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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

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5 stars TUBULAR BELLS 1973

I was 16 I think when for the first time I heard Mike Oldfield. Not Tubular Bells. It was The Songs of Distant Earth, and he was just releasing Tubular Bells III. I didn't know anything about the 1973's original... I was captivated by the track Tubular World. Then I bought a compilation album with various artists, among them Mike Oldfield with a track titled Tubular Bells. It was 4:16 in length and reminded me of Tubular World from The Songs of... I payed these two interchangedly and couldn't decide which of these was better. The track from the compilation was fading out abruptly and I was SO curious what was after the guitar solo, I was sure there was some more music. Then another compilation album, Pure Moods and a slightly longer version of the Tubular Bells theme. I was thrilled! By then I learned the track was actually Part One of a two-part opus and the track was actually 25 minutes in length. My interest grew on. Then - WOW - I bought the album in some market for 10 zl (less than 2 British pounds), not the original cover. Otherwise a well-remastered (I think) version but not denoised so it retained the clicks from the vinyl. I loved the music. I don't remember if it was actually right then, but as for NOW, my fascvination with Oldfield is resurfacing AGAIN, from that first Tubular Bells my Oldfield discograph has been growing, but I'm still returning to the very first opus magnum, Tubular Bells. I haven't yet bought the original Virgin release, but I will. As of now, I love the album. Especially the opening theme (my very first encounter with the great work) and the 'ambient guitar' part from towards the end of the Part Two. It still gives me chills............................................! Simply beautiful!!!

LaserDave | 5/5 |


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