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Tubular Bells (Deluxe Version)

Mike Oldfield

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Words and superlatives fail me!

This is one of the greatest ever recordings by an extraordinary king of music.
Tubular Bells was the first album released by Mike Oldfield which included a wealth of instruments being played like the Farfisa, distortion guitars and the main attraction, Tubular bells. This album is going to be a tricky one to beat into the Pearly Gates.

Matt Jukes

Tubular Bells is, in my opinion, one of the most seminal pieces of music ever recorded. Written, played (yes, he plays ALL the instruments) and recorded (using a state of the art - at the time - multi-track recorder he made himself by modifying an extremely expensive reel-to-reel system) by Mike Oldfield in his early 20's, the finale of side 1 is simply breathtaking as it builds through steady repetition using an incredible repertoire of instruments to a wonderful climax with the famous tubular bells. It is also, incidentally, the album that launched Richard Branson's Virgin Records empire.

Perhaps because, as a child of the early 70's, this is one of the first pieces of music I ever properly listened to, it's stayed with me all my life and moves me as much today as it ever did. The follow-up albums (Tubular Bells II and III) are good, but nothing surpases the original recording in my opinion. Thank you Mr Oldfield!

A con - update

This album is the Deluxe version but is missing the iconic tracks. In fact 9 tracks seem to be absent..........And after 3 days still waiting a promised 24hr response from Apple


Born: 15 May 1953 in Reading, England

Genre: New Age

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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