Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Mike Oldfield--Tubular Bells (Theme from 'The Exorcist') (1973)

     I hate that title...but it would be the only way that many would recognize the tune. Never saw the movie (neither has Oldfield), and have no intention too (horror isn't my bag). As it turns out, it was a career defining moment for him, and for Virgin records president, Richard Branson.

     Branson was attempting to get his record company off of the ground and heard a small demo of a then 19-year old Oldfield and signed him up. He played most of the instruments by layering one over another. It is an impressive work, as it was for Branson to take a risk on a young musician who's desire was to make an album that consists of one two sided song. A shortened version for the movie was made and hit the US charts, making Mike a one hit wonder in the states, but his success has gone far beyond the singles market.

     The album became a hit and helped Branson off to become one of the richest men in the world. Oldfield, although never having a "hit" single again, has a very devoted and loyal fan base. His music laid the foundations for what is now known as "New Age" music, but he has dabbled in many styles including dance, celtic, world, and electronic. If you liked what you heard on this single, I suggest you listen to this entire album and his third album (Ommadawn--1975)


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