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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..

Track Listings

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)
  • Imported ed. 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 (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,301 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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So much has already been written about Tubular Bells so I'll keep this simple.

This release is not a reworking in the style of Tubular Bells II or III, it's simply a reamstering of the original 1973 classic with a few subtle and worthwhile mix alterations. The remastering process is in fact so sucessful I think this is now the definitive version. I am struggling to think of a more effective remastering. All the hiss and bass rumble is gone and we are left with a warm, luxurious sound that is absolutely beautiful.

On this record you will find little flourishes left off the original release all together and the overall effect, for me anyway, was that I fell in love with Tubular Bells all over again!

So what of the extras that make this a deluxe release. Well you also receive the original 1973 mix just in case, for some bizarre reason, you dislike the new master and mix. The single version (Mike Oldfield's single) and the Sailor's Hornpipe featuring Viv Stanshall are stunning and humorous but do come with the standard release. Disc 3 contains a 5.1 surround sound version for those with 5 ears presumably! The real treat is a live 1975(?) BBC DVD performance featuring such luminary guitarists of the time as Steve Hillage, Mick Taylor and Fred Frith with Karl Jenkins on keys.

All these new remasters has rejuvinated my love for Oldfield's music and has led me to the discovery of an album called Mohribold by an emerging musician called Andrew Taylor (plug that into your search engine!). He is an artist who must have listened to Oldfield's early albums in great detail, though he clearly has a flare all of his own too. Both Oldfield and Taylor are talented multi-intrumentalists, if you love Tubular Bells you'll love Mohribold.
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