Diary: PR man inspires CD title for Oldfield

Where does the reclusive keyboard-twiddler Mike Oldfield get title ideas for new albums? The PR industry, of course.

When Oldfield's website declared he would be releasing his first new album in three years, the title Quicksilver was suggested. His last album was called Platinum, the new offering is being released on label Mercury - the proper name for quicksilver - so it all fitted nicely.

Wrong, said none other than Oldfield fan Mark Slattery, the ex-PR chief of the Lottery Commission: 'I just didn't think it sounded right, so I emailed him and said "the album is half classical and half up-tempo, so why not try a combination title like Light and Heat?".'

The end result? Light and Shade hits the shops on 27 September.

'As a humble fan, it's gratifying to know your ideas can get through to creative icons like Oldfield,' says Slattery.

Makes a change from his day job as head of comms at the Voluntary Euthanasia Society, we suppose.

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