Stegzy's Music Project

A commentary on Stegzy's album collection

Earth Moving – Mike Oldfield [#409]

on September 25, 2015

At this stage in his career, you can detect the “I don’t want to be here” atmosphere in his music. It’s like he’s not even trying.

This is Oldfield’s twelfth studio album but, unlike earlier Oldfield albums, doesn’t have a “feature length” instrumental track. Instead it is just a collection of songs featuring a variety of vocalists but mostly his then girlfriend Anita Hegerland.

Considering it fell between Amarock and Islands , two of my most favourite Oldfield albums, I was surprised that I didn’t own it before the advent of the Great Internet Free-for-all of the noughties. Of course, it highlighted the likes of HMV and Virgin Megastore were only stocking commercially viable albums in their stores thus controlling what people listen to and limiting access to less popular music thus preventing new fans from making their own minds up.

Still, it’s not his best album. Glad I didn’t buy it….Sounds like the soundtrack to a really bad, late eighties early nineties straight to video American crime film complete with neon lights and raunchy sexiness.

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One response to “Earth Moving – Mike Oldfield [#409]

  1. steelrattus says:

    Curious, never heard of Islands. Accessing…

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