Offered for sale is an original UK pressing of the 1975 LP The Orchestral Tubular Bells by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Mike Oldfield.
About this copy: This copy of The Orchestral Tubular Bells is a 1975 UK pressing on the Virgin label.
The cover is VG+ with slight edge and corner wear. The disc is M- and looks unplayed. Clean disc!
A nice copy of a scarce Mike Oldfield LP.
Background: Released in 1975, The Orchestral Tubular Bells is a recording of David Bedford conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, accompanied by Mike Oldfield on guitar.
The album reached #17 on the UK album charts.
It was inevitable, after the mega-success of Tubular Bells in its original form, that someone would orchestrate the piece — the many and varied instrumental voices of the original virtually begged for this treatment, especially as the original album appeared at the height of the progressive rock boom, when even self-contained rock bands such as Emerson, Lake & Palmer were starting to turn toward orchestral accompaniment in their quest for richer sounds. In this case, it was composer Mike Oldfield himself who oversaw and co-produced the work with orchestrator and collaborator David Bedford, a longtime friend and colleague. The orchestration lives up to its promise, Bedford bringing to bear the diverse voices of strings, horns, brass, and winds in suitably rich fashion, even toning down many of Oldfield’s original flourishes in the version for small electric orchestra (which is what the original was, in essence): An electric guitar part transcribed for reeds, a bass part given the violas, brass covering a guitar solo, or tubas replacing bass in a key section, it’s all done smoothly and professionally by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
|Country of origin:||UK|
|Year of Release:||1975|