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Tubular Bells 2003 + Bonus DVD [CD+DVD, Special Edition]

Mike Oldfield Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 May 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Special Edition
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B000096H33
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,793 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Introduction
2. Fast Guitars
3. Basses
4. Latin
5. A minor tune
6. Blues
7. Thrash
8. Jazz
9. Ghost Bells
10. Russian
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Introduction
2. Fast Guitars
3. Basses
4. Introduction

Product Description

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For Tubular Bells 2003, the ever-perfectionist Mike Oldfield (unhappy, apparently, at the odd bum note on the indubitably classic original) utilises the latest studio techniques and trickery to re-record his flagship classical/folk/rock instrumental masterwork in its bar-for-bar entirety. It may be true that The Bayeux Tapestry would look pretty good if someone re-embroidered all 230 feet of it on a modern sewing machine, but that's hardly the point. Surely, the original Tubular Bells--16 million sales, reverential status, important historical artefact and so on--has more than enough going for it?

Although the production here is fatter and brighter, playing "spot the musical difference" between this and the one that continues to pay for Richard Branson's hot air balloons may require levels of diligence and dedication bordering on pottiness, which in a way is kind of a relief. There are minor distinctions--louder bass guitar, better sounding bagpipes, Sally Oldfield (presumably) joining Mike for a grunt on the always-amusing "Caveman" section and John Cleese playing Master of Ceremonies on "Finale" (saving his best "pining for the fjords" voice for the announcement of the arrival of the "double speed guitar")--but, by and large, the apple cart remains upstanding and no babies are thrown away with the bath water. --Kevin Maidment


