It was recorded at Oldfield’s then-home in Villars-sur-Ollon in the Swiss Alps where he was living for tax reasons. Oldfield also wrote The Killing Fields, the soundtrack to the 1984 film of the same name there. Selections from the two albums were later released as the 1984 Suite.
The album contains a number of pop songs, which Oldfield had been encouraged by Virgin Records to write, following the success of “Moonlight Shadow” from his previous album, Crises.
The first track of the album, “To France”, features Maggie Reilly on vocals. The second track, “Poison Arrows”, seamlessly continues from the ending of “To France” and features Barry Palmer on vocals. According to Oldfield “The Lake” was inspired by his time in time in Switzerland and around Lake Geneva. The rear cover of some issues of the album are titled Discovery and The Lake.
During 1984 Oldfield and his band embarked on a Europe wide tour in promotion of the album.
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Producer – Mike Oldfield, Simon Phillips
Engineer – Mike Oldfield, Simon Phillips
Photography – Dan Kramer, Brian Aris
Recorded In The Swiss Alps At 2000 Metres Within Sight Of Lake Geneva
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