Though something of a historical footnote to the American rock audience, Mike Oldfield is a veteran who continues to appeal to a large sector of listeners in his native Britain, more than 30 years after his debut solo album. Born in Reading, England, in 1953, Oldfield was something of a prodigy. His first LP, folk music recorded with his sister Sally (with whom he would continue to collaborate over the years), came in 1967 under the name Sallyangie. Oldfield followed that up by joining Kevin Ayers in the art-rock band Whole World, and they recorded Shooting at the Moon. Soon, Oldfield was at work on what was, quite literally, a solo project -- he played most of the 30 instruments on the album-length composition Tubular Bells. Budding entrepreneur Richard Branson bankrolled the sessions, but none of the established British labels was interested in the somewhat outre disc. Eventually, Branson founded his own company to issue the LP, and Virgin Records became the base of his empire after Tubular Bells spent months at No. 1 in the U.K. charts. The record also won a Grammy, and its main theme was used in the demonic-possession saga The Exorcist. Oldfield has celebrated the title with a ... See More
Mike Oldfield Concert Films
Live at Montreux
Runtime: 1 hr 45 minMike Oldfield took the world of music by storm at the age of 19 in 1973 with the release of his debut album, "Tubular Bells", which hit the No.1 spot in numerous countries and has gone on to sell in excess of 16 million copies worldwide. A naturally shy man, it was not until the end of the decade that he began to play live on a regular basis. In 1981, by now a confident stage performer, he embarked on his European Adventure Tour, which took in the Montreux Festival in July, where he performed in front of an enthusiastic sold out audience.
Mike Oldfield Top Tracks
Live At the Acropolis
Runtime: 1 hr 41 minOn September 25, 1993, beneath the glow of the Parthenon, an audience assembled to witness Yanni’s extraordinary homecoming. Live At The Acropolis features the acclaimed composer’s most timeless works brought to life with a full band and orchestra.
On the Rock Trail
Runtime: 56 minFrom their early beginnings in the affluent University City of Cambridge, Pink Floyd rose, Phoenix-like, to create music that was both challenging and unique. While London was swinging in the sixties, Pink Floyd went psychedelic, producing sound and light shows that captured the mood of the time. With the departure of founding member Syd Barrett, Pink Floydâ€™s 1970s reincarnation produced such classic albums as â€œDarkside of the Moonâ€ and â€œWish You Were Hereâ€ before â€œThe Wallâ€ took them storming into the 1980s. Yet troubles behind the scenes resulted in the loss of Roger Walters and after legal battles over the Pink Floyd name, the band was rose again to achieve even greater success. The story of Pink Floyd is one of the most fascinating in the history of Rock, and â€œOn the Rock Trailâ€ will leave no stone unturned in the search of the men behind one of the Rockâ€™s biggest and most distinctive sounds. Presented by former artist manager from Londonâ€™s famous Tin Pan Alley, Liam Dale, â€œOn the Rock Trailâ€ takes you on an informative (and at times humorous) journey behind the scenes of these icons of the music industry. This documentary contains no music from Pink Floyd and is not authorized by Pink Floyd or any of their affiliate entities.
Live at Pompeii
Runtime: 2 hr 32 min45 years after Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour filmed ‘Live At Pompeii’ in the legendary Roman Amphitheatre there, he returned for two spectacular shows in July 2016, part of the year-long tour in support of his No.1 album ‘Rattle That Lock’. The performances were the first-ever rock concerts for an audience in the stone Roman amphitheatre, and, for two nights only, the 2,600-strong crowd stood exactly where gladiators would have fought in the first century AD. The show includes songs from throughout David's career, solo and with Pink Floyd, including 'One Of These Days', the only song that was also performed at the band’s 1971 show, as well as songs from ‘Rattle that Lock’, and 2006’s ‘On An Island’.
Classic Albums: So
Runtime: 59 minThe latest addition to the Classic Albums series tells the story behind the making of Peter Gabriel's 1986 album 'So'. It was Gabriel's 5th solo album and the first one to have a title (the others simply being called 'Peter Gabriel'). The album spawned a number of hits including 'Sledgehammer', 'Big Time', 'Don't Give Up' (a duet with Kate Bush) and 'In Your Eyes' which drove 'So' to multi-platinum worldwide sales and No. 1 in the UK and No. 2 in the US. 'So' was very much an album of the MTV generation and the distinctive videos for tracks like 'Sledgehammer', 'Red Rain', 'Big Time' and 'Don't Give Up' were key factors in the album's success. Featuring contributions from many of those involved in the making of the album and the videos, including Peter Gabriel himself, co-producer Daniel Lanois, the sound engineer, backing musicians and many more.
