Tubular Bells 2003

Tubular Bells 2003
Tubular Bells 2003 CD Front Cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released27 May 2003 (2003-05-27)
RecordedRoughwood, August 2002 – February 2003
GenreProgressive rock
LabelWarner Music Spain
ProducerMike Oldfield
Mike Oldfield chronology
Tr3s Lunas
Tubular Bells 2003
Light + Shade
Tubular Bells series chronology
The Complete Tubular Bells
Tubular Bells 2003
Singles from Tubular Bells 2003
  1. "Introduction 2003"
    Released: 24 April 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[1]

Tubular Bells 2003 is an album by Mike Oldfield, released in 2003 by Warner Music. It is a complete re-recording of Oldfield's 1973 album debut Tubular Bells, which had been released 30 years earlier. To date, this is the most recent album from Tubular Bells series.


Oldfield had always been uncomfortable with the original recording because he had only a few weeks to record it and the technology at the time was unable to cope with all of his requirements. As a result, mistakes could not be fixed and some instruments were out of tune on the 1973 release. Due to contractual reasons no re-recordings were allowed for 25 years after the original release. The release of Tubular Bells 2003 took place in the year when Oldfield celebrated his 50th birthday and the 30th anniversary of the original version.

To remain faithful to the original album, Oldfield obtained a copy of the original 16 track tape, from Richard Barrie of Air Studios; this multitrack was then recorded into Digidesign Pro Tools. There were a few parts of the multitrack recording missing however; this included parts of the "Finale", "Caveman" and "The Sailors Hornpipe" sections. These original tracks were then moved into Emagic Logic, where Oldfield used MIDI to create a tempo and time signature map; some sections of the original album had not been in time. A guide MIDI keyboard was laid on top, for which Oldfield usually used some Roland Strings. The first instrument to be recorded was the Glockenspiel at the beginning of Part One's "Introduction", and the final part to be recorded was the "Caveman" vocal track.[2]

The album was released in four versions: a CD in Europe, a CD in North America, and a DVD-Audio edition. The copy protection[3] on the CDs caused many complaints about playback difficulties, including claims of damage to CD and DVD players.

Due to the extensive use of digital technology, Tubular Bells 2003 has a more synthesised and brighter sound than the original. Because of the death of Vivian Stanshall, who was the original master of ceremonies on the 1973 release, Oldfield had actor John Cleese introduce the instruments in the "Finale" part.[4]

A CD audio/DVD Video-audio 5.1, was released in Spain and México.

There is a facetious warning inside the cover of CD: "This stereo record can still not be played on old tin boxes no matter what they are fitted with. If you are in possession of such equipment please hand it into the nearest police station". This warning references a similar note, without the word "still", from the original album.

Promo single

"Introduction 2003" promo single.

A video and Spanish promo single were produced for a remix version of the Tubular Bells "Introduction" theme, entitled "Introduction 2003".[5] Released as a single in Spain on 24 April 2003, it features drums and more synthesized instruments, and a conceptual video was also produced. This video is available on the DVD Audio version of Tubular Bells 2003.

The second publicly released MusicVR game, Maestro, used various extracts from Tubular Bells 2003.[6]


  • Ben Darlow – Engineer
  • Steve Bedford – New Tubular Bell image
  • Trevor Key – Original Tubular Bell image
  • Andy Earl – Inner cover photo
  • e-xentric thinking – Design
  • Oldfield Music Overseas Ltd. / EMI Publishing Ltd – Publishing

Track listing


Part one
  1. "Introduction" – 5:52
  2. "Fast Guitars" – 1:04
  3. "Basses" – 0:46
  4. "Latin" – 2:18
  5. "A Minor Tune" – 1:21
  6. "Blues" – 2:40
  7. "Thrash" – 0:44
  8. "Jazz" – 0:48
  9. "Ghost Bells" – 0:30
  10. "Russian" – 0:44
  11. "Finale" – 8:32 (featuring John Cleese)
Part two
  1. "Harmonics" – 5:12
  2. "Peace" – 3:30
  3. "Bagpipe Guitars" – 3:08
  4. "Caveman" – 4:33
  5. "Ambient Guitars" – 5:10
  6. "The Sailor's Hornpipe" – 1:46 (Traditional arrangement)

Bonus DVD

  • Disc 2 – Total Time 11:22
  1. "Introduction" – 5:51
  2. "Fast Guitars" – 1:04
  3. "Basses" – 0:46
  4. "Introduction 2003" 'The video' – 3:41

DVD-Audio bonus material

The DVD-Audio edition includes the demos Oldfield recorded in his flat in 1971 and two excerpts from other Oldfield DVD releases.

1971 Demos
  1. "Tubular Bells Long" – 22:57
  2. "Caveman Lead-In" – 2:46
  3. "Caveman" – 5:05
  4. "Peace Demo A" – 7:00
  5. "Peace Demo B" – 4:18
Live Excerpts
  1. "Sentinel" – from Tubular Bells II – Live at Edinburgh Castle 1992 – 8:06
  2. "Far Above the Clouds" – from Tubular Bells III – Live at Horseguards Parade, London 1998 – 4:40


Release details

Year Country Label Catalogue number Release date Format Copy protected Other discs
2003 UK WEA/Warner Brothers Records 2564602042 26 May 2003 CD Yes
2003 UK WEA/Warner Brothers Records 0927499212 26 May 2003 CD Yes Bonus DVD
2003 UK WEA/Warner Brothers Records 2564602052 26 May 2003 CD Yes, TB2003 only TB II, TB III and a Bonus DVD (4 disc box)
2003 USA Rhino Records ? 5 August 2003 CD No
2003 UK WEA/Warner Brothers Records ? 5 August 2003 CD No
2004 UK WEA/Warner Brothers Records 2564602045 26 January 2004 DVD Audio N/A
2004 USA Rhino Records I454715 24 February 2004 DVD Audio N/A


  1. ^ Tubular Bells 2003 at AllMusic
  2. ^ Tubular Bells 2003 DVD Audio booklet
  3. ^ "Discography". Amadian. Retrieved 27 February 2009.
  4. ^ "John Cleese". UKTV Gold. Retrieved 27 February 2009.
  5. ^ "Rarities". Amadian. Retrieved 27 February 2009.
  6. ^ "Maestro". MikeOldfield.com. Retrieved 27 February 2009.

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