Mike Oldfield ‎– QE2 -1980 Ambient (vinyl)


Mike Oldfield ‎– QE2 -1980 Ambient (vinyl)

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The longest tracks on the album are "Taurus I" and the title track, "QE2", lasting 10 minutes and 7 minutes respectively. Some years later The Shadows responded to Oldfield's cover of "Wonderful Land", by releasing a cover of Oldfield's "Moonlight Shadow". The cover songs were released as singles; and the helicopter cover for "Arrival" was clearly a reference to ABBA's Arrival album cover.

The album was the first Oldfield album to feature Maggie Reilly as a collaborator. Some tracks on the album feature vocals sung through vocoder. "Conflict" has an excerpt from J. S. Bach’s "Badinerie" (the last part of Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor). The lyrics for "Celt" were written by Tim Cross.

"Molly" was made for his daughter, Molly Oldfield, who would later play keyboards on The Songs of Distant Earth and play a part in the Songs for Survival project. She went on to work on the BBC Two programme, QI as a "QI Elf", a researcher.

The European Adventure Tour 1981, which ran from March to August of that year, was in promotion of the album.

Album title and artwork

The album and its title track were named after the then 11-year-old Cunard Line ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2. The album cover design appears to be a close-up of the side of the ship, complete with Plimsoll Line in the lower left corner. The first pressing even had a porthole cut out in the sleeve. The inside of the original foldout LP sleeve featured a schematic of one of the Queen Elizabeth 2's decks as well as a stylised picture of her engine; these have not been reprinted in later reissues, except for the 2012 reissue by Mercury Records on CD and LP, which reinstates all the elements of the original artwork with the exception of the cut-out porthole.

Label:Virgin ‎– VL-2216
Format:Vinyl, LP, Album

Sleeve Condition (Out of 10) ~ 10 / with inner sleeve 
Label Condition (Out of 10) ~ 10 
Vinyl Condition ~ (Out of 10) 
Side 1 - 10
side 2 - 10 
BIN # *67


A1 Taurus 1 10:17
A2 Sheba 3:32
A3 Conflict 2:48
A4 Arrival 2:45
B1 Wonderful Land 3:37
B2 Mirage 4:39
B3 QE2 7:39
B4 Celt 3:04
B5 Molly 1:13

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