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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

4.10 | 1147 ratings

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5 stars 10/10

Since its launch in 1973, Tubular Bells has been critically acclaimed for their ambition and the ability of its creator, the brilliant Mike Oldfield, playing many instruments in a single album - not to mention that he was only 20 at the time . Although it is known that most of Oldfield's career has depended on the success of this album (about to be two sequels, a remake of birthday and other orchestral), good to see that this is a great album.

It's hard to say what the musical style of Tubular Bells. The album covers many textures, many sounds that remain unique, singular. The fact that Mike is listed as an artist here in Crossover Prog site is the fact that his music encompasses popular music styles , adding his own style. And this is one of the factors that make Tubular Bells as brilliant.

The other factor, of course, is the instrumentation. There is an incredible range of instruments, mostly by Mike himself, plus some special guests (I personally like listening to Vivian Stanshall as the Master of Ceremonies announces that the instruments at the end of the first part).

What about the title-track of "only" 48 minutes long? It's one of those epics that keeps the heart, but like all the songs from that period, has its good and bad times. For example, part two is definitely not equal to one part, and introducing a terribly boring and dull. However, just start the "caveman" and things get better! this is my favorite part of the song even more after learning that Mike wrote it drunk! It's really fun! In addition, the opening song is another moment in the spotlight (and gained notoriety for being used in "The Exorcist") in addition to its classic ending, the joy that returns the song after a section environment with guitars a la Pink Floyd.

4 stars! A great album!

voliveira | 5/5 |


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