Mike Oldfield Ommadawn on Limited Edition Japanese Import SHM-SACD
In terms of overnight success stories, Mike Oldfield's
is astounding. After a short stint playing bass in Kevin Ayers' backing band, he was taken under the guiding wing of a 22-year-old Richard Branson and Tubular Bells
was born in 1973. Thrillingly enigmatic music that sounds like nothing before or since, a critical and commercial success, and, to cap it all, the coveted Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition after an excerpt was used in the film The Exorcist
Sharing the format of its two predecessors, Tubular Bells
and Hergest Ridge
, Oldfield stays loyal to his conceptual roots on 1975's Ommadawn
, but incorporates musical styles from a far greater range of influences including folk, Celtic, and Middle Eastern sounds. As a result, Oldfield channels greater scope for musical development, defining Ommadawn
as a creative peak in his wide-ranging career.
Composing for traditional Celtic instruments such as the uilleann pipes, Oldfield uses Ommadawn
as an outlet for spiritual investigation as much as expert musicianship. A master of songcraft, he layers guitars, pipes, drums and vocals to create a masterpiece pumped full of ethereal mysticism and described by one critic as "the musical equivalent of astral projection." Says Oldfield "I do not feel I am musician. I create sounds, that are reflections of my emotions."
SHM-SACD (Super High Material SACD) is the ultimate Super Audio CD that utilizes the materials and technologies that were developed for the SHM-CD to further enhance the audio-resolution. These discs are made with polycarbonate developed for the screen of the liquid crystal display. As it has a higher transparency, players can read the signal more faithfully. Also, it excels in fluidity, which enables you to cast a more accurate pit. What works wonders for a low resolution format such as CD should offer even greater sonic improvements in a real high resolution format such as SACD.
• 2-channel Single Layer SACD
• Two-channel SACD layer only, to secure enough reflectance and not to compress DSD file
• Label of the disc is printed with a special green ink called 'Onsho Shiyou,' which minimizes diffuse reflection
• Carefully selected master audio is used, from existing DSD files to newly converted from analog tapes
• This disc will ONLY work on a Super Audio Disc Player