Richard Newman's The making of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells book is being re-edited as a beautiful produced paperback in a different format from the 1993 hardback, enhanced by atmospheric landscape photography by Fran May.
Available in bookstores on 26th March 2018 for £20. Read the press release here
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MusicRadar has published a 6-page interview of Mike
reflecting on his musicianship and his career and emotions leading to Return to Ommadawn.Saturday, 23 September 2017 3 comments
Happy New Year to everyone !
Hope you will love RTO as much as I do, it is coming out very soon. As usual working on the next project and working on a Super Advanced music player for TB4 that will have multitrack mixing and Virtual reality as well as the usual high definition Audio.
Excited for 2017 !
Best wishes from MikeTuesday, 3 January 2017 62 comments
Mike announced on Facebook
the release of Return To Ommadawn for January 20 2017, and posted a 32 seconds excerpt of the new album. BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright played a snippet
too (starting at 2 hours 12 minutes, thanks Harmono!
I’m delighted to announce that my new album, Return To Ommadawn, will be released on January 20 2017
and is available to pre-order on my official store now: https://MikeOldfield.lnk.to/ReturnToOmmadawnFP
I hope you will enjoy listening to the new album as much as I have enjoyed making it.
Thanks for your patience, I know it has been a long wait.
Meanwhile here is a short snippet with elements from the introduction to Part One.
I also hear that Steve Wright will be playing the radio exclusive single version on his show this afternoon on BBC Radio 2.
You can hear it just after 4.pm UK time at : http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2
Hope you will be able to tune in and enjoy.
All the best for now !
Mike OldfieldWednesday, 7 December 2016 111 comments
Virgin EMI will re-release
on December 2nd a remastered vinyl edition of the 1979 double live album Exposed
, as well as Collaborations
, originally included as part of the 1976 Boxed compilation set.Saturday, 19 November 2016 11 comments
Posted by Terry Oldfield this evening to his Facebook page upon the passing of Raymond Henry Oldfield, father of Mike, Sally, and Terry. Condolences to the Oldfields.
"A tribute of thanks to my Dad who just passed away this morning .. At the time I am born in he is leaving .. Much peace to you my wonderful Father ..Thank you so much.."https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIGSUctbcHQThursday, 11 August 2016 9 comments
Mike has posted on his Facebook group
the list of instruments for Return To Ommadawn
.INSTRUMENTS USED RETURN TO OMMADAWNSTRINGS.
ACOUSTIC STEEL - ANDY MANSON HERON
FLAMENCO - PACO DE LUCIA
BASS - FENDER ROSCOE BECK
ACOUSTIC BASS - FENDER KINGMAN
GIBSON - SG STANDARD P.90
FENDER - TELECASTER
FENDER - STRATOCASTER
PRS - SIGNATURE
MANDOLINS - OVATION AND WASHBURN
CELTIC HARP KEYBOARDS.
ORGANS - VOX CONTINENTAL, FARFISA AND HAMMOND
GRANDMA'S PUB PIANO PERCUSSION.
AFRICAN TABLE DRUMS
PENNY WHISTLES IN BB, C, D, EB, F AND GAMPLIFIER.
