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Crises
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Released on May 27th, 1983
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Tracklist
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UK version
Side one
01. Crises
Side two
01. Moonlight Shadow
02. In High Places
03. Foreign Affair
04. Taurus 3
05. Shadow on the Wall
North American version
Side one
01. Mistake
02. In High Places
03. Foreign Affair
04. Taurus 3
05. Shadow on the Wall
06. Moonlight Shadow
Side two
01. Crises
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Crises is the eighth record album by Mike Oldfield, released in 1983. Oldfield's well known hit "Moonlight Shadow" appears on the album.
Album analysis
The title track of the album is a twenty minute long piece, featuring a small amount of vocals, sung by Oldfield. The beginning and end of the track are driven by a synthesised lead passage, stylistically similar to the opening theme to Oldfield's Tubular Bells.

The album also features the massive hit "Moonlight Shadow", sung by Maggie Reilly, who also sang and co-wrote "Foreign Affair". "In High Places" has lyrics by Mike Oldfield and Jon Anderson. "Shadow on the Wall" has vocals by Roger Chapman. The album includes "Taurus 3", a short fast-paced guitar piece unlike the previous two long multi-themed "Taurus" tracks featured on QE2 and Five Miles Out respectively.

The Crises Tour 1983 was in promotion of the album.
Recording details
The album was recorded between November 1982 and April 1983 using an Ampex ATR 124 tape recorder, a Neve 8108 with Necam console, and Westlake Monitors, in Denham, England. Oldfield used a Gibson SG Junior for overdriven guitar sounds and a Fender Stratocaster for clean sounds. Tama Drums were Simon Phillips' brand of choice for drums on the album; Phillips also did some production work. Oldfield makes extensive use of Oberheim and Fairlight keyboards.

Asked how he recruited Chapman and Anderson in an interview, Oldfield answered "we just hang out in the same bar". The "Moonlight Shadow" single from this album includes the rare track "Rite of Man". The North American version of the album has a different running order and includes the single "Mistake".
Re-release
In 2000 along with Oldfield's other Virgin Records albums it was reissued in HDCD format, and it is due to be reissued again by Mercury Records in the 2010s.
Artwork
The album's cover art was by Terry Ilott. Oldfield makes reference to the artwork with the line, "the watcher and the tower, waiting hour, by hour" (printed in the back cover of the LP, and sung by Mike Oldfield on the title track). In the interview mentioned before, Oldfield stated that: "I´m the man in the corner, and the tower is my music."
Personnel
• Mike Oldfield – guitars on all tracks except "Foreign Affair" (including Ovation Adamus electroacoustic guitar, Ramirez Spanish guitar & Manson acoustic guitar on "Taurus 3"); Fairlight CMI on all tracks except "Taurus 3"; Roland string synthesizer (probably the RS-202) on "Crises", "In High Place", "Foreign Affair" & "Shadow on the Wall", Oberheim OB-Xa synthesizer on "Crises" & "In High Places"; Farfisa organ & piano & Prophet 5 synthesizer on "Crises"; bass guitar on "Crises" & "Shadow on the Wall"; acoustic bass guitar on "Taurus 3"; harp on "Crises"; mandolin on "Crises" & "Taurus 3"; banjo on "Taurus 3" & "Shadow on the Wall"; Simmons electronic drums on "Crises"; bells & tambourine & shaker on "Taurus 3"; Oberheim DMX drum machine & Oberheim DSX digital polyphonic sequencer & Quantec Room Simulator reverb unit on "Crises"; vocals on "Crises".
Additional personnel
• Maggie Reilly – vocals on "Moonlight Shadow" & "Foreign Affair"
• Jon Anderson – vocals on "In High Places"
• Roger Chapman – vocals on "Shadow on the Wall"
• Simon Phillips – acoustic Tama drums, co-production, special effects, shaker on "Foreign Affair" & "Taurus 3", finger-snaps & bells & tambourine & boots on "Taurus 3"
• Ant (Anthony Glynne) – guitars on "Crises" & "Shadow on the Wall"
• Rick Fenn – guitar on "Crises"
• Phil Spalding – bass guitar on "Crises" & "Moonlight Shadow"
• Pierre Moerlen - vibraphone on "In High Places"
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Crises
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Re-released on September 2nd, 2013
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Tracklist
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Side one
01. Crises
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Side two
01. Moonlight Shadow
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02. In High Places
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03. Foreign Affair
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04. Taurus 3
(2013 Remaster)
05. Shadow on the Wall
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Mercury Records 2013
Crises was re-issued by Mercury Records on 2 September 2013, along with Five Miles Out. It is available as a single CD, a 2CD Deluxe Edition (album disc and live highlights CD), a vinyl LP and a 5 disc (3 CD and 2 DVD) boxed set. The boxed set also includes a 32-page hardback book. There will also be a 500 copy limited edition vinyl available on transparent green vinyl. The re-issue is also available as digital download in 16 and 24 bit 44.1 kHz FLAC/ALAC and 320kbit/s MP3 in two versions. The super-deluxe edition contains the tracks of discs one through three, the album contains the tracks of the single CD.

Track listing
Single disc edition
01. "Crises" (2013 Remaster) 20:57
02. "Moonlight Shadow" (2013 Remaster) 3:38
03. "In High Places" (2013 Remaster) 3:33
04. "Foreign Affair" (2013 Remaster) 3:53
05. "Taurus 3" (2013 Remaster) 2:25
06. "Shadow on the Wall" (2013 Remaster) 3:10
07. "Moonlight Shadow "(2013 Unplugged Mix) 3:35
08. "Shadow on the Wall" (2013 Unplugged Mix) 3:21
09. "Mistake" (2013 Remaster) 2:56
10. "Crime of Passion" (Extended Version / 2013 Remaster) 4:10
11. "Jungle Gardenia" (2013 Remaster) 2:46
12. "Moonlight Shadow" (12" Single / 2013 Remaster) 5:15
13. "Shadow on the Wall" (12" Single / 2013 Remaster) 5:09

Deluxe Edition
Disc 1
As per single disc edition
Disc 2
Live Highlights from Wembley Arena 22 July 1983 Crises Tour
01. "Taurus I" 9:14
02. "Taurus II" 23:08
03. "Crises" 23:15
04. "Moonlight Shadow" 5:28
05. "Shadow on the Wall" 6:26
06. "Family Man" 4:14

30th Anniversary Box Set
Disc 1
As per single disc edition
Disc 2
Live at Wembley Arena 22 July 1983 Crises Tour
01. "Woodhenge" / "Incantations Part Three" 8:09
02. "Sheba" 3:23
03. "Ommadawn Part One" 8:52
04. "Mount Teidi" 4:10
05. "Five Miles Out" 5:03
06. "Tubular Bells Part One" 18:44
Disc 3
As per Deluxe edition Disc 2
Disc 4 - DVD
01. "Crises" (Live at Wembley Arena) 22:35
02. "Tubular Bells Part One" (Live at Wembley Arena) 19:10
03. "Moonlight Shadow" 3:42
04. "Shadow on the Wall" 3:08
05. "Moonlight Shadow" (BBC "Top of the Pops" 23 June 1983) 3:15
06. "Crime of Passion" 3:42
Disc 5 – DVD
2013 Remaster / 5.1 Surround Sound
01. "Crises" 20:38
02. "Moonlight Shadow" 4:00
03. "In High Places" 3:53
04. "Foreign Affair" 4:13
05. "Taurus 3" 2:50
06. "Shadow on the Wall" 5:13
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