In connection with the release of “Return to Ommadawn”, Mike Oldfield has given a few very interesting interviews.
To Daily Mail Mike says:
“I bought this 1950s house, which has its own beach, in 2009, and this terrace is my favourite composing spot.
I’m single at the moment so it’s just me and my rescue dog Mac here, who goes swimming every morning in the sea at the end of the garden.
Of course everyone knows me for Tubular Bells, the first album released on Richard Branson’s Virgin label in 1973. This tribute cover was given to me when it went seven-times platinum – that’s 2.1 million copies – but it’s gone on to sell 16 million worldwide.”
Read the complete interview here.
“Mike Oldfield has quietly created a catalogue so distinctive and discrete that it stands shining, alone, not just within the realms of prog, but in the world of popular music.
His 1973 debut album, Tubular Bells, the first released on Virgin Records, remains one of the most iconic in rock’s canon. Played largely just by himself, it contained two 20-minute-plus pieces of music, and was influenced more by Sibelius and John Cage than Sabbath and John Cale (whose actual tubular bells he had borrowed for the recording). Its melding of folk, classical and rock single-handedly invented several new genres of music. It made Oldfield a reluctant superstar, a role he has now played for over 40 years.”
Read the interview here.