Monday, November 18, 2013

Tubular Bells

Mike Oldfield can proudly count himself as one of the more notable individuals to emerge from the fertile and mind-bending prog-rock scene of the early 1970s. This was the time when legendary outfits like Pink Floyd, Yes and Jethro Tull were creating spacey, psychedelically influenced, and not to mention LSD-fuelled works that pushed the boundaries of what rock music could be. Armed with an innate sense for musical adventurism, Oldfield stood out as one of the more experimental artists in his field, taking in and mastering diverse genres like whimsical new age, straight-ahead rock, earthy folk and even stately classical music. Of course, his most celebrated work remains the groundbreaking instrumental collage 'Tubular Bells', infamously used as the theme for the rather over-indulgent shock-horror flick 'The Exorcist'. Check out the unedited, 26-minute version of this still awe-inspiring, instrumentally complex music montage, incorporating a brilliant myriad of rhythms, tones, pitches and harmonies that all complemented each other rather neatly, making for a bona fide prog-rock classic.