(released 27th May 2003)
Vocals: Sally Oldfield
Tubular Bells 2003 was Mike's rerecording of his original album, which he had always been unhappy with, due to the rushed nature of its production. He had indicated that he was thinking about re-recording the album as long ago as 1982 when promoting his single Mistake. However, a clause in his original Virgin contract prevented him from doing so for the first 25 years of its release.
Mike first announced the project in 2001, while promoting The Best of Tubular Bells, and began recording in July 2002, so that it could be released in the 30th anniversary year.
During October 2002, John Cleese's voice was recorded in Santa Barbara, USA, while Mike remained in telephone contact with him in England. The edited voice recordings were then sent to Mike via FTP.
Versions of Tubular Bells
Single CD release (May 27th 2003)
Canadian CD release (May 27th 2003)
CD with bonus DVD (May 27th 2003)
DVD-Audio (January 26th 2004)
The Mike Oldfield DVD Collection (January 26th 2004)
Credit: David Porter of The Mike Oldfield Information Service and Richard Carter.
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