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Tubular Bells 3 [Import]

Mike OldfieldAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 19, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros UK
  • ASIN: B00000DATR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,196 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, fun.. not quite as tired as it may seem. December 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
In the beginning there was Tubular Bells, and it was good. And the public heard that it was good (or were effectively creeped out by the part of it used in The Exorcist). And yea, some years later Mike Oldfield did think to revamp it, using better technology and molding the work into a new form. And the public did have mixed feelings; some were thrilled, some felt it was so much fluff. And yea verily, Mike did return yet again with Tubular Bells III, but did not make the album another reworking this time. And this listener, at least, was quite pleased.

In classic Oldfield form, this is a mostly instrumental suite flowing from one section to the next and presenting various tasty sounds/textures throughout. Through shifting atmospheres, middle-eastern trance ("Serpent Dream") and yes, an occasional stretch veering into new-age territory ("The Top of the Morning"), there's still a consistent flow & mood to the whole thing. Some of it's pretty spacey (a-la Songs of Distant Earth) but I don't think the cheese level gets excessive.

Mike probably realized that reworking the first two Bells again would unquestionably be overkill.. hell, this album invited the risk of overkill just by existing. So he sticks to the timeless piano theme - spiced up with some subtle electronic textures this time - and reuses only a couple basic motifs throughout. "Inner Child" is very loosely based on the familiar haunting vocal section. "Outcast" flirts with the same bouncy fuzz-thrash idea that the other albums had, but remains far from a retread. And of course the tubular bells themselves must appear somewhere.

That's where the family resemblance ends. The layer-building section with the voice announcing the instruments is nowhere to be heard.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Stuff! December 23, 1999
Format:Audio CD
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good! December 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warn A Brotha -- CD IS COPY PROTECTED July 24, 2012
By Pete
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
This is a really good cd very good extension of the original version of Tubular Bells, it is live but you can not tell.
Published 20 months ago by Ray
1.0 out of 5 stars Will not play on Computer CD Drive
I have over 230 CDs from many different artists (including Mike Oldfield). This is the ONLY one that will not read on a computer because of the NAZI security features! Read more
Published on June 30, 2012 by Raptor
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than Tubular Bells II for my money...
Yes I know I will probably take a few slings and arrows for saying that I liked this better than TB II, and my reasoning is this. Read more
Published on November 4, 2011 by Hunter777
5.0 out of 5 stars Bliss, Bliss And Heaven
This music took me closer to Heaven than any in recent memory..or distant memory, for that matter. So what if it reworks earlier themes? So did the classics. This deserve 10 stars
Published on June 5, 2011 by Ulf Claesson
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldfield will be remembered for his genius, forever.
In the course of human history, ever since the first hints at any musical appreciation whatsoever, we have remembered those who stood out among their peers during their time. Read more
Published on October 5, 2007 by R. J. Dryer
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful!
Wonderful music, diverse yet still very much Mike Oldfield. If you love Tubular Bells I then you need this one. It has some hints of the original but they are only hints. Read more
Published on July 9, 2007 by anonymous
4.0 out of 5 stars Mike Oldfield- Tubular Bells III
I just got this last week and so far I like the tracks. I've been listening to Mike Oldfield music since the '70's when he became popular with his music used in the movie The... Read more
Published on May 8, 2007 by JOSEPH
4.0 out of 5 stars This one is the one furthest away from sounding like a re-packaging of...
Now, I know everybody who likes Mike Oldfield is criticizing him for re-recording and re-packaging Tubular Bells over and over, and over again these past 30 plus years. Read more
Published on August 6, 2006 by Rykre
3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven But 2 great Tracks
I found the production of this album a bit uneven, but there are two great tracks I had to have, the best one being "Man In The Rain"
Published on February 22, 2006 by George Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Full bloom
I'm not a big fan of Mike Oldfield. Granted, the man is a genius, but his stuff just doesn't resonate with me.

This, however, is an exception. Read more
Published on August 28, 2005 by Cinos
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