), (Mike mentions a Lexion reverb in the 1995 Sound on Sound interview and is probably referring to this one. Rackmounted valve guitar preamp, spotted in Mike's rack during the TSODE era. Oldfield signed with Rob Dickins of WEA Warner and recorded the album with Trevor Horn as producer. He slightly contradicts himself a few sentences later, in saying that "the guitar sound on Ommadawn" was that of a Les Paul Junior through a Fender amp. Running Softimage. Runs off the CR-1604's internal power supply - did Mike own one, or was it modified? ), (Mike started with version 4.8.1 and upgraded to 5.3.0 during the recording. ), (This is a guess - he lists a Roland under 'keyboards' and this is a Roland keyboard which he owned at that time. He has adopted a range of musical styles throughout his career, including progressive rock, world, folk, classical, electronic, ambient, and new age music. [63], Oldfield and his siblings were raised as Roman Catholics, their mother's faith. ), ('Linn Machine' is listed on the track sheet, and the LM-1 can be seen in the gatefold photo of his studio. Capitani, Ettore - Paolucci, Stefano (2020). Oldfield followed it with Hergest Ridge (1974), Ommadawn (1975), and Incantations (1978), all of which feature longform and mostly instrumental pieces. Return To Ommadawn used a Mellotron software emulation. Exactly what it did is slightly shrouded in mystery, though it's known that Mike used it to make the 'bagpipe' sound on Tubular Bells. Dolby SR was Dolby's most advanced form of tape noise reduction. Not the one used on Tubular Bells and Hergest Ridge, but probably all albums after that. He then decided to pursue music on a full-time, professional basis. Elements represents the many sides of Mike Oldfield, and is a short but interesting journey through some of this multi-instrumentalist's best efforts.Sixteen of his albums are spoken for, with the same number of tracks making up this assortment. The preowner bought it some years ago from Mike Oldfield in a studio in Munich. ), (The All Right Now video clip suggests that Mike used these for snare drums around this time. ), (Used because the main studio at Denham was still unfinished, so this was brought back out of his touring setup. Sold via Chandler Guitars in September 2008. [44][45], In October 2013, the BBC broadcast Tubular Bells: The Mike Oldfield Story, a documentary on Oldfield's life and career.[46]. Playback tabs and chords and learn Guitar in the most simple and intuitive way using our free online Guitar tab editor. ), (According to Richard Barrie, this was used as the front end for tracking. [49] Oldfield again hinted at a fourth Tubular Bells album when he posted photos of his new equipment, including a new Telecaster guitar.[50]. Although Oldfield considers himself primarily a guitarist, he is also one of popular music's most skilled and diverse multi-instrumentalists. Send Private Message. Electronic drum machine, using samples of acoustic drums. Sold by Terry in 1974. In the 1990s and 2000s he mainly used DAWs such as Apple Logic, Avid Pro Tools and Steinberg Nuendo as recording suites. His guitar work is especially impressive so how wonderful we are treated with a whole work dedicated to that skill. Custom-built for Mike. Running Opcode Studio Vision. Ever the sonic experimentalist, Mike Oldfield uses guitars exclusively (strummed, plucked, struck, sampled, etc.) Of these, "Islands", sung by Bonnie Tyler and "Magic Touch", with vocals by Max Bacon (in the US version) and Glasgow vocalist Jim Price (Southside Jimmy) in the rest of the world,[27] were the major hits. 3 oscillator, 32 voice analogue modelling synth plugin. ), (Mike had owned this for a number of years, and didn't sell it until sometime around 1974. [47] Later in 2015, Oldfield revealed that he had started on a sequel to Ommadawn. It is not unusual for him to collaborate with diverse singers and to hold auditions before deciding the most appropriate for a particular song or album. [71], Oldfield is a motorcycle fan and has five bikes. ), Mike played this guitar in many of his Night of the Proms appearances in 2006, s/n IC041009490 sold for £395 via Chandler Guitars in Dec 07. s/n 8666. After the problems with the Quad electrostatic speakers on the Exposed tour, Mike had a PA system built from Eastlake studio monitors. Oldfield then moved from his