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Tubular Beats

Mike Oldfield Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Feb 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,147 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2013 remix album by the veteran British guitarist. The album includes the most popular songs by Oldfield, who has worked on new arrangements and new sounds for his compositions. All tracks have been reworked from the original multi-track recordings and remixed together by Mike Oldfield and multi-platinum awarded German producer Torsten " York " Stenzel. Newly recorded guitar parts by Mike Oldfield have been added to the mix, making Tubular Beats a new album by all means. A brand new song featuring ex-Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen closes the album on a high note. Including hits like 'Moonlight Shadow', 'To France' and 'Tubular Bells'.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oldfield offers a new tubular view 14 Feb 2013
By Kim B
Format:Audio CD
I approached this album with trepidation (I made sure I heard it before buying). I remember buying CDs in the 1980s with "bonus remixes" most of which were robotic tedium. This, however, offered the promise of being better as the original artist had been a key player in the project and the original multitrack tapes were used. As a follower of Mike Oldfield's music since Tubular Bells in 1972 I've always enjoyed the melody of his work and I'm pleased to say that isn't lost in this project which is, inevitably, much more about rhythm. Rather than mere remixes, we have here fundamental reinterpretations including some newly recorded parts. Having played it several times I'm enjoying it a lot, finding a similar feel to some of the 1970's work of Tangerine Dream - not just sampled repetition but often symphonic and certainly evocative. Clearly a lot of thought has gone in and it definitely isn't just a dance album. I'd recommend Oldfield enthusiasts to try to hear it before buying - some will loathe it, but I suspect more will enjoy it a lot.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
So Tubular Beats, what's it all about? With so many Tubular Bells albums out there a little clarifacation may be required.

The tracks on this album are remixes of a range of old classics far broader in choice than the Tubular cannon. They are not the remasters or re-recordings we have become accustomed to expect from Oldfield and his peers. Mike has never been one for convention though and these re-mixes whilst being great club-dance-trance versions of old classics, feature new riffs and noodling from the guitar maestro.

So what about the results? I think it is fair to say that Oldfield fans of old may find it difficult to warm to these tracks but I wouldn't be so hasty, just don't go in expecting a return to multi-layered hand-crafted mastery and you won't be disappointed. Much has been said about Oldfield's forray into club and electro territory and I for one have been known to heavily slate it in my reviews. This album though is vastly different to all that, this time round he gets it right. I always thought Oldfield was at his best when working with someone else, I'm thinking about Tom Newman on the early masterpieces, David Bedford on Incantations, Pierre Moerlern and Morris Pert on Five Miles Out, etc. Here he has Torsten Stenzel, otherwise known as York, to show him the way. Maybe Light and Shade and Tres Lunas wouldn't have been so awful with this chap on board!? Importantly though, this isn't an album that pretends to be trance and misses the mark, this is the real deal with all the right sounds and production, this is the first truly modern Oldfield album in a generation.

I do though have reservations about the To France and Moonlight Shadow remixes They're just too cheesy for me, I can see them working really well on the radio though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars like it 18 Oct 2013
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excellent to listen to, gets better the more you times that you play it, i hear something different every time
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Overall brilliant even the weaker are better than anything on Man on the Rocks by a distanceand taht's taking into account the genre difference. Not new stuff but the remixes work for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It’s Mike Oldfield Jim but not as we know him. 28 July 2014
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It’s Mike Oldfield Jim but not as we know him.
That’s what I’d say if I was Dr Spock I’ve looked at this many times and decided not to buy it after only hearing the odd track but eventually I found somewhere to hear the whole album only then was I convinced that it was worth buying .
This is not a remastered tubular bells far from it it’s basically an electronic dance remix of some of the old classic tracks from earlier albums that’s the best way I can describe it.
I’m not a fan of electronic music as a whole hence the long time deciding to buy this one but it is a surprisingly good album as you listen to it the remixed tracks you hear are instantly recognisable but nowhere near the original putting a now twist on the old classics which are good to listen to.
I personally like it but I still strongly recommend you listen to the whole album before you decide some Oldfield Fans may say it’s a remix to far.
You will find it on you tube just type in Mike Oldfield Tubular Beats
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars music 7 April 2014
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yet another great cd from you mike got all the rest you have done can't wait to see what comes next
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tubular Beats 4 April 2014
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Excellent Album, I have not stopped listening to it.
The album arrived within the specified dates, and was as described (brand new and cellophane sealed).
I am very happy with my purchase and will use this seller again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice 15 Mar 2014
By k r h
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
More like the Oldfield we love not like his new rubbish ie "Man On The Rocks" it's boring and so very sad!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This mike oldfield tubular beat album is berry good to London to I like it cool
Published 19 days ago by john paul price
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a punt
I was surprised how good the Cd is as I am not a great fan of dance mixes usually but it is very listenable
Published 1 month ago by pauln50
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I was pleasantly surprised at how good the cd was,, never listedned to tubular bells in this way, i enjoyed it
Published 2 months ago by marie-claire mcgilly
3.0 out of 5 stars Of Ambivilent Opinion
As is my wont with Mike Oldfield albums I didnt get to listen to it prior to asking for it as a present. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gyrfalcon
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Take On Oldfield's Great Music
The familiar tunes have been reworked very well here, giving an entertaining and completely up-to-date sound. Thoroughly recommended. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. D. Wyatt
Remixes made monotonous. This is not innovative but its boring. Guilty was never a great track in its day. But now it sounds out of date. Read more
Published 6 months ago by PLJB
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good C.D.
It was a very good cd as I have never experienced before Mike Oldfield teaming up with somebody from Ibiza?, where he used to or still has a place there. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Michael Butterworth
4.0 out of 5 stars Naff title
This could have been a total disaster, but instead is a worthwhile addition to the Oldfield canon. At least he had a go himself, and didn't let some euro dj hijack the project. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Baldman
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