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Tubular Bells Import

4.2 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (June 29 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000000WG4
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews
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1. Part One - Mike Oldfield
2. Part Two - Mike Oldfield

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2009 digitally remastered edition of the British guitarist's musical masterpiece. Fans old and new can celebrate the great work of Mike Oldfield with this very special release of his classic, multi- platinum selling album Tubular Bells. This exciting new version of his 1973 groundbreaking album will not only be repackaged, but Mike Oldfield himself has also remastered the tracks from his home in the Bahamas and has overseen a new stereo mix. This is the first classic album to be released from Mike Oldfield's back catalogue. It is 35 years since the opening passage was used in the film The Exorcist, making the album a global phenomenon. Five tracks.


The opening bars of this classic album by Mike Oldfield were heard by audiences that packed theatres to witness one of the scariest films of all time--The Exorcist. And it wasn't long before this debut release, not only from Oldfield but also from Richard Branson's new record label, Virgin, found itself in the upper echelons of pop charts around the world. Primarily an instrumental album, with performances on almost every instrument credited to Oldfield, it takes the listener into widely varying musical territories, ending as Viv Stanshall formally announces each instrument as it joins the mix. --Paul Clark

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Format: Audio CD
I love the film the Exorcist, so after hearing the creepy sounding "Tubular Bells" often and having them conjure up feelings of cold autumn days, I really had to check out the album behind the film, at least so that I could have something to frighten people. What I found was something more beautiful and complex than I could have ever expected. The music took on a beautiful, rather than "creepy" quality after having heard this several times through. Its amazing what Mike Oldfield has created here--its as if he has created modern classical music. The music goes through so many different changes and moods, complete with fantastic musical ideas and playing, that you'd never guess it was all played by one man. How did he do this?!
The first part is the Exorcist theme we all know and love, but there's way more to it than that. I actually prefer the second movement to the first, because it builds nicely and features the most beautiful music I have ever heard. The part I'm talking about is the after the wierd cookie-monster death metal vocal part, at about 16:30, before the Irish pub music. Whenever I hear that part it seriously takes me away to somewhere beautiful. GODLY!!! Just this part is worth $[amount]. Seriously.
Now, the few flaws. The cookie monster part is just really weird, interrupting the lovely flow of the second movement. There's a few other parts too, that may seem out of place, but if you remember that this is supposed to be a symphony to water, the whole piece does represent the spectrum of changes in water.
This is simply a masterpiece of music. I don't know where you'd be able to categorize it. It needs to be heard, enjoyed, and respected. I've never heard any of Oldfield's other stuff, but this is beyond words. Godly, masterpiece, genious, all can be used to describe this, but you won't get the full idea unless you listen to it with an open mind.
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Format: Audio CD
I first heard Tubular Bells as a child when my parents took me along with them to see "The Exorcist". My mom was a horror fan so luckily I got to see all the horror films of that era. When I hit my teens I heard a remake of the song "Tubular Bells" by a group called "Book Of Love". This group did it in a much harder style, like punk rock. It rocked!
The next time I heard "Tubular Bells" was on a Pure Moods CD. I then purchased the DVD of "The Exorcist" and was thrilled to hear the song in the movie since I wasn't familiar with how it was used in the film. I have to agree with other reviewers, it is a masterpiece. Completely original even to this day. Tubular Bells is a great song to put in your car stereo while you are driving on a cloudy, dreary, rainy day.
The album is a worthwhile purchase if you dig ambience music. Also try to check out a remake of this song by "The Book of Love" although it may be difficult to find.
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In 1973,Richard Branson just sold records in an used store.One day,one a 17-year-old boy called Mike Olfield handed him out a copy of "Tubular bells",his homemade opus (he did it in a 4-track).Branson was astonished because of the magnifency of the work, so he tried to sell it in some music fairs.No one knew how to do with it; some even proposed to put vocals on it.Heretics!
So,Branson himself founded a new record label,called "Virgin",because of his knowledge about the industry and his newby status on it.The first record they ever put out was "tubular bells".And the rest is history:after that, the main melody appeared on "The exorcist",and its fame just exploded.
Now,in 2003,Mike is a sort of an outsider,selling very few records in comparison to his golden years,besides,being repetitive and predictable to say something.
But this is a must,a lifetime work.A piece of timeless inspiration encapsuled in a CD.At this very moment,he should be retired,but deserving every honor and praise.
What's Tubular Bells? Well,that's the million dollar question.The best thing you can do is to listen to it carefully and try to describe it for yourself.It's a personal experience.
For me,it's a sound collage of sensations and mental landscapes that Olfield put into a record, using a full tapestry of instruments.
He did well mixing both classical and rock ways, to be precise, in an UNIQUE way.No one have made it before or after.
There are really weird,strange,allucinogen pieces of music in here, extracted from a damaged or distraught mind.Delicious melodies delicate as glass shattered by beats that turn them into smithereens; guitar lightning shining in the blackest twilight.
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I would have liked to give this five stars, but I didn't enjoy the second part of this album. I think it was in the way it was recorded. The first part was done in a week I think, while the other part was done during different sittings for a few months. If anyone is going to get a kick out of this masterpiece, then they are going to find the most value in part one.
Like two other full album songs that I like, Jethro Tull's "Thick As A Brick" and "A Passion Play", I like how the music was written, and how it was based on a classical style of writing than the normal way during the early 70s'.
The music has constrasting sounds, while an organ is playing a dreamy wave, a guitar is sounding very rigid. The two are put together well because their is no cover up to this.
On my last note, I find this album to be more relaxing than freaky and other emotions like that. So try out this album, because everyone deserves to hear a song over 20 minutes once in their life. If you like part two, that is great, but I think the way it is described in how it was written, the first part seems to be the more enjoyable and inspired piece on this album.
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