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Tubular Bells (album) by Mike Oldfield

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Tubular Bells
Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield (1973)
Overall rank: 448th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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79/100 (from 474 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 20 albums of 1973 (13th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (113th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (448th)

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Tubular Bells is ranked as the best album by Mike Oldfield.

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Tubular Bells track list

Overall chart historyOverall chart history The tracks on this album have an average rating of 86 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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1.Track pickTubular Bells, Part One
 89/100 (106 votes)
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2.Tubular Bells, Part Two
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I'm an Oldfield fan and Ommadawn is my fave Oldfield album, but I like the big finalé of side 1. Side 2 starts with the Celtic music, Mike Oldfield may not have invented new age music(Pink Floyd's "Echoes" from Meddle in 1971 sounds Oldfieldish at one point), but Celtic melodies became a key part of new age music in the '80s and '90s e.g Clannad, Enya, Loreena McKennit. The caveman part is strange, but interesting and I'm kind of entertained and amused by those big long screams. As for "Sailor's Hornpipe", I'm not sure if that is actually part of Tubular Bells or something extra like "On Horseback" at the end of Ommadawn, but it's a fun way of finishing the album and of course Mike would have a hit with a recording of "Portsmouth" a few years after. I think Tubular Bells is a little more "rock" than his next few albums, which may be part of why it's preferred, but I'm much more thrilled by the climaxes at the ends of sides 1 and 2 of Ommadawn than anything on Tubular Bells.
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85/100
Outstanding musicianship. Fun to listen to. Still don't like the Caveman section. Otherwise,an excellent piece of work.
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90/100
This album represents a high point of the prog rock scene the 70s did so well. It is unlike almost anything else available at the time (though check out Louis Clark's (per-spek-'tiv) if you like this), and deals in unusual instruments and time signatures, rapidly changing dynamics and tempos, and sparkling melodies. In short, listen with an open mind and you won't be disappointed.
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80/100
From Brad1770
Think about this for a moment ...when Mike Oldfield wrote , composed and recorded 'Tubular Bells' he was 19 . 19 ! . It blows my mind that some one so young can produce a piece as mature as this

I completely disagree with many of the comments below and find 'Tubular Bells' outstanding and far from boring

Highlights for me include "Introduction" , the 8 minute Finale closing side 1 with Viv Stanshall introducing the instruments and the quartet of tracks to close side 2 in "Bagpipe Guitars" / "Caveman" / "Ambient Guitars" (which sounds 100% like Mark Knoffler) & the quaint "The Sailors Hornpipe".

And to clear up the "Grunting" section which apparently many users hate . This section is known as the "Caveman" part and came about when Richard Branson was pressuring Mike Oldfield to include some lyrics on the album , so an angry and drunken MO declared "I'll give him some lyrics" and screamed into the microphone to the point of loosing his voice - this recording was then overdubbed and mixed to create the unusual sound we now know . And for the record I love this section and am glad it was included , knowing the back ground gives it a completely perspective

Finally the extended version has a hilarious track called "Sailors Hornpipe- Viv Stanshall" featuring a heavily intoxicated Stanshall conducting a tour of the Mansion where 'Tubular Bells' was recorded . If you can track it down its highly recommended

Side 1: 70 /100
Side 2: 80/100

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From Goliath
I agree with Mehran great musicianship but boring!
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70/100
Indeed a very creative fella. Many ideas inside. But that does not mean he always strike gold. Au contraire, most of the cuts are exercises. Some interesting and some not interesting.
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From manurock
I also don't enjoy the grunts that much but how the music builds from there, I find it quality (though the ending kindof spoils it). As I enjoy the rest of the album, including the sort of fugue in which he introduces the different instruments he plays. He was 19 when he released this, kudos for that.
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Didn't expect to enjoy this as not normally into prog, but thought I would give it a go. I quite liked it. It's a soothing and frequently melodic album that takes you on a bit of a journey. Not quite a true classic for me though.
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Great
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Taking rock and creating a real symphony. Part One is incredible, much better than Part Two.
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