Night Music: Tubular Bells

OK, so tonight’s music selection takes some commitment.  It takes 25 minutes to watch, and might mean absolutely nothing to anyone born after, say, 1960.

This is a live BBC recording of Mike Oldfield’s glorious Tubular Bells, an important artifact of the post-hippy lyrical movement.  This was recorded in 1973, about forty years before much of today’s electronic wizadry was available. It is, I believe, one of the very few truly symphonic pieces to have emerged whole from the chaos of those days. Listening to Viv Stanshall’s droll roll-call of the instruments near the end brought back so many good memories.



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