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5.0 out of 5 stars PURPLE HAZE, 21 April 2012
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This review is from: Tubular Bells [2009 Remaster] (Audio CD)
Blimey i can only imagine what listening to Tubular Bells was like at the time,i wasn't born till 79.Images of laying on an extremely comfortable bean bag,headphones on,vinyl seductively turning as a mass of pungent smoke emitts from a jazz cigarette abounds.Alternatively i imagine a circle of cool students with flairs and long hair,vinyl and the same unmistakable aroma.
Tubular Bells is an ALBUM.A journey into {coughs....trail of smoke}the cosmos of the interior space of your mind.Man.Far out.
How strange to look back as listening to an album as a quaint pursuit,but this is what your mums and dads did.
Nowadays as we know with everything being reduced to a switch of a button,ipods,ipads,iphones,itunes the album as a form is drowning along with the physical act of reading books,introspection,empathy,possesions being Ikead....culture smells like warm bag of garbage....
So with relish i turned my bedroom lights off,put the headphones and put my Tubular Bells cd on.And it ruled.
From the inimitable opening bars to acoustic detours its brilliant stuff.This Mike Oldfield chap certainly must've inhabited a vivid artistic netherworld whilst recording.
Tubular Bells reminded me of the relaxing nature of music,i had to chuckle as i heard pan pipes.You see i thought i would never listen to something with pan pipes....but you get older,chubbier.Life changes.
As an album correct me if i am wrong this surely invented "ambient" music or chill out,i view it in many ways as a formative dance record.
The album ebbs and flows,you know i don't know if Oldfield is considered cool but in my books he is.
When my daughter grows older i will sit her down..and play Tubular Bells.Then give a lecture on the importance of The Album.I am sure she will enjoy it.
In the meantime i shall recoil from the horrors of the modern world.......
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Initial post: 22 Apr 2012 21:46:35 BDT
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Posted on 23 Apr 2012 09:14:12 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Apr 2012 09:17:26 BDT
Nelson Viper says:
You asked to be corrected if you were wrong,
The idea of Ambient music is usually credited to Erik Sarte and what he called Furniture Music.
There was also the influence of mid 20Th century minimalism, with composers like John cage and Philip glass. Tangerine Dream were mixing acoustic and electronic sounds fairly similar to Oldfield's from about 1969 as cosmic music. But the term ambient music was introduced by Eno with his 1978 album ambient 1: Music for Airports. This was influenced by Muzak, the kind of thing they played in supermarkets in the old days.
Tubular Bells was one of the first records marketed as New Age music. It has a lot of folk influences, drones, rounds, repetition. I like it because of the Exorcist.

Posted on 25 Apr 2012 15:51:05 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Apr 2012 20:09:06 BDT
Guy Haynes says:
Hi Joe, I too am a child of '79 and my particular grumble about the modern world is the culture of prioritising documenting your experiences ahead of actually enjoying them in the here and now. I have four gigs to attend in the pipeline and I'm bracing myself in readiness of the horror of witnessing hundreds of Iphones being held aloft recording grainy useless sound and visuals, basically cr*ppy bootlegs, not just for a couple of songs but FOR THE ENTIRE SHOW! What is this terrible phenomenon all about? And people now talk throughout entire gigs, very little cheering or clapping between songs, just the continued babble of people carrying on their conversations. Self absorption totale!

It'll be a sad day when the album format dies, I've never listened to 'Tubular Bells' so perhaps I'll youtube it later and record the experience of first encountering it on the old Iphone for posterity, perhaps loading it up on Facebook too...aaargghh

Posted on 26 Apr 2012 22:39:01 BDT
mister joe says:
Thanks for reading i have been so ill the last week,really sick hence delayed response.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 May 2012 00:58:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 May 2012 00:59:48 BDT
Stinger69 says:
To Man Without a Soul,
I'm a child of '64 and I'm so pleased to read your opinions of the modern "culture of documenting your experiences", bloody facebook and tweets! Talk to the person opposite you, put that f-ing phone away!
Listen to Tubular Bells, it is truly wonderful. Relax and enjoy. Rant over.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2014 23:44:53 BDT
Bass cadet says:
We're kind of moving away from the album itself, I know, but enough's been said about it already. I'll just say this: great album, but very much of its time; it's not aged too well, but as you say, it's an album in the proper sense of the word. There are still albums like that being made though, by the way. Check out some Solar Fields, Carbon Based Lifeforms - pretty much anything on the Ultimae label, in fact. They're events as much as they are albums.
Anyway, getting back on track - and because the internet needs more dark corners like this where bitter early-middle-aged men can moan about the modern world - I'd just like to throw my hat in the ring and add this:
The art of conversation is dead. Have you listened to a conversation between 20-somethings these days? They don't listen to one another; they just blurt out whatever comes into their heads, regardless of whether someone else is still speaking. It's as though whatever they have to say is automatically more important that what anyone else is saying. It would infuriate me to be talked over like that, constantly, but they all seem to do it and it doesn't bother any of them. Maddening.
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