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Tricks of the Light

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B-side  "Afghan"
Genre  Pop rock
Format  7", 12" vinyl
Length  3:52
Released  1 September 1984 (1984-09-01)
Recorded  "In the Swiss Alps at 2000 metres within sight of Lake Geneva on sunny days"

"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.


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. The single also features an instrumental version of "Tricks of the Light".

Music video

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

Track listing

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


Tricks of the Light Wikipedia

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