Q (9/00, p.126) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...The most incident-packed of his '70s releases: you're never more than 2 minutes away from a crescendo or a beautiful interlude..."
Personnel: Mike Oldfield (acoustic & electric guitars, accordion, piano, organ, keyboards, synthesizer, organ, glockenspiel, timpani, cymbals, tambourine, triangle, tubular bells, programming); John Cleese (vocals); Sally Oldfield (background vocals).
When the rights to Mike Oldfield's classic 1973 album returned to him in 2008, he decided to reissue the piece in an expanded form. This 2009 release features a stereo remix and some other bonus material. The work itself still astounds, a densely layered, richly textured tapestry of sound that put "minimalist" musical ideas in a pop music context, and also presaged New Age instrumentals. Years later, the album still holds up, unveiling hidden, layered delights with each listen.