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All selections written and composed by Mike Oldfield. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Orchestral Tubular Bells. The "bent bell" on the cover has become the image most associated with Oldfield, appearing on the cover art of all the Tubular Bells sequel albums, and is also used as the logo of his personal music company, Oldfield Music Ltd.
Tubular Bells marked the first release for the newly founded Virgin Records and was assigned the catalogue number V, although Gong 's Flying Teapot catalogue number V and the compilation Manor Live catalogue number V were released on the same date. The back cover of the album includes the humorous statement "In Glorious Stereophonic Sound: Can also be played on mono equipment at a pinch" and the tongue-in-cheek warning "This stereo record cannot be played on old tin boxes no matter what they are fitted with.
If you are in possession of such equipment please hand it into the nearest police station. Tubular Bells was re-released as a limited edition album and cassette ten years after the date of its original release.
This also co-incided with the release of Oldfield's new album Crises. Press advertisements bore the date of May 23 and the years and , and the album was also advertised as being sold "for the price". Some copies bore the sticker "10th Anniversary issue". Simon Heyworth remastered the album for an HDCD release in , and for a SACD release in which includes the remastered version and uses the quadrophonic mix from the Boxed compilation for the multi-channel part.
Some copies were labelled as the "25th Anniversary Edition". In , when Oldfield's original year deal with Virgin Records ended, the rights to the piece were returned to him   and Oldfield signed to Mercury Records.
Tubular Bells was reissued in June in a number of formats, including vinyl, 2-CD and DVD, accompanied by a series of bell-ringing events at 6pm on 6 June a reference to the Number of the Beast.
All formats of the reissue included a new mix of the album created by Oldfield at his home in the Bahamas in March , while the Deluxe Edition contained a 5. The 2-CD version, titled The Mike Oldfield Collection — , contained the whole of Tubular Bells on the first disc and a compilation of some of Oldfield's work from Ommadawn to Crises on the second disc.
Oldfield admitted that once he had finished recording Tubular Bells and it had been released, he felt he had "got it out of his system" and was reluctant to promote the record at all. However, Oldfield was nervous about performing the work live, and on the day of the concert as Branson was driving him to London he insisted that he would not go through with the concert. Desperate to stop Oldfield pulling out, Branson offered him the Bentley car that he was driving if Oldfield would perform the concert.
Steve Winwood and Robert Wyatt were also due to take part,  but Winwood pulled out as he was unable to find time to take part in the rehearsals, and Wyatt was recovering from the recent accident that had left him paralysed.
Oldfield and many of the musicians who had taken part in the Queen Elizabeth Hall concert performed Part One again later in the year for the BBC arts programme 2nd House , but this time as a pre-recorded performance in a studio setting without an audience. The most important promotion for the record came from an unexpected source, when the introduction to Part One was chosen to feature in the film The Exorcist , which was released in the United States in December and in European cinemas in March According to British film critic Mark Kermode , the decision to include the music was the result of pure chance — director William Friedkin had decided to scrap the original score by Lalo Schifrin and was looking for music to replace it.
Friedkin was visiting the offices of Ahmet Ertegun , president of Atlantic Records which distributed Tubular Bells in the US , and picking up a white label of the album from the selection of records in Ertegun's office, he put it on the record player and instantly decided that the music would be perfect for the movie.
Oldfield has stated that he did not want to see the film because he believed he would find it too frightening. The first single released from the album was created by the original US distributor, Atlantic Records. The single was an edit of the first three sections from Part One and was not authorised by Oldfield.
The single was released in February in the United States and Canada only, where it peaked at number seven on the U. The track also reached number 15 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
In Canada the single was released as "Tubular Bells Theme from Exorcist ", peaking at number three on the RPM Top Singles chart on 18 May ,  and was placed at number in the top singles of the year. The A-side of this single was included on the reissue of Tubular Bells.
Influential British DJ John Peel was an early admirer of the record, and played it on his Top Gear radio show on BBC Radio 1 on 29 May , four days after the album's release, calling it "one of the most impressive LPs I've ever had the chance to play on the radio, really a remarkable record".
