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Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells 2
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Tracks

1. Sentinel

2. Dark Star

3. Clear Light

4. Blue Saloon

5. Sunjammer

6. Red Dawn

7. The Bell

8. Weightless

9. The Great Plain

10. Sunset Door

11. Tattoo

12. Altered State

13. Maya Gold

14. Moonshine

Performer Notes
  • Producers: Mike Oldfield, Tom Newman, Trevor Horn.
  • A second "variation" on the album that put both Oldfield and Virgin Records on the map probably didn't seem like such a bad idea--especially with a guy like Trevor Horn enlisted to help produce. That said, TUBULAR BELLS 2 is quite good. It is a derivation, naturally, but one that has been fleshed out, further expounded upon, and given a modern '90s gloss.
  • Horn's is relegated to the background, but his involvement is vital. He makes Oldfield's permutations flicker with an Art of Noise resonance, and the songs--which really play as one grand suite--have a palpable luster immersed within the absolutely excellent production. All of Oldfield's trademarks are brought to the fore here; the music is pastel, austere, vibrant, twinkling, and eccentric. For this second chapter, Oldfield brings along everything from synths and guitars to glockenspiel and other assorted percussive instruments--including tubular bells. Maybe history can in fact repeat itself.
Professional Reviews
Q (10/92, p.81) - 3 Stars - Good - "...elegiacally pastoral, yet animated by contrasting currents of sunburst awe and Goonish jocularity--just one pretty tune after another..."

Audio Magazine (1/93, p.152) - "...ten minutes longer than the original but never tedious, the new work has an up-to-the-minute flavor...your cynicism will give way to joy over Oldfield's success at pulling this off with both humor and respect..."
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