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Mike Oldfield


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4.11 | 1155 ratings

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3 stars MIKE OLDFIELD is not just an ordinary musician,he is most of all a pure artist of music.Born in 1953 in Reading,UK he learned acoustic guitar and formed the folk duo ''Sallyangie'' in 1967 along with his sister Angie.As time passed by,MIKE OLDFIELD turned to be a multi-istrumentalist composer and thus,he composed in early 70's a demo version of ''Tubular Bells''.Finally this album came out in 1973 by Richard Branson's Virgin Records.

Soon this well-crafted work topped the UK charts and part of it was used as a soundtrack for the horror-movie ''The Excorcist''.''Tubular bells'' consists of two side-long instrumental music pieces.The two compositions contain extended orchestrated sessions,a variety of used instrumentation,up- and down-beat grooves,spacey keyboards and a lot of changing atmospheres.From its pure rockin' moments and the symphonic hints to the new age feeling and the experimental mood,this work was a ground-breaking release back in 1973 and marked MIKE OLDFIELD as one of the most famous modern music composers ever.However,and despite its undenieable majesty,I found this work to be too ''electronic'' and ''mechanic'' to my ears...My appropriate rating is 3.5 stars...

apps79 | 3/5 |


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