Well, now that the rights to this album have transferred from Virgin to Mercury, we're getting another re-release. Many other reviewers have criticised what they perceive to be just another set of remixes.
I agree with them to a certain extent - for a casual fan, the existing versions of the album are perfectly adequate. But at this price, it's patently obvious that this lush set (which also includes a hardback book, a 12" vinyl and lots of other stuff) is aimed rather more at the hardcore fan.
For the first time on CD, we're getting 'Mike Oldfield's Single', plus a wealth of newly-unearthed demo recordings. And yes, a new remaster of the original album, plus a live DVD and 5.1 versions of the album to boot.
A lavishly put-together set that makes all other versions look tame by comparison. Tubular Bells is such a classic album, it fully deserves such a treatment.
But, as I say, probably not one for the casual buyer.