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Tubular Bells Import, Original recording remastered

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Disc: 1

  1. Tubular Bells (Part One) - Mike Oldfield
  2. Tubular Bells (Part Two) - Mike Oldfield


Product Details

  • Performer: Mike Oldfield, Mundy Ellis, Sally Oldfield
  • Conductor: Mike Oldfield
  • Composer: Mike Oldfield
  • Audio CD (June 5, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B00004T9AF
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,907 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
When it was released, Tubular Bells brought a lot of critical acclaim to Mike Oldfield. Virgin Records has recently re-released the album on multichannel SACD. The results are outstanding.
The multichannel SACD mix is presented in 4.0 channel sound (rather than the usual 5.1). This is because the original multichannel track was developed for 1970s quad. While usually transfering a quad track to modern multichannel is bad, in this case it works very well. There is no LFE or center channel included in the recording.
There is a very detailed description of the history of Tubular Bells in the CD booklet that accompanies the disc. The disc also contains the original two track Tubular Bells as an SACD layer and a CD layer. Interrestingly enough, some of the original Tubular Bells was re-recorded in the 1970s for the multichannel version. So the stereo and 4.0 mixes truly are different.
While I would normally not recommend taking a quad recording and releasing it in any modern format (see Paul McCartney's "Venus and Mars" on DTS CD as an example of what not to do), Tubular Bells sounds fresh and clean.
For those who have not heard the album before, it really defies categorization. While very "listenable", it is also very experimental in the use of instrumentation and creating an environment of interesting sounds. There are only two tracks on the SACD.
The SACD is playable on CD and SACD players. For high definition sound, you'll need an SACD player. For multichannel high definition sound you'll need a multichannel SACD player, such as Sony's SCD-CE775.
Overall this is very enjoyable music that luckily is now available in 4.0 channel surround sound.
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The remastering of this classic makes a huge improvement. My only gripe is that they kept the ending of the first album release, and didn't restore Mike Oldfield's original intended ending.

The album was supposed to end with a drunken version of the Sailor's Hornpipe recorded live one morning, with semi-coherent commentary by Vivian Stanshall. That's the version on "Boxed", and I so wish it was the version on this release--so much so that I edited my own version by combining the two.

This elderly recording has an earnestness and heart that shines through the limited recording technology available; warts and all, it's a better album than the 2003 re-recording.
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After a 25-year clause in his contract with the EVIL Richard Branson of the Virgin mega-empire, Mike Oldfield was able to re-record his defining masterpiece. This album alone has influenced more musicians during the last 30-years then I dare say Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven (even though the Introduction of Tubular Bells is based on a section from Bach's Tocatta and Fugue in D-minor) or anyone else's instrumental music. You can even hear a copy cat variation of TB's Introduction in the 50-cent hit "In Da Club." Even Janet Jackson used Tubular Bells in her hit "The Velvet Rope."
This re-recording is hopefully the last we will hear of the Tubular Bells franchise. I do believe that Mike kept making TB albums (TB2 and TB3) to deal with his own disappointment with the original and not being able to re-record his original. Tubular Bells 2003 is TB the way it should sound. The beauty of the melodies is truly brought out in this recording! Every track from the original 1973 version is brought to life and given a new life in TB2003 - while remaining faithful to it's roots. The only downfall of this re-recording is the use of synths in sections. In my opinion that is what dates an album - keyboard synths. According to Oldfield only 10 percent of this album is keyboard and 90 percent is played by hand.
Some of the highlights of this album is the beautiful and constant use of the Mandolin. Breathtaking!! In the track 'Harmonics' you can hear, about 30 seconds in, a beautiful vocal by Sally Oldfield (Mike's sister) - very haunting!
The strong points in this album are the more relaxing tracks - Latin, A Minor Tune, Ghost Bells, Russian, Harmonics, Peace, and Ambient Guitars.
One of my favourite tracks is the track 'Blues'.
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When I think of albums which have retained their popularity over the years, two come to mind. Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" is one; "Tubular Bells" is the other. And the fact that both have been released on hybrid SACD attests to their popularity. In the case of "Tubular Bells", this was not the first quad mix of the album to be released. The first, which was released as a CD-4 "Quadradisc" in the US, and as both SQ and QS in most of the rest of the world, pretty much mimicked the stereo version, except for the slow fade-in of the beginning and a few music-spins-around-you effects. The mix on this SACD features one that was originally created to convince Mike Oldfield to allow this recording to be released in multichannel. In addition, the original stereo mix is included on both the CD layer and the SACD stereo track. The 4.0 mix on the SACD multichannel track is cleaner and less cluttered sounding than that first released quad mix, and is more straight-forward. This mix was also released as a quad LP as part of a box set (now available on CD, and despite claims to the contrary, is the SQ version). That set, "Mike Oldfield Boxed", is worth seeking out. It also includes quad mixes of "Ommadawn", "Hergest Ridge", and "Collaborations".Now, if only they could release this box set in SACD... I digress. I highly recommend this SACD for those who want to hear what this system can do, and for MO fans, to finally hear everything he wanted you to hear.
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