History Music / TubularBells

17th Jun '15 8:41:06 AM bt8257
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''Tubular Bells'' was released in 1973, and its success spawned the recording of ''The Orchestral Tubular Bells'' in 1974, but it was not until much later that Oldfield returned to his first album in force, releasing ''Tubular Bells II'' in 1992, ''Tubular Bells III'' in 1998, ''Tubular Bells 2003'', and ''Tubular Beats'' in 2013.
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''Tubular Bells'' was released in 1973, and its success spawned the recording of ''The Orchestral Tubular Bells'' in 1974, but it was not until much later that Oldfield returned to his first album in force, releasing ''Tubular Bells II'' in 1992, ''Tubular Bells III'' in 1998, ''The Millennium Bell'' in 1999, ''Tubular Bells 2003'', and ''Tubular Beats'' in 2013.

* GloryDays: Oldfield released his greatest hit within his debut album. While he has released several other respectable hits, none has really matched it in terms of critical success or musical influence. He has repeatedly re-recorded that song over the years.
26th May '15 12:18:53 PM bt8257
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Oldfield plays nearly all the instruments featured on the first album himself through overdubbing the only exceptions were flute (Jon Field), string bass (Lindsay Cooper) and drums (Simon Broughton). At the time, overdubbing was not so widespread as it is now, and was a notable feature of the album in 1973. The sequels continue in this practice, although some instruments are played by others. According to [[http://tubular.net/articles/2001_08 engineer Simon Heyworth]], the "Piltdown Man" section resulted from Virgin Records owner Richard Branson pressuring Oldfield to add vocals to at least one section to make it more marketable as a single. Oldfield stormed out of the meeting [[WriterRevolt saying "You want lyrics? I'll give you lyrics!", proceeded to get smashed on half a bottle of whiskey and "screamed his brains out" for ten minutes in the studio]].
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Oldfield plays nearly all the instruments featured on the first album himself through overdubbing the only exceptions were flute (Jon Field), string bass (Lindsay Cooper) and drums (Simon Broughton). At the time, overdubbing was not wasn't so widespread as it is now, and was a notable feature of the album in 1973. The sequels continue in this practice, although some instruments are played by others. According to [[http://tubular.net/articles/2001_08 engineer Simon Heyworth]], the "Piltdown Man" section resulted from Virgin Records owner Richard Branson pressuring Oldfield to add vocals to at least one section to make it more marketable as a single. Oldfield stormed out of the meeting [[WriterRevolt saying "You want lyrics? I'll give you lyrics!", proceeded to get smashed on half a bottle of whiskey and "screamed his brains out" for ten minutes in the studio]].
9th May '15 6:33:40 PM bt8257
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''Tubular Bells'' was released in 1973, and its success spawned the recording of ''The Orchestral Tubular Bells'' in 1974, but it was not until much later that Oldfield returned to his first album in force, releasing ''Tubular Bells II'' in 1992, ''Tubular Bells III'' in 1998, ''Tubular Bells 2003'', and ''Tubular Beats''.
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''Tubular Bells'' was released in 1973, and its success spawned the recording of ''The Orchestral Tubular Bells'' in 1974, but it was not until much later that Oldfield returned to his first album in force, releasing ''Tubular Bells II'' in 1992, ''Tubular Bells III'' in 1998, ''Tubular Bells 2003'', and ''Tubular Beats''. Beats'' in 2013.

** The gag is preserved on the remake, ''Tubular Bells 2003'', where it reads "This stereo record ''still'' cannot be played on old tin boxes no matter what they are fitted with."
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** The gag is preserved on the remake, ''Tubular Bells 2003'', where it reads "This stereo record ''still'' cannot be played on old tin boxes no matter what they are fitted with."

** The gag is preserved on the remake, ''Tubular Bells 2003'', where it reads "This stereo record ''still'' cannot be played on old tin boxes no matter what they are fitted with."2003'' as well.

