Thursday, December 22, 2011
Mike Oldfield-Ommadawn (1975)
Without a doubt, one of the 10 albums that take me to a desert island. Ommadawn is a gem of music composed in 1975, or whatever it is, the best part of Mike Oldfield. My devotion to the music began, not with Tubular Bells if not Ommadawn. And the truth is that even listening first and then his debut as laureate, has never managed to dislodge his third delivery. And is that Ommadawn is sublime as well as a unique and outstanding musical. There is so much beauty offered from the very first notes that it is impossible not to move you. These chords that transport you to an era epic Celtic folklore and do not return to reality until just the last chord of the second face.
Tubular Bells I recognize that it is also great, but I do not know why but will not let Ommadawn option. Too beautiful, too much excellence. And the magnificent photography of David Bailey shows us a Mike Oldfield put on a hippie aura that seems to indicate that what we find inside is not of this world. It is timeless.
Ommadawn belongs to the great era of Mike Oldfield, the period for works like Tubular Bells, Hergest Ridge or Incantations. Time, which for me ended with QE2 in 1980. You never sounded again Celtic Ommadawn those winds.