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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

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The Runaway
5 stars Mike Oldfield was never Prog to me, but ever since the day I found progarchives, and read the reviews, Mike Oldfield really became prog to me.

Tubular Bells is Mike Oldfield's most famous work, with it's main theme being featured in the horror movie, "The Exorcist". Tubular Bells' theme is a piano riff in 15/8 time, a very complicated time often used by heavy Prog bands (very progressive, not the sub-genre). The song later transforms to a very weird combination of parts for around 12 minutes, until finally reaching the last 5 minutes of part 1. Except for the main piano theme, the last 5 minutes of Part 1, also known as the Introduction Phase, are the most famous part of Tubular Bells. (Vivian) Stanshall, the Master of Ceremonies, starts introducing instruments, until the whole thing becomes an orchesta, then the last minute features a fade out of all instruments but the acoustic guitars and a female a capella, which continue until the end of Part 1.

Part 2 is only half as famous as Part 1, as no section of Part 2 has anything more special than the other whole album prog songs out there. Part 2 is just like the middle of Part 1, featuring no specific pattern for a long amount of time, but short patterns, of around 3 minutes per section.

Overall, Tubular Bells is a masterpiece and must be bought by everyone who hs yet to purchase this album. It makes all the other 1-song double-sided albums much clearer, and helps understand the meaning of real Prog.


The Runaway | 5/5 |


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