On May 25, 1973.

Tubular Bells

On May 25, 1973, “Virgin” label released “Tubular Bells”, the debut Mike Oldfield album. It was recorded autumn 1972 – spring 1973, at “The Manor” in Oxfordshire, and was produced by Tom Newman, Simon Heyworth and Mike Oldfield. The cover design was by Trevor Key of “Cooke Key Associates” with Brian Cooke. “Tubular Bells” was the first album released by “Virgin” label. The album was certified 7 x Platinum in UK by the “BPI”, 2 x Platinum in Canada by “Music Canada”, 10 x Platinum in Australia by the “ARIA”, and Gold in US by the “RIIA”.  In 1975, Mike Oldfield received “Grammy Award” for the best” Instrumental Composition”.

Personnel:

  • Mike Oldfield – vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar, Farfisa, Hammond B3, Lowrey organs, flageolet, fuzz guitars,  glockenspiel, “honky tonk” piano, mandolin, piano, percussion, “taped motor drive amplifier organ chord”, timpani, tubular bells
  • Steve Broughton– drums
  • Lindsay L. Cooper– string bass
  • Jon Field– flutes
  • Mundy Ellis– vocals
  • Sally Oldfield– vocals
  • Vivian Stanshall– Master of Ceremonies
  • Manor Choir – Simon Heyworth,Tom Newman, Mike Oldfield
  • Recorded and engineered by Simon Heyworth, and Tom Newman
  • Mastered by Simon Heyworth

Track listing:

All tracks by Mike Oldfield, except “The Sailor’s Hornpipe” – traditional, arranged by Mike Oldfield.

  1. Tubular Bells, Part One
  2. Tubular Bells, Part Two
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