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Five Miles Out
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Released on March 19th, 1982
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Tracklist
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Side one
01. Taurus II
Side two
01. Family Man
02. Orabidoo
03. Mount Teide
04. Five Miles Out
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Five Miles Out is the seventh record album by Mike Oldfield, released in 1982, at a time when his music was moving away from large-scale symphonic pieces towards a more accessible pop style. It is one of the very few albums on which Oldfield sings lead vocals, as he is noted for not having any confidence in his voice's qualities. The album uses the Fairlight CMI as a main instrument and produced two singles.
Album analysis
The first track, "Taurus II", is a long-form piece with changing melodies and instrumental settings. It features many familiar sounds from his earlier albums, such as uilleann pipes and female chorus. During the vocal section (called "The Deep Deep Sound") the music quotes a theme from "Taurus I", a song from Oldfield's previous album, QE2. Immediately after the vocal section the main theme from "Taurus I" is also quoted. "Family Man" was Oldfield's first "real" rock song; Maggie Reilly provides vocals. It was released as a single. Hall & Oates covered the song in 1982 for their album H2O, with their version reaching #6 on the US pop charts and #15 in the UK. It thus became one of the very few songs penned by Oldfield to chart in the United States.

"Orabidoo" is another long and changing tune. It features vocals sung by Oldfield and Reilly, both through a vocoder. At the end of the track, there is a song, "Ireland's Eye", sung by Reilly and accompanied by acoustic guitar. The beginning of the tune quotes "Conflict" from Oldfield's previous album, QE2. The song also features sections from "Taurus II".

"Mount Teidi" is a shorter instrumental piece, named after Mount Teide on the Spanish island of Tenerife.

"Five Miles Out" was also released as a single. Despite being less than five minutes long, it had an unusually complex structure, with multiple vocal parts. The lyrics concerned Oldfield's experience of a near-tragic aeroplane flight. Reilly sings with a clean voice while Oldfield uses vocoder most of time himself. The song features the same guitar riff that appears in the beginning of "Taurus II".

Five Miles Out, the album, was more popular than Oldfield's last few releases. It charted at #7 in the UK, whereas both QE2 (1980) and Platinum (1979) had failed to reach the top twenty. Oldfield's commercial revival would continue with subsequent albums Crises (1983) and Discovery (1984).

The album was recorded in Buckinghamshire in 1981 and 1982, and the Five Miles Out World Tour 1982 was in promotion of the album.
Miscellaneous
• In "Orabidoo", at 9'12" there can be heard a sample from near the climax of Alfred Hitchcock's Young and Innocent, when the conductor of a dance band criticizes the drummer: "Don't come in again like that. It isn't funny and I pay someone else to make the orchestrations!"
Album artwork
The cover of the album features a vintage Lockheed Model 10 Electra aircraft, with similar markings to the one flown by Amelia Earhart in 1937. This is often mistaken for a Beechcraft Model 18 (a very similar aircraft) and is referred to in the lyrics of "Five Miles Out" ; "lost in static, 18" and "automatic, 18". The airplane has registration G-MOVJ, as also referenced in the lyrics (as "Golf Mike Oscar Victor Juliet").

The inner liner notes feature the track sheet for "Taurus II", with the lyrics of "Five Miles Out" embedded within. The track sheet shows the layout of instruments on the 24 track tape and indicates that it was recorded on an Ampex ATR-124 between September 1981 and January 1982.
Personnel
• Mike Oldfield – guitars, bass, keyboards, vocals, producer, engineer
• Richard Barrie – technical assistant
• Graham Broad – drums
• Tim Cross – keyboards
• Rick Fenn – guitars
• Martyn Ford – conductor for strings
• Mike Frye – percussion
• Richard Mainwaring – engineer
• Paddy Moloney – Uilleann pipes
• Tom Newman – engineer
• Maggie Reilly – vocals
• Carl Palmer – percussion
• Morris Pert – percussion, keyboards, arranger for strings
• Fin Costello – photographer
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Five Miles Out
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Re-released on September 2nd, 2013
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Tracklist
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Side one
01. Taurus II
(2013 Remaster)
Side two
01. Family Man
(2013 Remaster)
02. Orabidoo
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03. Mount Teide
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04. Five Miles Out
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2013 reissue
On 2 September 2013 Mercury Records reissued Five Miles Out, the same day as Crises. It is available as a single CD, vinyl and a 2CD/DVD Deluxe Edition. The vinyl also has a 500 copy limited edition on transparent yellow vinyl. The DVD contains video clips from the BBC's Six Fifty Five Special from 28 July 1982.

Deluxe Edition track listing
Disc 1
01. "Taurus II" (2013 Remaster) 24:45
02. "Family Man" (2013 Remaster) 3:45
03. "Orabidoo" (2013 Remaster) 13:03
04. "Mount Teidi" (2013 Remaster) 4:10
05. "Five Miles Out" (2013 Remaster) 4:22
06. "Waldberg (The Peak)" 3:27
07. "Five Miles Out" (Demo) 4:10
Disc 2
Live in Cologne – 6 December 1982 – Five Miles Out Tour
01. "Tubular Bells Part One" 23:12
02. "Sheba" 4:22
03. "Mirage" 5:37
04. "Family Man" 3:45
05. "Taurus II" 25:32
06. "Mount Teidi" 4:21
07. "Five Miles Out" 7:23
08. "Guilty" 5:38
Disc 3 - DVD
5.1 Surround Sound mix
01. "Taurus II" 24:45
02. "Family Man" 3:45
03. "Orabidoo" 13:03
04. "Mount Teidi" 4:10
05. "Five Miles Out" 4:22
Videos
01. "Five Miles Out" 4:13 (Promotional video)
02. "Mistake" (Six Fifty Five Special)
03. "Five Miles Out" (Six Fifty Five Special)
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