Impressions – Mike Oldfield – 1980



Album Impressions by Mike Oldfield
Album Impressions by Mike Oldfield

This album is a collection of four instrumental pieces composed and performed by Mike Oldfield, a British musician known for his innovative and eclectic style.

The album showcases Oldfield’s versatility and skill in blending various genres and influences, such as rock, folk, classical, electronic, and ambient music. The album was recorded in Oldfield’s home studio in Buckinghamshire, England, using a variety of instruments and equipment, including guitars, keyboards, synthesizers, drums, percussion, and the Fairlight CMI sampler. The album was released in 1980 by Virgin Records and received positive reviews from critics and fans alike. The album reached number 16 on the UK Albums Chart and number 26 on the Billboard 200 in the US. The album is considered one of Oldfield’s best works and a landmark in his career.

The music of the album Impressions itself was strong, showcasing Oldfield’s signature progressive rock style. However, the lack of new material limited its appeal for many.



  • Mike Oldfield – guitars, bass, mandolin, banjo, keyboards, percussion, vocals
  • David Bedford – orchestral arrangements, keyboards
  • Pierre Moerlen – drums, percussion
  • Wendy Roberts – vocals
  • Maddy Prior – vocals
  • Phil Beer – fiddle
  • Jon Field – flute
  • Herbie Flowers – tuba
  • Ray Gay – trumpet
  • David Hentschel – synthesizer
  • Steve Hillage – guitar
  • Morris Pert – percussion
  • Terry Oldfield – flute
  • Pekka Pohjola – bass
  • Tom Newman – producer, engineer, vocals
  • Simon Heyworth – producer, engineer
  • Philip R. Newell – producer, engineer
  • Richard Harvey – recorder, krumhorn


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