MESA BOOGIE MARK FIVEMonday, 23 May 2016 54 comments
Mike has posted on his Facebook group
the names for the 55 sections of his new album:
Spanish Tune Acoustic
Spanish Tune 2
High Bridge 1
Spanish Tune 3
High Bridge 2
Fast Tune 1
Fast Tune Bridge 1
Fast Tune 2
Fast Tune Bridge 2
Fast Tune Boogie 1
Fast Tune Break
Grand Tune 1
Victory V 1
Victory V 2
Victory V 3
FUZZ TUNE 2
Glock 1 Riff
GIok 2 Eloc
Glok 3 Mandolins
Tune 1 *2GT
Glock 3 Blues Guitar
AF GIBSON SOLO
CODA Thursday, 21 April 2016 10 comments
Mike's update Re: Return to Ommadawn as posted on his Facebook group
9 April:"Hello Everyone some news : Well today got to the end of Part 2 Return to Ommadawn. Most of Part 2 I am happy with just have to finish up the ending and then polish both Part 1 and 2. So looking to finish everything around my birthday mid May. It has been a wonderful experience and I have loved playing all the acoustic instruments. So just have to complete the final steps. All the very best from Mike"
He subsequently said he expects to release it in mid-August.Saturday, 9 April 2016 43 comments
Marko's cartoons + Hans' 3D strips
||Mike Oldfield in the Media
|The making of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells
Photography by Fran May and Simon Heyworth
Storm Music & Images
26th March 2018, £20, Softback
“…everything I had lived, all adolescence, childhood, happiness, disappointment, laughter and tears, was all encapsulated in that piece of music.”
Mike Oldfield, speaking to Richard Newman
This book contains an important interview given to author, Richard Newman in 1993, by Mike Oldfield, Simon Heyworth and Tom Newman. It was the first time the three people that created “Tubular Bells’ got together in the same time frame, to talk to an independent journalist about the making of the album.
The book begins with a prologue, where Richard Newman sets the scene and describes the music industry of the time.
The interview is enlightening and intriguing. It tells of Tom Newman’s ingenuity. With the help and support of Simon Heyworth, they developed The Manor for Richard Branson as the first residential recording studio. The interview tells the truth behind the development of ‘Tubular Bells’. It was Tom and Simon that recognised Mike Oldfield’s genius and helped him complete the album, retaining the mythological essence of his sound. The interview illustrates the persistence and passion, the technical skill and the artistry. Richard Branson was not musical himself and was rarely present. It was Tom Newman who advised Richard Branson to create the Virgin record label. The first album released on the Virgin label was Tubular Bells. Richard Branson has acknowledged its importance many times for creating the cash flow to expand the Virgin empire.
“I had completely given up hope. I had taken these tapes around to the record companies who looked at me as if I was mad. They all said that because there were no vocals, no words, no drums or anything, it was not marketable”.
“I got nothing until the mid-‘80s. When Michael renegotiated his deal with Richard (Branson) and gave me 1% from then onwards, which gives me between six and eight grand a year, which I am very grateful. Thank you, Michael, very much.”
“Mike had some basic ideas; he had the riff at the front of side one and the ‘caveman’ idea. He had other bits of melody, but they weren’t properly connected, and he wasn’t sure which bits would follow which.”
The album ‘Tubular Bells’ has become much more famous than Mike Oldfield himself. This book is for the fans of the album. It has never been available in bookstores before now.
‘Tubular Bells’ is one of the most significant selling records of all time and has sold more than 20 million copies.
The book is beautifully produced using tactile, uncoated paper. It is illustrated with black and white photographs by Simon Heyworth, taken at the time of the recording and atmospheric landscape photographs, by Fran May to represent the mythological forces of nature and the emotional content perceived in the music.
For more information, please contact Amelia Knight at Midas Public Relations on firstname.lastname@example.org
or 020 7361 7860.
Thursday, 15 February 2018 4 comments
Mike was featured on Matt Everitt's show 'The First Time With...' yesterday. He discussed many of his early musical influences, plus the making of Tubular Bells
and of course Return to Ommadawn
UK-based listeners can hear it for the next 29 days via the BBC Website
Monday, 23 January 2017 1 comment
"Gazing out onto the deep turquoise ocean, Mike Oldfield is in a reflective mood..... " Click here
to read the 14 January 2017 article published in the Daily Mail Online. Mike initially shared the link on his Facebook page.
Sunday, 15 January 2017 Post a comment!
Tonight's Echoes.org program will feature Mike Oldfield's Ommadawn @ 40. That is, October 21, 2015 at 10 pm EDT on many public broadcasting stations including WITH in Ithaca,NY. They do stream.
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 1 comment
Listen to the tubular.net Finale cover
||More Coverage what you've spotted
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)