Tricks of the Light

"Tricks of the Light" is a single by musician Mike Oldfield released in 1984 and is from the Virgin Records album Discovery. Maggie Reilly and Barry Palmer perform vocals for this song.

"Tricks of the Light"
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Single by Mike Oldfield
from the album Discovery
Released1 September 1984 (1984-09-01)
Recorded"In the Swiss Alps at 2000 metres within sight of Lake Geneva on sunny days"[1]
GenrePop rock
Songwriter(s)Mike Oldfield
Producer(s)Mike Oldfield
Simon Phillips
Mike Oldfield singles chronology
"To France"
"Tricks of the Light"

The single's B-side, "Afghan" (working title "Celtic", is a non-album track, and was recorded at the same time as the Discovery album.[2] The single also features an instrumental version of "Tricks of the Light".[3]

Music videoEdit

The music video for "Tricks of the Light" is a mock-live performance of the song and focuses on a girl in the audience. Interspersed are non-concert scenes of the same girl with and without sunglasses. Oldfield plays a Fender Stratocaster in the video and a Fairlight CMI appears on stage. The clip is available on the Elements – The Best of Mike Oldfield video.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Tricks of the Light" – 3:52
  2. "Afghan" – 2:45
  3. "Tricks of the Light" (Instrumental) – 3:56


Chart (1984) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 91
West Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 46


  1. ^ "Mike Oldfield Discography - Discovery". Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Mike Oldfield FAQ - 2.16 Information on Afghan". Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Singles". Amadian. Retrieved 1 March 2009.
  4. ^ "Tricks of the Light". The Official Charts Company.
  5. ^ " – Mike Oldfield – Tricks of the Light". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 18 March 2019.

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