When so much of this mix could be considered as outstanding, the nuances, soundstage depth and envelopment included, to then burden it with such outdated and totally unnecessary gimmickry is almost beyond comprehension. [ Track this topic :: Email this topic :: Print this topic ], [ Track this topic :: Email this topic :: Via the analogue outputs of a DVD-Audio player, the CD is some 5.25dB louder than the two-channel tracks of the DVD-Audio version, so with that factored into the equation I looked at the average and maximum levels of ‘Peace’ and ‘Caveman’, tracks that should represent both ends of the volume spectrum. Bits and pieces of some of these recordings were released on Virgin's 2001 answer to the Warner label's 'rehash frenzy', The Best of Tubular Bells. They really didn't tell us much except for Paul to tease us with the knowledge we already know - Tubular Bells 2003 LImited Edition Double - available at Amazon.de - which undoubtedly contain the demo tapes from the original. The selected passages are ‘Sentinel’, the opening of ‘Tubular Bells II’ and a shortened version of ‘Far Above the Clouds’, which closes ‘Tubular Bells III’. High Fidelity Review Febbraio 2, 2004 NOTIZIE 2004 , Articolo , High Fidelity Review , Tubular Bells 2003 Giuliano Plenevici Un interessantissimo articolo che parla dell’uscita del DVDAudio di Tubular Bells 2003 ed intitolato “ Mike Oldfield ‘Tubular Bells 2003’ DVD-Audio Release Dates ” è stato pubblicato sul sito di “High Fidelity Review”. HighFidelityReview – Hi-Fi systems, DVD-Audio and SACD reviews, Rolling Stone Magazine to Include SACD Surround Sound Disc, David Elias Turns to SACD Surround Sound for Latest Album, Interview with Speaker Design Guru David Smith, Virtue Audio Sensation M451 Integrated Amplifier and Piano M1 CD Player, Maverick Audio TubeMagic D1 Digital to Analog Converter, Muse 6N11 Class A Tube Hybrid Headphone Amplifier, Firestone Audio Fireye Mini: A Mini-Review of a Mini Headphone Amplifier, Vintage Corner: Carver C-9 Sonic Hologram Generator, Tube Research Labs Modified Sony 595 CD Player, Bose 3-2-01 GS III Home Theater System: Good, But Not The Best. DVD-Audio Number: Rhino Records www.mikeoldfield.com When was the last time you heard Mike Oldfield's classic progressive-rock masterpiece Tubular Bells? The five main channels of both formats are at similar volume levels, but there are some differences between the LFE presentations. Tubular Bells 2003, an Album by Mike Oldfield. Tubular Bells, the best selling instrumental album of all times, gets re-recorded by Mike Oldfield for the 30th anniversary of the original.Oldfield recreates Tubular Bells using a combination of the latest recording technology, software synthesizers, and vintage instruments, including many of the instruments used to record the original. That’s not to say that the energy present in the piece has diminished, if anything the louder passages such as ‘Fast Guitars’, ‘Thrash’ and ‘Caveman’ have even more impact today. If all the world was blue there would be no colour blue.". DVD-Audio Number: Rhino Records www.mikeoldfield.com When was the last time you heard Mike Oldfield's classic progressive-rock masterpiece Tubular Bells? Warner Music Group will release a box set of both concerts along with this DVD-Audio disc and ‘The Millennium Bell’ concert from Berlin sometime in early 2004, so although this isn’t a DVD-Video review, it’s worth quickly mentioning the merits of the DVD-Video concerts for those thinking of purchasing the box set. We first broke the news that ‘Tubular Bells 2003’ would be made available as a DVD-Audio title back in the first week of June last year. Of the three, ‘Tubular Bells II’ is the king, the music is beautifully performed and the footage directed in a measured and engrossing way – watch out for the comic contribution of John Gordon Sinclair (of ‘Gregory’s Girl’, ‘Local Hero’ and ‘Fraggle Rock’ fame) during the ‘Altered State’ sequence, the 1992 incarnation of ‘Caveman’. Read and write album reviews for Tubular Bells 2003 - Mike Oldfield on AllMusic I believe the bass under the Introduction is a synth and the heavy Thrash might be a bit too distorted for my taste. The picture editing is somewhat messy and there are far too many distant panning shots across the audience for my liking – the director even manages to completely miss many of the instrumentalist’s highlights such as Carrie Melbourne’s fast bass guitar riff that underpins the drum sequence during the closing moments of ‘Far Above the Clouds’. Bass is also cleanly delivered, although I have heard much lower frequencies on previous Mike Oldfield recordings that could benefit from the assistance of a dedicated LFE channel – the thunderous ending of ‘Ascension’ from ‘Songs of Distant Earth’ being a prime example. Artwork | ‘Tubular Bells 2003’ is a re-recording of the original 1973 composition and not to be confused with a new work based on the theme, as was the case with ‘Tubular Bells II’, ‘Tubular Bells III’ and to a lesser extent ‘The Millennium Bell’. Secondo la “High Fidelity Review“, la versione in DVD-Audio di “Tubular Bells 2003” uscirà il 25 agosto. In comparison to the 2003 multi-channel mix, the old 1970’s quad version could be considered minimalist, almost to a fault, largely because