Still a firm favourite of the class of 1973, which was given a huge lease of life in 1992 with the dreaded sequel. It was further followed by the dancier 1998 version, ‘Tubular Bells III’. The aphorism of ‘the original is always the best’ can be applied here, as Virgin Records V2001 set Richard Branson down a very lucrative road. There is no denying that it is an excellent piece of instrumental music. The inspired choice of using Viv Stanshall as the orchestra master gives the album greater strength. Studying the credits we are reminded that Edgar Broughton’s brother Steve plays drums. Mike Oldfield, meanwhile, plays just about every instrument he can lay his hands on.
Tracks: Tubular Bells Part I; Tubular Bells Part II....