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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-recorded and sounds fantastic 26 May 2003
By Fleece
Format:Audio CD
Laughed my head off when I heard he was re-recording it. I thought, why? It was then I realised it could be quite good. It is a classic piece of music. When I heard the promo I thought it sounded fantastic.
Just bought it today and it sounds fresh and alive. Anyone who liked the original fear not. The music is the same as original but Oldfield has used 90% (he said in an interview) of the original instruments he used on the original with the other 10% new, modern sounding effects. So what you have is the original updated with all the latest recording techniques. Only criticism is John Cleese as master of ceremonies sounded out of place. A bit odd. Is growing on me.
Buy this and you really won't be disappointed.
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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for technophiles and geeks 1 Sep 2002
Format:Audio CD
I'm a longstanding Oldfield fan, and I know this album intimately. I used to think that remastered releases were just a way for fleecing the record buying public. But I took a chance on this, and I was flabbergasted. The remastering makes all the difference, the sound quality is crystal clear and I can hear flutes and pedal basses that I didn't know existed. It's like hearing this album for the first time all over again!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tubular Bells 2003 15 Mar 2004
Format:DVD Audio
I have about 75 DTS Cd's, but I have never listen to something like this before. This is awesome - crisp, clear and sound is really moving around in the DTS version. It's the best buy I ever have done in music. Mike ... let's have more of your fantastic work in this kind of DTS version. Buyers on Amazon - JUST buy it. Fantastic!.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bowled-over by this one . . . 10 Mar 2004
Format:DVD Audio
I just received my long-awaited copy of Tubular Bells 2003 from Amazon.co.uk.
I listened to it last night all the way through. Incidentally, I have never listened to the original 1970s Tubular Bells in my life, so I have nothing to compare it to. (In fact, the only Mike Oldfield I ever heard before was the 80's single "Moonlight Shadow"!)
But as a standalone album, and not knowing what to expect, I must say I was blown away by TB 2003. This Mike Oldfield chap is a musical genius! As for the 24-bit recording, it's simply superb and puts most other multi-channel works to shame.
It embodies clarity, warmth, detail, and it sounds very clean and crisp. In fact, everything I could want in a new recording.
I also think the immersive dynamic surround effects are great, and are a nice creative change to the many "ambience" mixes -- although I think there is a time and a place for both. In this case, as TB2003 is a 'concept' album, and I think Mike's approach fits brilliantly. In short, this disc will definitely feature among my 5.1 'demo' line-up of DVD-Audio titles.
So, if you haven't yet got yourself a proper DVD-Audio player and 5.1 multi-channel setup, then this album is good enough reason to do so.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not brilliant 5 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is an interesting 'remix', which is worth a listen as the music, although fairly similar to the original is played differently enough for it to be fresh. However im not sure that it lives up to the original. I thought that it might have been a jazzed up and more powerful version of tubular bells but instead it is more subtle and probably musically more complex. I think I would choose the live performance or the Tubular Bells II DVD over this. The instruments seem to blend together a little too much and the guitars are present throughout but dont seem to stand out as much as in the original. Despite this it is still tubular bells and the introduction is particularly very good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
No matter how many sequels are made, "Tubular Bells" is still a groundbreaking piece of music and has always remained my favourite album of all time. My only fear for this new re-recording was that it would be a sterile wash of synthesizers robbing the original of it's charms. After playing it, my fears were laid to rest.
Like the original, 2003 is a guitar-dominated album and, while there is a smattering of synth, it's relegated to the backdrop to add warmth and atmosphere to the more prominent guitars, tracks like "Introduction", "A Minor Tune" and "Ambient Guitars". Heavier sections like "Fast Guitars", "Trash" and "Caveman" are made even heavier by adding more distorted electric guitar riffs (the latter featuring Sally Oldfield joining Mike in the cathartic wailing), while the more bass-heavy tracks like "Finale" are given a significant boost in the lower registers. On that track, John Cleese does a fantastic job replacing the late Vivian Stanshall as he injects more grandeur and humour into each introduction.
As a whole, 2003 is indeed a job well done and will rightfully sit next to the original on my CD rack. The ancient recording methods gave the original it's biggest 'labour of love' charm, but that has been turned into a warmer, confident and more polished sort of charm. Whatever you may think about it, under the surface it's still the same old "Tubular Bells" and warrants purchase on it's composition merits alone.
If you enjoy 2003, definitely give the original a listen but also try his previous album "Tr3s Lunas".
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Tubular Bells, no Virgin Records 18 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
Virgin records would never have become the huge company that it is without this record - if it hadn't been the huge success that it was, the company would never have been responsible for some of the great music on that label. How this ever came about though is a mystery - why would anyone have given a complete unknown the chance to make an album like this?
The answer is - love him or hate him - Richard Branson. He decided to let Mike Oldfield have some studio time after being persuaded by Tom Newman, who was building Manor Studios for him, after Tom had heard a tape of ideas that were to be used for Tubular Bells. Part One was recorded in a week of studio time alloted to Mike, Tom and second producer Simon Heyworth, and Part Two was recorded in various sessions as studio time became available.
There are stories of the sessions being recorded at all times of the night, sometimes after long sessions in the local pub, and the 'Piltdown Man' vocals are apparently a slowed down version of Mike shouting into a mic after drinking large amounts of whisky that was found in the basement of the studios. However it happened, it was available technology being pushed to the limit. There were only 16 tracks available to record on, and so a lot of overdubbing took place. This meant making huge lists of instruments and notes and accurately mapping out which track they were recorded to. Any mistakes could mean recording over previously recorded material!
The result was one of the most original pieces of material to ever be recorded. It's easy now to forget how unique this was, as its influence is felt throughout most modern music, but at the time it became a huge hit because of popularity without being hyped by a huge publicity machine.
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Published 13 days ago by Carl/Ann Hyde
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very good
Published 1 month ago by PJ Doherty
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
it took me back to my student years
Published 1 month ago by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars I have enjoyed this version
Being a fan of Mike Oldfield, I have enjoyed this version, what you might call a variation on a theme.
Published 1 month ago by Jeff Brookes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good
Published 1 month ago by phil shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I miss this first time around?
This album is a masterpiece.
Listening to with the eyes closed is a captivating experience, yet it was composed and performed when most groups struggled to play three... Read more
Published 4 months ago by George B Pierce
3.0 out of 5 stars Good recording but different from my memories!
I remember when Tubular Bells was first released - yes, I am that old - but I don't understand how the original could now stretch over 2 CDs. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tarranbob
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great delivery, packed well and cheap as chips. Classic !
Published 4 months ago by Jennasda
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed with it on Kindle Fire
Tubular Bells is my favourite album and having bought a new player, I looked out the original vinyl album. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Auntie Jantie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great gift
The DVD was for my mum as a gift .She tells me the sound is great and brings back memories .

She really enjoys the DVD

Thanks
Published 5 months ago by Mark Standen
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