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A new album from Tom Newman, The (Secret) Life of Angels is set for release on April 18th. As an album of hand-played instrumental music by the producer of albums like Tubular Bells and Amarok, it should be of interest to fans of Tom's work with (and without) Mike!

Tom has posted some taster samples on his Soundcloud page, and a video for the track Raphael's Bicycle is available on YouTube.

There are also more samples, plus ordering details, on the Viral Discs and Downloads website.

Monday, 14 April 2014 4 comments


The 3min25sec video for the Moonshine single has been posted on the official Mike Oldfield VEVO YouTube channel.

Monday, 14 April 2014 4 comments


We've had an exclusive announcement from Virgin EMI about Mike's next album, which includes plans for a premiere concert:

Following Sir Richard Branson's announcement yesterday of Virgin Buildings, where Branson revealed that he had his sights set on the moon, Virgin EMI is proud to announce that Mike Oldfield will be supporting Branson's ambitions with a new album and a spectacular live performance.



Called TB-0, the album will reflect on Mike's contribution to Virgin's space ventures, referring back to his classic debut album, Tubular Bells, which kick-started the Virgin empire. The name also refers to TMA-0, the monolith in Arthur C Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey, which begins primitive man's journey towards being a space-faring species.

"I've always loved space, and I'm a particular fan of Arthur C Clarke," says Mike, "So the concept of combining Tubular Bells with a moon concept and 2001 was very exciting to me. There are three monoliths in 2001, representing three stages of humanity, and I want the album to be in three parts to represent three eras in my own career, as well as in Richard's. I want the first part to be like a prequel to Tubular Bells, using all the old instruments, then the second part will be more modern. I'd like to go back to the sound of my album Crises, because that was also in the era that Richard was starting Virgin Atlantic. The third part will be the space part - my music's just been used by the European Space agency for their Sentinel program, and of course Richard's got Virgin Galactic and his new building plans, so it'll have to represent that. I'm still working on ideas for that. I want it to be a long instrumental work where all three parts fit together and reference each other, so it's like there's a genuine evolution from beginning to end, not just three different things stuck together."

Mike also announced plans to accompany the album's launch with a special concert. "We want to represent the album by having a transition in the concert as well. We're going to set up a big stage and seating area at Spaceport America, and the audience will stay there, but during the concert, I'll get into one of Richard's spaceships and be launched into space, so the final part will be me playing the bells from space. I used Skype heavily for making my last album, so I had a chat with the people from Skype, and they've agreed to help us do it, so I can be in space and all the audience on the ground will be able to see me on big screens. We've got the European Space Agency cooperating as well, so hopefully we'll be able to have musicians joining us from the International Space Station too. After Chris Hadfield, they've really seen the benefit of having astronauts involved in musical events."

Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson said "When we released Tubular Bells, over 40 years ago, we never dreamed that it would end up taking us into space, but Virgin Galactic is now making commercial spaceflight a reality. Now, we're looking towards the next step of reaching the moon, and we're thrilled to have Mike Oldfield on board to help us with a new album, just like he did with the first Tubular Bells."

Tuesday, 1 April 2014 11 comments


Mike is commenting his latest album Man on the Rocks track by track in this video on the official VEVO YouTube channel (only available in certain countries). Also, Caroline Monk has confirmed that the next single is Moonshine.

Update Apr 4: now more broadly available

Monday, 31 March 2014 4 comments


Mike and his two sons send greetings to the European Space Agency and their Sentinel-1 mission in this video where he also mentions his passion for space, science fiction, and Arthur C. Clarke. Sentinel from Tubular Bells II is the official music for the mission.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 9 comments


The Dutch retailer bol.com has uploaded 30 second preview clips of all of the tracks on Man on the Rocks.

Thanks, Kristian Janssens!

Saturday, 22 February 2014 92 comments


Virgin EMI has posted on YouTube part 1 of a short documentary about the making of Man On The Rocks. Part 2 should be available on Monday.

