Tubular Bells 2003 - Mike Oldfield

Tubular Bells 2003

Mike Oldfield

  • Genre: Electronic
  • Release Date: 2003-05-26
  • Explicitness: notExplicit
  • Country: GBR
  • Track Count: 17

  • ℗ 2003 Warner Music Spain S.A.


Title Artist Time
Part One: Introduction Mike Oldfield 5:52 GBP 0.99
Part One: Fast Guitars Mike Oldfield 1:03 GBP 0.99
Part One: Basses Mike Oldfield 0:46 GBP 0.99
Part One: Latin Mike Oldfield 2:18 GBP 0.99
Part One: A Minor Tune Mike Oldfield 1:21 GBP 0.99
Part One: Blues Mike Oldfield 2:40 GBP 0.99
Part One: Thrash Mike Oldfield 0:44 GBP 0.99
Part One: Jazz Mike Oldfield 0:48 GBP 0.99
Part One: Ghost Bells Mike Oldfield 0:30 GBP 0.99
Part One: Russian Mike Oldfield 0:44 GBP 0.99
Part One: Finale Mike Oldfield 8:32 GBP 0.99
Part Two: Harmonics Mike Oldfield 5:12 GBP 0.99
Part Two: Peace Mike Oldfield 3:30 GBP 0.99
Part Two: Bagpipe Guitars Mike Oldfield 3:07 GBP 0.99
Part Two: Caveman Mike Oldfield 4:33 GBP 0.99
Part Two: Ambient Guitars Mike Oldfield 5:10 GBP 0.99
Part Two: The Sailor's Hornpip Mike Oldfield 1:44 GBP 0.99


  • No mellow @Bells here

    By Jacob Labrador
    They say that Mike Oldfield actually prefers the sound of this 2003 version, and it's his creation and therefore his right to say that. Unfortunately I don't agree (not that this should bother him one jot!). I have long loved the original, so when I saw that the original creator preferred this version, I was intrigued and exited. However, I find the harder edged quality and tone to this version a tad harsh to my ears, the mellifluous "warm honey" feel of the original has been lost. I would say though (despite loving Viv Stanshall original haughtiness) that the humour John Cleese brings to the Master of Ceremonies role is very good, and the best part of the album

    By Deceth1
    Simply brilliant you MUST BUY THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Amazing

    By jonboy2292
    Absolutly Brilliant
  • Gilding the lily?

    By Jobee1
    When one thinks of a master returning to a past work of genius to 'tidy' and 'fix' aspects that they were unhappy or unsatisfied with, it is common to think now of the mixed results of George Lucas's fiddling with the original 3 Star Wars movies in the 90's. Similarly, i can understand Oldfield's desire to attend to the various tuning, tempo and flubbed note issues in the original, once he was contractually able to. However, it is text book that given the means to go beyond the remit of 'fixing' and enter into 'reinterpreting' or 'reimagining' his own work, the results will not be to everyone's taste. Tubular Bells 2003 is technically wonderful, and benefits (in my opinion) from a modern bright overall sound, but for those of us who grew up listening to the 1973 original and have absorbed every note, every nuance, every little accent of the original performance. The slight changes in phrasing or sounds clash with our mental image of what should be occurring at each point, as we cannot help but reference the original. This is an unavoidable thing, as the original rendition is so melded to any Oldfield fan's subconscious. The only part of TB2003 that really jarrs in a way beyond that of simple comparrison with the original is the presence of John Cleese as the master of ceremonies during the Finale. I believe that it was not possible to isolate and paste the original MC vocals (Vivian Stanshall) into the new version and that sadly Mr Stanshall had passed away by the time TB2003 was in production. Obviously then, Oldfield had to find someone else to perform the MC role, however i think the choice of Cleese is completely bizarre unless the original was also supposed to be funny. Personally i never interpreted the vocals on the original as comedic, yet Cleese's voice is so well known it is impossible not to think of Basil Fawlty, the Ministry of Funny Walks or Dead Parrots while listening to him over-pronounce everrrrry instrrrrrrument. Grrrrrrrrrrand Piano! - Please, this aspect alone takes the album review down to 4 Stars for this listener. Anyway, that aside, i think Tubular Bells remains a piece of sublime genius from a wonderful composer In my opinion, it did not need fixing but i understand a father's desire to make his favourite child perfect. It's just a shame that in some places he has gone a little too far off brief. If you buy this version, do me a favour and make sure you already have the original too.
  • Narrator / introducer - is this John Cleese ?

    By Captain David - ancient mariner
    I have always liked Mike Oldfield and it is such a delight to find a favourite Artist again - since the birth of iPod

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