Mike OldfieldTubular Bells

Label:Virgin – V2001
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Style:Folk Rock, Modern Classical, Prog Rock, Classic Rock


ATubular Bells (Side 1)
Chorus [Girlie Chorus]Mundy Ellis, Sally Oldfield
Chorus [Nasal Chorus]Nasal Choir
Double Bass [String Basses]Lindsay Cooper (2)
Flute [Flutes]Jon Field
Grand Piano, Glockenspiel [Glokenspiel], Organ [Farfisa, Lowrey], Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electronics [Taped Motor Drive Amplified Organ Chord], Guitar [Speed, Fuzz, Mandolin-like], Percussion [Assorted], Acoustic Guitar, Flageolet, Piano [Honky Tonk], Tubular BellsMike Oldfield
MC [Master Of Ceremonies]Viv Stanshall*
BTubular Bells (Side 2)
Acoustic GuitarTom Newman (2)
Chorus [Bootleg Chorus]Manor Choir
Chorus [Girlie Chorus]Mundy Ellis, Sally Oldfield
Conductor [Bootleg Chorus]Mike Oldfield
DrumsSteve Broughton
Electric Guitar, Organ [Farfisa, Lowrey, Hammond], Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar [Speed Elec. Guitars], Timpani [Concert Tympani], Guitar [Sounding Like Bagpipes, Spanish], Vocals [Piltdown Man], Chorus [Moribund]Mike Oldfield

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Original UK release, black and white labels.

Recorded at: The Manor/Autumn 1972 Spring 1973.
"In Glorious Stereophonic Sound.
Can also be played on mono-equipment at a pinch."

"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 to the nearest police station."

At the time the recording was made at The Manor studio, some of the recording equipment wasn't properly shielded, so the carrier wave (or Morse code) transmission from GBR (the nearby Rugby transmitter) was recorded on the master tape - possibly without the audio engineer's knowledge! This is quite low in frequency & quite inaudible unless you have suitable Hi-Fi equipment.

℗ 1973 Virgin Records.
Distributed by Island and E.M.I.
Address: 130 Notting Hill Gate, London, W.11

Fully laminated sleeve.

Printed & made by the E. J. Day Group, London & Bedfrord

Tracks are listed as SIDE 1 and SIDE 2 on the cover, followed by the relevant instruments and guest musician lists. On this version the tracks are simply credited as Tubular Bells Side One and Tubular Bells Side Two on the labels.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, stamped, Variant 1): V 2001 A-2U
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped, Variant 1): V 2001 B-3U
  • Matrix / Runout (Early pressing): V 2001 B-2U
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, stamped, Variant 2): V 2001 A-2U PO 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped, Variant 2): V 2001 B-3U HR 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, stamped, Variant 3): V 2001 A-2U TG 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped, Variant 3): V 2001 B-3U GAH 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, stamped, Variant 4): V 2001 A-2U HP 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped, Variant 4): V 2001 B-3U OT 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, stamped, Variant 5): V2001 A-4U
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped, Variant 5): V2001 B 30
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, stamped, Variant 6): V2001 A-2U MT 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped, Variant 6): V2001 B-3U PO 2

Other Versions (5 of 539)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Tubular Bells (LP, Album, MO-Monarch Pressing)VirginVR 13-105US1973
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Tubular Bells (LP, Album, Stereo)Virgin87541 ITNetherlands1973
Tubular Bells (LP, Album, Stereo)Virgin87 541 ITGermany1973
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Tubular Bells (LP, Album)VirginV2001Scandinavia1973
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Tubular Bells (LP, Album, Reissue)Virgin104 8290Brazil1973



  • Daisys_Daddy's avatar
    I'm the same as the very 1st question.
    Matrix numbers match A 2 U and B 3 U, fully laminated cover but coloured labels.
    On the run out on side A, it has DRG stamped on it and on side 2 has GMO stamped on it.
    • Bimpse57's avatar
      over 48 years old at time of review ! my recently purchased copy still sounds crisp and clear. Great piece of music
      • kimwozere's avatar
        A wonderful piece of modern day classical if you like. A quirky album that will appeal to all. Mike oldfield at his best, a timeless piece of instrumental music that can be enjoyed for decades and generation after generation 🎶
        • zimba.oceanman's avatar
          I got V2001 stereo version Virgin Music ( Publishers ) Ltd. UK, but with a completly different label on the vinyl. Only the girls, no lizzards, gold colour with a white rim. Any clues?
          • lizzydevine6's avatar
            Please could someone please help me out I've got a stereo version. ,7016
            • jatkin's avatar
              I seem to have an edition not catalogued above. It is very similar to the first press however it is printed by Robor Limited and the matrix (side A) is V-2001-A 1 and (side B) V-2001-B 1

              Can anybody shed any light onto what edition I have?
              • johnmswan's avatar
                My copy has matrices 2U/2U, and is otherwise identical to this one (black and white labels, laminated sleeve). So is 3U still a first pressing?
                • The1971's avatar
                  The U etched on the Matrix of this EMI pressed LP signifies that the LP was cut somewhere other than EMI. In this case it was done by Beryl Ritchie who was working at CBS.
                  • lx-cyber's avatar
                    to all of you guys...
                    if you can't find your Version here, so please add it as a new Version. !!!
                    that's the sense of this musicsite.
                    • asi1980's avatar
                      "Manufactored and distributed by the general music co. ltd. Ramat Gan. Made in Israel" :)



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