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Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells

Review: 016
Date: 19 Mar 01


Rating: 5 Stars

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After touring with Kevin Ayers and other assorted Liggers, Mike Oldfield decided to branch out on his own, becoming the first artist to single handedly give the concept of one man band a good name.

After an album recorded under the name “Sallangie” in 1968 with his sister, his next album tends to reflect a more pastoral texture, with the seminal Tubular Bells (73) helping to launch Richard Branson and Virgin Records onto the International scene.

“But what of the music I hear you Yelp. Well, there’s fast bits, and slow bits, orgasmic bits and passive bits, heavy stuff and loose stuff, twiddly music, gobbledegook, fiddly jigs, lots of swishing, no out of tune singing, in fact no singing, but they talk too much, there’s a Jabberwock, a highland fling, and it’s great to do exorcisms too.

Mike Oldfield composed it, arranged it, produced it, and played all the instruments including, the grand piano, farfisa organ, bass guitar, taped motor drive amplifier organ chord, (bet I could paw one of them) speed guitar, African Bong, Assorted Percussion, (what’s he do buy them by the quarter pound) the Flageolet (that’s what it says here) a Glocken spiel, two silly slightly distorted guitars, guitars sounding like bagpipes (why not just get some bagpipes?) Concert Tympani, uncle Tom Cobblie and all, plus of course Tubular Bells.

Does it all make sense now?? Actually it’s devastating, so just add it to your collection and try and work out what’s going on where.


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