Multi-instrumentalist Mike Gordon Oldfield (a wise move to leave out the Gordon!) is best-known for two things, his 1973 album Tubular Bells and this single, Moonlight Shadow. Released in May 1983 and lifted from the album Crises, the song reached #4 in the UK and is still Mike Oldfield's most successful single.
Mike released a number of singles featuring Maggie Reilly on vocals, including Family Man, Mistake and To France, but Moonlight Shadow was the only tune to break the Top 40.
Oldfield's highest charting single was in 1976 with Portsmouth, and his last Top 40 song was in 1992 with Sentinel which reached #10 and was the first track to be released from Tubular Bells II.
As with much of his work, Oldfield plays a range of instruments on the track. The UK B-side was entitled Speak (Tho' You Only Say Farewell), althought a different track called Argiers was included in many other countries.
Mike Oldfield performs live on Good Morning Britain
Taurus 3 is a track from Mike Oldfield's eighth studio album Crises. The final video in the playlist at the top of this page (sorry about the quality but it is an old home recording from the 80s) features Mike playing an acoustic version of Taurus 3 on breakfast TV, and also some other tracks, too. He gets asked some rather ridiculous questions from Anne Diamond, who gets some pretty sharp answers from Mike Oldfield - intriguing stuff and so funny to watch Mike's responses!
Released on 27th May 1983, Crises peaked at #6 in the UK. Side One of the Crises album featured the title track which lasted for over 20 minutes and featured a small amount of vocals by Oldfield himself.
Flipping over to
Side Two (it's a long time since I last flipped an album over!) and the
opening track is the glorious Moonlight Shadow, followed by In High Places
which featured Jon Anderson on vocals - he sang on a number of hit
singles with Vangelis - which wasn't released as a single until 1987.
Track 3 was Foreign Affair which featured Maggie Reilly on vocals
again and Track 4 was Taurus 3 and the
fifth and final song on the album was Shadow On The Wall and featured Roger Chapman on vocals.
The photo above shows Mike playing guitar on BBC's Breakfast Time in 1983.