-->'''Child:''' And the Man In the Rain picked up his Bag of Secrets, and journeyed up the mountainside far above the clouds, and nothing was ever heard from him again - except for the sound of Tubular Bells.
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-->'''Child:''' And the Man In in the Rain picked up his Bag of Secrets, and journeyed up the mountainside far above the clouds, and nothing was ever heard from him again - except for the sound of Tubular Bells.
6th May '15 5:25:42 PM bt8257
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''Tubular Bells'' was released in 1973, and its success spawned the recording of ''The Orchestral Tubular Bells'' in 1974, but it was not until much later that Oldfield returned to his first album in force, releasing ''Tubular Bells II'' in 1992, ''Tubular Bells III'' in 1998 and ''Tubular Bells 2003''.
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''Tubular Bells'' was released in 1973, and its success spawned the recording of ''The Orchestral Tubular Bells'' in 1974, but it was not until much later that Oldfield returned to his first album in force, releasing ''Tubular Bells II'' in 1992, ''Tubular Bells III'' in 1998 and 1998, ''Tubular Bells 2003''. 2003'', and ''Tubular Beats''.
2nd May '15 2:59:08 PM bt8257
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''Tubular Bells'' was released in 1973, and its success spawned the recording of ''The Orchestral Tubular Bells'' in 1974, but it was not until much later that Oldfield returned to his first album in force, releasing ''Tubular Bells II'' in 1992, ''Tubular Bells III'' in 1998 and ''Tubular Bells 2003'' in 2003. Oldfield plays nearly all the instruments featured on the first album himself through overdubbing the only exceptions were flute (Jon Field), string bass (Lindsay Cooper) and drums (Simon Broughton). At the time, overdubbing was not so widespread as it is now, and was a notable feature of the album in 1973. The sequels continue in this practice, although some instruments are played by others.According to [[http://tubular.net/articles/2001_08 engineer Simon Heyworth]], the "Piltdown Man" section resulted from Virgin Records owner Richard Branson pressuring Oldfield to add vocals to at least one section to make it more marketable as a single. Oldfield stormed out of the meeting [[WriterRevolt saying "You want lyrics? I'll give you lyrics!", proceeded to get smashed on half a bottle of whiskey and "screamed his brains out" for ten minutes in the studio]].
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''Tubular Bells'' was released in 1973, and its success spawned the recording of ''The Orchestral Tubular Bells'' in 1974, but it was not until much later that Oldfield returned to his first album in force, releasing ''Tubular Bells II'' in 1992, ''Tubular Bells III'' in 1998 and ''Tubular Bells 2003'' in 2003. 2003''. Oldfield plays nearly all the instruments featured on the first album himself through overdubbing the only exceptions were flute (Jon Field), string bass (Lindsay Cooper) and drums (Simon Broughton). At the time, overdubbing was not so widespread as it is now, and was a notable feature of the album in 1973. The sequels continue in this practice, although some instruments are played by others. According to [[http://tubular.net/articles/2001_08 engineer Simon Heyworth]], the "Piltdown Man" section resulted from Virgin Records owner Richard Branson pressuring Oldfield to add vocals to at least one section to make it more marketable as a single. Oldfield stormed out of the meeting [[WriterRevolt saying "You want lyrics? I'll give you lyrics!", proceeded to get smashed on half a bottle of whiskey and "screamed his brains out" for ten minutes in the studio]].

** Later works such as ''Ommadawn'' and ''Music of the Spheres'' use this as well. * CreditsGag: ''Tubular Bells'' has a caption reading "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." This is a parody of labels advising listeners that stereo [=LPs=] may be played on mono equipment provided suitable cartridges are used. ** The gag is preserved on the remakes of the album, where it reads "This stereo record ''still'' cannot be played on old tin boxes no matter what they are fitted with."
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** Later works such as like ''Ommadawn'' and ''Music of the Spheres'' use this as well. * CreditsGag: ''Tubular Bells'' has a caption reading "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." This is a parody of labels advising listeners that stereo [=LPs=] may be played on mono equipment provided given suitable cartridges are used. ** The gag is preserved on the remakes of the album, remake, ''Tubular Bells 2003'', where it reads "This stereo record ''still'' cannot be played on old tin boxes no matter what they are fitted with."

* FakeLoud: In ''Tubular Bells'', the peak volume is intentionally held down until the titular bells are heard, leaving the impression that their sound is louder. Oldfield also mentioned that he [[http://tubular.net/articles/2001_08 was unable to use actual tubular bells]] due to budget constraints, so he ended up hammering smaller bells (hard enough to ''crack'' them, which inspired the cover) and recording them with excessive microphone gain, resulting in a distorted sound.
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* FakeLoud: In ''Tubular Bells'', the peak volume is intentionally held down until the titular bells are heard, leaving the impression that their sound is louder. Oldfield also mentioned that he [[http://tubular.net/articles/2001_08 was unable wasn't able to use actual tubular bells]] due to budget constraints, the budget, so he ended up hammering smaller bells (hard enough to ''crack'' them, which inspired inspiring the cover) and recording them with excessive microphone gain, resulting in a distorted sound.

