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QE2 (Remastered)

Mike Oldfield

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Album Review

The beginnings of the "Taurus" series with "Taurus I," but little that springs out and sticks in the mind — even the title track, celebrating the ocean liner, is flat. On the whole, the best cuts here are the covers of "Arrival" and "Wonderful Land."

Customer Reviews

Why buy QE2?

Tubular Bells is entry-level for Oldfield fans: it's the Genesis moment, but there's another 65 books to go (if you know your Bible...)

So - what's QE2? Exodus? Revelation?

More like the Psalms: beautiful, fluid and deeply emotional music painted with soaring guitar notes, angelic chorus and....erm...Phil Collins on drums.

This album is magic - a new sound for MO as he moved from the early successes of Ommadawn and Hergest Rdige: edgier, more raw - but still unmistakably...Oldfield.

Buy it.

Nowhere Near As Bad As It Was Originally Received - Give It A Go

I remember when QE2 was first released in 1981, a now defunct music magazine reviewed it saying that anyone who listened to this was probably brain dead, other than die-hard Oldfield fans who would probably buy an album of his bathwater draining down the plughole (I was one of those people).

While it is a bit patchyy in places, there are many lovely moments on QE2 and one or two beautiful little melodies - when he puts his mind to it, Oldfield can do more with 4 or 5 notes than most people can do with an entire piano-full.

Taurus 1, Sheba and the title track are, for me, the standouts, with T1 and QE2 being given the time to develop into lovely pieces of music. You get the feeling that he was playing around with seeing if there was the germ of an entire album in these pieces but deciding not to go down that path.

Sheba is the perfect vehicle for Maggie Riley's incredible voice - in her Oldfield found a real gem.

I'm personally not that keen on the covers and some of the other tracks sound like filler, but buy this just for the 3 tracks I've mentioned.


Born: 15 May 1953 in Reading, England

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Composer Mike Oldfield rose to fame on the success of Tubular Bells, an eerie, album-length conceptual piece employed to stunning effect in the film The Exorcist. Born May 15, 1953, in Reading, England, Oldfield began his professional career at the age of 14, forming the Sallyangie folk duo with his sister Sally; a year later, the siblings issued their debut LP, Children of the Sun. By the age of 16, he was playing bass with Soft Machine founder Kevin Ayers' group the Whole World alongside experimental...
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