Tour Of The Universe
Runtime: 1 hr 14 minThe unique song writing and vocal talent of the legendary YES lead singer, Jon Anderson in his debut solo concept DVD. Jon Anderson – "Tour Of The Universe" is a musical passage through life, time and the world beyond, featuring many new songs as well as classic hits from his work with Yes and his collaborations with Vangelis. Recorded live at XM Radio Studios, Jon’s inimitable performance has been crafted with dramatic animation and innovative visuals to create this pioneering concept DVD. Following a hugely successful 35 Anniversary year with YES, sold-out tours across the world in 2003 and 2004, a UK number 1 DVD release – Yes Acoustic and UK top 10 Ultimate Collection CD, a big screen premiere of "YESSPEAK" shown simultaneously across 21 theatres in North America, national TV & Radio appearances and in-store performances amidst a whirlwind of press publicity – Jon continues to celebrate his musical career.
The Six Wives of Henry VIII: Live at Hampton Court Palace
Runtime: 1 hr 48 minThis spectacular 94-minute concert was recorded live with the Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra in 1975, at the Sydney Myer Concert Bowl in Melbourne Australia to a 30,000 audience. This mammoth sell-out concert to tens of thousands was at the end of the 'Journey Tour' to promote the album "Journey to the Centre of the Earth", which sold over 12,000,000 copies worldwide.
The concert opens with the greatest hits from Rick's biggest selling album The Six Wives of Henry VIII, followed by the complete 'Journey' and also includes hits from his then-new album King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. This is classic Rick Wakeman, one of the world's finest keyboard players, at the very pinnacle of his legendary progressive rock career.
Runtime: 60 minWith a Symphony Orchestra: Universally admired for their considerable studio prowess, British Supergroup, Yes have also been most famous for their unparalleled live shows. Yes pioneered the use of lasers, elaborate fantasy art inspired sets, "In-the-Round " revolving stages, the best sound engineering in the business and of course, their extraordinary musicianship. They've been blowing audiences away for over three decades.
40th Anniversary Reunion Concert
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Runtime: 1 hr 28 minThe legendary rock band reunited to celebrate their 40th Anniversary and headlined London's first High Voltage Rock Festival. This was the historic moment when Emerson Lake and Palmer performed for the first time since 1998. This spectacular performance recaptured the musical genius of Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer as they performed their greatest hits in front of thousands of fans.
Nothing Is Easy: Live At the Isle Of Wight 1970
Runtime: 1 hr 20 minNothing Is Easy is a true concert film, combining the classic performances from the festival with a new interview with Ian Anderson, specially shot for the film, and with backstage footage and original interviews from 1970 with Isle of Wight residents and fans attending the festival. Jethro Tull: Nothing Is Easy - Live at the Isle of Wight features the group's festival set in full. Also included in the film is footage of the band's appearance in the Rolling Stones' Rock And Roll Circus performing A Song For Jeffrey with Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath on guitar.
Berlin: A Concert For The People
Barclay James Harvest
Runtime: 58 minOn 30th August 1980, with the Berlin Wall still very much in place, Barclay James Harvest performed a celebratory concert in front of the Reichstag in Berlin for a vast German audience, estimated at 250,000. Throughout the seventies Barclay James Harvest were one of the most popular acts in Germany and this concert was presented as a thank you to all their fans. Featuring tracks from the then soon to be released Turn Of The Tide album plus classics from across their career, this concert is a celebration of Barclay James Harvest at their very best and at the height of their career. Bonus Features: Time Honoured Tales - Original 1975 promotional film featuring 5 tracks from the Time Honoured Ghosts album: 1) Jonathan 2) Titles 3) Moongirl 4) One Night 5) Beyond The Grave
Sum Of The Parts
Runtime: 1 hr 30 minThis is a feature-length documentary about Genesis - one of the most successful bands in rock history. And also one of the most vilified. A band that almost died in the mid-1970s with the loss of its leader ; it then survived a change of lead singer and style to storm the charts in the 1980s. Remarkably, its principle members developed successful solo careers in parallel with the band’s.
With full access to the key players, including Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins, the film recounts an extraordinary musical story .
They were British public school boys, whose experimental progressive rock band, led by Peter Gabriel, attracted for much of the 1970s a fervent, mainly young male, following. But then in the 1980s, the Phil Collins-led Genesis kicked into an altogether different, more pop, sound , attracting a massive following - including many young women fans . In the process, they became one the most successful bands in the world. Their 1986 album “Invisible Touch”, for example, produced five US top ten singles including number one with the title song.