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Mike Oldfield - Original Album Series album review

Album Review

Five-CD set collects Warners years highlights

Tubular Bells II is just so-so, but Tubular Bells III is great. With the perspective of time, that’s the first debate settled by this set that showcases Oldfield’s evolutions from 1992 to 2003. Tubular Bells 2003, his swansong for Warners, also included, was a re-recording of the original, which contractual reasons had prevented him from attempting until then, and which saw the 50-year-old multi-instrumentalist rectifying the 20-year-old prodigy’s perceived mistakes and tuning faults with pristine perfection. John Cleese took on the late Viv Stanshall’s role of MC.


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