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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000B5KEUK
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,401 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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MIKE OLDFIELD Light And Shade (2005 UK 18-track double CD album comprises of two albums with different personalities Light - a set of atmospheric ambient songs and Shade - a more up-tempo collection with a darker moodier feel and both are a reflection of the two sides of his musical personality and includes the UK Bonus recordings Pres De Toi & Lakme [Fruity Loops]; picture sleeve with back inlay)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 6 2006
Format: Audio CD
Compared to Tubular Bells, Ommadawn, Incantations, and Amarok, this cd is quite uninspired. Its as if Mike wrote this stuff the weekend before it was due. Despite 2 good tracks (Angelique and Our Father), the "light" cd pushes the whole "relaxed" thing too far, if Mike can write an hour long piece (Amarok) without making it boring, why can't he do this with a 4 minute song? The "shade" cd is more generic new wave/trance crap, why is this legendary artist using an amateur program like Fruity Loops for his music?
The u-myx idea is cool, but you're limited to choosing which tracks are on/off and their volume. It's not much of a mix if you can't change the position of certain tracks in the song, so the u-myx thing is pretty much useless for real mixing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Pauls on Dec 6 2005
Format: Audio CD
I've lived through the many fazes and faces of MO and I can tell you he continues to be well connected to his muse. It is difficult to stop listening to this release, especially the first disc, "Light". I find myself moving to that point of inner peace with selections like "The Gate" in much the same way as I do with "The Sunken Forest" from TSODE. This is the music you have as backround when entertaining friends or staring at a starlit sky on a crisp winter night. I will move this one into my listening rotation along with "Incantations", "Voyager", and "Amarok".
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Todd on Nov. 14 2005
Format: Audio CD
Mike Oldfield has hit paydirt again with this latest offering of New Age music. Like "The Songs of Distant Earth", this album is more meditative and transcendental than the earthier Tubular Bells quartet, and is readily accessible to any one tired of the rush of so-called modern life. The twist here is Oldfield's genius in using the most up-to-date, state-of-the-art technology to produce tranquility and beauty of truly timeless charm end emotion. Oldfield always takes me to places I always wanted to go, but never knew how to get there, and this album is no exception. An absolute must for all Enya, McKinnett and New Age devotees, whose roots are exposed by this master of their craft.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Surfing. Nov. 3 2005
By Jason Stein - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I own nearly all of Oldfield's albums, and some are better than others. I'm sure Oldfield fans have their favorites (which aren't necessarily my favorites--like 1990's "Amarok"). I'll say that "Light + Shade" offers some of the best music Mike has produced since 1994's "Songs Of Distant Earth". There are actual memorable melodies here like "Sunset", "Pres De Toi", "Lakme (Fruity Loops)", "Surfing", "Angelique", "First Steps", "Quicksilver" and others.

Mike Oldfield, along with Vangelis and Tangerine Dream, was one of the first pioneers of New Age/Classical music, and he's proven himself a talent. However, the creativity department has been lacking in the past decade. "Light + Shade" is a step in the right direction.

The album is greater than the sum of its individual parts. Oldfield re-utilizes "Tubuluar Bells" segments mixed strategically into some of the songs. While some might be harsh in criticizing this albums, I found that it's one of his better instrumental albums. I was disappointed with "Tres Lunas", "Guitars", "Tubular Bells 3" and "Millenium Bell", and I really wish Mike would do away with "Tubular Bells altogether because I've had enough of the different interpretations of that piece of music.

Even though "Light + Shade" is a return to form, I'd still like to see him try something new--especially after being around for 33 years. There's nothing to lose, Mike, and why not return to what you do best which is electronic pop songs. Set aside the intrumental background music and return to "Five Miles Out", "Crises", "Discovery", "Islands" and "Earth Moving" territory for a little while.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Improves with each listen May 30 2006
By Booggit - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Like many other reviewers of this double-cd, I was beginning to feel that Mr Oldfield had lost his touch. Upon first listening to this album, I found it to be ok, not great, but ok. But being a die hard fan, I kept coming back to it, and it grew on me. I came to quite enjoy both cd's, especially the "Light" cd, with its standout, sensational songs "Our Father" and "Sunset". The second cd takes a few more listens, but I have come to like it just as much. Be patient folks; not every album is an instant classic! Give this one a fair chance, and if you are a fan of Mike's music, you will find yourself rewarded with lots of great tunes.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Give it a chance... Nov. 4 2005
By Gogo - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is one of those albums that has to be heard at least 7, 8 times before it "sinks in", so to speak. At first, I was a bit disappointed, but now I think there are great songs on it. I've listened to Oldfield practically all my life and consider myself to be true fan, but realistic - of course not all of his work is great, but I've come to respect him - every one of his albums is different, and he doesn't repeat himself much. Light+Shade definately hides some "treasures", but I repeat: you have to give it a chance - listen to it a few times, and you'll start to like a song or two that you'll repeat dozens of times.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Oldfield's best work in years... Dec 9 2005
By Monica J. Kern - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Mike Oldfield is one of my top ten favorite musical composers/artists, so I was very excited to see this new album. While I have found some of his recent work to be somewhat bland (e.g., Tres Lunas), this album, in my opinion, is one of his best since "Voyager" and "Songs of a Distant Earth." And, indeed, I would argue that "Light and Shade" is of a style most reminiscent of those two albums than his other works.

What I like best about Light and Shade is that I see Oldfield stretching himself musically, as opposed to some of his more recent albums which seemed largely to rehash past work. For example, my favorite piece on the two-CD set is track two of the first CD, "Blackbird." It features piano and other keyboards and is achingly beautiful in a slow and haunting way. The piano is not a key instrument in the vast majority of Oldfield's work, so this piece was a very welcome change of pace.

I agree with other reviewers that the first disc is the strongest, but that is not meant as a slur on the second disc, which I also liked quite a bit. It does incorporate more of a techno sound and beat, so it is more reminiscent of Millennium Bell in that respect.

I believe Mike Oldfield is one of the most remarkable and talented composers around today. And I would not be surprised if history finds "Light and Shade" to be considered one of Oldfield's strongest works. I personally would place it in my top 5 of his albums (along with Voyager, Songs of Distant Earth, Tubular Bells, Crises, and Five Miles Out--but PLEASE don't ask me to rank order them!)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful a tapestry of music Dec 11 2005
By M. Woodard - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I admit I like Mike Oldfield, he has, over many albums, varied his music and styles, some have been more appealing than others but I find I am rarely disappointed when a new release comes along. This is no exception. He has extended some of the tres lunas material and I know that has not been some peoples favorite. But after several listenings I am mezmerized by several songs on these two albums. I read many other reviews before buying and I am frankly puzzled that so many Mike Oldfield fans indicate they are disappointed or that this work is only fair. I find some much of this music uplifting and full of so many musical colors. Take sunset on the first cd, how awesome can a musical piece get. I crank this one up full blast in my car and listen to it repeatedly IT IS one of his best. For those who like Mike's piano, he has more piano on this set than any and it is truly beautiful. Starting with the first two songs on the first CD you are carried away in fantasy by this music. On the second cd everyone will agree quicksilver is great it grabs you and won't let go but surfing is a real trip, my kids are singing that all around the house. I really recommend this cd set. It is a bit mellower than some of Mike's past releases, the guitar work is less edgy but much of the work is more complex and totally puts you in a upbeat mood. It is worth five stars on it's own merits. I hope Mike has more of the same coming.