aled Jones and Mike & Beth from GCHQ". BBC. 7 December 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Critic reviews for Return to Ommadawn". Metacritic. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Lescharts - Return to Ommadawn". Lescharts. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  11. ^ Liner notes to the Return to Ommadawn album, Virgin EMI Records, 20 January 2017
  12. ^ "ARIA CHART WATCH #405". auspOp. 28 January 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Mike Oldfield – Return to Ommadawn" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mike Oldfield – Return to Ommadawn" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mike Oldfield – Return to Ommadawn" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  16. ^ "Czech Albums – Top 100". ČNS IFPI. Note: On the chart page, select 201705 on the field besides the word "Zobrazit", and then click over the word to retrieve the correct chart data. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Mike Oldfield – Return to Ommadawn" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  18. ^ "Lescharts.com – Mike Oldfield – Return to Ommadawn". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  19. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Mike Oldfield – Return to Ommadawn" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  20. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2017. 4. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  21. ^ "IRMA - Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  22. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Mike Oldfield – Return to Ommadawn". Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  23. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  24. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Mike Oldfield – Return to Ommadawn". Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  25. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Mike Oldfield – Return to Ommadawn". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  26. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Mike Oldfield – Return to Ommadawn". Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  27. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Mike Oldfield – Return to Ommadawn". Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  28. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 January 2017.

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