- Audio CD (14 Feb. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Import
- ASIN: B00ARIO7PO
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- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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2013 remix album by the veteran British guitarist. The album includes the most popular songs by Oldfield, who has worked on new arrangements and new sounds for his compositions. All tracks have been reworked from the original multi-track recordings and remixed together by Mike Oldfield and multi-platinum awarded German producer Torsten " York " Stenzel. Newly recorded guitar parts by Mike Oldfield have been added to the mix, making Tubular Beats a new album by all means. A brand new song featuring ex-Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen closes the album on a high note. Including hits like 'Moonlight Shadow', 'To France' and 'Tubular Bells'.
Top Customer Reviews
This release, a collection of re-versions of old Oldfield tracks, falls well between two stools. Firstly there will be a bunch of Oldfield fans who don't like the trance sounds or the repetitive bass notes. Secondly there will be a lot of fans of trance music who will find this whole thing incredibly dated. It's largely a collaboration with 'York' (I'm still unclear as to whether York is a duo, or a single person, but there you go).
York's hit that I'd previously heard of, "On The Beach" and "The Fields Of Love", were both in the late 1990s. Sure enough, this album sounds like it could've been produced a decade ago. It's definitely not "up-to-date" from that record, but then, neither was "Tubular Bells 3" when it was released, but it's still great in its own way.
That being said, though, the end result is actually very listenable- as long as you don't expect to either (a) go raving with it, or (b) stroke your chin at the impressive musicality of it. If you can put those concerns aside, it's a strong album.Read more ›
That’s what I’d say if I was Dr Spock I’ve looked at this many times and decided not to buy it after only hearing the odd track but eventually I found somewhere to hear the whole album only then was I convinced that it was worth buying .
This is not a remastered tubular bells far from it it’s basically an electronic dance remix of some of the old classic tracks from earlier albums that’s the best way I can describe it.
I’m not a fan of electronic music as a whole hence the long time deciding to buy this one but it is a surprisingly good album as you listen to it the remixed tracks you hear are instantly recognisable but nowhere near the original putting a now twist on the old classics which are good to listen to.
I personally like it but I still strongly recommend you listen to the whole album before you decide some Oldfield Fans may say it’s a remix to far.
You will find it on you tube just type in Mike Oldfield Tubular Beats
The tracks on this album are remixes of a range of old classics far broader in choice than the Tubular cannon. They are not the remasters or re-recordings we have become accustomed to expect from Oldfield and his peers. Mike has never been one for convention though and these re-mixes whilst being great club-dance-trance versions of old classics, feature new riffs and noodling from the guitar maestro.
So what about the results? I think it is fair to say that Oldfield fans of old may find it difficult to warm to these tracks but I wouldn't be so hasty, just don't go in expecting a return to multi-layered hand-crafted mastery and you won't be disappointed. Much has been said about Oldfield's forray into club and electro territory and I for one have been known to heavily slate it in my reviews. This album though is vastly different to all that, this time round he gets it right. I always thought Oldfield was at his best when working with someone else, I'm thinking about Tom Newman on the early masterpieces, David Bedford on Incantations, Pierre Moerlern and Morris Pert on Five Miles Out, etc. Here he has Torsten Stenzel, otherwise known as York, to show him the way. Maybe Light and Shade and Tres Lunas wouldn't have been so awful with this chap on board!? Importantly though, this isn't an album that pretends to be trance and misses the mark, this is the real deal with all the right sounds and production, this is the first truly modern Oldfield album in a generation.
I do though have reservations about the To France and Moonlight Shadow remixes They're just too cheesy for me, I can see them working really well on the radio though.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Might not be to every Mike Oldfield fans taste, but personally I love it.
A few non Mike Oldfield fans might be surprised by this too.
Like someone else on here I'm a lover of electronic music first but also always loved a lot of Mike Oldfield's stuff over the years - he's up there with. Read morePublished 8 months ago by BetterNameThanBefore
Love this mixed up album that brings Tubular Bells up to date .Published 12 months ago by Mr. Robert Lismore
Not bad. Some nice interpretations on here, but it does get a little bit repetitive and some of the tracks are below par. Read morePublished 12 months ago by RoboScott
If you're a Oldfield purist, you're not going to like this. But, if you are willing to listen to a much more dancer style, you will. Give it a chance, you might surprise yourself.Published 16 months ago by Enola
Masterful reworking of some of Mike Oldfield's very familiar classic's .Published 16 months ago by peter newton
Anything with the title "tubular"in it by mike oldfield is going to be good mike o doesn't do bad music.Published 17 months ago by paul griffiths
Mike Oldfield is one of my favorite artists. His music always seems to please. This album has a great sound and a pleasure to listen to on vinyl. CBVPublished 19 months ago by Seis Stew