Legal name: Michael Gordon Oldfield

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Michael Gordon Oldfield (born 15 May 1953) is an English musician, songwriter, and producer best known for his debut studio album Tubular Bells (1973), which became an unexpected critical and commercial success. Though primarily a guitarist, Oldfield plays a range of instruments, which includes keyboards and percussion, as well as vocals. He has adopted a range of musical styles throughout his career, including progressive rock, world, folk, classical, electronic, ambient, and new age music.

Oldfield took up the guitar at age ten and left school in his teens to embark on a music career. From 1967 to 1970, he and his sister Sally Oldfield were a folk duo The Sallyangie, after which he performed with Kevin Ayers. In 1971, Oldfield started work on Tubular Bells which caught the attention of Richard Branson, who agreed to release it on his new label, Virgin Records. Its opening was used in the horror film The Exorcist and the album went on to sell over 2.7 million copies in the UK. Oldfield followed it with Hergest Ridge (1974), Ommadawn (1975), and Incantations (1978), all of which feature longform and mostly instrumental pieces.

In the late 1970s, Oldfield began to tour and release more commercial and song-based music, beginning with Platinum (1979), QE2 (1980), and Five Miles Out (1982). His most successful album of this period was Crises (1983), which features the worldwide hit single "Moonlight Shadow" with vocalist Maggie Reilly. After signing with WEA in the early 1990s, Oldfield's most significant album of the decade was Tubular Bells II (1992) and he experimented with virtual reality and gaming content with his MusicVR project. In 2012, he performed at the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games held in London. Oldfield's discography includes 26 studio albums, nine of which have reached the UK top-ten. His final album, Return to Ommadawn was released in 2017. Oldfield's label announced his retirement in 2023.

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Discography

Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1990Tubular Bells / AmarokMike Oldfield1

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1973Tubular BellsMike Oldfield4.1555
1974Hergest RidgeMike Oldfield4.3512
1975OmmadawnMike Oldfield4.120
1975The Orchestral Tubular BellsMike Oldfield3.6513
1978IncantationsMike Oldfield4.111
1979PlatinumMike Oldfield4.2517
1980QE2Mike Oldfield4.614
1982Five Miles OutMike Oldfield3.619
1983CrisesMike Oldfield3.8526
1984DiscoveryMike Oldfield3.514
1987IslandsMike Oldfield410
1989Earth MovingMike Oldfield2.8511
1990AmarokMike Oldfield4.1511
1991Heaven’s OpenMichael Oldfield38
1992Tubular Bells IIMike Oldfield4.25
1994The Songs of Distant EarthMike Oldfield4.210
1996VoyagerMike Oldfield4.254
1997The Garden of LoveKevin Ayers, Mike Oldfield, Robert Wyatt, David Bedford, Lol Coxhill1
1998Tubular Bells IIIMike Oldfield4.54
1999GuitarsMike Oldfield43
1999The Millennium BellMike Oldfield43
2002Tr3s LunasMike Oldfield3.410
2003Tubular Bells 2003Mike Oldfield45
2005Light + ShadeMike Oldfield44
2007Tubular Bells, Part 1Mike Oldfield; Piano Ensemble1
2008Music of the SpheresMike Oldfield4.45
2012Journey Into SpaceTerry Oldfield feat. Mike Oldfield1
2014Man on the RocksMike Oldfield410
2017Return to OmmadawnMike Oldfield3.44

