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Posted: June 28 2000, 20:57

This is some of Mike's best music ever in my opinion. The record sounds a bit too modern tho. As if much of it was done with the help of new technology. It surely does not sound as "alive" as Amarok or Ommadawn. But this record really makes my soul fly... the music is beautiful and Sunjammer makes my skin crawl. The clean guitar part on Dark Star too! I love this record it was my first Mike Oldfield album and I think it's one of the ones I treasure the most. Plus anyone that hears me playing it asks "what in the world is that amazing music?!"

Tremendous I say. Although you don't hear MO fans talk much about it as other albums.

Oh I also have the LaserDisc of the TBII concert at Edinburgh Castle. STUNNING!
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Posted: June 28 2000, 21:01

Damn I couldn't resist making another post about the sweet yet powerful and spooky opera-like singing in Red Dawn... so beautiful I could cry. And the amazing and soulful bagpipe ensemble in Tattoo.. or the amazing nasal choir in Maya Gold... damn just thinking about it I am getting sweaty and cold. This album is a TREASURE!
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Posted: Aug. 04 2000, 14:35

I love TBII too and I think that Weightless is the best track of this record.Listening to Weightless you can really feel like flying and be assured that Mike is unquestionable the God of Music...
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Posted: Aug. 04 2000, 16:28

I Agree Alex! Weightless is by far the best track on the album. I think TB2 is great but it's not as good as TB1 or TB3.
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Posted: Aug. 06 2000, 17:05

I totally disagree! I find it dozens of times better than TBIII, and in some parts, even better than TB I. Take "The Bell" as an example, or "SunJammer". I like them so much more than their TB I counterparts.

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Posted: Aug. 10 2000, 07:22

I'm more moderate !

I sometimes prefear listening TB than TB2, and sometimes TB2 than TB... Sounds in TB and TB2 are so different that I can't tell wich one I prefear ! That's depends of my mood. Sometimes I want violent TB1 Piltdown Man, sometimes some happy part of TB2...

And, yes Weightless is IMO the best track of TB2 (and the pre-trevor horn version is much better than TB2 version !!!!), and listen to The Bell too ! There're some great version with Billy Connoly, or Viv Standshall (hey, that can be a good idea for a pole : who's the best MC for The Bell ?) And Sentinel is good too !

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Posted: Aug. 26 2000, 07:23

I have to say TB2 along with Amarok are his 2 best albums, That is my opinion, I like TB2 so much better than 1 or 3, I thuink 3 is not that great at all really, TB1 is ok but soudns a bit dated now, TB2 is sonically perfect along with Amarok !
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Posted: Sep. 23 2000, 05:39

Altough I really enjoy TBII, I like TBI more.Listening to this work ( TBI ) you can feel the spirit of the past- the spirit of the 70's which were much more unusual than the 90's. Anyway the 70's is unknown time for me ( I'm very young ), I like that feeling, I like meeting the past and I like listening to the works of 70's at most.
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Posted: Oct. 01 2000, 20:00

Sometimes I like it, sometimes I'm not so sure...if you get what I mean.
I can't say there's ever a time when I don't like TB2, but sometimes I wonder if it's a bit too precise and worked out or not (but then, is precise and worked our a bad thing or not?).
You can argue that TB1 sounds dated now...but it also has a very 'organic' feel to it, which I believe is less present in TB2 (like the parts of TB1 where you can hear Mike breathing)...TB2 can be very fun to listen to...like many of Mike's works, there's a lot to discover in there. It's good to listen in different situations and hear different parts jump out...Perhaps what's there in TB2 is more intentional at times...more planned...
I don't know really...two different albums revolving around one central spot (and I don't mean the middle of the CD/LP player, although that would be true, I suppose...).
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Posted: Oct. 02 2000, 04:48

Various replies to various people...[sorry, I've just entered this forum... smile]

Rod --> I love it too. It's the album that made me really discover Mike Oldfield's music. I've heard of him before [Moonlight Shadow...who hasn't? wink], but this is where I really discovered him. I saw his TB2 Edimburgh performance on TV...I was literally hypnotized.

Alex --> Yes, Weightless is great. But the best track is IMHO Red Dawn...

Korgscrew --> I'm not too sure about whether TB2 being too perfect is a positive or negative aspect of it. But I must admit that I like it better than TB1. For one simple reason: the melodies. The original ones were "difficult", complicated (starting from the rhytmical division of the very first one...), the new ones are more simple, more understandable, but not at all less beautiful. Plus, Mike's breathing on the original opus only goes to prove (IMHO) its authenticity. "Organicity" (always IMHO) is present also in TB2. Maybe it would've been more apparent if the CD had had 2 long tracks instead of 14... smile

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Posted: Oct. 03 2000, 21:21

Greetings all.
I think the first thing that catches the ear in TB2 is the way it plays off the original. For the first few listens, I think that mindset dominates. Then you slowly begin to appreciate it on its own merit. And for me, Maya Gold, smoothing its way out of Altered State (someone correct me if I have the wrong track--I don't have the case with me), is the best bit on the album.
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Posted: Feb. 26 2001, 07:50

THE BEST OF ALL.

