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.
Tom Newman, Simon Heyworth, Mike Oldfield
Record label of Australian release:
TUBULAR BELLS pt 1
TUBULAR BELLS pt 2
BONUS CLIPS BELOW: Tubular Bells live performance & BBC doco: The Mike Oldfield Story
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.
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 CLIPS
Tubular Bells live performance on BBC TV, 1973:
BBC radio documentary: The Mike Oldfield Story:
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