On May 25, 1973.

Tubular Bells

On May 25, 1973, “Virgin” label released “Tubular Bells”, the debut Mike Oldfield album. It was recorded 1972 – 1973, at “The Manor” in Oxfordshire, and was produced by Tom Newman, Simon Heyworth and Mike Oldfield.  “Tubular Bells” was the first album released by “Virgin” label. It 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
  • Lindsay L. Cooper– string bass
  • Steve Broughton– drums
  • Jon Field– flutes
  • Mundy Ellis– vocals
  • Sally Oldfield– vocals
  • Vivian Stanshall– Master of Ceremonies
  • Simon Heyworth, Tom Newman, Mike Oldfield  – Manor choir
  • Simon Heyworth, and Tom Newman – recording
  • Simon Heyworth – mastering
  • Trevor Key  (Cooke Key Associates), Brian Cooke – design

Track listing:

All tracks by Mike Oldfield.

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

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