South Gloucestershire home to Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and then to Monaco. It marks the first time he handles all lead vocals. According to EMS, very few of them were made. Mike claims to have been one of the first CMI owners. A pair of 15" Tannoy Monitor Golds were, according to Simon Heyworth, the main speakers in The Manor in the early 1970s. The track "Nuclear" was used for the E3 trailer of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Oldfield supported the album with his Tubular Bells II 20th Anniversary Tour in 1992 and 1993, his first concert tour since 1984. Compact (29 string?) Return To Ommadawn used a Farfisa sotware emulation. Mercury acquired the rights to Oldfield's back catalogue, in July 2007. It can be seen in some pictures of Mike at the Beacon. ), (On top of the mixing desk in the gatefold studio picture, so presumably used on the album. [4] When Oldfield was seven his mother gave birth to a younger brother, David, but he had Down syndrome and died in infancy. s/n 48986. Recommended by The Wall Street Journal. Spanish Guitar and introducing Acoustic Guitar by Alnilam Part 2 Harmonic Intro by Alnilam Bass by Julien Nadeau Caveman (bass) nico. Members Profile. Used as part of Mike's 1980s portable recording setup. [15] During the tour Oldfield released the disco-influenced non-album single "Guilty", for which he went to New York City to find the best session musicians and write a song with them in mind. Used for recording acoustic guitars and many other instruments, from the Incantations era onwards. Mike has oversprayed the original lake placid blue finish with a white lacquer. Can be seen in the William Tell Overture video. Opinion: Mike Oldfield is a genius. [68][69] Shortly before Luke's birth in 1986, the relationship had broken down and they amicably split. [citation needed] The pair had met backstage at one of Oldfield's gigs while touring Germany in 1984. ), (Can be seen perched on top of the Fairlight keyboard in Mike's 'synth corner' shown on the sleeve of some LPs of the album. The scratchplate of this guitar was modified, probably in the 1990s, to make space for a Roland GK-2 synth pickup. [81], Grammy Awards Limiter, used in the 1970s (and possibly beyond) as part of Mike's guitar recording chain. One accurate version. ), (Seen in multiple pictures both in Mike's studio (it's on top of the Fairlight keyboard in the photo inside the LP gatefold) and on the Five Miles Out tour. Return To Ommadawn used a Vox software emulation. Bass guitar designed for controlling the GR-33B bass synthesiser. He played it on the BBC Second House performance in 1974. From 1967 to 1970, he and his sister Sally Oldfield were a folk duo The Sallyangie, after which he performed with Kevin Ayers. [24], Oldfield continued to embrace new musical styles, with The Songs of Distant Earth (based on Arthur C. Clarke's novel of the same name) exhibiting a softer new-age sound. Large diaphragm, multi pattern valve condenser microphone. Reputedly a prototype made for Mike Oldfield, now owned by Mick Irving, lead guitarist of Light Alloy. In 2008, Oldfield contributed a new track, "Song for Survival", to the carity album Songs for Survival in support of Survival International. Hand built semi-solid electro acoustic guitar. In 1980, Oldfield released QE2, named after the ocean liner, which features a variety of guest musicians including Phil Collins on drums. "It was like opening some huge cathedral doors and facing the monster, and I saw that the monster was myself as a newborn infant, because I'd started life in a panic. He appears with it on the front of the East German Amiga Quartett EP. Battery powered guitar amplifier, used as part of the signal chain for Mike's mid 70s distorted guitar sound. Analogue vocoder keyboard, often also used for its string sound. [72] Throughout his life Oldfield has also had a passion for building and flying model aircraft. These include a BMW R1200GS, a Suzuki GSX-R750, a Suzuki GSX-R1000, and a Yamaha R1. According to Les Penning, he and Mike travelled to Bradford in Mike's old Range Rover to buy this from Woods Early Music Shop. This guitar was modified with a 2 octave fretboard. In late 1974, his follow-up LP, Hergest Ridge, was No. Used by Mike in the Bahamas era. The second, The Millennium Bell, consisted of pastiches of a number of