NEVER TOO FAR
A side: Outlanders / NEVER TOO FAR FEAT. MIKE OLDFIELD
MIKE OLDFIELD / TORSTEN STENZEL / TARJA TURUNEN Published by BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT GmbH / EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING GERMANY / STORMBLAST PUBLISHING
B SIDE: OUTLANDERS / OUTLANDERS (Deutsche Version) feat. Walter Giardino
Adrian dimitri andrew zagoritis / Torsten Stenzel / Angela Heldmann / TARJA TURUNEN PUBLISHED BY UNiversal Music Publishing International ltd. / Universal Music Publishing Gmbh / Casablanca MV / EMI Publishing International LTD.
Some years ago, Torsten worked with Mike Oldfield on a song they called “Islanders”. They decided to revisit the track for Mike´s Tubular Beats remix album that he was again doing with Torsten, and they asked me to participate on it.
I wrote the lyrics and created the melodies based in a song very dear to me from Mike: “Islands” with my childhood idol Bonnie Tyler in vocals. Revolting with the idea of us being islands, “Never too far” was born. It was a very nice collaboration that I cherish.
“Never too far” felt perfect for Outlanders too and we decided to re-work the song to make it suit better for our own album. I recorded some of my vocals again and made them a bit less operatic, so that the voice could sound lighter and more ethereal as in the spirit of our new version.
Guitars Mike Oldfield
Recorded and engineered at English Harbour Studios & Embassy Studio Antigua & Barbuda by Torsten Stenzel
Vocals recorded by Tarja at Stardust, Buenos Aires, Argentina & Stardust III, Marbella, Spain
Island waves & frogs recorded by MIC
Guitars recorded by Mike Oldfield
Produced and mixed by Torsten Stenzel, Tarja & MIC
Co-produced by Mike Oldfield
Mastered by Tom Porcell Mastering
Executive Producer Marcelo Cabuli for NEMS Enterprises SRL
Art Direction Tarja & MIC
Antigua & Barbuda Photographs by Alexis Andrews
Artwork by Sebastian Freimauer
Album recorded and mixed using Genelec Studio Monitors