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MIKE OLDFIELD - The DVD Collection 4 [1979-1980]
Platinum Special

01. Intro ('North Star' in the background) 01:07
02. Blue Peter (videoclip) 02:21
03. The Making of Blue Peter 10:26
04. Blue Peter Top Of The Pops (alternative version) 02:21
05. Blue Peter Top Of The Pops (single version) 02:07
06. Blue Peter Opening Titles 00:37
07. North Star Playback & live on TV 04:40

08.
Impressions TV advert 01:52
09. Alright Now 00:35
10. TV Interview and Tour Documentary 13:25
11. Munich On Tour with Friends 16:30
12. Live at Knebworth incl. 'Pastosi' at the end 73:35
13. Credits ('Sally I’m Just a Gorilla' in the background) 01:13

EXTRAS:
14. The Space Movie 89:17
15. Photo Gallery ('Punkaddidle' in the background) 04:20
16. Essential Interview 08:21


Total Time: 232:47


DETAILS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

 

1979 - 1989 BLUE PETER OPENING TITLES
Mike recorded the theme music for the BBC series ‘Blue Peter’ .
It is children magazine program which has run since the end of the 50s. The show has different segments where the presenters would show the viewers how to make things, how to care for your pet, and other features.
The track is one of the best known pieces of music on TV and has been used on the programme since the first ever episode in 1958. There have been lots of different version of the opening tune but perhaps the most famous is Mike Oldfield’s track from 1979, which was also released as a single. The piece ran from January 1979 to June 1989.

 

00:37

 

1979 THE MAKING OF BLUE PETER
Mike in his home-studio showing former Blue Peter presenter Simon Groom how he records
the song by overdubbing each single instrument.
Mike Oldfield's version of the Blue Peter theme was the first time the arrangement had changed since the programme began in 1958, and it had its genesis in his appearance on the programme in 1979 to demonstrate how modern pop music was created using multi-track recording techniques. Oldfield additionally recorded a new version of the programme's closing music, which runs for just 20 seconds and has never been commercially released. The released version of the theme is actually a further re-recording, which incorporates many subtle changes compared to the TV versionand being mixed in stereo. The TV version was mono-only (British television was not broadcasting in stereo at that time) and has never been made available for sale.

 

10:26

 

1979.07 THE SPACE MOVIE
The Space Movie is a documentary film produced by Tony Palmer at the request of NASA, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
The music for The Space Movie was produced by Mike. The film included pieces from Oldfield's released works, including Tubular Bells, Hergest Ridge, Ommadawn, ‘Portsmouth’ and then-new album, Incantations. It also featured excerpts from the orchestral arrangements of Oldfield's first two albums, The Orchestral Tubular Bells and notably The Orchestral Hergest Ridge, which has never been released.

 

89:17

 

1979 ALRIGHT NOW. THE TUBE, TYNE TEES TV
Excerpt of the music video. This is a cover version of the 1970 Free song, recorded during
the Platinum sessions and used as the theme for a rock music television series also called
Allright Now made by Tyne Tees Television. The vocals are by Wendy Roberts, while Pierre Moerlen and Tom Newman also contributed. The single was never issued to the public.

 

00:35

 

1979.11.30 BLUE PETER (VIDEOCLIP)
Blue Peter is a rendition of the theme tune for the British children's television show Blue Peter was used by the show between 1979 and 1989.
The music video for 'Blue Peter' shows Oldfield competing in a race with various kinds of vehicles. The intro is filmed in black and white and begins with a silent movie style.
The end of the video appears to parody the His Master's Voice logo with a gramophone and a dog (i.e. Nipper).
The royalties from the single went to the Cambodia appeal.
The video is available on the DVD Elements

 

02:21

 

1979.12.20 TOP OF THE POPS BLUE PETER [LEGS & CO]
British music chart television programme 'Top of the Pops'
Pan's People dancing to Blue Peter by Mike Oldfield.
Single version of Blue Peter in the background.

 

02:07

 

1979.12.20 TOP OF THE POPS BLUE PETER [LEGS & CO]
As above but in the background alternative version of Blue Peter.
Longer with opening titles of the programme “Top of the Pops” .
Probably broadcasted on another date.

 

02:21

 

1980 NORTH STAR. SUDWESTFUNKCLUB. GERMANY
Perf. North Star playback, live at Sudwestfunkclub.

 

04:40

 

1980.04.29 IN CONCERT TOUR. MÜNCHEN, OLYMPIAHALLE
'With Friends On Tour', film Stefanie Schoener.
It begins with Mike in the very middle of Punkadiddle final adlib guitar solo (the only one available on video), interposed by interview subtitled in german and by pre-concert scenes (Maggie Reilly is knitting). Then the band performs a fantastic version of Platinum.
This too interrupted a couple of time by the interview, during which you can see Mike’s wife with their newborn daughter Molly.

 

16:30

 

1980 NATIONWIDE REPORT
Oldfield special. Reporting – Tony Wilkinson. Mike is interviewed in his home.
He shows how he pilots his helicopter and then flies over his property and country land.
Platinum and Tubular Bells part 1 live excerpts from unknown concert or rehearsals.
Ian Emes is also briefly interviewed about the animations used during the 1980 tour.

 

13:25

 

1980.06.21 THE ESSENTIAL MIKE OLDFIELD
It was recorded live at Knebworth Festival during 'In Concert Tour' in front of 45,000 people.
Tracks: Guilty, Tubular Bells parts 1 & 2, Ommadawn part 1
The concert interposed by some demonstrations on guitar in his studio at home and how his songs came into being, sources and guitar-technique to it.

The material comes from spanish DVD bootleg including 'Pastosi' at the end.
Whole interview subtitled in spanish is also available as extra on the DVD.

 

73:35

 

1980.10 IMPRESSIONS TV ADVERT
Impressions – compilation album originally released on October 1980 as a double vinyl set
and cassette by Tellydisc it was only available by mail-order.

 

01:52

         
         
         

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