styles of music that represented various historical periods over the past millennium. In 1992, Oldfield met Luar na Lubre, a Galician Celtic-folk band (from A Coruña, Spain), with the singer Rosa Cedrón. His set included renditions of Tubular Bells, "Far Above the Clouds" and "In Dulci Jubilo" during a segment about the National Health Service. Long-necked ukulele consisting of a soprano ukulele body with a concert ukulele scale length. Newman and Heyworth heard some of Oldfield's demos and took them to Branson and Draper, who eventually gave Oldfield one week of recording time at The Manor, after which Oldfield had completed what became "Part One" of his composition, Tubular Bells. Complete your Mike Oldfield collection. s/n L 13996. 3 octave concert glockenspiel sold at piano auctions, December 2007. Mike owns eight of these mic preamp/EQ/dynamics units with built in AD/DA conversion, which he uses as a front end to his digital recording setup in the Bahamas. Mike can be seen wearing these in the making of Blue Peter feature, as well as pictures of him in Througham. Mike bought this in LA. Mike later complained that the guitar had an almost impossibly high action, saying that him struggling to play it was the reason you can hear him breathing heavily during some of the acoustic guitar sections! The first single from the album, "Moonlight Shadow", with Maggie Reilly on vocals, became Oldfield's most successful single, reaching No. The Top 5 Mike Oldfield Albums . ), (Mike used two of these on the album (as seen in the 1994 VH1 interview). Considering he'd found the hired Martin difficult to play, and the Knight was reportedly extremely comfortable to play, it would seem strange that he carried on with the unplayable Martin. 3.[22]. He would then use a pair, driven by one of the touring amp racks, in his temporary studios, as they were very similar to the Westlake monitors he was used to. The concept of the album was to only perform it using guitar-like instruments. Songs. 15" active subwoofer. The title track became a top 10 hit single in the US after the opening was used in The Exorcist film in 1973. Mike Oldfield tabs, chords, guitar, bass, ukulele chords, power tabs and guitar pro tabs including in dulci jubilo, exorcist, crime of passion, foreign affair, flying start Large diaphragm, multi-pattern valve condenser microphone. In 1979, Oldfield supported Incantations with a European tour that spanned 21 dates between March and May 1979. Sold through Chandler to an English fan. The model isn't known, but it was quite possibly a B3, certainly with a Leslie speaker. [11] Branson already had several business ventures and was about to launch Virgin Records with Simon Draper. Oldfield performed live at the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in London. If you still haven't found what you're looking for, please send to us. Hergest Ridge: Hergest Ridge Part 1 by nico Hergest Ridge Part One (Guitar & Oboe) by Nino Bosnic: Ommadawn: Begining of Part 1 by Mickey Stein Begining of Part 1 by CHuLoYo Part 1 (09:47 to 11:03) by Chelfyn Baxter ), (Mike seems to have been using this guitar a lot at the time, and certainly its sound seems recognisable on the album. Sunburst finish. Unusual presentation guitar, 1970s, the miniature, natural-finish body with pickup marked Shadow, built-in battery-powered speaker with on/off switch, one volume and one tone control, black scratchplate with Mike Oldfield in white, backplate engraved "To Mike from all your friends from Virgin Germany", neck with dot markers, headstock with Schaller machineheads and 'Tubular Bells' logo, with strap. Sold via eBay in December 2007. They have two children: Greta and Noah. This album was inspired by themes from Tubular Bells, but differed in lacking a clear two-part structure. 1 in nine other countries. This is, unfortunately, another item which has found its way onto our list without any further information - if you can help, do get in touch! ), (Having sold his original Farfisa organ, Mike obtained another in preparation for Tubular Bells II. They have two sons, Jake and Eugene. There's no actual evidence that he used it on the album, though. When this piano was auctioned, it was listed as being a 6'11" piano, c.1910, with a rosewood case. 1 in the UK. During the 1980s, Oldfield's then-wife, Norwegian singer Anita Hegerland, contributed vocals to many songs including "Pictures in the Dark". 