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An Ommadawn Chorus: Mike Oldfield's Favourite Albums
Gary Kaill , January 23rd, 2017 10:59

As Mike Oldfield releases new album Return To Ommadawn he guides Gary Kaill through 13 albums that he listened to before he began making music - after which he never listened to much music at all


Cream - Disraeli Gears
And it wasn't just Led Zeppelin, of course. Cream, too. For a three piece, they made such a rich sound and they could really replicate that sound when they played live. I played Disraeli Gears a lot, as did  pretty much everyone. And I used to love Eric Clapton, of course. A very, very gifted player. I loved how he would play two solos at once - you know, a question and an answer? There’s this piece on the Piltdown Man part of Tubular Bells where I have two guitars playing solos and they interweave like that. And that was hugely influenced by Eric Clapton and Cream.