MIKE OLDFIELD Tubular Bells (18 Variations) UPDATED: More Versions Added!

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 a dozen variations of Tubular Bells back-to-back? It’s a trip. Here are a majority of Oldfield’s Tubular revisits, including a live bootleg, Tubular Bells I-III, assorted single releases 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 ( HERE). 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. Click some 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)

US FrontThe Bell (US Single) (1993)
The Bell (edit) (4:08)
Sentinel Restructure (Trance MIx) (Tommy Musto) (5:44)
Sentinel Restructure (Satoshi Tomii Interpretation) (7:43)
Sentinel Restructure (Global Lust MIx) (Mark Lewis) (5:57)
Sentinel Restructure (Nobel Prize Mix) (The Orb) (14:28)
Sentinel Restructure (Tubular Beats) (Tommy Musto) (4:12)


UK FrontThe Bell (UK Single) (1993)
The Bell (Live MC John Gordon Sinclair) (4:21)
The Bell (MC Billy Connolly) (3:31)
The Bell (MC Otto – German Version) (3:30)
The Bell (MC Strolling Player) (5:02)
The Bell (Instrumental Version) (3:31)



German FrontThe Bell (German Single) (1993)
The Bell (MC Viv Stanshall) (3:30)
The Bell (MC Otto – English Version) (3:30)
The Bell (MC Otto – German Version) (3:30)




Spanish FrontThe Bell (Spanish Single) (1993)
The Bell (MC Carlos Finally) (3:31)





Australian FrontThe Bell (Australian Single) (1993)
The Bell (MC Viv Stanshall) (3:31)
The Bell (MC Billy Connolly) (3:30)
Sentinel Restructure (Trance Mix) (5:43)




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)

FrontThe Millennium Bell (1999)
Peace On Earth (Camilla Darlow – The London Handel Choir) (4:10)
Pacha Mama (Nicola Emmanuel & David Serame) (4:06)
Santa Maria (Camilla Darlow – The London Handel Choir) (2:44)
Sunlight Shining Through Cloud (The Grant Gospel Choir) (4:33)
The Doge’s Palace (The London Session Orchestra) (3:07)
Lake Constance (The London Session Orchestra) (5:17)
Mastermind (Gota Yashiki) (3:04)
Broad Sunlit Uplands (The London Session Orchestra) (4:03)
Liberation (Miriam Stockley – The London Handel Choir) (2:38)
Amber Light (Nicola Emmanuel & David Serame – Miriam Stockley) (3:43)
The Millennium Bell (Nicola Emmanuel & David Serame – Miriam Stockley) (7:38)

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)

FrontTubular Bells 2003 Introduction (2003)
Introduction (Radio Edit) (3:43)






Mike+Oldfield+-+Tubular+Bells+Super+Deluxe+Edition+-+BOX+SET-471981Tubular 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)

FrontThe Bell Is Back (The Original Theme To The Exorcist) (2009)
Tubular Bells (Original Theme From The Exorcist) (3:17)






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)


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

    Search HERE

  • 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

    • April 9, 2012 - 20:42 | Permalink

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

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

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

  • 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?

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

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

  • Frank
    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

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

    Sorry, no. I know there was an edited single released in conjunction with the Exorcist soundtrack (which we’ve now added).

  • maddmonk
    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!!

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

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

  • Don from Oregon
    July 13, 2014 - 14:06 | Permalink


    • Don from Oregon
      July 13, 2014 - 14:07 | Permalink

      It takes BALLS to release so many BELLS

      • pete
        July 13, 2014 - 20:30 | Permalink

        He’s just messing with us, isn’t he? I mean, isn’t he? Thanks, Captain!

        • Willard
          July 13, 2014 - 22:01 | Permalink

          He might just be getting started.

      • Willard
        July 13, 2014 - 22:02 | Permalink

        Tubular Balls coming in 2015.

        • Don from Oregon
          July 13, 2014 - 23:24 | Permalink

          Check this out…

          go to :
          “We’ve had an exclusive announcement from Virgin EMI about Mike’s next album, which includes plans for a premiere concert”

          It seems there are plans to even play it on the Moon!

          Maybe Roger, Dave and Nick would be interested in playing the Dark Side of it?

          • Willard
            July 13, 2014 - 23:52 | Permalink

            Well… there it is, isn’t it?

  • July 14, 2014 - 13:27 | Permalink

    I’m waiting for the reggae version to come out

  • Leo Rattans
    July 19, 2014 - 09:59 | Permalink

    Not “only” Mick Taylor on the live one, but also Hillage, Ayers, Moerlen, Friht (sic) and others.
    And The Bell (US Single) features The Orb. Also available (in 1992) was Oldfield vs.The Orb – Sentinel (total overhaul).

  • Uncle Igor
    October 27, 2014 - 05:31 | Permalink

    A query to those who might know–I have an old vinyl import release called Mike Oldfield: Boxed (Virgin Records VBOX1) I got from Jem Records back in the 70s, with T-Bells, H-Ridge & O-dawn plus a 4th disc of odds ‘n sods titled Collaborations, all in quadrophonic mixes done by Oldfield and Phil Newell. Are these the surround-sound mixes from the 2009 deluxe edition referenced above? There are some radical differences from the other releases I’ve heard–the Hornpipe, for example. Per the liner notes: after completing Vivian Stanshall’s MC duties at the end of Side One, “the helplessly intoxicated trio…decided to combine the recording of “The Sailor’s Hornpipe” with an early-morning stagger around the Manor House….Stanshall wandered around inspecting the various items of interest within his focusing capacity…while Oldfield and Newman trudged after him strumming with scotch-sodden conviction.” The inebriational enthusiasm of the performance combined with the disorienting effect of the quad mix are truly hilarious, and far superior to the finish on the original release, which the liner notes allege was forced on Oldfield by nervous Virgin execs. Never gotten around to digitizing the boxset–just wondering if quad mixes=those surround sound versions mentioned above so I don’t have to rustle up a turntable from somewhere. The set is listed in a CD version on Amazon, but a reviewer says that release is a stereo mix, not quad. Any info you guys have would be appreciated.

  • Jean Christophe DERRIEN
    April 23, 2015 - 18:03 | Permalink

    You’re missing the 2 other Orb remixes.
    Sentinel (The orb 7″ mix)
    Sentinel (Orbular Bells)
    Sentinel (Early Stages)
    There’s a long Orb remix called Tubular Balls in a bootleg and it seems legit.

  • April 15, 2016 - 23:45 | Permalink

    re. the bootleg of the Queen Elizabeth Hall concert in 1973
    For those who were too broke to go (like me) there was a live performance on BBC TV with Mick Taylor, Steve Hillage, Fred Frith, Mike Ratledge ++
    It’s on YouTube and well worth downloading from here.

    • Willard
      April 16, 2016 - 00:30 | Permalink

      Thanks. We had a version of this on the post at one time, but it went away. Glad to see it’s back.

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