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Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells 2009

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Label: Virgin Records
Released: 2009.10.05
Category: Pop/Rock
Producer(s): See Artists ...
Rating: ********** (10/10)
Media type: CD
Web address: www.mikeoldfield.org
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Purchase date: 2009.12.30
Price in €: 5,99

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[1] Tubular Bells  Part 1 2009 Stereo Remix - 22:44
[2] Tubular Bells  Part 2 2009 Stereo Remix - 19:21
[3] Tubular Bells (Mike Oldfield's Single) - 1:08
[4] Sailor's Hornpipe - 2:48

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Mike Oldfield - Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bagpipes, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Piano, Conductor, Flageolet, Glockenspiel, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Multi Instruments, Timpani, Tape, farfisa organ, spanish guitar, Tubular Bells, Fuzz Guitar, Grand Piano, Hammond Synth, Mando-Guitar, Lowry, Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Remixing

Steve Hillage - Guitar
Mick Taylor - Guitar
John Greaves - Keyboards
Jabula - Percussion
Tom Newman - Vocals
Sally Oldfield - Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Vivian Stanshall - Vocals, Master of Ceremonies
Lindsay Cooper - Oboe, String Bass
Terry Oldfield - Flute
Steve Broughton - Drums
Mundy Ellis - Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Jon Field - Flute
Fred Frith - Guitar, Bass Guitar
Tim Hodgkinson - Keyboards
Karl Jenkins - Oboe
Pierre Moerlen - Percussion
Mike Ratledge - Keyboards
Manor Choir - Choir, Chorus
Nasal Choir - Choir, Chorus
Lindsay L. Cooper - Bass, String Bass

Tom Newman - Producer, Engineer
David Glasser - Mastering
Simon Heyworth - Producer, Engineer, Mastering, Remastering, Essay
Manor Choir - Contributor
Nasal Choir - Contributor
Dave Laing - Sleeve Notes
Mark Paytress - Essay
Trevor Key - Artwork
Phil Smee - Packaging

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2009 digitally remastered edition of the British guitarist's musical masterpiece. Fans old and new can celebrate the great work of Mike Oldfield with this very special release of his classic, multi- platinum selling album Tubular Bells. This exciting new version of his 1973 groundbreaking album will not only be repackaged, but Mike Oldfield himself has also remastered the tracks from his home in the Bahamas and has overseen a new stereo mix. This is the first classic album to be released from Mike Oldfield's back catalogue. It is 35 years since the opening passage was used in the film The Exorcist, making the album a global phenomenon.

Mike Oldfield is an artist like no other. Over the last 37 years he has produced timeless, unique and inspirational music that has enthralled listeners the world over. Fans old and new can celebrate the great man's work with a special release of his classic, multiplatinum selling album Tubular Bells. It is 35 years since the opening passage was used in the film The Exorcist, making the album a global phenomenon. This exciting new "Deluxe Edition" version of his 1973 groundbreaking album is not only repackaged, but Mike himself has also remastered the tracks from his home in the Bahamas.

Mike Oldfield ist zweifellos ein einzigartiger Künstler. In seiner 37 Jahre währenden Karriere produzierte er zeitlose, außergewöhnliche und inspirierende Musik, die Fans rund um den Globus fasziniert. Es sind genau 35 Jahre vergangen seit die Eröffnungspassage seines legendärem Albums „Tubular Bells“ im Kultfilm „Der Exorzist“ verwendet wurde und diesen Longplayer zu einem internationalen Erfolgsphänomen machte. Dieses Meisterwerk von 1973 wurde nun von Mike Oldfield höchstpersönlich in seinem Haus auf den Bahamas technisch überarbeitet und sorgt im neuen 2009 Stereo Mix für ein neues Hörerlebnis des Klassikers.

No matter that one could now stuff a medium-sized record collection with versions and variations of Mike Oldfield's breakthrough album, the fact that so many people have happily done so is perhaps the most potent testament yet to just how crucial a piece of music it is. From the moment it appeared in 1973, Tubular Bells has stood as a benchmark that nothing has been able to displace, either in Oldfield's own canon or beyond; and the seemingly tireless ease with which artist and label have been able to mine its reputation only amplifies its significance. This package is the loudest yet. Opening the box reveals, in no particular order, a gorgeous hardbound book documenting the life and times of Tubular Bells; a newly pressed copy of the original vinyl LP with a brand new gatefold sleeve; a handful of novelty souvenir cut-outs; a DVD repeating the 1973 BBC live performance of side one, and three CDs comprising: a 2009 remix of the original music, the original 1973 mix, and finally, a series of Oldfield's original demos - which, for the collector, is certainly the place to begin. So many elements of what would become the finished product are here of course, but so are many that would not survive. There's little that strikes the listener as a crucial omission from the finished piece, of course, but it is fascinating to hear Tubular Bells wander from its traditional course, even if for just a few moments. Five sequences of varying length include the album in its entirety in demo form, and its first part as a rough mix, and the procession through those and into the released version and onto the live DVD broadcast is a delight to experience. Indeed, from these so intimately connected peaks, the 2009 remix is almost an unwelcome intrusion although, in fairness, it does little to the original beyond some light housework, and might be more accurately termed an ambitious remastering than an absolute remix. Assuming you already own one of the other Tubular Bells releases, and the Elements DVD compilation, which also features the BBC performance, purchase of this (not inexpensive) box set essentially offers you nothing more than some snazzy packaging, a sparsely worded (but well-designed) book, some cut-out guitar picks, and the demos disc. But it is a beautiful package, well thought out and exquisitely presented. And the demos are fabulous. So... yeah, do it. And then start saving up for the next revisit. You know there'll be one!

Dave Thompson - All Music Guide

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