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This is my least favourite "Bells", but I do respect it
on 18 July 2017
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.