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Classic Album Review: Mike Oldfield | Tubular Bells 2003

The composer pointlessly remakes his ’70s magnum opus using current technology.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):



THE BACK STORY: The original Tubular Bells was both the theme to The Exorcist and ground zero for New Age. That seems about right. Now, for its 30th anniversary, composer Mike Oldfield has recut the entire 48-minute opus using contemporary technology. This is not right at all.

THE GOODIES: Well, having John Cleese introduce the instruments as they appear on the Finale is a nice touch.

THE BONUS: By the time Oldfield gets around to the 60th anniversary remake, we will hopefully be dead.


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