The Songs of Distant Earth

The Songs of Distant Earth

by Mike OldfieldMike Oldfield


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Mike Oldfield's The Songs of Distant Earth was inspired by a book by science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, who gave the album a ringing endorsement in the liner notes. Of course, the association between literature and music is something more felt than generally understood, and while Oldfield's recording was shot through with sound effects that seemed to relate to space travel (countdowns, etc.), it was less reminiscent of any writing than it was of earlier works by Oldfield. And though by 1996 Oldfield could make some claim to being the godfather not only of new age but of the recently popular version of it steeped in Celtic music (i.e., Enya), he remained grounded in progressive rock so that, with its recurrent backbeat and stately, but penetrating guitar solos, his music continued to seem closer to Pink Floyd than to Windham Hill.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/06/1996
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624593324
catalogNumber: 45933
Rank: 83787


  1. In the Beginning
  2. Let There Be Light
  3. Supernova
  4. Magellan
  5. First Landing
  6. Oceania
  7. Only Time Will Tell
  8. Prayer for the Earth
  9. Lament for Atlantis
  10. The Chamber
  11. Hibernaculum
  12. Tubular World
  13. The Shining Ones
  14. Crystal Clear
  15. The Sunken Forest
  16. Ascension
  17. A New Beginning

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mike Oldfield   Primary Artist
Tallis Scholars   Vocals,Ensemble
Cori Josias   Vocals
Dinesh   Tabla
Ella Harper   Vocals
David Nickless   Vocals
Molly Oldfield   Keyboards
Roame   Vocals
Verulam Consort (Members Of)   Vocals,Ensemble

Technical Credits

Mike Oldfield   Producer,Engineer
Tallis Scholars   Contributor
Mark Rutherford   Contributor,Rhythm Loops
Sugar J.   Rhythm Loops
Rob Dickins   Executive Producer
Richard Barrie   Engineer
Eric Cadieux   Programming
Arthur C. Clarke   Liner Notes

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