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Mike Oldfield / Tubular Bells 50th anniversary limited edition SDE-exclusive blu-ray audio

Mike Oldfield / Tubular Bells 50th anniversary limited edition SDE-exclusive blu-ray audio

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Mike Oldfield / Tubular Bells 50th anniversary limited edition blu-ray audio (Release date 26th May)

*STRICTLY ONE COPY PER CUSTOMER*

Exclusive to the SDE shop • Dolby Atmos Mix • 5.1 Mix • Quad Mix • New Stereo Mix • Tubular Bells 4 Demo • #10 in the SDE Surround Series

*Ships with a free, collectible SDE Surround Series slipcase*

In collaboration with UMR/EMI, SDE presents a limited edition Blu-ray Audio version of Mike Oldfield's 1973 debut album, Tubular Bells.

The SDE-exclusive blu-ray audio features a brand new immersive Dolby Atmos Mix along with other rare spatial audio versions, a new stereo mix and an unreleased demo of a planned - but scrapped - Tubular Bells 4, which was made five years ago!

Back in 1973, the largely unknown 20-year-old Mike Oldfield released his debut album, the first release on a brand-new label: Virgin Records. Tubular Bells became a phenomenon, topping the UK charts, winning a Grammy; and famously featured in William's Friedkin's film The Exorcist, which itself became a global sensation.

The Tubular Bells SDE-exclusive blu-ray is packed with content and features the following audio streams:

  • Tubular Bells – 2023 David Kosten Dolby Atmos Mix*
  • Tubular Bells - 2009 Mike Oldfield 5.1 Surround Mix
  • Tubular Bells - 1975 Quad Mix
  • Tubular Bells Intro Edit - 2023 David Kosten Dolby Atmos Mix*
  • Tubular Bells - 2023 David Kosten Stereo Mix (48/24)*
  • Tubular Bells - 1973 Original Mix (96/24)
  • Tubular Bells Intro Edit - 2023 David Kosten Stereo Mix (48/24)*
  • Tubular Bells 4 Intro - Demo (48/24)

*Only available physically on this product

The Dolby Atmos Mix has been created by producer David Kosten (who's worked with the likes of Steven Wilson and Bat For Lashes) and he had the challenge of trying to recreate Oldfield's original 1973 mix in immersive audio, going back to the original multi-track stems which feature almost none of the processing you hear on the final mixes - the levels, echoes, reverbs, radical tone shifts, panning etc. Kosten also created a new stereo mix and there's a new edit of the classic Tubular Bells intro which is also in stereo and Atmos. All four versions are only available physically via this SDE-exclusive Blu-ray Audio.

Mike Oldfield's 5.1 Surround Mix from 2009 is also included. That was only ever issued on DVD at the time, so it sees its debut here on lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 on Blu-ray.

The four-channel Quad Mix was mixed by Phil Newell in 1975 and was issued on 2001 on SACD. It has been unavailable since that time but is the third different spatial audio mix on this Blu-ray.

The original stereo mix on the Blu-ray is as used on the new half-speed mastered vinyl and of course fans will be very interested in the Tubular Bells 4 demo. Mike Oldfield retired from releasing music in 2018, after giving up touring many years previously. In the months after his last album, Return To Ommadawn in 2017, Oldfield toyed with going the whole way and making a fourth and final instalment of Tubular Bells in time for its 50th anniversary. Work began in earnest, and Mike felt he had finally cracked the secret of being able to successfully return to and rework the opening motif. An eight-minute taster was sent to his A&R team. And then, nothing. Mike decided against continuing. Five years later, this final paragraph of the Tubular Bells story is being released as part of the 50th anniversary celebration. It may well be the last thing ever recorded by Oldfield. 

This Mike Oldfield Blu-ray Audio is #10 in the ongoing SDE Surround Series and will be packaged similarly to previous editions and ships with a free, collectible SDE Surround Series slipcase.

 

TECHNICAL NOTES: This blu-ray audio requires a blu-ray player. Decoding the Dolby Atmos mix requires a Dolby Atmos-certified soundbar or a Dolby Atmos-compatible AV Receiver/Amp. The Dolby Atmos mix will 'fold down' to 5.1 if a Dolby Atmos decoder is not detected. This product contains no video.

  • Tubular Bells – 2023 David Kosten Dolby Atmos Mix*
  • Tubular Bells - 2009 Mike Oldfield 5.1 Surround Mix
  • Tubular Bells - 1975 Quad Mix
  • Tubular Bells Intro Edit - 2023 David Kosten Dolby Atmos Mix*
  • Tubular Bells - 2023 David Kosten Stereo Mix (48/24)*
  • Tubular Bells - 1973 Original Mix (96/24)
  • Tubular Bells Intro Edit - 2023 David Kosten Stereo Mix (48/24)*
  • Tubular Bells 4 Intro - Demo (48/24)
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