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Mike Oldfield - Return To Ommadawn album review

Album Review

Reprise of Oldfield’s third

When Mike Oldfield released his Ommadawn album in 1975, the world was at his feet. A credible musician, respected by such left-field collaborators as Robert Wyatt and Kevin Ayers, he had also achieved superstardom with the shock, runaway success of his debut, 1973’s Tubular Bells. Its huge sales made Virgin Records (it was the fledgling label’s first ever album release), and helped pave the way for label boss Richard Branson to greater things. Meanwhile, in terms of what mattered in 1975, Ommadawn was considered an immense achievement – Oldfield played all the instruments himself, and with his misty, Celtic evocations opened up new horizons rock might care to take advantage of.

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