The Songs of Distant Earth

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Mike Oldfield's The Songs of Distant Earth was inspired by a book by science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, who gave the album a ringing endorsement in the liner notes. Of course, the association between literature and music is something more felt than generally understood, and while Oldfield's recording was shot through with sound effects that seemed to relate to space travel countdowns, etc., it was less reminiscent of any writing than it was of earlier works by Oldfield. And though by 1996 Oldfield could make some claim to being the godfather not only of new age but of the recently popular version of it steeped in Celtic music i.e., Enya, he remained grounded in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Mike Oldfield's The Songs of Distant Earth was inspired by a book by science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, who gave the album a ringing endorsement in the liner notes. Of course, the association between literature and music is something more felt than generally understood, and while Oldfield's recording was shot through with sound effects that seemed to relate to space travel countdowns, etc., it was less reminiscent of any writing than it was of earlier works by Oldfield. And though by 1996 Oldfield could make some claim to being the godfather not only of new age but of the recently popular version of it steeped in Celtic music i.e., Enya, he remained grounded in progressive rock so that, with its recurrent backbeat and stately, but penetrating guitar solos, his music continued to seem closer to Pink Floyd than to Windham Hill.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/1996
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 093624593324
  • Catalog Number: 45933
  • Sales rank: 171,508

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In the Beginning (1:24)
  2. 2 Let There Be Light (4:57)
  3. 3 Supernova (3:23)
  4. 4 Magellan (4:40)
  5. 5 First Landing (1:16)
  6. 6 Oceania (3:19)
  7. 7 Only Time Will Tell (4:26)
  8. 8 Prayer for the Earth (2:09)
  9. 9 Lament for Atlantis (2:43)
  10. 10 The Chamber (1:48)
  11. 11 Hibernaculum (3:32)
  12. 12 Tubular World (3:22)
  13. 13 The Shining Ones (2:59)
  14. 14 Crystal Clear (5:42)
  15. 15 The Sunken Forest (2:37)
  16. 16 Ascension (5:49)
  17. 17 A New Beginning (1:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mike Oldfield Primary Artist
The Tallis Scholars Vocals, Ensemble
Cori Josias Vocals
Dinesh Tabla
Ella Harper Vocals
David Nickless Vocals
Molly Oldfield Keyboards
Roame Vocals
Verulam Consort (Members Of) Vocals, Ensemble
Technical Credits
Mike Oldfield Producer, Engineer
The Tallis Scholars Contributor
Mark Rutherford Contributor, Rhythm Loops
Sugar J. Rhythm Loops
Rob Dickins Executive Producer
Richard Barrie Engineer
Eric Cadieux Programming
Arthur C. Clarke Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They who have an ear, ...let them hear, ...excellence in music.

    Sit back in your favorite chair, turn up your speakers, and take a musical experience. A journey from beginning to end. Do not leave your chair, as you might miss parts of blended voices. This CD is a musical experience all to its own that cannot be compared to, and will never be matched. Mike Oldfield has created a musical journey that will stand the test of time in it's own genre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A five star musical journey

    This CD is excellent and was not given the proper review it should have received by All Music Guide Mike DeGagne. The rhythms in the music, the change of pace and beats and the intermittent voices all blend into a hypnotic journey. This is one of my favorite CD's and I play it over and over again.

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