The Songs of Distant Earth - Mike Oldfield

The Songs of Distant Earth

Mike Oldfield

  • Genre: Electronic
  • Release Date: 1994-11-21
  • Explicitness: notExplicit
  • Country: GBR
  • Track Count: 17

  • ℗ 1994 Warner Music UK Ltd


Title Artist Time
In the Beginning Mike Oldfield 1:26 GBP 0.99
Let There Be Light Mike Oldfield 4:57 GBP 0.99
Supernova Mike Oldfield 3:24 GBP 0.99
Magellan Mike Oldfield 4:40 GBP 0.99
First Landing Mike Oldfield 1:16 GBP 0.99
Oceania Mike Oldfield 3:19 GBP 0.99
Only Time Will Tell Mike Oldfield 4:35 GBP 0.99
Prayer for the Earth Mike Oldfield 2:09 GBP 0.99
Lament for Atlantis Mike Oldfield 2:43 GBP 0.99
The Chamber Mike Oldfield 1:47 GBP 0.99
Hibernaculum Mike Oldfield 3:33 GBP 0.99
Tubular World Mike Oldfield 3:24 GBP 0.99
The Shining Ones Mike Oldfield 2:57 GBP 0.99
Crystal Clear Mike Oldfield 5:42 GBP 0.99
The Sunken Forest Mike Oldfield 2:37 GBP 0.99
Ascension Mike Oldfield 5:49 GBP 0.99
A New Beginning Mike Oldfield 1:33 GBP 0.99


  • EPIC

    By Darren Rooke
    Played on High End Hifi one can drift away to...?

    By AEG9
    To be listened to loud in a dark room if you feel a bit down!!
  • One side of Mike Oldfield.

    By Greatdub
    I think there are two sets of mike oldfield fan, or possibly both, on one hand those who like his traditional post TB albums like ommadawn with the celtic vibe for instance, and on the other those long often dreamy orchestrated oldfield albums like songs of distant earth, tubular bells (1&2) music of the spheres etc. If music's purpose is largely or sometimes to transport you somewhere else, then I think you will favour these oldfield albums. I happen to like both sides of his music, the classic guitar song 'on horseback' for instance which falls into the former camp, but when I'm deciding which album to play I invariably go back to the albums in the latter camp because I think they are the best.
  • The Dogs

    By Weiss Man
    My favourite Oldfield album by some distance - an inspired work that continuously rewards repeated listening. Prog rock for the electronica age is the best description I can come up with, given the underlying theme, but don't let that distract you from what is an outstanding suite of music in its own right. If I had to criticise, there are a few unnecessary and jarring elements thrown in, in particular the buzzy guitar chords in the middle of "Ascension" (which for me is otherwise the highlight of the album - bringing all the themes together) and a handful of the samples don't quite belong, but these are a minor complaints. Read the book, then listen to this - it enhances the experience considerably.
  • Fascinating and Fairy

    By babybarrista
    I have been listening to these tracks since it has been released. It fascinated me just as much as Bach or Beethoven did. Although I could never tell who my favourite musician was, if one asked me what my favourite music was, the answer would have been 'Songs of Distant Earth'.
  • Pleasant, mellow and melodious

    By Nick750
    The last time I heard this album was 15 years ago. Playing it again has instantly transported me back to my college days. It's very pleasant, undemanding, melodious music. There's nothing to challenge you here. Put it on, sit back, and enjoy.
  • Who ever wrote the critique is an idiot.

    By Shepfish
    a great album, some fantastic tracks, awesome to chill out to wih some studying or have a nap to or whatever!! this is everything id expect from mike oldfield but in a new way. Track 1 "in the begining" features the apollo 8 transmission to earth at christmas time as they came around the moon, wih a lovely ambience behind it this is by far my favourite of the album.
  • Ignore the iTunes review above, this is worthy of the highest praise

    By RichyRay
    Clearly, the iTunes reviewer does not understand this type of music. It is both majestic and beautiful and, quite frankly, one of Mike Oldfield's best works. The elegiac quality of 'The Songs of Distant Earth' means that it demands repeated listening. Furthermore, this album should come with the warning: 'MAY CAUSE SHIVERS DOWN THE SPINE'.
  • Never been a big Oldfield fan, but ...

    By 81641
    ... having read and enjoyed the book I was intrigued to hear this album. Have to say i was pleasantly surprised and delighted by the music - my first real introduction to pure electronica. It set me off on a journey into many different genres and I've never looked back. This is a landmark album, a true concept album. It's fresh, laid back, creative and intelligent. I'm still not an Oldfield convert, but for this, a huge thank you Mike!
  • Into Space

    By Chasteberry
    This for me is one of the best Mike Oldfield albums; each track blends in beautifully with the next and takes you on a real journey into space.

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