Tricks of the Light

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"Tricks of the Light"
Tricks of the Light (Mike Oldfield).jpg
Single by Mike Oldfield
from the album Discovery
B-side "Afghan"
Released 1 September 1984 (1984-09-01)
Format 7", 12" vinyl
Recorded "In the Swiss Alps at 2000 metres within sight of Lake Geneva on sunny days"[1]
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:52
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Mike Oldfield
Producer(s) Mike Oldfield
Simon Phillips
Mike Oldfield singles chronology
"To France"
"Tricks of the Light"

"Tricks of the Light" is a single by musician Mike Oldfield released in 1984 and is from the Virgin Records album Discovery. Maggie Reilly and Barry Palmer perform vocals for this song.

The single's B-side, "Afghan" (working title "Celtic", is a non-album track, and was recorded at the same time as the Discovery album.[2] The single also features an instrumental version of "Tricks of the Light".[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Tricks of the Light" is a mock-live performance of the song and focuses on a girl in the crowd. There are also additional non-concert scenes of a girl with and without sunglasses. Oldfield plays a Fender Stratocaster in the video and a Fairlight CMI appears on stage. The video is available on the Elements – The Best of Mike Oldfield video.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Tricks of the Light" – 3:52
  2. "Afghan" – 2:45
  3. "Tricks of the Light" (Instrumental) – 3:56


Chart (1984) Peak
Germany (Official German Charts)[4] 46
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 91


  1. ^ "Mike Oldfield Discography - Discovery". Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Mike Oldfield FAQ - 2.16 Information on Afghan.". Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Singles". Amadian. Retrieved 1 March 2009. 
  4. ^ " – Mike Oldfield – Tricks of the Light". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Tricks of the Light". The Official Charts Company. 

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