Tubular Bells [2009 Super Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
Mike Oldfield's groundbreaking album Tubular Bells is arguably the finest conglomeration of off-centered instruments concerted together to form a single, unique piece. A variety of instruments are combined to create an excitable multitude of rhythms, tones, pitches, and harmonies that all fuse neatly into each other, resulting in an astounding plethora of music. Oldfield plays all the instruments himself, including such oddities as the Farfisa organ, the Lowrey organ, and the flageolet. The familiar, eerie opening, made famous by its use in The Exorcist, starts the album off slowly, as each instrument acoustically wriggles its way into the current noise that is heard, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
Mike Oldfield's groundbreaking album Tubular Bells is arguably the finest conglomeration of off-centered instruments concerted together to form a single, unique piece. A variety of instruments are combined to create an excitable multitude of rhythms, tones, pitches, and harmonies that all fuse neatly into each other, resulting in an astounding plethora of music. Oldfield plays all the instruments himself, including such oddities as the Farfisa organ, the Lowrey organ, and the flageolet. The familiar, eerie opening, made famous by its use in The Exorcist, starts the album off slowly, as each instrument acoustically wriggles its way into the current noise that is heard, until there is a grand unison of eccentric sounds that wildly excites the ears. Throughout the album, the tempos range from soft to intense to utterly surprising, making for some excellent musical culminations. Mandolins and Spanish guitars are joined by grinding organs and keyboards, while oddball bells and cranking noises resound in the distance. In the middle of the album, guest Vivian Stanshall announces each instrument seconds before it is heard, ending with the ominous-sounding tubular bells, a truly powerful and dominating instrument. The most interesting and overwhelming aspect of this album is the fact that so many sounds are conjured up, yet none go unnoticed, allowing the listener a gradual submergence into each unique portion of the music. Tubular Bells is a divine excursion into the realm of new age music. [This album was released as a four-disc special edition in 2009.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/9/2009
  • Label: Mercury Uk
  • UPC: 602527035390
  • Catalog Number: 2703539
  • Sales rank: 116,306

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 2009 Stereo Remix. Part 1 (26:01)
  2. 2 2009 Stereo Remix. Part 2 (23:17)
  3. 3 Mike Oldfield's Single (3:56)
  4. 4 Sailor's Hornpipe (2:48)
Disc 2
  1. 1 1973 Stereo Album Mix. Part 1 (25:30)
  2. 2 1973 Stereo Album Mix. Part 2 (23:17)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Original Demo. Tubular Bells (22:54)
  2. 2 Original Demo. Caveman Lead-In (2:43)
  3. 3 Original Demo. Caveman (5:05)
  4. 4 Original Demo. Peace Demo a (7:00)
  5. 5 Original Demo. Peace Demo B (4:21)
  6. 6 [Rough First Mix] (25:12)
Disc 4
  1. 1 2009 5.1 Surround Sound Mix. Part 1
  2. 2 2009 5.1 Surround Sound Mix. Part 2
  3. 3 Mike Oldfield's Single
  4. 4 Sailor's Hornpipe
  5. 5 Part 1 (Visual Content) . Broadcast as Part of the Series "2nd House" o
Disc 5
  1. 1 1973 Stereo Album Mix. Part 1
  2. 2 1973 Stereo Album Mix. Part 2
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mike Oldfield Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Conductor, Flageolet, Glockenspiel, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Timpani, Tape, farfisa organ, spanish guitar, Tubular Bells, Fuzz Guitar, Hammond Synth, Lowry
Steve Hillage Guitar
Mick Taylor Guitar
John Greaves Keyboards
Tom Newman Vocals
Sally Oldfield Vocals
Terry Oldfield Flute
Steve Broughton Drums
Mundy Ellis Vocals
Jon Field Flute
Fred Frith Guitar, Bass Guitar
Tim Hodgkinson Keyboards
Karl Jenkins Oboe
Geoff Leigh Flute
Mike Ratledge Keyboards
Pierre Moerlen Percussion
Lindsay L. Cooper String Bass
Ted Speight Guitar, Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Mike Oldfield Composer, Liner Notes, Remixing
Tom Newman Engineer
Simon Heyworth Engineer, Essay
Mark Paytress Essay
Trevor Key Artwork
Phil Smee Packaging
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