It was the 1974 record that provided the international awakening of the progressive masters.
uDiscover Music's celebration of the best tracks that contain the human voice in narrative, rather than rhyming form.
The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has a unique and much-revered place in the music firmament.
With the right song, at the right moment, great film soundtracks can sear a cinematic moment into your mind forever. Here are just a few of our favourites.
'In Dulci Jubilo' was not just Oldfield's first UK top five single, but has become a part of the sound of Christmas in his home country.
It may get many people's vote as the ultimate Wings album, but it took nearly nine months to reach No. 1 in the UK.
Virgin Records co-founder Nik Powell and childhood friend of Richard Branson, Nik Powell has died in Oxford from cancer at the age of 69.
The best Halloween songs are frightfully good, horribly catchy, and a right old monster mash-up of floor-filling classics. Listen... if you dare...
The multi-instrumentalist found himself in the unusual position of seeing his second album replaced at the top by his first.
One of the greatest-ever sequences of musical creativity was in full flow in 1974, with Stevie's 'Fulfillingness' First Finale.'
The albums' new editions include bonus discs featuring live and previously unreleased studio recordings.
The music world is full of talented multi-instrumentalists, and the best one-man bands have a unique vision that only they can achieve, alone in the studio.
It was a tale involving an American hit that Oldfield didn’t approve of, a hit horror film, a complete rearrangement and Richard Branson’s sister.
He combined the experimental and the radio-friendly, and returned to the UK top ten.
A new artist and a new record label were on people's lips in May 1973.