Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Fine Old Tom. Tom helped to create Virgin Records with Richard Branson and has done engineering for Mike throughout his career.
Margaret Thatcher. "Maggie" appears on "Amarok."
Bootleg. Bootleg was one of the two Irish Wolfhounds who resided at Manor Studios (Richard Branson, proprietor). The album was "Hergest Ridge."
Henry Cow. Mike engineered parts of the first and second Henry Cow albums, "Legend" (pronounced "Leg End") and "Unrest."
"Family Man". Hall and Oates version of "Family Man" appeared on "H2O."
Jon Anderson. Anderson sang on " In High Places" on the "Crises" LP.
David Bedford. Bedford has received commissions from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and the English Sinfonia.
Herefordshire. Herefordshire borders Wales and is considered England's most rural county.
"Breakfast in Bed". "The Movement" was an extended piece that provided many bits that appeared in several classic Genesis tracks. "Scrambled Eggs" was the Paul McCartney's working title of "Yesterday" and "Whip Some Skull on Yer" was ELP's early title of "Brain Salad Surgery."
Frith. Fred Frith did not perform with Brian Eno, Nico, John Cale, and Kevin Ayers on the "June 1, 1974" recording. Mike guested on guitar.
"Arrival". "Arrival" appeared on QE2.
Bill Anders. Bill Anders is heard reading from the Book of Genesis on "The Songs of Distant Earth."
"Elements". "Elements" was released in 1993 and was his Greatest Hits album of that time. "XXV" and "Collection" are also albums of that nature, but they were released in 1997 and 2002 respectively. "Boxed" was an album dating back to 1976 and featured his first three albums in full along with several other small pieces.
"The Songs Of Distant Earth". All of the choices were book titles by Arthur C Clarke, but the correct one was "The Songs Of Distant Earth", which was released in 1994. "Sentinel" also happens to be the opening track of Mike's 1992 album "Tubular Bells II".
"Heaven's Open". Mike has reputedly never been happy with his voice, but he finally took the plunge and sang all the lyrics on the album "Heaven's Open". The album was released in 1991, so it took him 18 years from his chart debut!
"Discovery". "Discovery" was released in 1984 and also included the chart hit "To France", which was a song about Mary, Queen of Scots.
"Moonlight Shadow". "Moonlight Shadow" was a massive top 10 hit for Mike in 1983. The song is reputedly about John Lennon's assassination.
Maggie Reilly. Maggie Reilly sang on a large percentage of Mike's songs in the 1980s. Bonnie Tyler sang on one ("Islands") and Sally Oldfield can be heard on songs from time to time. Lisa Stansfield has never appeared on a Mike Oldfield album.
"Platinum". Amazingly enough, it wasn't until 1979 that we first heard songs on a new studio album. Several pieces had appeared in collections (such as "Boxed" and "Exposed") but never on a completely new album. Songs on "Platinum" include "I Got Rhythm".
Royal Philarmonic Orchestra. The album was released in 1975, and called "The Orchestral Tubular Bells". Mike helped produce the album.
Virgin. Virgin Records was launched by Richard Branson, and "Tubular Bells" was indeed the first release on this new label.
"Tubular Bells". "Tubular Bells" was a smash hit when it was released in 1973. It literally changed the face of music and went to number 1 all over the world, including the UK.
|On which album does Mike make stylistic reference to the "Tubular Bells" opening theme at the start of a long instrumental piece as a tribute to his first work and an acknowledgement that he would not be where he was if it had not been for the success of "Tubular Bells"?||Mike Oldfield Trivia 2 - "Tubular Bells" Series
"Crises". "Crises" also included Mike's most well known song - "Moonlight Shadow".
Mike Oldfield's Single (Theme From Tubular Bells). The track reached the top 40 in the UK, peaking in the 30s. Not quite the same success that the album received!
"The Millenium Bell". "The Millenium Bell" has the trademark bent tubular bell on the front but the album is not part of the series. It was, however, released in late 1999 in time to celebrate the millenium.
2. Sally Oldfield is credited on "Tubular Bells" and "Tubular Bells 2003". She is also "thanked" on "Tubular Bells III", but is not credited as having performed vocals on the album.
"Tubular Bells 2003". This might have fooled some. "Tubular Bells" is only broken down into parts 1 and 2 (essentially the A- and B- side of an LP) which might have made some think it must be TBII. "Tubular Bells II" was indeed broken down into titled parts, but the caveman part was entitled "Altered State" and not "Caveman".
"Tubular Bells II". "Tattoo" features lots and lots of sets of bagpipes playing the main theme. When TBII was about to be released Mike played at Edinburgh Castle and copies of this performance can still be found - needless to say the section containing the bagpipes went down very very well in Scotland's capital city!
"Tubular Bells III". A piano-based piece, it and "Man In the Rain" are somewhat different in feel to the rest of the album, which as a whole has a very Ibiza-style feel to it.
2. The albums being "Tubular Bells" and "Tubular Bells II". TBIII reached the top 5, but didn't quite make it to number 1.
|The most significant thing about "Tubular Bells 2003" was that it was a re-recording of the original "Tubular Bells" album. The other significant thing was that it was released a specific number of years after the original - how many?||Mike Oldfield Trivia 2 - "Tubular Bells" Series
30. Yes, it was the 30th anniversary of Tubular Bells. TBII came out at about 20 years after the original and TBIII about 25 years after.