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I for one am a huge fan of the amazing Tubular bells I & 2, so naturally I had high expectations of this album. However, in essence the third installment fails to deliver. Don't get me wrong, the album certainly has several excellent moments: the wonderful climax at the end with the huge resonations of the bells themselves, the lovely 80s-inspired 'Man in the rain', the rock outburst of 'Outcast' and the subtle pleasures of 'The top of the morning'. However, wheras its two prequels wonderfully fused together just about every genre, displayed a fantastic acoustic (as well as digital) technique and incorperated a charming ironic wit, Tubualr Bells III, in its effort to unecessarily update an already timeless classic, seemingly loses all sense of what its predecessors were about. The second sequel endorses far more in computer-generated sounds and Eastern-influenced philosophies, which lead to the music sounding 'airy-fairy', dull and as though it aims to go nowhere at all. The seriousness totally overrides the humour exemplified in 'Tattoo' and 'Moonshine' from Tubular II, and the album as a whole can quickly become boring. It's a good album to relax to, but for fans of the originals it'll be a disappointment, as really it has nothing of what made Tubular bells I & II the amazing legacies they were. For any newcomers to Tubular Bells, get one of the other two.

The last of Mike Oldfields all time greats

A classic, hauntingly beautiful, but not a typical Tubular Bells melody. It is the last of Oldfield's truly great instrumental albums and ranks up there along with TB1 and 2, Incantations and Ommadawn. Buy it, enjoy it and lament the fact that Mike Oldfield put so much into producing this piece, he was and never will be the same composer again.


I think that this is just as good as the first 2 tubular bells albums. If you have any sence buy it, becuase you wont regret it!!!


Born: 15 May 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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