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Tubular Bells 3 Import

4.3 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews

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Third installment of Oldfield's eerie electro-symphonic releases, issued in 1998.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 19, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros UK
  • ASIN: B00000DATR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,376 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is Oldfield's most atmospheric release since 'Ommadawn,' and not since 'Taurus II' (the long instrumental on the 'Five Miles Out' album) have I felt that the work added up to a coherent whole. The only rough spot is that I feel the 'Inner Child' segment goes on *just* a mite too long.
When I was a kid, I used to say that Mike Oldfield was writing truly modern symphonies, using entirely modern means. As I developed more vocabulary and experience relating to music, I abandoned that thinking. 'Tubular Bells III' tempts me to return to my childish ways of viewing Oldfield and his work.
TBIII is a must have for even the most casual Oldfield fan and perhaps all music lovers.
By the way, while I suspect that the 'Tubular Bell' titles may be marketing driven as anything else (at least in America, Oldfield is known as 'the guy who wrote Tubular Bells, right?') and hence think we'll be seeing a IV, I hope that TBIII will be the last in the 'trilogy.' Why? Because 'Far Above the Clouds' seems like such a powerful wrap-up to the cycle that I'd hate to see it spoiled.
Unless, of course, Oldfield finds a way to knock my socks yet again.
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I was very surprised to see TB3 at the music store two years ago since I hadn't heard anything about Mike Oldfield releasing anything new. Of course "Tubular bells" is a very strong commercial brand and one can't help thinking that the good old Mike is trying to get the most out of the impact this label has on music lovers instead of calling this album, I don't know, "The top of the morning" or "Far above the clouds". But since I adored TB and TB2 I decided to give it a try. As a matter of fact the techno intro made me have second thoughts about buying this album, but since I am a patient guy, fortunately I didn't skip it. I ended up buying it as I loved the rest of the album.

Everyone, throughout their life, experiences what they call the tastes' evolution. There were so many bands and singers I was mad about in my teen years whose music seems so childish to me now, and on the other hand, there were so many other ones whose music took so many years to reach me, like classical music for instance. I remember my dad taking me almost by force to every symphonic concert or opera (since he was a musician) when I was around 10-14 years old. I own about four hundred CD-s now and, thanks to my dad, half of them are classical music.

Mike Oldfield is one of the few musicians whose music I loved in my teen years and I love even more now. Yes, TB3 is inferior to TB and TB2, but the Beatles never wrote anything that could at least equal "Yesterday", Led Zeppelin never wrote anything that could even come close to "Stairway to heaven". What is common to all sheer masterpieces is that they're simply hard to top.

And hey, in the nineties' music desert, this album comes out as a true masterpiece!
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THe music is beautiful. However the CD gets 4 stars due to Warner Brothers copy protection scheme on the disc that renders the disc unplayable in computers and some compact disc players. Yes that is right, the music industry wants you to buy a CD that you may not be able to play and which copy protection violates the origial CD standard set up in the 80s thereby possibly damaging your equipment. Nice one RIAA. Now for the legal notice part. Bypassing DRM (digital rights management) is a violation of the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act). However, under the fair use clause, consumers are allowed one back up copy of their purchased materials. There are plenty of programs out there that will bust the copy protection on the CD and create for you the files necessary to burn a back up cd (that will be free of copy protection, sorry RIAA and congress) for you to enjoy and play freely as originally intended by Sony and Phillips who originally set up the Compact Disc standard back in the 80s, and as as an added bonus, won't run the risk of damaging your CD equipment!.

A word to the wise. Only cds that carry the "compact disc digital audio logo" on it are compliant with the original compact disc standard that DID NOT carry any digital rights management nonsense in the standard. Back then, the world was a lot more sane.

Otherwise, the music is quite unique and beautiful. It carrys some more eastern overtones to the tracks other than Mr. Oldfield's earlier works. There are 11 tracks in total, with the final two tracks being released as singles (and they are really good ones I will tell you that). The cd itself is quite enjoyable to listen to and is thankfully readable in my stereo equipment and did not damage it.
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There are few albums that I can simply pop into the CD player (or MP3 player - don't worry, I bought the CD) and listen to, regardless of mood or what I'm doing, but this is one of them. No matter what I'm doing, be it homework, surfing the web, driving home, or fixing up music for my hometown Fourth of July fireworks show (a mix of "Secrets" and "Far Above the Clouds" provided a fantastic finale), this album can accompany them all.
More electronically based than Oldfield's previous venture into his acoustical brainchild, this album may not appeal to the more traditional fans of his work. However, I feel that, though many tracks may venture too far into the realm of "techno" music, it is still a wonderous voyage.
My only complaint with this CD is track #7, "Man in the Rain" which, in my opinion, hinders the listening experience by throwing in an attempt at a pop song. However, if you simply program your player to bypass the song entirely, you'll find that the flow of the album isn't interrupted by the skipped track. In fact, I feel that track #8, "The Top of the Morning," is one of the best tracks of Oldfield that I've ever heard, and comes across beautifully after the ending storms of "The Inner Child."
Final verdict: An excellent album with one minor flaw that shouldn't impede your enjoyment of such a wonderous masterpiece.
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