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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait, 8 Jun. 2009
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This review is from: Tubular Bells (Audio CD)
Others, elsewhere, have recently paid £60+ for scarcely any more than has been brought out in this set, for a fifth of the price. They mostly seem unimpressed. However, for sensible money, this 3 disc set (ignore Amazon saying it is 2) is a bit of fun, and good value.

It's clearly a cut down assemblage of the expensive four disc package, 'cos the 5.1 surround sound DVD is actually labelled "Disc 4". Disc 2 contains stock copies of the original 1973 album. You probably won't have bought this set for these. It's the 2009 "remix", and the 5.1 surround sound tracks on the DVD that you'll have been after.

I chased up a copy of a surround sound version of the original album allegedly issued a few years ago, eventually baulking at the price (£90 or more from some dealers). I'm therefore pleased that something has become available at a far more accessible price.

And I like it. As remixes go, it's fairly subtle - instruments brought further up in the mix at key points, and things like that. On my system (not expensive by any means), it is generally crisp, with masses of small detail even the most avid fan won't really have heard before. Oldfield has exercised a very light remixer's touch, and while one could quibble endlessly about whether this instrument or that one should have had more, or less, prominence at any given point, it's down to the artist at the end of the day.

Speaker separation, all important to the surround sound fan, is very good. The very deep organ notes come at you through your feet, too!

The Viv Stanshall Sailor's Hornpipe is an indulgent piece of fun, and it's good to have a decent copy of the 1973 BBC2 "live broadcast", but for me, these are embellishments to now having a decent 5.1 version of one of the best albums ever.
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Initial post: 11 Jun 2009 11:37:42 BDT
If you look a little more closely at the reviews of the £60 box set, those that have actually gone out and bought it are more than impressed by the luxurious offering that it is, myself included. the unimpressed people are criticising a product that they have not even seen let alone handled.

Some of the reviews have been posted weeks before the thing even hit retail!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2009 13:57:49 BDT
Esoteric says:
couldnt agree with you more. Its mad to be reviewing something that you havent even seen or bought . I work in the business and it drives me nuts.

Posted on 28 Jun 2013 18:51:51 BDT
Bricktop says:
If you love the 5.1 mix but were disappointed that it was only offered in the lowest fidelity possible, Dolby Digital 5.1, Bowers and Wilkins now offer the 2009 5.1 mix as a lossless .flac download, which is the studio master quality.

http://www.bowers-wilkins.co.uk/Society_of_Sound/Society_of_Sound/Music/Tubular_Bells.html

It is the same excellent 5.1 mix, but the additional fidelity of not using lowly lossy Dolby compression is very much noticeable.
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