QE2 (album)

QE2 (album)

Infobox Album | Name = QE2
Type = studio
Artist = Mike Oldfield

Released = start date|1980|10|31|df=yes
Recorded = Denham, 1980
Genre = Progressive rock
Length = 39:51
Label = Virgin
Producer = David Hentschel, Mike Oldfield
Reviews =
* Allmusic Rating|3|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:9q5j8qfbbt04 link]
Last album = "Platinum"
This album = "QE2"
Next album = "Five Miles Out"
Misc = Singles
Name = QE2
Type = studio
Single 1 = Arrival
Single 1 date = 12 September 1980
Single 2 = Sheba" / "Wonderful Land
Single 2 date = 28 November 1980

"QE2" is a record album mostly written and performed by Mike Oldfield, released in 1980 (see 1980 in music).

This was his sixth new album and featured original Oldfield compositions plus two short songs from bands ABBA ("Arrival") and The Shadows ("Wonderful Land").


The album went to number one on the German album charts when it was released. In Norway the album peaked at #23 and at #27 in the UK Albums Chart.

Album analysis

The Longest tracks on the album are "Taurus I" and the title track, "QE2". Both are typical Oldfield compositions, featuring various strong melodies using both modern and traditional instruments.

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 a parody of 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 "Celt" lyrics were by Tim Cross and appear to be nonsense syllables chosen for their pleasing sounds rather than any actual meaning (many Oldfield works feature this).

"Molly" was made for his daughter, Molly Oldfield, who would later play keyboards on "The Songs of Distant Earth".

Album title and artwork

The album and its title track were named for the Cunard Line ocean liner RMS "Queen Elizabeth 2". In fact, if one looks closely at the album, it appears to be a closeup of the side of the ship, complete with water level marks 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 stylified picture of her engines. Sadly these have not been reprinted in later reissues.

Track listing

# "Taurus I" (Mike Oldfield) – 10:16
# "Sheba" (Oldfield) – 3:33
# "Conflict" (Oldfield) – 2:53
# "Arrival" (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus) – 2:48
# "Wonderful Land" (Jerry Lordan) – 3:38
# "Mirage" (Oldfield) – 4:41
# "QE2" (Oldfield, David Hentschel) – 7:38
# "Celt" (Oldfield, Tim Cross) – 3:06
# "Molly" (Oldfield) – 1:15

On the original vinyl label of the album "QE2" is listed as two tracks, "QE2" by Oldfield/Hentschel and "QE2 Finale" by Oldfield, but gives them running time as a single piece.

Mike Oldfield plays

Acoustic guitar, African drums, banjo, bass guitar, Celtic harp, drum machine, electric guitar, mandolin, marimbas, percussion, piano, rhythm sticks, Spanish guitar, synthesizers, timpani, vibraphone, vocoder, and vocals

Other performers

* English Chorale – vocals
* Guy Barkertrumpet
* Phil Collins – drums
* Tim Cross – piano, synthesizers
* Raul D'Olivera – trumpet
* Mike FryeAfrican drums, vocoder, drums, timpani, hi-hat
* David Hentschel – synthesizers, drums, vocals
* Paul Niemantrombone
* Morris Pert – drums
* Maggie Reilly – vocals
* Dick Studtstrings
* Philip Toddtenor saxophone

* Strings and choir arranged by David Bedford.
* Horns arranged by David Hentschel.

External links

* [http://tubular.net/discography/QE2.shtml Mike Oldfield Discography - "QE2"] at Tubular.net
* [http://tubular.net/discography/QE2LP.shtml "QE2" LP artwork] at Tubular.net
* [http://rcarter.34sp.com/oldfield/qe2.html Mike Oldfield Discography - "QE2"] at Richard Carter

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