Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Mike Oldfield - Live at Montreux 1981|
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Mike Oldfield took the world of music by storm at the age of 19 in 1973 with the release of his debut album, "Tubular Bells", which hit the No.1 spot in numerous countries and has gone on to sell in excess of 16 million co... more »
Mike at his best
G. W. Miller | 06/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The last reviewer was right, this is an awe inspiring concert. Mike Oldfield is, in my opinion, the greatest musical genius of our time, and this concert captures him at his very best. The passion with which he plays is unbelievable, and brings back memories of the time I saw him in NYC on his Five Miles Out tour so many years ago. The rendition of Platinum is similiar to the one on The Complete Mike Oldfield, and is made quite amusing when the waiter brings Mike and the band some drinks during the Charleston part. But, for me, the greatest highlight is the beautiful and glorious version of Ommadawn that he performs with such passion.
I have all of the available Mike Oldfield concerts on DVD, and each is worth owning for its own reasons, but this one is the closest to my heart. It's well worth the price of admission, and if you like Mike at all, I can assure you that you won't be disappointed. Please give me more of Mike Oldfield on DVD!"
This One Blew Me Away!
Paul Bellocq | Slidell, LA USA | 07/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been a fan of Mike Oldfield since Tubualr Bells was first released. He is one of the few artists that I never got to see in concert. Well, this little jewel of a DVD more than makes up for this. I always knew what a great composer he was, and figured that his records were mostly studio overdubs. Well, this video shows what an incredible guitarist and musician he really is, even in a live setting. The backup band are all stellar musicians as well, some playing several different instruments. There are two drummers, and at one point, there are three. The very polite audience knew what a rare treat this concert was, as you can tell by their enthusiastic response between compositions. This was filmed at what is probably considered his artistic peak, with the release of QE2. I can ignore the few minor quibbles, since this was filmed 25 years ago. Mike Oldfield on DVD is better than none at all. Money well spent!!!!"
Oh, my, god
F. Dygulski | Howell, New Jersey United States | 05/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"we've all seen tubular bells live but this is insane footage. by far the best mike oldfield performance ive ever seen i would highly recomend this dvd"
Shaun Anderson | Nottingham/Hereford, England, UK | 09/01/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Mike Oldfield's live performance at Montreux in 1981 is a welcome addition to an ever growing DVD library for this most talented and unique musician. Much of the music is culled from the albums "Platinum" and "QE2" which at the time were his two most recent releases. This may come as a disappointment to some, for these two albums regularly divide Oldfield fans. Nevertheless rocked up renditions of "Ommadawn" and "Tubular Bells" should keep most happy. The music is great naturally, and its very welcome to see an enthusiastic audience for Oldfield's music, but as a time capsule for 1981 it is unintentionally hilarious. Oldfield survives with his reputation firmly intact, but Maggie Reilly looks like something out of a low budget horror film, and her vocal additions are sometimes irritating. At this point Oldfield had not quite gravitated to composing songs, so Reilly is little more than a backing vocalist., and delights of "Moonlight Shadow" were two years away. The remainder of Oldfield's talented band perform with much enthusiasm, with a cameo appearance by Stephen King minus the glasses on keyboards. The most important thing for fans though is what kind of sound and picture restoration has Eagle produced, on the sound front it is fair and those with 5.1 surround will get more out of the this DVD. The picture is not all it could be with, with colours sometimes seeping into each other and a certain amount of grain. It doesn't look as though Eagle have re-mastered the picture at all. Nevertheless these are trifling complaints, it is just very good to have such archive material available to enjoy."