Update Feb 25: Part 2

Update Feb 27: Part 3

Update Mar 3: Part 4

Friday, 21 February 2014 3 comments


A video of an acoustic performance of Man on the Rocks has been released on the via the official VEVO channel on YouTube. It features Mike and Luke Spiller performing the song together in the Bahamas.

Update: We're told that the video is unfortunately unavailable in Germany

Update 19th February: The video seems to have now been changed to private and can't be seen in any country, a couple of messages indicate it might be available again from 21st February

Further update 19th February: It's now available again! A video for the studio version of the track is also available on the VEVO site, though viewers in some countries will be redirected to the acoustic performance video instead.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 34 comments


The video for Sailing is now available to watch on the website of the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, though unfortunately not in all countries.

It'll also be available to buy on iTunes from next Tuesday, February 19th.

More videos of performances from the album by Mike and Luke, as well as a documentary about the album, will be released through official channels in the lead up to the album's release.

Monday, 10 February 2014 23 comments


The first five albums by Kevin Ayers have been issued as a low priced 5 CD boxed set by Original Album Series.

Mike features heavily on the two albums recorded in the pre-Tubular Bells years, Shooting at the Moon and Whatevershebringswesing, as well as providing a guitar solo on one track of The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories.

Thanks, Chris Mussett

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 Post a comment!


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Mike Oldfield in the Media

From Caroline Monk:  Mike Oldfield, creator of the acclaimed Tubular Bells rocks out with his first vocal album in 23 years. He talks about Man on the Rocks tonight [1 April 2014] on
Echoes http://wp.me/pgATL-2Nr

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You can hear this streaming live on any of or stations.
http://www.echoes.org/stattime.html

And later today, you can hear it on demand at Echoes On-Line, but that's via subscription. http://www.echoes.org/online-oneweektrial.html

Note: See http://www.echoes.org/stattime.html for a list of stations and times broadcasting Echoes.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014 Post a comment!


An interview with Mike will be broadcast on BBC Radio 6 this Sunday November 3rd, as part of Stuart Maconie's Freak Zone show.

They say Mike will be talking about "how Tubular Bells affected his life, his attitude towards the music industry and his new album Man On The Rocks", and it'll include a short excerpt from the new album.

The show is from 20:00 until 22:00 GMT and can be listened to online in the UK via the BBC's iPlayer service.

Thursday, 31 October 2013 18 comments


Caroline Monk posted in Facebook a link to a sweet article written by Richard Branson entitled, "Tubular Bells Revisited." Pictures included! The piece was posted to virgin.com on 1 Oct.

"Without Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells’ it is quite conceivable that the Virgin Group may never have got off the ground. Without Tom Newman, ‘Tubular Bells’ may never have been recorded."

Tuesday, 1 October 2013 Post a comment!


The new issue of Prog magazine features a brand new interview with Mike as well as articles on the 40 years of Tubular Bells and Virgin Records. It is on sale now. Magazine wallet and cover.

Thanks, Jerry Ewing of Prog!

Tuesday, 4 June 2013 4 comments


Tim Prevett will be hosting a special 40th Anniversary of Tubular Bells show on RedShift Radio tonight between 19:00 and 22:00 UK time (BST). You'll be able to listen online via the website.

More information on Facebook.

Thanks, Paul Harris

Thursday, 23 May 2013 Post a comment!




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Moonlight Shadow and To France covers in Nolwenn Leroy's Bretonne album. (Thanks, Yvan Doyeux)

Czech TV station Prima often uses a sample of Mike Oldfield's version of Abba's Arrival, as well the original Abba's piece as a TV trailer or intermezzo. (Thanks, Ondrej Misak)

The new TV channel Direct uses Moonlight Shadow as its main jingle. (Thanks, Vinz)

Reference to Mike Oldfield in Bernard Werber's besteller Nous les Dieux. The author confesses having listened to Mike's music and be inspired by it while writing his book. (Thanks, Aurélien Duvallet)

Moonlight Shadow cover in Frérérique's Irish Ties album. (Thanks, Olier)

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