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Mike Oldfield

Born 15 May 1953.
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Mike Oldfield on 40 years of Tubular Bells

Mike Oldfield discusses his 1973 hit album Tubular Bells and what it means to play at the Olympic Opening Ceremony

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Biography

Michael Gordon "Mike" Oldfield (born 15 May 1953) is an English musician and composer whose work blends progressive rock with world, folk, classical, electronic, ambient, and new-age. It is often elaborate and complex in nature. He is best known for his 1973 album Tubular Bells – which launched Virgin Records and became a hit after its opening was used as the theme for the film The Exorcist – and for his 1983 hit single "Moonlight Shadow". He is also known for his hit rendition of the Christmas piece "In Dulci Jubilo".

Oldfield has released more than 20 albums with the most recent being a rock themed album titled Man on the Rocks, released in 2014.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of The Collection

    The Collection 2009

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Oldfield's magnum opus and assorted hits, remastered for the 21st century.
  2. Review of Music Of The Spheres

    Music Of The Spheres 2008

    Reviewed by Sid Smith
    So much of Music Of The Spheres sounds like an old arrival rather than a new departure.
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