My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Original Album consisted of tracks 1 and 2.
Brief Background: Tubular Bells is the debut album for both Oldfield and this record company at the time, Virgin Records. It was recorded during the second half of 1972 and early 1973. It was released in May of 1973. Most of the heavily layered instruments are played by Oldfield. The opening piano piece was used in the film The Exorcist.
What I think: I want to give accolades to Oldfield for creating such an intricate and involved piece as this. It would have taken a ton of planing preparation and dedication to make this album. With that being said, this just isn’t the sort of this that I enjoy listening to. There is a cool guitar part about fifteen minutes into part one and some really pretty parts about 2/3 into part two, but that’s all that really left a positive impression on me. I do have to say that if had been a young teenager when this was released, my thoughts on it now would probably be completely different.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? It is quite an accomplishment, albeit an accomplishment I don’t really admire, but I think it certainly belongs in these albums.
Rating (Out of 5): 2.5
Tubular Bells Amazon Review (Out of 5):4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (229/297)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 78%