Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Mike Oldfield, P.D. Scots Pipe Band, Celtic Bevy Band|
Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells 2
Genres: Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Rock
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Return of the Bells
Shaun Anderson | Nottingham/Hereford, England, UK | 01/23/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"19 years after Mike Oldfield's groundbreaking and complex debut album he returned to drink from the well which had launched his career onto an unsuspecting public. It is easy to criticise Oldfield and record label Warners for the opportunism of this album, but one has to remember the difficulties Oldfield had endured through the late 1980's thanks to Virgin Records indifferent promotional attitude to his work. Pressured throughout the decade to follow "Tubular Bells" up Oldfield resisted Virgin's entreaty. That he eventually chose to record a follow up album for a new record label shows a clear attempt on Oldfield's part to stick two fingers up at Richard Branson et al, like "Tubular Bells" this album was an act of rebellious revenge.
Musically it is also very satisfying, polished and precise Oldfield has never struggled when it comes to producing memorable and often entrancing music. Warner's cleverly marketed the album at the emergent audience for "New Age" music that Enigma had established. The lead track "Sentinel" is a perfect evocation of Oldfield's multifarious thematic style. Certainly large swathes of the music use the "Tubular Bells" as a basis, but Oldfield often takes us on a journey heavenwards as the guitars soar and range. The major difference is the production. Trevor Horn brings a polished over produced sound that is at times clinical. The aggressive improvisation of "Tubular Bells" is not replicated and nor is the energy. Nevertheless on tracks such as "Weightless" and "Tattoo" Oldfield produces some of his most emotive and memorable music. This is an experiment that could have gone terribly wrong, but in fact it is an excellent nostalgic addition to Oldfield's fascinating body of work."
Listen and enjoy!!! Wonders abound!! Don't close your mind
J. Michael Phillips | Central Florida | 12/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a fantastic musical sojourn that should not be viewed as a rehash of anything. Melodies abound. Listen and listen again.
I am a rocker and fingerstyle acoustic guitarist. Some new-age reviewers are sickeningly pompous as if their false elitism disallows recognition of good work. Again, listen to the music and enjoy. Mr. Oldfield takes us on journeys to places yet visited. Textures and virtuosity, interesting layers live here. Even the tinkling piano-based recurring theme from Bells 1 is different. If discerning reviewers cannot tell one from the other, I have some basement demos I will get to you. It must be lonely on that pedestal of vitriol."
Perhaps The Most Complete album
pichichim | Spain | 02/29/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Celtic Music,West Music,Instrumental rock Music and others diferent styles in the pherphas most complete of Mike Olfield's albums.Pherphas The strongest song of the mike olfield's history is in this album(The Bell).