quarta-feira, 23 de janeiro de 2008
Mike Oldfield - Ommadawn(1975)
Ommadawn is a record album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. It is his third album. The cover photograph was by David Bailey. It peaked at #4 on the UK albums chart.
As with Hergest Ridge and Tubular Bells, Ommadawn is another two-movement work. Here Oldfield sought out the ancient Celtic influence on English music and composed for traditional instruments such as Northumbrian bagpipes on the original LP version.
When Oldfield remastered the work for compact disc release he inserted an Uilleann pipe. He also involved musicians noted for their work in folk music including Clodagh Simonds and Paddy Moloney. He combined this with heavy African influences, mainly by the use of the drummers of Jabula. This makes Ommadawn one of the first successful world music albums in Europe.
A Quadrophonic remix version of Ommadawn was released on Boxed a year later. The 1990 album Amarok is often seen as a sequel to Ommadawn.
Though the actual work Ommadawn is two parts, there is a third track found on the album, a short vocal song by Mike Oldfield and William Murray called "On Horseback". "On Horseback" relates to Oldfield, Murray and Leslie Penning's time riding ponies around the area of Hergest Ridge.
In December 1975 Mike released the single "In Dulci Jubilo", with "On Horseback" as the B-side. It reached number 4 in the UK in January 1976. In France, "In Dulci Jubilo" was coupled to a remix of the end of part 1 of Ommadawn. Some copies of the album also include "In Dulci Jubilo" at the end.
Mike Oldfield – acoustic bass, acoustic guitar, banjo, bouzouki, bodhrán, classical guitar, electric bass, electric guitars, electronic organs, glockenspiel, harp, mandolin, percussion, piano, spinet, steel guitar, synthesizers, twelve-string guitar and vocals.
Don Blakeson - trumpet
Herbie - Northumbrian bagpipes
The Hereford City Band - brass
Jabula - African drums
Pierre Moerlen - timpani
Paddy Moloney - Uilleann pipes
William Murray - percussion
Sally Oldfield - vocals
Terry Oldfield - Panpipes
Leslie Penning - recorders
"The Penrhos Kids" (Abigail, Briony, Ivan and Jason Griffiths) - vocals on "On Horseback"
Clodagh Simonds - vocals
Bridget St John - vocals
David Strange - cello
"Ommadawn part one" – 19:23
"Ommadawn part two" – 13:54
"On Horseback" (not actually titled on album) – 3:23