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Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells (1992) Retail CD
Prog-Rock/ Art Rock
Much has been written about Mike Oldfield's debut album and with Oldfield's autobiography "Changeling" set for release this coming May, we will have yet more stories and tales, this has given the album an almost mythical cultural status. But rather than make the act of reviewing the album redundant, its ability to produce many responses is important and lies in its capability to transport the listener to a realm in which the full gamut of emotions are expressed and experienced through the shifting tones and instrumentation Oldfield employs. It affords the listener little time for introspectivemore… self reflection like a good many albums do as it leaps playfully from one theme to another. Often this leap is harsh and jagged due to the technology of the day which Oldfield pushed to its furthest limit, but this just adds to the improvised quality of the album. The constant battle between violent and aggressive guitar playing and the calm, pastoral and serene lament of a Glockenspiel or a multitude of so many different pieces of light percussion, including the eponymous tubular bell shows the differing moods and mental states of a young and troubled mind coping with a precocious talent. "Tubular Bells" is a complex epic production, which completely fulfils its progressive rock credentials. Oldfield switches effortlessly between various forms including avant-garde experimentation, classical, rock and the commercialism of mainstream pop in a way even Pink Floyd failed to do. A true landmark in popular music which Oldfield has since struggled to improve upon or even match.
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