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  • Audio CD (31 Aug. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B00000DATR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,802 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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MIKE OLDFIELD Tubular Bells III (1998 German 11-track CD including Outcast Man In The Rain and Far Above The Clouds picture sleeve)

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Romac on 15 May 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Mike Oldfield has had a strange career. I've never been quite sure whether I like him a lot, a bit, or not a jot! That's not to say that the original Tubular Bells wasn't a work of genius, because it was, and hearing it now is still an experience after thirty years. It's his other stuff I find difficult to get excited about.
I always felt that Tubular bells as a work was capable of evolution over the years, and was delighted when news broke that TB 2 was coming out. What a let down! Yeah, it had it's moments, and on reflection it's okay, but Mike Oldfield has put everything right with the release of Tubular Bells 3. This is a gem. It's got the lot. It's fresh and up to date with all the references to the original you will need. (Even the bagpipe sounding guitars!!) With the inclusion of modern club beats you can feel the Ibiza influence, (it was recorded there), it still manages to retain Mike's trademark punchy guitar work and flowing piano etc. This has hardly been off my deck, and I've found it perfect for the walkman too on the sunny days laying in my garden!
If you like Mike Oldfield (even just a little), buy this. It may restore your faith in the fact that there are still "real" musicians out there in these dark days of manufactured dross. Great stuff.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ferroequinologist on 10 Mar. 2001
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Having heard Tubular Bells 1, I thought it was the best. Tubular Bells 2 was a disappointment - but Tubular Bells 3 confirms Mike Oldfield as one of the leading instrumentalists ever. If you only own one Mike Oldfield album, this is the one.
The album contains everything - from the pop-sounding 'Man in the Rain' to the exotic 'Serpent Dream'. There is even a hint of the Irish in 'Top of the Morning' - a personal favourite of mine. However, the whole of the album is brough together by the child's voice in the final track - which leads to a wonderful track with the (inevitable) tubular bells - my only advice is to make sure the neighbours are out and turn it up LOUD!
All in all - a wonderful album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Nov. 1999
Format: Audio CD
I'm 19, and being born into a Mike Oldfield loving family, had his music ringing in my ears from a very early age! Dad bought this last year and I teased him, slagging off the album before I'd heard it, convinced in would be 'sad'! I then had to embarrassingly admit I was wrong (I don't do this easily!!) whilst my parents where banging my door down trying to get their CD back! Doh! Man in the Moon has just a tad of Moonlight Shadow, enough to make your ears tingle and recall, but intelligently innovative to enjoy a brand new song. Yes....alright, alright, I love it, I promise I'll get my own copy.....soon!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Mar. 2002
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Another of Mike Oldfield's amazing album mixed with tubular bells, guitars, pianos and vocals makes it a great album to relax to.
I especially like Man in the Rain which has a special meaning to me as a person.
A great album a must in everyones collection. It is an album that all ages should lidten to and appreciate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pticachelovek on 9 Sept. 2011
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For me, Tubular Bells II was a bit of a curate's egg, to coin a well-worn phrase. Yeah, it was ok, but it didn't make me want to be a fan of Mike again.

Well I've finally got round to risking TB3, and I wish I'd done it earlier.

It is a good, good album.

Whilst it has much to relate it to the original - and if a guy can't rip-off his own stuff, well, who can? - it is a perfectly fine modern (late 1990s) composition that stands firmly on it's own merits.

The song "Man in the Rain" is included and there has been, apparently, a certain amount of criticism that this is a bit too much like "Moonlight Shadow" but a) I refer to my previous rip-off comment, b) it was written at about the same time and c) who cares?

Not me for one, and it sits well as a part of the whole.

A small complaint from me, however, as it is not a perfect album in my opinion... and it just doesn't quite seem to fully hold together in places.

Whereas I feel that TB the first is a complete work of inspiration, and even Mike's famously juxtaposed Sailor's Hornpipe finish somehow seems to "work", TB3 seems to have required a little more perspiration, and feels a little more to me like a collection of (good) ideas stacked together, but perhaps not fully interlocking.

But I quibble over a trifle, and maybe I'll get used to it.

Hey-ho... there you go.

******

Update January 2013...

I've changed my mind.

Perhaps it is the familiarity from regular hearings, but my previous quibble is no longer applicable.

I now like the way the album knits together... I also love "Outcast" and the final track ends in a rollicking, rip-roaring tubular-fest before the final fade to rural idyll. Rounds the whole thing off a treat!

And I've added the fifth star.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rocket Man on 29 Oct. 2007
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A superb piece of work from Mr Oldfield that outstrips the original. The whole compilation builds to a climax with the last track where the tubular bells finally make an appearance. It's well worth the wait, because when they do, the piece reaches a spectacular finale. Best played at high volume on a really good hi-fi system with decent woofers so you can get some real resonance out of the bells.
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