Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells – John Peel Version

Who is the voice on Tubular Bells?

The gimmick people remember from the first Tubular Bells was the voice (Vivian Stanshall’s) introducing the instruments; it happens again on Tubular Bells II and the voice is Alan Rickman’s.

How many versions of Tubular Bells are there?


Oldfield has recorded three sequels: Tubular Bells II (1992), Tubular Bells III (1998), and The Millennium Bell (1999). For the album’s 30th anniversary Oldfield re-recorded the album as Tubular Bells 2003.

How long does Tubular Bells last?

An instrumental work, Tubular Bells is 49 minutes and 16 seconds long presented in two parts, each taking up one side of the original vinyl release. The album was pioneering in many ways, from its use of bells to electric guitars recorded at half speed, and has been credited as an early example of new age music.

Where is Mike Oldfield?

Mike, who has lived in the Bahamas since 2009 revealed that he hadn’t left the Caribbean island in five years, after preforming at the London 2012 Olympics‘ opening ceremony.

How long did it take to make tubular bells?

The song took six days to record. Some unusual instruments were used to record this, including a Farfisa organ, a Lowrey organ, and a flageolet (a kind of wind instrument). There were also flutes, a mandolin, and of course, tubular bells. The bells are represented on the album cover.

Are tubular bells tuned or untuned?

tuned percussion instruments

The tuned percussion instruments include drums such as the timpani, tuned bars of wood or metal such as the Xylophone, Marimba, Glockenspiel, and the Vibraphone; Tubular bells; and keyboard instruments such as the Celesta and the piano.

What is the range of tubular bells?

Tubular bells

Percussion instrument
Classification idiophone
Hornbostel–Sachs classification 111.232 (Sets of percussion tubes)
Playing range
C4–F5 standard; extended range can include C4–G5, bass F3–B3, but can vary

How many instruments can Mike Oldfield play?

Oldfield has played over forty distinct and different instruments on record, including: a wide variety of electric and acoustic six-string guitars and bass guitars (plus electric sitar and guitar synthesizer) in a variety of different styles including folk, rock, pop and flamenco and taking in techniques such as bowing.

How good a guitarist is Mike Oldfield?

Mike is the a wonderful guitarist, and musician in general. I like him mainly for his composing, humor and lyrics though. I especially love his guitar play on the Discovery & Guitars albums. I wouldn’t call him the best guitarist I know of, but he is in my top 5, and is definately my favorite artist.

What guitar does Mike Oldfield?

1963 Fender Stratocaster Fiesta Red

Mike Oldfield’s main guitar for many years.

What instruments are used in Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells?

tubular bells which gave Oldfield the idea to call the album Tubular Bells. The „lyrics“ announcing the instruments are: „Grand piano; reed and pipe organ; glockenspiel; bass guitar; double speed guitar; two slightly distorted guitars; mandolin!

How do you play Tubular Bells instrument?

Quote from the video:
They are tuned long tubes of brass or steel with a cap at the top. They're open at the bottom and we play them usually with a rawhide mallet. Just you can get these in any hardware.

Who sang with Mike Oldfield?

Maggie Reilly (born 15 September 1956) is a Scottish singer best known for her collaborations with the composer and instrumentalist Mike Oldfield.

How do I contact Mike Oldfield?

For general enquiries, you can contact the whole team at once by sending an email to [email protected].

What does caught in the middle of 105 mean?

105 would refer to Sex (1 + 0 [10 which is a Kabbalistic union of phallus and yoni] and 5 is the womb, together they make 6, which is sex), he is caught in the middle of it, and she doesn’t know how to push through, ahem, ensure there is no happy ending.

When did Mike Oldfield write Moonlight?

Moonlight Shadow

„Moonlight Shadow“
Songwriter(s) Mike Oldfield
Producer(s) Mike Oldfield Simon Phillips
Mike Oldfield singles chronology
„Mistake“ (1982) „Moonlight Shadow“ (1983) „Shadow on the Wall“ (1983)