Mike Oldfield ‎– Tubular Bells

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Virgin ‎– V2001
Vinyl, LP, Album
25 May 1973
Folk Rock, Modern Classical, Prog Rock, Classic Rock


A Tubular Bells (Side 1)
Chorus [Girlie Chorus] – Mundy Ellis, Sally OldfieldChorus [Nasal Chorus] – Nasal ChoirDouble Bass [String Basses] – Lindsay Cooper (2)Flute [Flutes] – Jon FieldGrand 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 Bells – Mike OldfieldMC [Master Of Ceremonies] – Viv Stanshall*
B Tubular Bells (Side 2)
Acoustic Guitar – Tom Newman (2)Chorus [Bootleg Chorus] – Manor ChoirChorus [Girlie Chorus] – Mundy Ellis, Sally OldfieldConductor [Bootleg Chorus] – Mike OldfieldDrums – Steve BroughtonElectric 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): V 2001 A-2U
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped): V 2001 B-3U
  • Matrix / Runout (Early pressing): V 2001 B-2U

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