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Tubular Bells - The Ultimate Edition (2009) [Box set, CD+DVD, Limited Edition]

Mike Oldfield Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 Jun 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, CD+DVD, Limited Edition
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B0026RCAIA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,630 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Tubular Bells Part One
2. Tubular Bells Part Two
3. Mike Oldfield's Single (Theme from Tubular Bells)
4. Sailor's Hornpipe (Viv Stanshall Version)
Disc: 2
1. Tubular Bells Part One (Original)
2. Tubular Bells Part Two (Original)
Disc: 3
1. Tubular Bells Part One (5.1 mix)
2. Tubular Bells Part Two (5.1 Mix)
3. Mike Oldfield's Single (Theme from Tubular Bells)
4. Sailor's Hornpipe (Viv Stanshall Version)
See all 5 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Tubular Bells Part Two (Original)
2. Tubular Bells Part Two (Original)
Disc: 5
1. Tubular Bells Long
2. Caveman Lead-In
3. Caveman
4. Peace Demo A
See all 6 tracks on this disc

Product Description

CD Description

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 version of his 1973 groundbreaking album is not only repackaged, but Mike himself has also remastered the tracks from his home in the Bahamas. The boxed "Ultimate Edition", complete with 60 page hardback book with a foreword by Mike Oldfield, poster, plectrums and all manner of "Tubular" delights, contains all of this as well as previously unheard demo and rough mixes of this epochal recording.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy for the vinyl 22 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
Having recently bought a high-end turntable, my chief interest in buying this set - albeit at a much reduced price - was the 180g vinyl pressing therein, my own Virgin original having long since seen better days. I am sorry to report that the quality of the vinyl pressing is sadly substandard, and quite at odds with the high production values elsewhere in this set. In short, if the package appeals on its obvious aesthetic terms, buy it. If the new mix is the big attraction, go no further than the (still impressively packaged) 2CD special edition. But don't hold your breath for sonic splendours from the vinyl copy included here, which neither looks nor sounds a patch on its Virgin predecessor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 19 Jun 2009
By Kojones
Format:Audio CD
Admittedly this is for hardcore Oldfield fans. The previous reviewer said it all, plus I have the limited edition set which has a certificate signed by the man himself.

The whole package is quality, in material, print and otherwise. The first TB demo alone makes the whole thing worth it.

Won't say anything about the music that hasn't been said yet. Pure genius.

Love it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One for the hardcore fans 8 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Like some of the others reviewers here, I wondered if there was any value in this set, yet another re-mix or version of this admittedly classic album, to go with the 25th anniversary edition, the SACD version, the newly recorded 2003 version, the re-mastered 2000 edition, the list goes on. But I took a punt on this set and I am Damn glad I did.

Firstly the box is simply gorgeous, I paused to look at it for a few moments, before opening it up, I pulled out what I thought was just the vinyl gatefold sleeve, it turns out it holds that in one side and the three cd's and the DVD on the other side.

Not having a record deck anymore, the vinyl will stay where it is, I tried the 5.1 DVD first, and it sounds amazing, better than the SACD version, for those asking, it is a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, all four tracks have been given the surround treatment, also on the disc is the live BBC performance from 1973, this can also be found on the Mike Oldfield Elements DVD, but seems to my eyes to be better quality here.

Disc one contains the new 2009 stereo mixes, disc 2 is the original untouched 1973 Stereo mix, and disc 3 has the demos that were included on the DVD audio of Tubular bells 2003, plus a rough mix of part one, and two demos of Peace, and a long demo of part one, none of which I have heard before.

Also included are four plectrums, a replica ticket of the 1973 live performance, a postcard, a reproduced leaflet for the manor studio, a songsheet, and a giant poster of the album cover.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best remixes i have ever heard 14 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The original 1973 mix had little mistakes that were fixed in 2003 but this 2009 mixes are much better, so in this box you get the best mixes of tubular bells and also the original mixes !!!!!.

But that is just the beginning, you also get bonus tracks, demos, nice memorabilia, a nice book, a vinyl, and 5.1 mixes... this realy is the ultimate Tubular Bells
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Mr Paul Savory VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am going to keep this review very short. You know the lp/cd but wait until you hear the 2009 5.1 mix. This box is released by Mercury/Universal and not Virgin. The vinyl is housed in one sleeve of the newly designed gatefold cover. However, the original sleeve is still kept but now with a black inner gatefold. The vinyl dust jacket (inner sleeve) is plain white The cd/dvds are housed in the sealed other side of the gatefold. The book is rather good. Hardback and well bound with nice sized pictures... BUT a more accurate and longer story of the making is to be read in "THE MAKING OF MIKE OLDFIELD'S TUBULAR BELLS by RICHARD NEWMAN" see this link The Making of Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells". Both books share a lot of the same photos but the reading is so much more in depth in Newman smaller sized book.
Sorry I can't make a comment about the sound of the record as I will never play the vinyl.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A positive spin 12 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Package
This Ultimate Edition is the best package I have seen in a long time. I think the new Mixes are the best I have heard. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Paul Freeman
4.0 out of 5 stars Tubular Bells (super deluxe box)
I managed to score a new sealed set of this in Hong Kong of all places when I was there for a day trip for about 35.
As a collectors set this box is faultless. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Bring_back_the_60s
2.0 out of 5 stars Any Ultimate edition would include the SACD
Sorry Mike et al, you made a wrong call here. This is not the ultimate edition. The ultimate edition of Tubular Bells is the SACD released in 2001. Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2010 by carrolls
3.0 out of 5 stars Mr Copperfield Anyone? Tubular Bells in MONO!!
Truth runs like stereo across this ultimate edtion of TBells. Weirdly the pressing that came with this boxset was on a cloudy clear vinyl and in MONO!!!??? Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2010 by H. C. Nicholls
3.0 out of 5 stars For completists only
I bought this box set and was somewhat disappointed. There is no new material other than the demos. They were never intended for release and are quite patchy. Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2009 by S. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent summation
I've been a Mike Oldfield follower since '73, this is a great way to sort of put a cap on Tubular trend. The pieces are all great quality and the package is will put together. Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2009 by Richard Schweitzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Ding Dong
The latest version of the Tubular Bell is presented in the most elaborate packaging yet. The Book and other paraphanalia are contained within a large very sturdy cardboard sleeve... Read more
Published on 18 July 2009 by Mrs. J. Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars More of the same...
The only people who'll spend this sort of money are the absolute obsessed Mike Oldfield fans - like me. Read more
Published on 14 July 2009 by Forest
3.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate but incomplete
This Ultimate Edition with a 4 cd's is a very good opportunity to listen to the new stereo and surround mixes personally done by Mike Oldfield. Read more
Published on 12 July 2009 by Marco Fullone
3.0 out of 5 stars Circular bells?
Tubular Bells - The Ultimate Edition (2009)

Once again Mike Oldfield palms us off with good old TB. Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2009 by J. Hogan
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