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    Midshipman, Forte Alex Tiuniaev's Avatar
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    Mike Oldfield\'s Songs of Distant Earth

    A really nice blend of new age, prog-rock and ambient. I bought it because I'd read a book by Arthur C Clarke which was Oldfield's inspiration and led to composing this album. The album is really great. For fans of Enigma and Peter Gabriel's Passion which I have already mentioned here.

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    Re: Mike Oldfield\'s Songs of Distant Earth

    I never enjoyed reading until after I was done with school. I tried to get by any way possible without having to actually read a book (something I regret, by the way). One of the few books I did finish was Rendesvous With Rama by Clarke, and I was hooked on Clarke after that. Because of Oldfield's Clarke influence alone, I will be taking a moment either later this evening or tomorrow morning to attempt to hear some clips of some of his work. Thank you for directing me to his work, I can't wait to track it down and have a listen.

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    Re: Mike Oldfield\'s Songs of Distant Earth

    Sure. By the way, if you enjoy SODE I'd also recommend two other Oldfield's albums, Voyager and Tubular Bells. The latter is the first new age album which even got a Grammy back in the 70s.

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    Re: Mike Oldfield\'s Songs of Distant Earth

    Tubular bells starts out nice but deteriorates as it tries to do something different.

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    Re: Mike Oldfield\'s Songs of Distant Earth

    Songs of Distant Earth was actually the first album of Oldfield that i ever got. Personally i think its outstanding.

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    Re: Mike Oldfield\'s Songs of Distant Earth

    Which Clark book was it inspired by?

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    Re: Mike Oldfield\'s Songs of Distant Earth

    I believe the Clarke book is named the same: Songs of distant earth (but I have never read it).

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    Re: Mike Oldfield\'s Songs of Distant Earth

    Doh! I was wondering if it was Earthlight... (only book by Clark I ever read)

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    Re: Mike Oldfield\'s Songs of Distant Earth

    I've read SODE, and I must say that I didn't like it. The Space Odyssey is much much more captivating. A must read.

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    Re: Mike Oldfield\'s Songs of Distant Earth

    I liked the book and Mike Oldfield's SODE is awesome, great blending. I always been fascinated by his multi-instrumentalist skills. I mean, I play 3 instruments and I have little difficulties with 2 of them. He plays I don't know how many but it is a lot for sure and he seems to don't have any trouble at all. This is propably due to years of training but however he still suprises me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Tiuniaev
    A really nice blend of new age, prog-rock and ambient. I bought it because I'd read a book by Arthur C Clarke which was Oldfield's inspiration and led to composing this album. The album is really great. For fans of Enigma and Peter Gabriel's Passion which I have already mentioned here.
    Great album!

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    Love Mike Oldfield- Songs of Distant Earth is a great album
    His music is great... I have most of his albums... Very talented... love tubular bells... the 3rd t.bells is awesome.... and his songwriting is great too... "Earth Moving" album is fab...

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