Five Miles Out


Five Miles Out is a studio album of the British musician Mike Oldfield from the year 1982. Five Miles Out is also the title of a song on the album.

On his promotional tour for his album QE2 (see also Live At Montreux 1981) was Oldfield so impressed by his band that he recorded the album Five Miles Out with it - especially Maggie Reilly became famous through this collaboration with Oldfield and they had him in 1983 the smash hit Moonlight Shadow.

On the original LP version, the entire front was occupied by the 25- minute long instrumental piece Taurus II; the reverse was devoted to a short instrumental piece and three songs with lyrics. Because of the success of Five Miles Out Oldfield turned to the same structure in the following album Crises and also to Iceland. In contrast to earlier works continued for Oldfield Five Miles Out more on percussion and won for the amplification of four musicians (Mike Frye, Morris Pert, Carl Palmer and Graham Broad); first approaches this can be found even on QE2.

The album has a circular impression, since the main theme of Taurus II, which will be played within the 25 minutes to several modifications, is taken up again by the end title Five Miles Out. Oldfield joined this album by a trilogy called Taurus with the predecessor and the successor to QE2 Crises - Five Miles Out is found on Taurus II, which is thematically with Taurus 1 of QE2, but not structurally connected. The themes from Taurus II are revisited Orabidoo and Five Miles Out.

The lyrics have a variety of things on the subject; Family Man in a married man is brought by a prostitute into temptation; Orabidoo is a 13 - minute piece in which, in the final minutes of the praises of Ireland is sung; in Five Miles Out finally reported the enthusiastic pilot Oldfield via a self standenen by bad weather emergency with the aircraft. Mount Teide refers to as instrumental piece its inspiration from Pico del Teide on the Canary Island of Tenerife and engages musical a passage from Taurus I in the far slower pace again. The album heralded a new phase in Oldfield's work since 1982 to more than better to be marketed commercially ( as sung ) were with to find songs on the albums. Only in 1990 presented with Oldfield Amarok again a purely instrumental album, also on subsequent albums, there are at most short sung passages ( last album from the 2008 Music Of The Spheres ).

In the booklet to Oldfield Crises writes: ' One side is very commercial ( ... ) while the other is more the stuff I want to do for personal satisfaction. It's a case of keeping everybody happy ' ( ' One side is very commercial (...) while the other rather contains the material that I create for personal gratification. Both sides are happy ').

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UK # 7, D # 7, R # 10, S # 5 N # 16, USA # 164