2009 Back To Black / Universal reissue. Includes a download voucher for the album MP3. "Tubular Bells is the debut record album of English musician Mike Oldfield, recorded when he was 19 and released in 1973. It was the first album released by Virgin Records and an early cornerstone of the company's success. Vivian Stanshall provided the voice of the "Master of Ceremonies" who reads off the list of instruments at the end of the first movement. The opening piano solo was used briefly in the soundtrack to the William Friedkin film The Exorcist (released the same year), and the album gained considerable airplay because of the film's success."
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Side 1 Mike Oldfield plays: Grand Piano Glockenspiel Farfisa Organ Bass Guitar Electric Guitar Speed Guitar Taped Motor Drive Amplifier Organ Chord Mandolin-like Guitar Fuzz Guitar Assorted Percussion Acoustic Guitar Flageolet Honky Tonk Piano Lowrey Organ Tubular Bells
Side 2 Mike Oldfield plays: Electric Guitars Farfisa Organ Bass Guitar Acoustic Guitars Piano Speed Electric Guitars Lowrey Organ Concert Timpani Guitars sounding like Bagpipes Piltdown Man Hammond Organ Spanish Guitar Moribund Chorus
"IN GLORIOUS STEREOPHONIC SOUND
CAN ALSO BE PLAYED ON MONO-EQUIPMENT AT A PINCH.
SOUND: TOM NEWMAN, SIMON HEYWORTH AND MIKE OLDFIELD
RECORDED AT: THE MANOR/AUTUMN 1972 SPRING 1973
STEVE BROUGHTON: PERCUSSION
LINDSAY L. COOPER: STRING BASS
MUNDY ELLIS: VOCALS
JON FIELD: FLUTES
SALLY OLDFIELD: VOCALS
VIVIAN STANSHALL: MASTER OF CEREMONIES
MANOR CHOIR: SIMON HEYWORTH, TOM NEWMAN, & MIKE OLDFIELD