there just aren’t enough instruments present during many passages to convincingly fill a three-dimensional soundstage. Particularly troublesome are the passages in which the five full-range channels reproduce synthesised high frequencies simultaneously, good examples being the ‘Introduction’ and ‘Jazz’ movements. Examples are not hard to find, in fact there are too many to mention them all, but particularly obvious instances are the acoustic guitar that suddenly wanders from centre to the extreme left and back again (twice) during ‘Latin’, the guitar lead of ‘A Minor Tune’ that also ends up hard left and the electric guitar of ‘Blues’ that moves from far right to far left. Many of the musicians from the ‘Tubular Bells III’ concert re-appear so once again the disc represents a musical treat, especially during the opening excerpt from ‘Tubular Bells’ and Miriam Stockley’s performance of ‘Moonlight Shadow’. The entire demo tape section runs for a hair over forty-two minutes and therefore can legitimately be described as an entire work unto itself. Rather than allowing the music to be presented for what it is, a superb work from a master composer and musician, this gilding of the lily is both highly distracting, fatiguing and, at times, downright annoying. Providing high quality news and reviews of Hi-Fi systems, audio DVDs and SACDs since 2000. Tabs | "' alt='' title='LiveInternet: показано число посетителей за"+ Ironically given its age, there is deeper bass in the SACD release of the quad version and it lacks a separate LFE channel! The structure of the composition is of course instantly recognisable, but it’s more edgy and raucous than the aforementioned and there’s no master of ceremonies during the finale. Tubular Brass. This version is bass-guitar led with the screeching electric guitar counter, but there are no vocals, perhaps the language given to Piltdown Man hadn’t yet been invented. HiFi – is our life. There’s a choice of audio options, either 48kHz PCM stereo or 5.1 Dolby Digital for each, just as there was when the complete concerts were first released on a double-sided DVD-Video disc back in 1999. All the gimmicks return for ‘Caveman’ – the electric guitars move haphazardly as do the vocal parts – but the real kicker is saved for last. It is quite possible you never heard it before if you are twenty or thirty something. One expects less dynamic range compression on the DVD-Audio release, but it sounds as stifled as the CD, the loud and soft passages being too similar in terms of average volume. Whether the multi-channel mix adds any value will depend on one’s own tolerance of its failings, but at some point in the future I hope a version without all the gratuitous panning will be released. ‘Art In Heaven’ is the post-midnight segment of the concert – watched live on TV around the world by an estimated eight-hundred million viewers – a rousing Oldfield composition (later to surface with a vocal part on ‘Tr3s Luna’ as ‘Thou Art in Heaven’) that concludes with a section of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Tubular Bells 2003 has however brought a new light to Part 2. Conversely, those who have expressed a sense of foreboding by the presence of John Cleese as master of ceremonies will be delighted by, what is for him especially, a restrained performance, one that might even be considered an attempt to imitate his late comedic friend Viv Stanshall, who died in a house fire in March 1995. During ‘The Sailor’s Hornpipe’ Mike’s guitars haphazardly dart from channel to channel, left to right, front to rear, in and out of the centre… argh! A variety of instruments are combined to create an excitable multitude of rhythms, tones, pitches, and harmonies that all fuse neatly into each other, resulting in an astounding plethora of music. The video that captures ‘The Millennium Bell’ concert, played to an audience of half a million people in Berlin on the eve of the millennium is my least favourite, although it’s still an engrossing experience. Due to contractual reasons no re-recordings were allowed for 25 years after the original release. View interactive tab. The sequence runs for two and a quarter minutes and closely resembles the movement as we know it from both the original release and 2003 recordings. Contact Individual instruments are clearly discernable, spread at various positions around the room, but at no point do they become detached or overpowering. Engineer Ben Darlow created the multi-channel mix for ‘Tubular Bells 2003’ at Abbey Road Studios, presented in its entirety on this DVD-Audio disc. Simple mathematics calculation of chance tells us that a new Bell thingy should arrive in 2003, and lo and behold ! Required fields are marked *. The bad news is that owners of DVD-Video players are only able to access the two-channel mix as lossy Dolby Digital, albeit at 448kb/s, rather than as loss-less PCM. It’s another first-class performance from the musicians but the vocal performances are weak in comparison to those you’ll hear on the album. Thank-you for helping us help you help us all. The first of these, entitled ‘Tubular Bells Long’, runs for a shade under twenty-three minutes and encompasses the entire first part of the piece.
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