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Tubular Bells [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Import]

Mike OldfieldAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 9, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Mercury UK
  • ASIN: B0026S1XD2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,169 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tubular Bells, Pt. 1
2. Tubular Bells, Pt. 2
3. Tubular Bells (Mike Oldfield's Single)
4. Sailor's Hornpipe [Viv Stanshall Version]

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2009 digitally remastered edition of the British guitarist's musical masterpiece. Fans old and new can celebrate the great work of Mike Oldfield with this very special release of his classic, multi- platinum selling album Tubular Bells. This exciting new version of his 1973 groundbreaking album will not only be repackaged, but Mike Oldfield himself has also remastered the tracks from his home in the Bahamas and has overseen a new stereo mix. This is the first classic album to be released from Mike Oldfield's back catalogue. It is 35 years since the opening passage was used in the film The Exorcist, making the album a global phenomenon. Five tracks.

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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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Old Favorite January 24, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I remember this from my college days, and loved it then. Most of the others I loved back then have not stood the test of time nearly so well as this one has. The sound of the bells is so crisp, and yet the overall effect is so mellow.

I play it often.
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10 of 10 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 Amazon.com'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 Better than expected
I've had a vinyl album of this for ages and worried about it getting old, so I purchased this CD. Not only am I now assured of many more years of pleasurable listening to a big... Read more
Published 15 days ago by M. Penner
4.0 out of 5 stars an old record like new
It was a gift but from what I've heard from my friend its clean, well maintained vinyl, Sounds great, sleeve was in tact. Its a pleasure to own.
Published 22 days ago by Hala Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont let the Exorcist Ruin The Wondeful Movments to These Pieces.
I remember the first time I heard Tubular Bells.....I was in Foster Care. I was 5 and had to share a room with a very grown up Edie who was 12. She was in love with Tubular Bells! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Skillet Black
3.0 out of 5 stars Oldfield Rings a Bell
In 1973 the movie The Exorcist was released. Mike Oldfield's title track, Tubular Bells was the theme song of the movie. It's very hard not to separate the two. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Happy Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars Review For The Album Tubular Bells
This version of Tubular Bells was released in 2009 as a digitally remastered edition.

I have always thought that musical tastes & reviews were very subjective to the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Peter U
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this!
I love this CD. The music is beautiful and Mike Oldfield has a great sense of humor. CD was in perfect condition.
Published 4 months ago by Rebel G. Sowell
4.0 out of 5 stars music quality
The price was great, delivery time was good, Alot of flat/dead spots onthe disc. I was interested in finding more Mike Oldfield, but the quality was not there.
Published 4 months ago by Robert Hartman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Without this score of music The Exorcist would have been an average movie. The music enhanced the terror depicted on the screen.
Published 4 months ago by Steven C. Tolan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
We have this on the original vinyl record. We wanted a copy on CD. I am not an audiophile geek, but the CD sounds just fine. Long live CDs!!
Published 5 months ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
This CD will allow you to get lost in the music (if you are stressed out)
but you don't lose the music. it's a great CD.
Published 5 months ago by Adrianus Schweinsbergen
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