|Tubular Bells 2 CD (1992) Top Seller
Oldfield music CDs A second "variation" on the album that put both Oldfield and Virgin Records on the map probably didn't seem like such a bad idea--especially with a guy like Trevor Horn enlisted to help produce. That said, TUBULAR BELLS 2 is quite good. It is a derivation, naturally, but one that has been fleshed out, further expounded upon, and given a modern '90s gloss.
Horn's is relegated to the background, but his involvement is vital. He makes Oldfield's permutations flicker with an Art of Noise resonance, and the songs--which really play as one grand suite--have a palpable luster immersed within the absolutely excellent production. All of Oldfield's trademarks are brought to the fore here; the music is pastel, austere, vibrant, twinkling, and eccentric. For this second chapter, Oldfield brings along everything from synths and guitars to glockenspiel and other assorted percussive instruments--including tubular bells. Maybe history can in fact repeat itself.
Audio Mixers: Mike Oldfield; Steve MacMillan.
Photographers: Jill Furmanovsky; Trevor Key.
Producers: Mike Oldfield, Tom Newman, Trevor Horn.
Personnel: Mike Oldfield (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, classical guitar, banjo, mandolin, piano, organ, synthesizer, glockenspiel, drums, bass drum, cymbals, tambourine, timpani, triangle, tubular bells, hand claps, percussion, bells, programming); Edie Lehmann, Susannah Melvoin, Sally Bradshaw (vocals); Celtic Bevy Band, P.D. Scots Pipe Band (bagpipe); Jamie Muhoberac (keyboards, drums); John "J.R." Robinson , John "4 Daddman" Robinson (drums); Eric Cadieux (programming).