Much has been written about Tubular Bells and there have been so many variations and best of's with that bell logo on the sleeve that for the uninitiated it can be confusing to know which one to buy. Allow me to help you out.
This release of Tubular Bells is the classic original recording released in 1973. It has been remastered using current technology, that means it now sounds more awesome than ever. When Oldfield made this record he was pushing the limits of what could be achieved in a studio at that time and there was hiss and bass rumble, to the modern ear it might also sound brittle and toppy. That's all been fixed now and the music sounds warm and inviting, I fell in love with record from my youth all over again.
Honestly just buy it! There really is nothing else quite like it. Tubular Bells is perhaps one of the most addictive records out there.
And to sign off...I've gotten into the habit of telling Oldfield fans about a young whipper-snapper by the name of Andrew Taylor who has released an album called Mohribold (google it). If you like Oldfield you'll love Mohribold! There are some Oldfield-esque moments but he's got his own style too. Maybe he's one to watch out for since Oldfield has called for an instrumetnal rock renaissence after his Olympics opening ceremony appearance.