Tubular Bells entered the Kent Music Report album charts on 14 January 1974. It reached #1 on 20 May 1974 and remained on top for 4 weeks.
An edited version of Tubular Bells entered the Kent singles chart on 29 April 1974 and peaked at #12. The song was #77 on the Top 100 of 1974.
TUBULAR BELLS pt 1
TUBULAR BELLS pt 2
BONUS CLIP BELOW: Tubular Bells live performance
Tubular Bells is the debut studio album by English multi-instrumentalist, composer and songwriter Mike Oldfield, released on 25 May 1973 as the first album on Virgin Records. Oldfield, who was 19 years old when it was recorded, played almost all the instruments on the mostly instrumental album.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tubular_Bells
Mike Oldfield said: “Tubular Bells had been in my head for ages. I made the original demo in a flat in Tottenham, on an old tape machine lent to me by [Soft Machine’s] Kevin Ayers. I played organ, bass, electric guitar and two little percussion toys. But later, when I was recording some session guitar for Kevin at Abbey Road, there were all these wonderful instruments around: harpsichords, timpanis, tubular bells – so I would experiment on them before every-one else arrived. That’s how I came to play 20 instruments on Tubular Bells.”
Read more: www.theguardian.com/music/2013/may/20/how-we-made-tubular-bells
The instruments: tubular.net/discography/TubularBells
BONUS VIDEO CLIP
Tubular Bells live performance on BBC TV, 1973:
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