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Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells 2003 CD (album) cover


Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

3.77 | 229 ratings

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5 stars 5 and no doubt.

Original Tubular Bells is an undoubtful masterpiece. At least for me and those millions fans across the world. And this is a classic Tubular Bells from good old '73 re-recorded with modern technologies and thirty years of experience.

The problem is it's hard to listen even everlasting classics of thirty years ago. A lack of quality in recording and producing of original album is obvious. Some purists can disagree. Really, there is some charm in mellow analogue sound, some hiss, some noise, some fault notes.

Purists can listen to old version. But here we got crystal clear (hm...) flawless sounding album for those with expensive audio systems and so on. Not a Tubular Bells II which explored further and created some, call it, different version. Almost note-to-note original album, only better quality.

(Tracks mean nothing, as they were added only because of indutry and public demand. Tracks flow into each other as before, and you can navigate the CD more easily.)

Minus is: nothing new. But hey, it's not new album, it's re-recording.

Highly recommended for newbies (instead of '73 album), not recommended for listeners who remember original albums in charts and on radio.

Zavgorodny | 5/5 |


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