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Of the music content one can only say that this piece from MO has more than stood the test of time. If one was around when it was first released in 1973 then the cultural significance of TB is put in it's proper context: a brave new work in a brave new time. It's importance cannot be overstated. But it's no museum exhibit. It's just as satisfying now as it was then. The new mix, though very smooth, seems to have come at the expense of some of the original's dynamic range. Which one you prefer is strictly a matter of choice and one may be grateful that both new mix and old are included in this set. Personally, the "Boxed" remix from 1976 (also included) is the last word on TB and couldn't be bettered beyond that point. Also strictly personally, the demos are a mixed bag. Interesting curiosities allowing a peek at MO's creative processes. Buyers beware, though. MO's Single and Stanshall's Drunken Hornpipe have both been newly remixed (and shortened) as well, though it is not noted on the packaging. A shame, as MO fans deserved to have these in their original glory. The nicest surprise is the original TB single edit, which is finally sounding better than any scratchy vinyl-rip mp3. But even here be forwarned... it appears to have been mastered at a slightly slower pitch, making it a semi-tone lower on the scale. Apart from these caveats, a very impressive re-release, indeed.

Get the original edition instead

Don't get me wrong. The song is a prog masterpiece and It's more focused on songwriting and having a progression than being technical. But the extra mixes and demos brings nothing new to the table and has a lot of flaws (Rosko's review gives a good overview of them) and $25 isn't worth it. The digital booklet is good but still not worth the money.


Born: May 15, 1953 in Reading, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Composer Mike Oldfield rose to fame on the success of Tubular Bells, an eerie, album-length conceptual piece employed to stunning effect in the film The Exorcist. Born May 15, 1953, in Reading, England, Oldfield began his professional career at the age of 14, forming the Sallyangie folk duo with his sister Sally; a year later, the siblings issued their debut LP, Children of the Sun. By the age of 16, he was playing bass with Soft Machine founder Kevin Ayers' group the Whole World alongside experimental...
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