4 in the UK. Fairlight's Computer Video Instrument video effects unit. Michael Gordon Oldfield, born May 15, 1953, English multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, became a giant force on the music scene behind his symphonic masterpiece Tubular Bells release in 1973, where he played over 20 instruments on the multi-layered opus. Used as nearfield monitors, as part of Mike's Islands-era video setup. Reviewer page. [74] He has endorsed the Mercedes-Benz S-Class in the Mercedes UK magazine. With 1.25GB RAM, running OS 9.2 With Emagic Logic Audio Platinum 5.3.0 and Digidesign Pro Tools 5.3.1, Used for recalls and general word processing, With 1GB RAM, running OS 9.1, Logic Audio Platinum 4.8.1 and Pro Tools. Sold via ebay in December 2007. ), (Used to help create the 'saxophone guitar' parts), (This is, at a guess, the Yamaha referred to in the sleeve notes of the album. Its opening was used in the horror film The Exorcist and the album went on to sell over 2.7 million copies in the UK. From c.1980. He added to his repertoire the MusicVR project, combining his music with a virtual reality-based computer game. Part Two 17:17 Mike Oldfield: harp, electric, acoustic, classical and twelve-string guitars, acoustic and electric basses, mandolin, bodhran, bazouki, banjo, spinet, grand piano, electric organs, synthesizers, glockenspiel, assorted percussion. Add to Buddy List. The world's first fully automated mixing desk. Small diaphragm omnidirectional condenser microphone. Hard disk recording system based on the CMI Series III architecture. [28][29] Oldfield did everything in his power to make it impossible to make extracts and Virgin returned the favour by barely promoting the album. Used throughout the 70s and into the 80s, when he acquired the Mike Vanden F4-style mandolin. Virtual vocalist software, capable of 'singing' using sets of voice samples. Koa-bodied acoustic guitar, sold via Chandler Guitars to a fan in February 2006. Rotary speaker used with the Hammond L.122 to give the classic swirling Hammond organ sound. Kept in Mike's living room in the early 90s. It was probably this keyboard which was meant. Oldfield refused and left abruptly. ), (Can be seen on top of the OBXa in Mike's 'synth corner' shown on the sleeve of some LPs of the album. This was the first of the Strats that Mike bought. Large diaphragm condenser microphone with selectable polar patterns. 11 in the UK chart. For sharing and switching the output of a GK-2AH pickup between two devices. Its 2,630,000 UK sales puts it at No. Reviewed by Mike G. Fact: Mike Oldfield is a hugely successful and influential composer of eclectic instrumental music. ), (Likely used for some of the album's acoustic melodies, as Mike seems to have favoured its focused sound for this kind of task. Electro-classical, sold to an English fan through Chandler Guitars in February 2006. Released in July 1989, Earth Moving features seven vocalists across the album's nine tracks. Mike had two, for composing with while he was on holiday. Sold through Chandler to a French Fan and later resold to a German fan. Part One 19:14 2. Can be used for anything from subtle chorus-like detuning to extreme pitch shifts. Running Emagic Notator Logic. Sold via eBay in December 2007. [60] He also used the FL Studio DAW on his 2005 double album Light + Shade. [10] By the time he was 12, Oldfield played the electric guitar and performed in local folk and youth clubs and dances, earning as much as £4 per gig. Oldfield took up the guitar at age ten and left school in his teens to embark on a music career. Unusual presentation guitar, 1970s, the miniature, natural-finish body with pickup marked Shadow, built-in battery-powered speaker with on/off switch, one volume and one tone control, black scratchplate with Mike Oldfield in white, backplate engraved "To Mike from all your friends from Virgin Germany", neck with dot markers, headstock with Schaller machineheads and 'Tubular … [7], Oldfield has been married three times and has seven children. All attempts failed due to low bids and the guitar was withdrawn. However, he finally decided to part company with it in December 2007 and sold it through Chandler guitars, fetching £30,000. Pictures of Mike at the time, as well as the 'All You Need is Love' documentary, suggest that Mike's go-to guitar was the SG/Les Paul Junior, not the Telecaster. [11] This track appears on the officially released soundtrack album Isles of Wonder. ), (Used when mixing the album at The Manor. sold via Chandler Guitars in September 2008. Drum pads. A customised Neve Series 80, built for the Manor Mobile, but lent to Mike to use at The Beacon. No 137655. In 1971, Oldfield started work on Tubular Bells which caught the attention of Richard Branson, who agreed to release it on his new label, Virgin Records. [18], Tubular Bells was released on 25 May 1973. 