Album + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1976BoxedMike Oldfield44
1976CollaborationsMike Oldfield2
1980ImpressionsMike Oldfield1
1981EpisodesMike Oldfield3
1981Music Wonderland: Mike Oldfield’s Wonderful MusicMike Oldfield54
1981Mike Oldfield's WonderlandMike Oldfield1
1981The SinglesMike Oldfield1
1985The Complete Mike OldfieldMike Oldfield4.257
1987A Virgin CompilationMike Oldfield1
1988The Wind ChimesMike Oldfield1
1990Collector's Edition: Platinum / QE2 / Five Miles OutMike Oldfield1
1990Collectors' EditionMike Oldfield1
1993The Best of Mike Oldfield: ElementsMike Oldfield3.751
1993Elements: 1973–1991Mike Oldfield1
1997The Essential Mike OldfieldMike Oldfield2
1998Five Miles Out / Crises / Heaven's OpenMike Oldfield1
1998Ommadawn / The Orchestral Tubular Bells / Earth MovingMike Oldfield1
2001The Best of Tubular BellsMike Oldfield1
2002CollectionMike Oldfield2
2003The Complete Tubular BellsMike Oldfield1
2006The Platinum CollectionMike Oldfield1
2008Tubular Bells II / Tubular Bells IIIMike Oldfield1
2008Collection PrestigeMike Oldfield1
2009The CollectionMike Oldfield3
2011Tubular Bells + Hergest RidgeMike Oldfield1
2012IconMike Oldfield1
2012Classic Album Selection (Six Albums 1973–1980)Mike Oldfield1
2012Two Sides: The Very Best of Mike OldfieldMike Oldfield2
2013Moonlight Shadow: The CollectionMike Oldfield1
2014The Studio Albums: 1992–2003Mike Oldfield1
2015The Best of Mike Oldfield: 1992-2003Mike Oldfield1
2015The Best of: 1992–2003Mike Oldfield1
2015Lo Mejor De... Mike OldfieldMike Oldfield1
2016Original Album SeriesMike Oldfield1

Album + Compilation + Remix

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2016The 1984 SuiteMike Oldfield1

Album + Soundtrack

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1984The Killing Fields: Original Film SoundtrackMike Oldfield4.358
2015The Space MovieMike Oldfield2
2019The Space Movie (The Full Original Unreleased 103 Minute Soundtrack)Mike Oldfield1

Album + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1979ExposedMike Oldfield56
1992Tubular Bells II Live at the Edinburgh CastleMike Oldfield42
1993Pavarotti & Friends: “Pavarotti International” Charity Gala Concert (live, 1992-09-27: Parco Novi Sad, Modena, Italy)Pavarotti and Friends StingZuccheroLucio DallaNeville BrothersAaron NevilleSuzanne VegaMike OldfieldBrian MayBob GeldofPatricia KaasMichael Kamen2
1999Tubular Bells II & III LiveMike Oldfield1
2003The Art in Heaven Concert (Live in Berlin)Mike Oldfield4
2006Live at Montreux 1981Mike Oldfield2

Album + Remix

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2010Je pense à toi (Henrik Schwarz remix) / Tubular bells (Âme re-interpretation)Amadou & Mariam / Mike Oldfield2
2013Tubular BeatsMike Oldfield32

Single

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1973Tubular BellsMike Oldfield1
1974Mike Oldfield’s Single (theme from Tubular Bells)Mike Oldfield1
1974Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) / Tubular BellsThe Rolling Stones / Mike Oldfield1
1975Don AlfonsoMike Oldfield3
1975OmmadawnMike Oldfield42
1975In Dulci JubiloMike Oldfield1
1975Theme from OmmadawnMike Oldfield1
1976PortsmouthMike Oldfield1
1977William Tell OvertureMike Oldfield2
1977Cuckoo Song / Pipe TuneMike Oldfield & Les Penning1
1978Take 4Mike Oldfield2
1979GuiltyMike Oldfield4
1979Blue PeterMike Oldfield1
1980ArrivalMike Oldfield1
1980Sheba / Wonderful LandMike Oldfield1
1980North Star / Platinum FinaleMike Oldfield1
1980Wonderful LandMike Oldfield1
1982Five Miles OutMike Oldfield3
1982Family ManMike Oldfield1
1982MistakeMike Oldfield2
1983Moonlight ShadowMike Oldfield9
1983Shadow on the WallMike Oldfield and Roger Chapman4
1984Crime of PassionMike Oldfield3
1984To FranceMike Oldfield4

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