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5.0 out of 5 stars Ironically, This Is The Best Version
Of all the various versions of Tubular Bells, this, the second to be recorded I think, is my favourite because it has a sound to match the vision. Made off the back of the huge popularity of the original it stands comparisons with any of the subsequent re-makes and remixes.

Oldfield was a wonder to play all the instruments on the original, and he made some...
Published on 16 Sep 2007 by The Kinniburgh Kid

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Arrangement, Poor Playing
This was a great idea and I think it starts really well. However, at various points in track 2 the quality and coherence of the playing takes a dive and some of the bum notes and out of time playing really bring it down. I could understand these flaws if it was played once, live, and there wasn't a chance to fix the errors. Given all the attention that Mike Oldfield...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ironically, This Is The Best Version, 16 Sep 2007
This review is from: The Orchestral Tubular Bells (Audio CD)
Of all the various versions of Tubular Bells, this, the second to be recorded I think, is my favourite because it has a sound to match the vision. Made off the back of the huge popularity of the original it stands comparisons with any of the subsequent re-makes and remixes.

Oldfield was a wonder to play all the instruments on the original, and he made some interesting points with all the follow ups, including the bum note removing total re-recording of a few years back, but only this orchestral version has the subtlety and strength of a full orchestra to bring every aspect of the music to life.

It would be going too far to say the difference is similar to that of a colour TV version of a black and white original, it's more the DVD HD version of an old VHS tape: it's all there, just clearer, sharper and ultimately with more feeling.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Orchestral Tubullar Bells, 20 Nov 2010
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When I first started to play this cd I wasnt to interested, but has the music progresses the orchestral interpretation of the original tubular bells are originally refreshing and amusing. Overall I really enjoyed this version and have played it time and time again. Highly recommend if you are Mike Oldfield tubular bells fan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Arrangement, Poor Playing, 22 Jun 2014
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This was a great idea and I think it starts really well. However, at various points in track 2 the quality and coherence of the playing takes a dive and some of the bum notes and out of time playing really bring it down. I could understand these flaws if it was played once, live, and there wasn't a chance to fix the errors. Given all the attention that Mike Oldfield has given Tubular Bells in its various forms, I think that he could do much worse than simply re-recording this good rich orchestral treatment of his music, without the annoying errors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tubular bells, 28 Oct 2012
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Nice cd. I loved the original one this is pretty close but no substitute really. I like it don't get me wrong. But the original wins hands down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Orchestral Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield, 11 Aug 2013
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Quite disappointed with this CD - I don't know quite what I was expecting but this was not it. After hearing the original - this version does not come even close.
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