6 in the UK. [67] From 1979 to 1986, Oldfield was married to Sally Cooper, who he met through Virgin. Maple back and sides, spruce top. In Vintage Yellow. Song by: Mike Oldfield Album: Man on the Rocks [Verse 1] Fm Cm Fm Standing on the edge of the crater Cm Like the phrophets once said Fm Cm And the ashes are all cold now Fm Cm No more bullet s/n Z 8 - 097. ), (This appears to have been Mike's favourite of the two L6-Ss, and likely the one used on Incantations, with the wine red L6-S Custom being acquired as a spare for touring. High end digital effects unit, part of Eventide's successful Harmonizer series. Favorites. This introduced more diverse choral performances from Sally Oldfield, Maddy Prior, and the Queen's College Girls Choir. Oldfield played more than twenty different instruments in the multi-layered recording, and its style moved through diverse musical genres. ), (These were still in Mike's rack in 1980 (shown in the Essential Mike Oldfield video) and so presumably still in use. ), This list has initially been built by Christian Maguhn, with additional notes by Richard Carter and contributions by many fans. The analyser was used by Mike in Througham, and can be seen in the Blue Peter feature. We have no information on what cabinets they were in. 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. ), (Seen in the 'Making of TB2' video clips, so presumably used on the album as well. The album marks a return of Oldfield to a Virgin branded label, through the merger of Mercury Records UK and Virgin Records after Universal Music's purchase of EMI. A single "Spheres", featuring a demo version of pieces from the album, was released digitally. 1/4" reel to reel tape recorder, originally borrowed from Kevin Ayers to record the Tubular Bells demo tapes. During the 1980s Oldfield became expert in the use of digita… After Mike had stopped using it in the studio, he had it put into flight cases and used it on his tours, as well as in many of his temporary studios. Hired from Maurice Placquet for recording Tubular Bells. Mike had this guitar modified by Tony Zemaitis sometime between 1979 and 1980. The collection opens up with The Exorcist's theme, which peaked at number seven on Billboard's Top 40, and is Oldfield's claim to fame. It was then to be auctioned off by Bonhams on June 20, 2007 (Lot 391) with an estimate of £25,000 - 35,000. Sold via Chandler Guitars in September 2008. The exact year the guitar was built is unknown, but in the All You Need is Love documentary, it appears to be quite new. ), (Can be seen in the 1981 Montreux concert video, suggesting he also was using it in the studio at the time. Mike's first guitar, bought for him by his father in 1963/64. Though primarily a guitarist, Oldfield is known for playing a range of instruments which include keyboards, percussion, and vocals. In September 1971 Oldfield, now a session musician and bassist for the Arthur Louis Band, attended recording sessions at The Manor Studio near Kidlington, Oxfordshire, owned by businessman Richard Branson and run by engineers Tom Newman and Simon Heyworth. Mike said that he gave this to his 3-year-old son Jake to play with (!!). Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about Mike Oldfield - Guitars at Discogs. It can also be seen in the background in the interviews from The Essential Mike Oldfield. He found it in a school for the disabled, and swapped it for his Yamaha DX7. Submit Tab. In 2012, he performed at the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games held in London. Mike Oldfield is a talented musician, of that there is no doubt. [75] He noted in an interview in 2008 that he had two boats. The instrument can be seen in one of the photos of Mike in Boxed. In May 1968, when Oldfield turned fifteen, his school headmaster requested that he cut his long hair. Oldfield released his first album on the Mercury label, Light + Shade, in September 2005. This guitar was sold in an auction at Abbey Road. This Les Paul/SG was heavily modified by Richard Barrie and Chandler Guitars to include a pickup and circuitry for a Roland guitar synthesiser system. During the 1980s Oldfield became expert in the use of digital synthesizers and sequencers (notably the Fairlight CMI) which began to dominate the sound of his recordings: from the late 1990s onwards, he became a keen user of software synthesizers. [15] All three albums were recorded at Abbey Road Studios, where Oldfield familiarised himself with a variety of instruments, such as orchestral percussion, piano, Mellotron, and harpsichord, and started to write and put down musical ideas of his own. He wrote a new track, "Royal Wedding Anthem", for the occasion.[15]. His first work on this project is Tr3s Lunas launched in 2002, a virtual game where the player can interact with a world full of new music. Mini powered monitor speakers. This is a list of the top 5 Mike Oldfield albums. Favorites. A broadcast version of the M49, with 7 pin tuchel connector for superior rejection of RF interference. Brass tubular bells, as seen in the Boxed booklet photos. It's disputed whether Mike ever actually owned this guitar or just borrowed it for a photo shoot. In 2015, Oldfield told Steve Wright on his BBC radio show that a sequel album to Tubular Bells was in early development, which he aimed to record on analogue equipment. Flat-backed bouzouki, sold via Chandler Guitars in February 2006. After ten performances Oldfield grew bored of the job and was fired after he decided to play his part for "Let the Sunshine In" in 7/8 time. For his next instrumental album, Virgin insisted that Oldfield use the title Tubular Bells 2. The band's popularity grew after Oldfield covered their song "O son do ar" ("The sound of the air") on his Voyager album. OB-Xa later resold on ebay, March 2007. It was bought by a Scottish fan. Oldfield's music was used for the score of The Space Movie (1980), a Virgin Films production that celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. Blue rack unit that can often be spotted in Mike's early 80s guitar racks - e.g. His mother was prescribed barbiturates, to which she became addicted. [9] He learned technique by copying parts from songs by folk guitarists Bert Jansch and John Renbourn that he played on a portable record player. Learn Oceania - Mike Oldfield on Guitar - Create and explore Guitar tabs for latest and popular English and Bollywood songs. Can be seen at Hard Rock Café Guangzhou: "1975 custom Zemaitis 6-string acoustic guitar with mother of pearl acorns and squirrels on neck and sound hole, owned by 'Tubular Bells' composer Mike Oldfield.". Whether it was used on Tubular Bells at all is unknown. She suffered from mental health problems and spent much of the rest of her life in mental institutions. He also used it for the solo on To France. This was the occasion of the debut of Tubular Bells for Schools, a piano solo adaptation of Oldfield's work. This guitar is a Fender Stratocaster from 1963 and was one of Mike Oldfield’s favourite guitars. In 2008, when Oldfield's original 35-year deal with Virgin Records ended, the rights to Tubular Bells and his other Virgin releases were returned to him,[39] and were then transferred to Mercury Records. ), (In the 1981 Montreux concert video, Mike can be seen playing the vocoder parts on his Polymoog, with the MusiCoder in the rack case next to it. Neck date 2 JUL 63 B. She died in early 1975, shortly after Oldfield had started writing Ommadawn. Last updated on 09.14.2016 Also used in Mike's Los Angeles studio while recording Tubular Bells II. As seen in the making of Blue Peter feature. Oldfield was born on 15 May 1953 in Reading, Berkshire, to Raymond Oldfield, a general practitioner, and Maureen (née Liston), a nurse of Irish descent. Studio grand piano. [48] The album, named Return to Ommadawn, was finished in 2016 and released in January 2017. piano used on Return To Ommadawn. to create every sound on Guitars.Perhaps an intentional response to the composer's previous assortment of electronic recordings, the album suffers from its …

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