MIKE OLDFIELD in the 80s
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
Multi-instrumentalist Mike Gordon Oldfield (it was definitely a wise move to leave out Gordon) is best-known for two things, his Tubular Bells albums and this infectious song, "Moonlight Shadow". Released in May 1983 and lifted from the album Crises, the song reached #4 in the UK, and it remains Mike Oldfield's most successful single to date.
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.
80s Studio Albums
- 1980 QE2 #27
- 1982 Five Mile Out #7
- 1983 Crises #6
- 1984 Discovery #15
- 1985 The Killing Fields (Soundtrack #97
- 1987 Islands #29
- 1989 Earth Moving #30
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.
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.