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Five Miles Out
(released 19th March 1982)

Further information:

Mike's track sheet for
Taurus II

Lise Andreasen's guide to the
Five Miles Out radio messages

Maggie Reilly's website

Morris Pert's website

Carl Palmer's website

IMDB entry for
Young And Innocent

Guide to HDCD format

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Track Listing

1: Taurus II (24:49)
2: Family Man (3:45)
3: Orabidoo (13:03)
4: Mount Teide (4:10)
5: Five Miles Out (4:17)

Other Artists

Vocals: Maggie Reilly
Percussion, Keyboards: Morris Pert
Keyboards: Tim Cross
Guitars: Rick Fenn
Percussion: Mike Frye, Carl Palmer
Uillean Pipes: Paddy Moloney
Drums: Graham Broad
Conductor: Martyn Ford


Five Miles Out was recorded between September 1981 and January 1982.

An earlier mix of Five Miles Out appears on The Complete Mike Oldfield.

Around the same time as Mount Teide, Mike recorded another track with Carl Palmer called Ready Mix (the tape box is labelled 'Ready Mix (Rough Mix)' and contains several other tracks, details of which are unknown), which was left unreleased until 2001, when it was included on the Carl Palmer Anthology One More Time.


In Orabidoo, a voice can be heard at 9:13, saying "Don't come in again like that. It isn't funny and I pay someone else to make the orchestration". This (and another speech later in the track) is from Alfred Hitchcock's 1937 film Young And Innocent.

Versions of Five Miles Out

The original album (19th March 1982)
This came in a gatefold cover, which also included Mike's tracksheet for mixing Taurus II.

CD version (1982?)
The booklet contained printed lyrics.

HDCD Remaster (3rd July 2000)
Remastered by Simon Heyworth at Chop 'Em Out studios in London, March/April 2000.

The booklet in this version does not include the lyrics.

Credit: David Porter of The Mike Oldfield Information Service.

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