A modern masterpiece!
The aspect of Mike Oldfield's music which I find most appealing, particularly in his "Tubular Bells" albums, is not only the spellbinding melodies and harmonies that he creates, but the simple fullness, richness of the sound which reaches your ears. His music is so rich and vivid that to listen to it is almost like embarking on a journey of exploration.
Contrary to it's predecessors, "Tubular Bells III" seems to have shed most of it's melodic structures and is more loose - almost floating effortlessly between the different styles rather than simple progressing. The echoing, haunting sounds of this album are simply outstanding - a fantastic end to the "Tubular Bells" series.
Tubulat Bells III
By Dave B-)
Remembering the old stuff - this is new for me & I enjoyed it greatly. Nice fresh surprise that I missed along the way !
Thanks to itunes for providing it ! Money well spent.
Finest work in Introspection
By SA Fry
Mike Oldfield's work to the best of my understanding has always possessed a rather mythic, if esoteric over-tone that is commonly kept hidden beneath all of the sheer alien aproach of the composition as a whole. As a listener, I found such music as his scores from the "Music of the Sphere's" to be drafted, dull, and dificult to enjoy. As a speculator, his music unravelled itself into something more contemplative that could best be viewed on par with the Gregorian era.
Tubular Bells III has evaded this deciphering complex by reaching out into a broader genre music all-together. I wish not to present any more bias to this review, but I will recommend you purchase "Man in the Rain" and "Far Above the Clouds" before choosing the album. Think more phychedelic or arabian, and you might view the stories at play here. At the end of the day, this may apply more as an anylsis to the sceptic, but what more can be said of Mike Oldfield and his courageously ambiguous regime in New Age culture?
This is worth buying for the last track alone!!!I saw this on Jools Holland a few years ago and thought it was breathtaking and it still is. This track is so exhilerating and is very Mike Oldfield.If this was on a car advert,you'd buy the car.
The last of Mike Oldfields all time greats
By Al P
A classic, hauntingly beautiful, but not a typical Tubular Bells melody. It is the last of Oldfield's truly great instrumental albums and ranks up there along with TB1 and 2, Incantations and Ommadawn.
Buy it, enjoy it and lament the fact that Mike Oldfield put so much into producing this piece, he was and never will be the same composer again.
I think that this is just as good as the first 2 tubular bells albums.
If you have any sence buy it, becuase you wont regret it!!!
By flashing lights
I for one am a huge fan of the amazing Tubular bells I & 2, so naturally I had high expectations of this album. However, in essence the third installment fails to deliver.
Don't get me wrong, the album certainly has several excellent moments: the wonderful climax at the end with the huge resonations of the bells themselves, the lovely 80s-inspired 'Man in the rain', the rock outburst of 'Outcast' and the subtle pleasures of 'The top of the morning'. However, wheras its two prequels wonderfully fused together just about every genre, displayed a fantastic acoustic (as well as digital) technique and incorperated a charming ironic wit, Tubualr Bells III, in its effort to unecessarily update an already timeless classic, seemingly loses all sense of what its predecessors were about. The second sequel endorses far more in computer-generated sounds and Eastern-influenced philosophies, which lead to the music sounding 'airy-fairy', dull and as though it aims to go nowhere at all. The seriousness totally overrides the humour exemplified in 'Tattoo' and 'Moonshine' from Tubular II, and the album as a whole can quickly become boring.
It's a good album to relax to, but for fans of the originals it'll be a disappointment, as really it has nothing of what made Tubular bells I & II the amazing legacies they were. For any newcomers to Tubular Bells, get one of the other two.