Mike Oldfield ‎– Tubular Bells III

Warner Music ‎– 2564623317
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180 Gram

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Heavyweight vinyl. First edition on LP.
Sticker with the text: "Tubular Bells III Mike Oldfield" on shrink wrap (front cover, lower left corner)
Comes with a black antistatic protective inner for the record.

℗ 1998 Warner Music UK Ltd. © 2014 Oldfield Music Limited for the United Kingdom and Oldfield Music Overseas Limited for the world outside the United Kingdom.

Made in the EU.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 8 25646 23317 5
  • Barcode (String): 825646233175
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A hand etched): 10582 1A 825646233175
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B hand etched): 10582 1B 825646233175
  • Rights Society: GEMA/MCPS
  • Label Code: LC14666

Other Versions (5 of 37) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
3984243492 Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells III(CD, Album) WEA 3984243492 UK 1998 Sell This Version
3984243494 Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells III(Cass, Album) WEA 3984243494 UK 1998 Sell This Version
MTL-079 Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells III(CD, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Mike Oldfield) MTL-079 Russia 1998 Sell This Version
3984243494 Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells III(Cass, Album, Dol) WEA 3984243494 Argentina 1998 Sell This Version
3984243494 Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells III(Cass, Album) WEA, Orpheus Music (3) 3984243494 Bulgaria 1998 Sell This Version


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July 17, 2016

Very low volume levels and a wobbly disc despite being 180gm. Bass is also somewhat lacking throughout.


March 17, 2015
My copy of Voyager are in perfect sound and with Stereo sound...propably the errors not happend in all copys...my copy is perfect!


January 23, 2015

Great disc! The sound and the dynamics is great for me on my Bose 2000XL speakers and Yamaha A-760 amplifier. It is my favorite disc :)


January 19, 2015

not a good pressing


November 24, 2014
edited over 3 years ago
I've got this one and Voyager (which I didn't opened yet)

edit : 30th november 2014,comment only for TB3,Voyager still not listened

have made an A/B comparision with original CD vs LP,
both listened with same amp (sony ta-f4a) and same headphones (akg K242)


detailed infos :

I haven't spotted any glitch or errors,
the sound on the LP have good dynamics (for me),
it is the same mix as the CD but EQ'd for vinyl,
there is way more bass on the LP,which is really good,even when volume is lost a bit
which is not a problem,just put your amp volume higher
(who said : "they'll put the volume higher,that's what an amp is made for!!" ?)

[scientific minute : when pressing more than 40min on a single vinyl you have to make choices,
either to have a big volume but less dynamics to avoid needle dropping
(this generally cause a VERY flat sound : found on cheap pressings for various artists compilations) ,
or less volume but more dynamics,solution chosen here]

Far Above The Clouds is the only track to have distortion because it is full of high frequencies
which are usually NOT put at the end of a vinyl side,but this album wasn't made for vinyl originally
so there's no one to blame,the volume has already been lowered to avoid problems
on the other tracks and to fit the full album on 1LP.

the only four reasons I can imagine for withdrawing this pressing are :

-they considered there was too much bass

-someone at the pressing plant f*cked up the plates
(remember Lily Allen's 2nd album UK pressing mess with grooves crossing?)
so they had to made new ones

-Warner pressed what it wanted to sell and don't really bother pressing more than 100/1000?

-Mike Oldfield called Warner's CEO to stop the process until they settled an agreement on the royalties

since it is a digital master (40 to 48Khz/16bit) there's no more room for a better sound
(except a 2LP pressing or a complete remix from the multitrack tapes ;
here they put EQ on the original stereo digital master)

(see :

hope that helps some of you :-)

if you like the record and manage to find one,just don't think twice

Voyager CDvsLP A/B comparision coming soon


November 15, 2014
This pressing was technically the very first vinyl edition of 'Tubular Bells III'. Release date was mid-October 2014 and some copies reached some outlets. However, those copies were withdrawn due to an error in the pressing and release date was pushed to January 2015. Apparently, these first vinyls were pressed in Mono by mistake. Same happened, at least, with 'Voyager' LP.