Mike Oldfield ‎– Tubular Bells

Virgin ‎– 0600753695036, Universal Music Group International ‎– 0600753695036
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180 Gram
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180 Gram
All Media, Deluxe Edition, Remastered


The 2009 Stereo Mixes By Mike Oldfield
A Tubular Bells (Part One)
B Tubular Bells (Part Two)
The Original 1973 Stereo Album Mix
C Tubular Bells (Part One)
D Tubular Bells (Part Two)

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2016 remastered reissue, cut using half-speed mastering at Abbey Road Studios.

Housed in a gatefold cover and includes voucher to download MP3 version of the album and Japanese style obi.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 600753695036
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped): 5369504-A 147428E1/A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped): 5369504-B 147428E2/A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout, stamped): 5369505-A 147428E3/A2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout, stamped): 5369505-B 147428E4/A1
  • Matrix / Runout (All sides, etched): MILES ABBEY ROAD ½ SPEED
  • Rights Society: BIEM/SDRM
  • Label Code: LC001845

Other Versions (5 of 304) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
V2001 Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells(LP, Album) Virgin V2001 UK 1973 Sell This Version
2393 Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells(Cass, Album, Unofficial) 747 2393 Saudi Arabia Unknown Sell This Version
V2001, 2933 722 Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells(LP, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin V2001, 2933 722 France Unknown Sell This Version
TC V2001 Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells(Cass, Album, RE) Virgin TC V2001 UK Unknown Sell This Version
Sell 1101 Mike Oldfield Tabular Bells(CD, Album) Selles Sell 1101 Poland 1999 Sell This Version


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April 25, 2017
My discs labels are swapped too. And they are nasty dirty too. I'll have to clean them twice before my diamond touches them. I sent them an email about the 1973 mix not being included with the download. Haven't heard back yet. The sticker says "this coupon allows you to access all the tracks from this LP as mp3 downloads". And since it's a 2 LP set that means both!


April 13, 2017
edited 5 months ago

Nice try UMG,
as always - cheapo cover production - the way it fits _not_ back into the sleeve most likely points to GZ pressing. Pinched inners right out of the package plus "instant ringwear" included as an extra bonus. Release reduced to "very good" before even opened.

Next good laugh is the download you get: only one version - guess wich one - in pristine, shiny and high-tech 128 kbits mp3 quality. The voucher promises that you can access "... all the tracks from this LP as mp3 downloads...". A straight lie, Sure - I did not buy it just to download it - I play it on my deck and it is still a great satisfaction to hear a good remaster, but taking into account the money you throw at them - the digital addon is just plain fuckup. The rights department will be armed with massive "money-fight-back-power" for sure.

Positive: The discs are quite good, but the "major-sellout-factor" with the downsides of this realease is a real pain in the ass and tends to hit the 11 on a 1-10 scale. Not a good addon to the vinyl movement and another fail for Universal Media Group, This release of Tubular Bells had the potential to do it -all- right. Target missed. I will further reduce buying releases out of the Back-To-Black series / Universal Media Group as those do simply not pay-off.
Love the music, love the effort - but finish what you started... in a decent way by the way.

Addon April 4th 2017:
I just recorded my copy of Tubular Bells in 88/24 resolution.
I can confirm that the labels are indeed switched. 2009 Mix has the labels of 1973 version and vice versa.
It seems that this issue spans the complete pressing run. But at least they managed to bring the right content on disc. :D

Then I noticed that the 1973 mix was mastered from a hig res source - 48/16 at least, maybe higher.
Some errors sound more degraded here as on my old copy from Italy, which was already a reissue in 1979. For example the bass guitar in Part 1 just before the words "Grand Piano..." has quite some distortion to it. This issue was something that Oldfield fixed in the 2009 remaster, but it is still there if you listen carefully.

The 2009 mix was mastered from a standard resolution source - definetely not higher than 44 KHz (or it may be a high res copy of a 44 KHz master). Another downer on the quality side - there is very straight visible highcut-line at around 21 KHz.
The 2009 mix sounds a little muffeled compared to the 1973 version, but the discs are both very good when it comes to sonics - it surely is -not- a simple "CD copy pressing". Surface noise is very little (quite some dirt on the discs, but no visible scratches - washing is a good option).

The kind of dirt I encountered is another indicator for a GZ pressing - saw this on quite some other pressings from GZ. It's a pain in the ass, but normally the discs are not damaged by this. It's just more work for the owner.
All those downers make this an overall 3 star release for my taste. Could easily be a 5 Star pressing, but too many negative points.


November 29, 2016
They swapped the mixes on this release.
On record 1 is printed "2009 mix", but it's the 1973 original mix. With the second record it's vice versa.