This is a true audiophile recording. Anyone who remembers this masterpiece first released in 1973 (the year I graduated high school) will not forget how ground breaking it was. I forgot how incredible this album is and to hear it remastered and on this high performance vinyl is like experiencing it for the first time. I have no hash or acid in my system now to fog up the real experience.
Mike Oldfield blended electronic, classical, progressive rock, (saxon like) ethnic, (Scottish like) folk, new age, and world musica styles all in one masterpiece! This recording is completely complex in nature and elaborate. He plays something like 20 instruments layered together and it is a sonic blast that ends with a really cool rendition of the sailor's song.
It brings you through many, many emotions; gets you breathing heavily, then lowers your mood, brightens you up with goosebumps and then gets your foot tapping away.
The vinyl itself is dead quiet. The music, the instruments come right out of mid air, it is quite exciting.
I highly recommend this LP.