Branson and Oldfield were listening to the show on Branson's houseboat, and Oldfield stated in his autobiography that Peel played the album in its entirety,  although the running order from the BBC archives and existing audio copies of the programme show that Peel played Part One only. Peel reviewed the album for The Listener magazine the following week, describing it as "a new recording of such strength and beauty that to me it represents the first break-through into history that any musician has made".
Al Clark of NME said that the "veritable orgy of over-dubbing results in a remarkable piece of sustained music, never content with the purely facile yet equally disinclined towards confusing the listener". He concluded that " Tubular Bells It is one of the most mature, vital, rich and humerous [ sic ] pieces of music to have emerged from the pop idiom. This is no way body music — no sex, no violence, no ecstasy; nothing uncontrolled, nothing uncontrollable.
Tubular Bells was released in the US in October ,  and Paul Gambaccini wrote an enthusiastic review of the album for Rolling Stone , calling it "the most important one-shot project of " and "a debut performance of a kind we have no right to expect from anyone. It took Mike Oldfield half a year to lay down the thousands of overdubs required for his 49 minutes of exhilarating music.
I will be playing the result for many times that long. Oldfield isn't Richard Strauss or even Leonard Cohen — this is a soundtrack because that's the level at which he operates.
In a retrospective review for AllMusic Mike DeGagne called the album "arguably the finest conglomeration of off-centered instruments concerted together to form a single, unique piece" and stated that "the most interesting and overwhelming aspect of this album is the fact that so many sounds are conjured up, yet none go unnoticed, allowing the listener a gradual submergence into each unique portion of the music. Tubular Bells is a divine excursion into the realm of new-age music.
Tubular Bells is the album most identified with Oldfield, and he has frequently returned to it in later works. The opening is also quoted directly in the song " Five Miles Out " from the album of the same name , and the song also features his "trademark" instrument, " Piltdown Man " referring to his singing like a caveman, first heard on Tubular Bells.
In Oldfield released Tubular Bells , a re-recording of the original Tubular Bells with updated digital technology and several "corrections" to what he saw as flaws in the album's original production. Since Vivian Stanshall died in , the re-recording had his vocal contribution in the "Finale" section replaced with a newly recorded narration by John Cleese.
There is also a new mix of the original album on the Mercury reissue. There are many different live recordings; a complete one can be found on the double live album Exposed from Oldfield and York 's remix album Tubular Beats refers to the album name, and contains two remixes of sections of Tubular Bells.
Virgin going into space most likely wouldn't have existed if we hadn't hired that particular instrument. In the United Kingdom Virgin Money signalled its entry into the banking sector in January with a television advertisement titled '40 Years of Better'.
The advertisement opened with an image of a record orbiting the earth accompanied by the music of the introduction to Tubular Bells , signifying the beginnings of Virgin, and ended with a shot of the same record framed and hanging on the wall of the new bank. The use of the opening theme in the film The Exorcist gained the record considerable publicity and introduced the work to a broader audience.
It has gained cultural significance as a 'haunting theme',  partly due to the association with The Exorcist , and has been sampled by many other artists, such as Janet Jackson on the title track of her album The Velvet Rope.
It was used in a television advertisement for the Volkswagen Golf Diesel in  and in films such as 's Star 80 , 's Weird Science , 's Scary Movie 2 in a scene directly parodying The Exorcist , 's The Master of Disguise , 's Saved! With the aid of the software house CRL and distributor Nu Wave, Mike Oldfield released an interactive Commodore 64 version of the album in , which used the computer's SID sound chip to play back a simplified re-arrangement of the album, accompanied by some simple 2D visual effects.
In Oldfield launched a virtual reality project called Maestro which contains music from the re-recorded Tubular Bells album Tubular Bells The original title of the game was The Tube World. MusicVR set out to be a real-time virtual reality experience combining imagery and music, as a non-violent and essentially a non-goal driven game.The Champs' Boys Orchestra A: Tubular Bells B: Fleur: Janus Canada: 7" 0 Germany: The Champs' Boys Orchestra A: Tubular Bells B: Fleur: Hansa Germany: 17 AT: Jul 7" 0 New Zealand: Champś Boys Orchestra A: Tubular Bells B: Fleur: Wizard New Zealand: ZS 7" 0 UK: Champs Boys A: Tubular Bells B: Fleur: Philips.