* MetalScream: The "Piltdown Man" section, starting at 11:55 of part two.
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* MetalScream: The "Piltdown Man" section, starting at 11:55 of part two.Part Two.
30th Apr '15 12:41:16 AM bt8257
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!! '''''Tubular Tropes''''':
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!! !!! '''''Tubular Tropes''''':
21st Apr '15 3:36:33 PM bt8257
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* LighterAndSofter: Oldfeld wrote the original ''Tubular Bells'' from a very dark, depressed, alcohol-fueled place. ''Tubular Balls II'' comes from a bright, optimistic place and it shows. Even "Altered State" (the "Piltdown Man" variant) is fairly goofy.
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* LighterAndSofter: Oldfeld wrote the original ''Tubular Bells'' from a very dark, depressed, alcohol-fueled place. ''Tubular Balls Bells II'' comes from a bright, optimistic place and it shows. Even "Altered State" (the "Piltdown Man" variant) is fairly goofy.
21st Apr '15 3:35:23 PM bt8257
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* LighterAndSofter: Oldfeld wrote the original ''Tubular Bells'' from a very dark, depressed, alcohol-fueled place. ''Tubular Balls 2'' comes from a bright, optimistic place and it shows. Even "Altered State" (the "Piltdown Man" variant) is fairly goofy.
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* LighterAndSofter: Oldfeld wrote the original ''Tubular Bells'' from a very dark, depressed, alcohol-fueled place. ''Tubular Balls 2'' II'' comes from a bright, optimistic place and it shows. Even "Altered State" (the "Piltdown Man" variant) is fairly goofy.
21st Apr '15 3:12:01 PM bt8257
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''Tubular Bells'' was released in 1973, and its success spawned the recording of ''The Orchestral Tubular Bells'' in 1974, but it was not until much later that Oldfield returned to his first album in force, releasing ''Tubular Bells 2'' in 1992, ''Tubular Bells 3'' in 1998 and ''Tubular Bells 2003'' in 2003.
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''Tubular Bells'' was released in 1973, and its success spawned the recording of ''The Orchestral Tubular Bells'' in 1974, but it was not until much later that Oldfield returned to his first album in force, releasing ''Tubular Bells 2'' II'' in 1992, ''Tubular Bells 3'' III'' in 1998 and ''Tubular Bells 2003'' in 2003.

* BoleroEffect: Every album but ''Tubular Bells 3'' has a finale at the end of the first side of vinyl which, like the original Bolero, adds a different instrument each loop until everything is playing beneath the majestic entry of the titular instrument.
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* BoleroEffect: Every album but ''Tubular Bells 3'' III'' has a finale at the end of the first side of vinyl which, like the original Bolero, adds a different instrument each loop until everything is playing beneath the majestic entry of the titular instrument.

* IdiosyncraticCoverArt: Every sequel and re-release (as well as ''Tubular Beats'') features the iconic "bent tubular bell" logo on a different background, and sometimes in a different color.
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* IdiosyncraticCoverArt: Every sequel and re-release (as well as ''Tubular Beats'') features the iconic "bent bent tubular bell" bell logo on a different background, and sometimes in a different color.

* {{Instrumentals}}: With the exception of "Man in the Rain" from ''Tubular Bells 3''.
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* {{Instrumentals}}: With the exception of "Man in the Rain" from ''Tubular Bells 3''.III''.

** In the first and second albums, the Narrator shouts "and... TUBULAR BELLS!" ** In ''Tubular Bells 3'', in "Far Above the Clouds":
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** In the first ''Tubular Bells'' and second albums, ''Tubular Bells II'', the Narrator shouts "and... TUBULAR BELLS!" ** In ''Tubular Bells 3'', III'', in "Far Above the Clouds":

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* UncommonTime: UncommonTime:
21st Apr '15 2:35:46 PM bt8257
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* BoleroEffect: Every album but '''Tubular Bells 3'' has a finale at the end of the first side of vinyl which, like the original Bolero, adds a different instrument each loop until everything is playing beneath the majestic entry of the titular instrument.
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* BoleroEffect: Every album but '''Tubular ''Tubular Bells 3'' has a finale at the end of the first side of vinyl which, like the original Bolero, adds a different instrument each loop until everything is playing beneath the majestic entry of the titular instrument.
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