[Farther Miles] -- In March 1982, Mike Oldfield (of Tubular Bells fame) released his seventh studio album, Five Miles Out. Back in the day of LP and cassette sides, Side A of this record was entirely one 25 minute track called "Taurus II" (and, no, I did not select this week's album just because of my astrological sign). With one side dedicated to a single track, you probably guessed this record falls under the genre of progressive rock. "Taurus II" is kind of a followup to "Taurus I" from Oldfield's prior album, QE2 (1981), but it also has many other references and themes. I happen to like it as background music for driving or reading. Side B has four individual tracks, including the singles "Five Miles Out" and "Family Man" (a rock song which was later covered, and popularized, by Hall & Oates). Five Miles Out was a popular album, at least more so than Oldfield's prior few records, and it peaked at #7 in the UK. Both singles, however, failed to crack the top 40 (peaking at #43 and #45 respectively). This marked a revival of commercial success for Oldfield, though it would not rival the success of his first three records. I can find no actual music videos for any of the tracks, though there are some performances (like this one for "Five Miles Out," with a fine performance by Maggie Reilly), so I've simply embedded the entire YouTube playlist for you. (One of these days I'll return to a "read and hear more after the jump" style of post.)
Flashback: Five Miles Out (1982)
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