Perfectionist Mike Oldfield (unhappy, apparently, at the odd bum note on the indubitably classic original) utilizes updated studio techniques to re-record his flagship classical/folk/rock instrumental masterwork in its bar-for-bar entirety. Biography | In comparison to the 2003 multi-channel mix, the old 1970’s quad version could be considered minimalist, almost to a fault, largely because there just aren’t enough instruments present during many passages to convincingly fill a three-dimensional soundstage. 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Contact ‘Tubular Bells 2003’, the updated version of Mike Oldfield’s seminal instrumental album will be released by Warner Music Group as a DVD-Audio disc, complete with a newly-created multi-channel mix, and as a DVD-Audio/Video anniversary box set, sometime in early 2004. During the main body of ‘Finalй’, instruments are announced by John Cleese from the front right channel – the exact opposite to the position taken by Viv Stanshall in the quad mix – and as each enters, it drifts from front right to front left and then back towards the centre (the bass guitar ends up over one’s right shoulder). The first of these, entitled ‘Tubular Bells Long’, runs for a shade under twenty-three minutes and encompasses the entire first part of the piece. I don't listen to Tubular Bells that often, but when I do, the 2003 version is played 1/3 of the time (one for every three listens, roughly). The sequence runs for two and a quarter minutes and closely resembles the movement as we know it from both the original release and 2003 recordings. Discography | The structure of the composition is of course instantly recognisable, but it’s more edgy and raucous than the aforementioned and there’s no master of ceremonies during the finale. At the end of the sequence, the haunting sounds of the dying acoustic guitar – with added electronic reverb not present on the stereo version – also drift unnecessarily, from hard left to centre. Read and write album reviews for Tubular Bells 2003 - Mike Oldfield on AllMusic There's an old joke that goes "Why does a dog lick himself? Gli anni novanta hanno visto l'uscita di Tubular Bells II (1992), Tubular Bells III (1998) e The Millennium Bell (1999). Mike Oldfield has been reported as saying that he prefers the 2003 multi-channel version to that created eighteen years ago by Phil Newell, but I will dare to disagree. Even if you don't have a multi-channel setup you can still enjoy in spectacular stereo. For some unexplained reason, Darlow insists on panning lead instruments around the room, it’s as if someone gave him a multi-channel pan-pot for Christmas and he just can’t stop himself playing with it. The idea was for Oldfield to re-record his best known work practically note for note with the benefit of state of the art recording, engineering and mixing technology. Required fields are marked *. During ‘The Sailor’s Hornpipe’ Mike’s guitars haphazardly dart from channel to channel, left to right, front to rear, in and out of the centre… argh! The acoustic guitar of ‘Jazz’ is anchored to the mid left for most of the passage, but snaps violently to the right and then back left towards its conclusion while the opening bass guitar of ‘Finalй’ circles the room, note by note. "": Because he can." The two reviews seemed more like criticism than a review!! Tuning: E A D G B E. Author Sergeant Pepper [a] 82. Undoubtedly this is also Mike Oldfield’s most celebrated work, it put him, Richard Branson and the Virgin empire on the map, but Oldfield’s musical style can run the whole gamut from dance music to classical and there are times when one feels his lesser-known releases are equally deserving of such attention, from the challenging, spot-the-hidden-message ‘Amarok’ (not recommended for cloth-eared nincompoops) to the new age acoustics of ‘Voyager’ and experimentation of ‘Guitars’. The selected passages are ‘Sentinel’, the opening of ‘Tubular Bells II’ and a shortened version of ‘Far Above the Clouds’, which closes ‘Tubular Bells III’. 3 contributors total, last edit on Jun 05, 2020. Tubular Bells has never sounded better and I had the original quad LP. Via the analogue outputs of a DVD-Audio player, the CD is some 5.25dB louder than the two-channel tracks of the DVD-Audio version, so with that factored into the equation I looked at the average and maximum levels of ‘Peace’ and ‘Caveman’, tracks that should represent both ends of the volume spectrum. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. document.write("