Any other question biggrin?

Delfín.

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Posted: Feb. 27 2001, 15:46

i think the first part of TB1 is the best piece of music mike ever wrote. TB2 is his second best album though, after the lovely Amarok..
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Posted: Feb. 27 2001, 19:52

TB2 is a rather excellent album, as well as complex. There seems to be a lot more going on in this album than in the original. Like one melody is going, there's one in the background, and then another one coming up shortly afterward. I know trying to learn this one the piano it was kind of difficult, because i had to pick which melodies to play (especially in Sentinel).

Overall its one of my favs, although i'm not too fond of Altered State. It's just a little tooo altered for my taste. But the pianos in the background are pretty cool.

What's up with that yellow bell though? Looks kind of hippy-ish.

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Posted: Feb. 28 2001, 03:23

I really *really* hated altered state at first, in fact i didn't really like the rest of TB2 either, but it really grew on me. I think altered state is a pretty cool tune, nothing to take too seriously, but the guitar solo torwards the end seriously ROCKS biggrin
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Posted: Feb. 28 2001, 05:14

When I first heard TB2, I thought it was as good, if not better, than the original. I love certain parts of this.

Altered State- I liked this from the very beginning, except for the stupid "where's your mummy" and so on. I agree with Thomas, the guitar at the end rocks. But I prefer the intro from the original, with the drums building up into the track.

The Bell- nice track. Bells don't sound very belly though- sample again, like the bagpipes? Alan Rickman must have just been to D.F. Gumby's operating theatre before recording his part though.

My favourite tracks are Sentinel, Sunjammer, The Bell, Weightless, Great Plain, and Altered State.

The worst bit about this album is Moonshine. AWFUL!! Whereas the Pornhipe was fine, and most people can tolerate it, Moonshine just seems ridiculous (to my mind).

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Posted: Feb. 28 2001, 09:55

I tried to post to this topic a few hours okay, but it doesn't seem to have appeared, so what I'm rambling about now is a second attempt.

TB2 is so similar to the original in many ways that it's hard to classify which one is better overall. TB2 is certainly a lot more polished.

The Bell is nowhere near as good as the original, right from when the Grand Piano is announced. To begin with, I don't really like the new MC. The repeated tune has nowhere near as much strength as the original. I'm not sure that the Bells are just samples, but I think that they've been too close to Mike's Digital Sound Processor wink. They don't really stand out from the rest of the instruments.

Altered State is good, a light-hearted alternative to the original. The Piltdown man seems to have lost his ferocity over time (perhaps being kept in Mike's cellar for 17 years had something to do with it). The backing track makes him (the Piltdown Man) sound like he's no longer in the stone age, but in a 20th centure zoo instead.

Weightless is excellent, as many other people have stated.

I think that the more-than-slightly distorted guitar parts (Dark Star and Sunjammer, IIRC) aren't as good a they were in the original TB, although they're more "pleasant"-sounding for those who don't like distorted guitars.

Moonshine isn't complete rubbish, as Tim implied, but it seems to be lacking in melody - I suppose it wouldn't be a bad backing track to compose a Pornhipe on top of wink

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Posted: Feb. 28 2001, 13:16

I can't say I like the style of music that Moonshine is, but still, I think it's incredibly well written, every note is just *perfect*.

I'm not too fond of the bell, not the version on TB1 either. As for the piltdown man, I'm ashamed to say I've only listened through the 2nd part of TB1 a few times, although that album is absolutely one of my favourites, at least the 1st part.

I think Maya Gold is the best track on TB2, those organ licks in the background makes me go all wet and crazy..Clear light is a favourite too, it makes me think of dolphines for some reason....
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Posted: April 03 2001, 20:03

Talkin' 'bout dolphins, he he...

cp, very funny 'bout the Pornhipe biggrin

I keep on thinking TB2 is so far the best of Mike´s works, done after his departure from Virgin, with his "heavens open" and in a very special moment, kind of a spiritual born. Side two surpasses clearly TB1's and Side one stays at the same level in my opinion. I prefer so far The Bell than TB1's counterpart.

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Posted: June 10 2001, 01:28

I agree with anyone who said Weightless was the best on the album!!

I think that all the tubular bells albums are all tied for me...i dont like any better then the other. they all have their advantages and disadvantages.

theses are my fav tracks in order:
Weightless, Blue Salloon (I LOVE the guitar solo at the end...too bad its so short), Sentinel, The Bell, Tattoo, and then the rest.....


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