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I had seen 5 minutes of a real bad bootleg VHS tape of this and was excited by it...imagine my surprise when seeing the found re-master of it! Seeing and hearing Steve Hillage, Fred Frith, Mick Taylor(!), Mike Ratledge, Karl Jenkins and Jimmy Hastings (those are the guys I can pick out) play this piece is very special.
Plus, Mike has had a go at re-mixing the whole album as well...brings certain parts to light while ignoring some of the charm of the original mix...cool, not too shabby. Nothing too extreme, just level and effect choices are different.
Say what you will about Mike, his interviews surrounding this release don't paint him in any sort of "rock lore" limelight, but this was an inspired piece recorded and released at a time that can never be duplicated.
It is without doubt excellent value for money. I can't think why anyone would wish to spend nearly £60 quid for the `ultimate' edition when this is available for less than £12 (unless a couple of plectrums and a vinyl copy of the original floats your boat).
One of my abiding memories of my teenage years is hearing this music for the first time in 1973 and I have loved it ever since. A highlight of my university years happened in 1977 when Mike Oldfield granted Paul Egan and a motley bunch of us students in Trinity College Dublin permission to put on a live concert of Tubular Bells. As far as I remember this was the first time a live performance had been staged other than the TOTP version in 1973. Being part of this performance cemented my love for this album.
Listening to the 5.1 surround sound version gave the odd sensation of being back in the middle of the orchestra (as we pretentiously called ourselves at the time). Familiar themes sounded `new' and crisp and everything seems fresh and bright. The opening 10 minutes is the most impressive and the bass line (subdued in some recordings in the past) really packs a punch.Read more ›
Although the cynics amongst us will inevitably denigrate the recording of yet another version.Those who find those opening bars uplifting and spine tingling will enjoy the latest incarnation arranged by Marcel Bergman who also performs with Elizabeth Bergman and Jeroen and Sandra Van Veen.
Performed on piano and synth, TB 2008 is very much in the traditional vein. No outlandish departures from the original and overall sounding rather nice !
With this re-release it may be said that this is simply the flogging of a dead horse and I do agree with this sentiment to some degree. However, the fact that that "Tubular Bells" has never sounded as good as this, that the re-mastering has really benefited the composition without changing the tone and feel and that Mike Oldfield has taken a great deal of care over this re-release I think justifies this products existence.
Furthermore, no one is forcing you to purchase this, although I can understand that it can be rather annoying when you have something and then a better version is put out. However, I feel that such sentiments are down to you and I and when reviewing this should be ignored (to some extent). The fact is, and what should be focused on, is that this is a fantastic release and it has helped me to discover the wonder of this music all over again.
Not only do we have "Tubular Bells" sounding excellent but we also have for the first time on CD, "Mike Oldfield's Single" and the full "Sailor's Hornpipe" with Viv Stanshall giving us a wonderful (albeit, drunken) tour of The Manor (the place this album was originally recorded).
I honestly think, that with how good the entire album sounds, this re-release is fully justified and if you decided to purchase it you will not be disappointed (certainly if you are buying this album for the first time and even if you have already got it).
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Disc 2: the original mix of TB remastered. Perfection.
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