- Vinyl (2 Sept. 2016)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Music On Vinyl
- ASIN: B01I9FX6X0
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Mini-Disc
- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,872 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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180 gram audiophile vinyl / Insert / Available on vinyl for the first time
About the Artist
'The Millennium Bell' is the 20th record album by Mike Oldfield, originally released in 1999. The theme of the album is a reflection of different periods of human history. The album borrows its name from the dawning of the 3rd millennium and Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells' series of albums. The Millennium performance of the latter half of the album plus some older tracks was given in Berlin, Germany on New Year's Eve 1999, with an estimated audience of 500,000 people. Oldfield recorded the majority of the album at his home studio, Roughwood Studios, Berkshire, and then recorded the orchestrations in just one day at Abbey Road Studios, London with the London Session Orchestra. It was Oldfield's third album within one year, after 'Tubular Bells III' in late 1998 and 'Guitars' earlier in 1999. The album is eclectic in style, ranging from majestic choruses and soundtrack-esque orchestral passages through New Age sonic textures and ethnic sounds to strong pulse of electronic percussion.
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This is my least favourite "Bells", but I do respect it, being highly experimental and fresh. Some of the tracks are brilliant (1,2,3,&10) and some hit the wall with a thud and fall down with a splat, like Track 4. This performance-poetry version of Amazing Grace is over-acted and annoying, and a far cry from the epiphanous nature of the original masterpiece. If you're a serious Mike Oldfield fan, toss a coin to decide whether you should buy it or not, or, decide beforehand that it will sound nothing like anything else you know from the Mike Oldfield collection, and be open-minded.
I had two problems with the disc: (1) It was not "Brand New" as advertised - it had been opened, and (2) it sounded a bit dull. This could have been due to either the disc being played before, on a system with stylus weight set far too high, or it could have been due to it being from a digital master, rather than analogue. In the end, sending it back would cost half as much as the record, so I might as well keep it, albeit with a frown and a grumble.
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