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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

3.57 | 292 ratings

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3 stars I have an absolute tenderness for "Tubular Bells".

At this time of his career (and I am not speaking about his label change), Mike reverted to his overshadowing album. One of his best, for sure. But was he so uninspired that he had to rework one of his masterpieces? Was this a pre-requisite from his new label ? I don't know.

What is for sure is that "Tubular Bells" has been an endless lucrative source of income for Mike. Remember : over fifteen MILLION albums were sold from the original album and it has marked the memories so well that the temptation was huge to reproduce it for a new label.

I have to say that this one can't hold the comparison with the genuine work. It sounds different as well (which is understandable for a re-writing). This album is of course superior to all of his work from "Discovery" through "Heaven's Open" (with the noticeable exception of "Amarok" of course).

Mike's production is so much glued to this work, so much influenced by his great debut work that he is jumping with pleasure in this revisited version of one of his masterpieces. Lots of passages are completely new and IMO not better than the great original. So, why should you care?

This album is better than a "for fan only" one but was this all necessary? Still three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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