Joined: June 2007
||Posted: Aug. 20 2007, 16:34
When I first heard TBII, it seemed too polished, and it didn't start with what I thought was "the proper beginning of Tubular Bells", which irked me. But the more I listened, the more I appreciated it as a piece of music in it's own right.
When it came to the dvd, I really didn't like it at first.
The only other dvd of Mike's that I've seen is the Montreux '81 concert, which I loved (and still do). There were only 7 people on the stage, it was intimate, it was emotional and Mike goofed a couple of times but it was nothing major and just added to the realness of the whole thing.
So in comparison the TBII concert seemed too organised. And it used too many people.
I can't remember what changed my opinion. All I know is, as much as I wish I could've been at Montreux, I wish as wholeheartedly that I could've been at the TBII premiere too. Something magical happened that evening. You're right - you can see it in Mike's face. The music seemed to move him as much as everyone in the audience... and us sitting watching it at home. It always seemed to me that there was still some part of the 19 year old that wrote the original in him, that the emotion was still there.
I now love both the album and the live performance. It's fascinating to watch, and beautiful to listen to.