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Tubular Bells Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks, Import

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3 CD set. Mike Oldfield is an artist like no other. Over the last 37 years he has produced timeless, unique and inspirational music that has enthralled listeners the world over. Fans old and new can celebrate the great man's work with a special release of his classic, multiplatinum selling album Tubular Bells. It is 35 years since the opening passage was used in the film the Exorcist, making the album a global phenomenon. This exciting new "Deluxe Edition" version of his 1973 groundbreaking album is not only repackaged, but Mike himself has also remastered the tracks from his home in the Bahamas..


Disc: 1
1. 2009 Stereo Remix. Part 1
2. 2009 Stereo Remix. Part 2
3. Mike Oldfield's Single
4. Sailor's Hornpipe
Disc: 2
1. 1973 Stereo Album Mix. Part 1
2. 1973 Stereo Album Mix. Part 2
Disc: 3
1. 2009 5.1 Surround Sound Mix. Part 1
2. 2009 5.1 Surround Sound Mix. Part 2
3. Mike Oldfield's Single
4. Sailor's Hornpipe
5. Part 1 (Visual Content). Broadcast as part of the series

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 9, 2009)
  • deluxe_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Mercury UK
  • ASIN: B0026S1XDM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,655 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jack Smith on August 30, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
First things first, Tubular Bells is, for my money, one of the best pieces of music of the 20th century. Not even TB II, III or 2003 could possibly change that, but they have over the years dampened my enthusiasm for Mike Oldfield. So the question is after these, why would I need yet another Tubular Bells? Well, sell your old copies and get this collection.
First up there is the 2009 remix. For what it is, it's great. What is it? The usual scrub and polish, everything's-up-in-the-mix that everyone's doing these days, and it's really lovely. The 1st disc also contains both sides of the Mike Oldfield single (previously available on the boxed set) Necessary for the Vivian Stanshall "Sailor's Hornpipe".
The 2nd disc is the original 1973 stereo mix. Perfect. Every other version is a distant second to this one, and I am very thankful that this was included after all of Mr. Oldfield's grumbling and second-guessing over the years.
The 3rd disc (mis-labeled disc 4) is the surround sound mix of disc 1. I'm sure it will be fun, but I have not listened to it yet. The real treasure of this set is the visual content. Tubular Bells part 1 live in the studio. My jaw hung open as I was treated to a beautiful rendition performed by a "who's who" of 70's prog rock: Gong's Steve Hillage, Mike Howlett and Pierre Moerlen; Soft Machine's Mike Ratledge and Karl Jenkens; Fred Frith from Henry Cow; Rolling Stone Mick Taylor and others. I understand that this footage was released as a part of the Elements DVD, but I had never seen it before. I would have gladly paid $20 for this alone and given it 5 stars on its own.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Phil Hill on April 3, 2008
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First, be warned that despite the cover with the big 4 on it this is NOT tubular bells 4. This album consists of two tracks each of which is an arrangement of the first half of the classic Tubular Bells (I). The first arrangement is for two pianos, and two synths; while the second is for four pianos. Both pieces are performed by "Piano Ensemble" which consists of two couples. I've never heard of any of them before, though that doesn't really mean much.
All said, the album is decent, the arrangements are interesting and played well. It is obvious that a lot of work went into producing this album, along with a lot of love for Oldfield.
All in all a decent album for the Mike Oldfield collector (which I am one), but don't be fooled, it's not Mike's latest and greatest version of Bells (which he has claimed he is never going to do).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robin Solsjö Höglund on March 24, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I've been a casual fan of Tubular Bells for a long time, but it was kind of a guilty pleasure; originally picked up Best of Tubular Bells because I was a fan of The Exorcist. Back then I thought it felt kind of goofy, odd and hippie-ish, and that sentiment lives on to some degree; when you check out the television version of Part One on the DVD included here, it feels like an extended jam session. Groovy, man. However, with this extensive remastering, you truly get a feel of respect for the piece; how varied and extensive it is, segueing between glockenspiel, organ, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, piano, and many more instruments without collapsing or losing a sense of place. The sheer number of instruments (and live - musicians,) working in tandem is respectable. And this mix, particularly the surround version (which I had the pleasure of listening through tonight) really brings out the piece in earnest. The surround is not "flashy", there is hardly any "moving" around channels whatsoever (save a bit of the orchestra in the rears, which is appropriately awe-inspiring). Part One opens with that piano and eerie glockenspiel, and it sits right around you in a straight but effective way. When the bass kicks in, the acoustics take center stage and bass jumps at you from behind (or vice versa). The mix breathes new air into the proceedings and gives small details their place to shine - near the end you can even hear the mistakes on the double speed guitar.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Millhoff on September 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Mike Oldfield's first solo album, leading to a string of distinctive works spanning a decade before he drifted towards commercial mediocrity, remains a masterpiece.
As progressive as instrumental progressive rock gets.
We've all heard the opening piano-and-bells sequence in The Exorcist, but surprisingly few have listened to the equally-remarkable remaining 20 minutes of Part 1, much less Part 2.
Oldfield specializes in complex, overlapping, syncopated melodies and polyrhythms, foreshadowing the nouveau-classical works of Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre, Steve Reich and many others.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jay L. Rudko on September 1, 2009
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If there could be something in rock music that can compare to a symphony, this is it. Mike Oldfield's original masterpiece gets a facelift here that adds a new dimension to an old favorite.

Make no mistake; this is not a re-recording of the original, as the "Tubular Bells 2003" was. This is the original, remixed by Mike himself at his Bahamas home. Mike made it no secret that he was never totally satisfied with the sound of the original mix. It was a rush job, as he had only two weeks to record and mix it for presentation to the record company. He's had a chance now to make the mix work to his liking, and the sound- both in stereo and surround- is nothing short of amazing.

I must clarify one thing here; I'm a big advocate of music recorded for, and in, surround sound. When music recordings are made, they are generally multitracked. As many as 24 or more individual tracks are used. Trying to take all that information and make it fit into the two channels of a stereo CD is a daunting task. There will be a lot of music that was recorded that simply won't fit without making things sound too cluttered. Multichannel, mainly 5.1, opens up at least three more channels to make better use of more of what was recorded. And if the recording engineer is worth his salt, he can create a surround mix that makes sense. Sure, it may not be completely realistic, but it delivers more of what was intended for you to hear.

On this set, Mike rebalanced the sound and opened it up to reveal, as mentioned above, more of what was recorded...even on the stereo mix. As good as the original is, this was an eye-opener. (Or is that ear-opener?)

The surround mix was a revelation. Elsewhere on the site, I have a review of the SACD of the original.
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