MIKE OLDFIELD – Tubular Bells (10 Versions)

And you thought Pete Townshend was guilty of milking Tommy. Mike Oldfield, while forever releasing new material, has revisited his creative high water mark routinely for the past 4 decades, though… he’s now on record as not wanting to record a Tubular Bells IV. Since the original was never bettered, it’s probably just as well. Have you ever listened to 8 or 9 variations of Tubular Bells back-to-back? It’s a trip. Here they are, including a live bootleg, Tubular Bells I-III and various mixes of the original, upgraded technologically since 1973. I cheated on one of the posts. Instead of the Surround Sound mixes offered with the 3CD, 2009 Deluxe Edition (which would have taken way too many links), you instead get the demo disc from the 5CD Amazon Exclusive version. If you’re a completist, you’re on your own from here. There are plenty of other repackagings that aren’t included – like an ancient picture disc, The Best Of Tubular Bells, the remastered 25th Anniversary Edition, The Complete Tubular Bells (30th Anniversary Edition), the non-Oldfield piano ensemble release, Tubular Bells 4 , various reissue boxes and newer audiophile vinyl. You get the gist. JUST ADDED: 2013′s Tubular Beats. Click (most of) the covers for links to Amazon.

Tubular Bells (1973)
The original. You can’t go wrong.

Tubular Bells (Part One) (25:31)
Tubular Bells (Part Two) (23:20)




The Orchestral Tubular Bells (1975)
Quite a dramatic interpretation from arranger/conductor David Bedford. Maybe the work’s second best rendition.

The Orchestral Tubular Bells (Part One) (26:30)
The Orchestral Tubular Bells (Part Two) (24:30)



Tubular Bells II (1992)
Sentinel (8:08)
Dark Star (2:16)
Clear Light (5:48)
Blue Saloon (3:00)
Sunjammer (2:33)
Red Dawn (1:50)
The Bell (7:00)
Weightless (5:43)
The Great Plain (4:48)
Sunset Door (2:24)
Tattoo (4:15)
Altered State (5:13)
Maya Gold (4:01)
Moonshine (1:42)

Tubular Bells III (1998)
The Source Of Secrets (5:35)
The Watchful Eye (2:10)
Jewel In The Crown (5:45)
Outcast (3:50)
Serpent Dream (2:53)
The Inner Child (4:42)
Man In The Rain (4:03)
The Top Of The Morning (4:26)
Moonwatch (4:25)
Secrets (3:20)
Far Above The Clouds (5:30)

Tubular Bells 2003 (2003)
Introduction (5:52)
Fast Guitars (1:04)
Basses (0:47)
Latin (2:19)
A Minor Tune (1:21)
Blues (2:40)
Thrash (0:44)
Jazz (0:48)
Ghost Bells (0:31)
Russian (0:44)
Finale (8:33)
Harmonics (5:12)
Peace (3:31)
Bagpipe Guitars (3:08)
Caveman (4:33)
Ambient Guitars (5:10)
The Sailor’s Hornpipe (1:45)

Tubular Bells
(3CD Deluxe Edition)

This Deluxe Edition is missing the 3rd DVD disc, a surround sound mix of Tubular Bells that would take a dozen links to post. Sorry… I don’t have the patience for that. Besides, that’s why God invented Google. Instead, we’ve cheated and replaced the surround mix with rare demos that were originally included in Tubular Bells (The Amazon Exclusive) box set. You get 2009 stereo mixes, a new remix of the original and the demos.

The 2009 Stereo Mixes
Tubular Bells (Part One) (26:01)
Tubular Bells (Part Two) (23:17)
Mike Oldfield’s Single (Theme From Tubular Bells) (3:56)
Sailor’s Hornpipe (Viv Stanshall Version) (2:48)

The Original 1973 Stereo Album Mix
Tubular Bells (Part One) (25:30)
Tubular Bells (Part Two) (23:18)

Tubular Bells (The Demos)
from Tubular Bells (The Amazon Exclusive Box Set)
Tubular Bells (Long) (22:55)
Caveman Lead-In (2:44)
Caveman (5:06)
Peace Demo A (7:01)
Peace Demo B (4:22)
Tubular Bells (Part One) (Rough First Mix) (25:13)

frontTubular Beats (2013)
Let There Be Light (York Remix) (7:35)
Far Above The Clouds (York Remix) (7:28)
Ommadawn (Mike Oldfield & York Remix) (10:16)
Guilty (Mike Oldfield & York Remix) (7:53)
Tubular Bells (Mike Oldfield & York Remix) (10:39)
To France (York & Steve Brian Radio Mix) (3:35)
North Star (Mike Oldfield & York Remix) (4:06)
Moonlight Shadow (York & Steve Brian Radio Mix) (3:32)
Guilty (York & Mike’s Electrofunkremix) (4:53)
Tubular Bells 2 (Mike Oldfield & York Remix) (7:53)
Never Too Far (with Tarja Turunen) (8:46)

Tubular Bells – Live From Queen Elizabeth Hall, June 25, 1973 (1973)
A bootleg, with bootleg quality, so this might be one of the last you should grab. But, it does feature Mick Taylor on guitar, on one of his first post-Stones ventures.

Tubular Bells (Part One) (28:39)
Tubular Bells (Part Two) (24:40)


  • 1
    May 26, 2011 - 10:14 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    April 9, 2012 - 20:22 | Permalink

    Hey Willard- A question.
    I bought a bootleg several years ago by this very name, but it turned out to be the live version from “Exposed” (1979), and the bootlegger passed it off as this show. So this is the real deal?
    Thanks in advance, and sorry to bug you with what is probably a very dumb question!
    Humbly and sincerely

    • 3
      April 9, 2012 - 20:42 | Permalink

      Tubular Bells – Live From Queen Elizabeth Hall, June 25, 1973 , that is…

    • 4
      April 9, 2012 - 21:05 | Permalink

      I’m not even familiar with the live Exposed version, so I can’t compare them. Sorry.

      PS… When you post a comment, use your full address (http://www.rumtoad.blogspot.com) so it goes straight to your place (instead of a generic Google page).

  • 6
    Danny F
    September 16, 2012 - 11:36 | Permalink

    Back in 2007 Tubular Bells (original version) was given away as a cover mount with the Mail On Sunday newspaper here in the UK. Apparently because Mike Oldfield was changing record company and was planning on bringing out the remastered version of the album Virgin decided to shaft him. Record companies, don’t you just love them?

  • 7
    September 16, 2012 - 11:40 | Permalink

    Jeez… and they keep finding fresh new ways to do it, don’t they? Thanks.

  • 8
    October 13, 2012 - 09:25 | Permalink

    Hi Willard,
    in the 70s, while travelling through Italy, there was a single version in the dukeboxes, that I did not find yet in the internet.
    Do you have any information about that release?
    Best regards

  • 9
    October 13, 2012 - 09:38 | Permalink

    Sorry, no. I know there was an edited single released in conjunction with the Exorcist soundtrack. Search “Tubular Bells 45″ on google and choose the “images” option, you’ll see a slew of pics of various versions.

    • 10
      April 22, 2013 - 18:29 | Permalink

      ,,,thank’s a lot for the hint!

  • 11
    Uncle Meat
    January 14, 2013 - 04:51 | Permalink

    The links are down.

    • 12
      January 14, 2013 - 11:04 | Permalink

      New links up, thanks.

  • 13
    July 1, 2013 - 12:36 | Permalink

    Although you say he said he would never do TB 4 he did do the Millennium Bell which seems to be TB4!!

    • 14
      July 1, 2013 - 12:42 | Permalink

      Truth is, he’s never stopped, and probably never will.

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