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Tubular Bells

Mike OldfieldAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 29, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: 1973
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B000000WG4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,989 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Part One - Mike Oldfield
2. Part Two - Mike Oldfield

Editorial Reviews

The opening bars of this classic album by Mike Oldfield were heard by audiences that packed theaters to witness one of the scariest films of all time--The Exorcist. And it wasn't long before this debut release, not only from Oldfield but also from Richard Branson's new record label, Virgin, found itself in the upper echelons of pop charts around the world. Primarily an instrumental album, with performances on almost every instrument credited to Oldfield, it takes the listener into widely varying musical territories, ending as Viv Stanshall formally announces each instrument as it joins the mix. --Paul Clark

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great. Just like I remembered it. April 5, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Back in college, one of the guys in the dorm used to play this VERY LOUD, so that it echoed all through the Quad. Somehow, I rather enjoyed it more in the solitude and exclusivity of a pair of headphones, the sounds just traversing throughout through my head.
This was a thick piece of music. It throbbed, in a rather sensual way. It rose into peaks and dove into valleys. Mike Oldfield took a bunch of instruments, (some electronically created, some all the way live), and melded them together. The last third of the title cut starts with a bass guitar, and starts an inexorable, growing orchestra. He introduces and adds one instrument at a time to create a huge wave of sound.
I love it.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pop-classical masterpiece... October 28, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I first heard the 4-minute (Highly edited) cut of the beginning of "Tubular Bells Part 1" on the "Pure Moods" compilation. I later saw "The Exorcist" and found that the movie used the song as well. When I got the CD I didn't realize that the whole thing (parts 1 and 2) was almost 50 minutes long. And I LOVED it!!! This is one of the most eclectic musical masterpieces of all time. Covering the range from rock to classical to funk to ambient and back like a frantic marathon runner, this is a true original piece of music. Mike Oldfield has melded the genres of rock and classical unlike any other. Only the progressive greats like Yes, King Crimson, Emerson Lake & Palmer, and Pink Floyd have succeeded at such eccentricity and even then, this truly a different and original musical masterpiece! A classic!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous July 27, 2005
By Eoin
Format:Audio CD
I'll get the bad stuff over with first. It all occurs in Part 2 as Part 1 is flawless. Part 2 does fine up to the point of the Scottish march which has the unsurprising ability to put people like myself to sleep. It's just so boring and dry. Then comes the infamous "Caveman" section. It's not bad but the grunting could have been left out and we would have been left with a fairly decent piece of rock music. The rest up until approx. 2mins before the end is simply some of the most beautiful and inspiring music you'll ever hear. It could have left it at that and had a wonderful finish to a remarkable piece of music. But no, Mike Oldfield decided to ruin it by playing Sailor's Hornpipe, a piece of music so out of place with Tubular Bells it may as well have come from Mars. It's a terrible ending which is why i always stop it before it comes on. So there are two really bad bits and one not so bad bit. The good bits are everything else. Part 1 is probably the greatest single piece of rock music ever composed. I know not many will agree with me, fair enough. Nobody I know (apart from my father) can sit through this 25min masterpiece. If I'm to single out the standout piece in Part 1 it's when the basses kick at approx. 17mins 20secs. Play it through a decent hi-fi and I swear you'll never hear bass like it. That continues until 19mins 47secs when we hear the MC, Viv Stanshall annonce Grand Piano. And so on until the music reaches the title instrument of the piece. Apparently, Mike Oldfield got the idea for the title of Tubular Bells when he heard the title being announced dramatically by Viv. It's a suitable climax to a brilliant piece of music. I usually put it on when I want to listen to something without having to concentrate on lyrics or when I just want to chill out. Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" January 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
As a kid, I remember watching the movie "The Exorcist" and falling in love with it's theme music. Years later (like 1997) I was browsing a CD store's racks and came across "Orchestral Tubular Bells". I ran home to play it and fell in love with it. Finally, browsing through's music section, I search for Tubular Bells and came across what I now realize is the TRUE theme music from the movie. Mike Oldfield, in my opinion, borders on genious. He provides so many different moods within these 2 cuts it's absolutely amazing. Considering I was accustomed to an orchestra (Philadelphia Philharmonic) performing these pieces, Oldfield's original is fantastic. Orchestral has a deeper sounds, but obviously with more instruments. It's a must buy if you like Oldfield, the movie or classical music.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars musically, masterpiece. technically, the record is bad September 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The fact is, I'm not really rating the record, but the music itself. The record is, to say, crude. Okay, agree or not, it REALLY sounds crude at times. Read the bio of Mike Oldfield and you will understand that Mike, at the time of recording TB, had unprofessional studio equipment, and was still lacking experience as a professional. But the music that he had made up is really a timeless masterpiece. The 1973 record, even remastered, TODAY doesn't really allow you to appreciate it. Take the Exposed Tubular Bells for instance. (live) It really blows me away. The Orchestral Tubular Bells are really enjoyable, and the recent remake (re-recording) the Tubular Bells 2003 is what I've been looking for. It's like Beethoven's symphony played by a more qualified orchestra. It makes the difference. Although, I enjoy listening to the original record because of the feeling it gives you. A huge part of history of classical rock music, that had frenzied half of the world at that time and made a quiet boy a star.

If you are a stereo geek, or are very paranoid about quality, don't buy this record. Buy Tubular Bells 2003.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past
I heard this first way back in my youth and loved the weirdly different symphonic vibes. I never understood why it was used for the score of a (rather cheesy) horror flick, it is... Read more
Published 2 months ago by make mine strong
5.0 out of 5 stars peaceful and amazing talent!
Tubular Bells was made famous by the movie the Exorcist. But the whole album is basically one continuous song. Read more
Published 4 months ago by William R. Seuffert
5.0 out of 5 stars Tubular Bells CD
I was so glad to find on amazon. I really like this when I was a teenager. Listening to it brought back fond memories.
Published 4 months ago by Bonnie S. Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, IMO!
I was introduced to this, as a kid, back in the 70's when it first came out. One night sitting around talking and reminiscing about, I decided to come order it and here I am. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Terri J. Leaf
1.0 out of 5 stars this is the worst version i have heard
this is the worst version i have heard!! i bought this because the sample you hear is like the movie but when you download it and listen to the beginning, it is something else all... Read more
Published 10 months ago by just another human trying one day at a time
5.0 out of 5 stars inventive prog rock that goes on and on.
This isn't for everyday listening often. It's prog rock and it's good stuff but like alot of prog rock you need to be in the mood for music that meanders around and does what it... Read more
Published on November 23, 2011 by Michael Dobey
5.0 out of 5 stars A bona fide masterpiece from the progressive era
Arguably the seminal release of the progressive era, Oldfield weaves a hypnotic web of guitar and keyboard lines that gradually builds into a pinnacle of real grandeur. Read more
Published on December 3, 2010 by Dave Deubler
2.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected
I was disappointed with this cd. The only section I had ever heard was the "Exorcist" music. The remaining content is not the same and falls far short. Read more
Published on November 14, 2010 by taughannock215
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece for the time it was released
I remember hearing "Tubular Bells" when it was first released back in 1973 on a radio station that played albums during the evening hours. Read more
Published on October 9, 2010 by 2shred
3.0 out of 5 stars Titular swells
Massively cited hodgepodge of prog-new-age-folk is not without its brilliant, albeit short-lived, passages, though I can't help but hear the majority as overly contrived.
Published on May 29, 2010 by IRate
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