Mike Oldfield Man On The Rocks 180g Import 2LP
Mike Oldfield's First Album of New Material Since 2008 on 180g Vinyl!
Virgin EMI are delighted to announce Mike Oldfield's first album of new material
since 2008. Featuring 11 brand new tracks, Man On The Rocks is a deeply personal
song-based album that reflects many of Mike's different influences. Recorded in
the Bahamas, Mike's 25th studio album has been produced by Mike with legendary
British producer Stephen Lipson (Jeff Beck, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox).
Man On The Rocks features players such as legendary bassist Leland Sklar (Phil
Collins, Crosby, Stills & Nash, James Taylor) and drummer John Robinson (Michael
Jackson, Eric Clapton, Daft Punk). Although Oldfield has worked with some of the
world's most famous vocalists in the past, here he has found an incredible young
talent to interpret his words, Luke Spiller from the Struts.
Its working title, 'Rock' emphasizes the album's directness, heard especially on
the guitar-driven 'Irene', inspired by the category 3 hurricane that hit the
Bahamas in 2011. However, it is – as you would expect from the man who gave the
world Tubular Bells and so much more besides – an album of great variance and
contrast; from the commercial punch of opening track, ‘Sailing’, to the
beautiful folk-influenced ‘Dreaming In The Wind’ to the emotional gravitas of
its closer, a cover of William McDowell’s gospel song, ‘I Give Myself Away’.
Last seen performing at the personal request of Danny Boyle to a global audience
of 900 million at the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, Man On The Rocks
underlines Mike Oldfield's status as one of the most singular talents to ever
emerge from the UK. The recent 2013 BBC 4 Documentary . . . plus Tubular Bells –
the story of Mike and the iconic album – further enforces that fact.
"It has been a pleasure making Man On The Rocks with such a dedicated team of
performers," says Oldfield. “For a long period, I felt that I wasn’t
going to record any new music again. But, after the elation of the Olympics and
the explorations of my catalogue, I felt the time was right to return with this,
one of my favorite albums to date.”
• 180g Vinyl
LP 1 - Side 1:
LP 1 - Side 2:
1. Man On The Rocks
LP 2 - Side 3:
1. Dreaming In The Wind
LP 2 - Side 4:
1. Following The Angels
3. I Give Myself Away