Hergest Ridge is the second studio album by English musician Mike Oldfield, released in 1974. It is a concept album inspired by the landscape of Hergest Ridge, a hill in Herefordshire, England.
The album is divided into two parts, “The Rising of the Moon” and “The Spirit of the Trees.” The music is mostly instrumental, with Oldfield playing a variety of instruments, including guitar, synthesizer, and mellotron. The album also features some vocals, provided by Oldfield and his then-wife Sally Cooper.
Hergest Ridge is a landmark album in the history of progressive rock. It is a sprawling, ambitious work that showcases Oldfield’s virtuosity as a musician and composer. The album is also notable for its use of synthesizers, which were relatively new at the time.
Hergest Ridge was a commercial success, reaching number one in the UK album charts. It was also well-received by critics, who praised its originality and ambition. The album has since been recognized as a classic of progressive rock.