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Tubular Bells

Duration:
1 hour, 56 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 29 July 2012

Johnnie Walker spins the hits and digs out the rarities from the decade we went decimal.

Mike Oldfield is Johnnie’s guest this week as he releases a new ‘Best Of’ Collection and a box-set including all his 70’s long players. He talks to Johnnie about the hugely successful 1973 release, ‘Tubular Bells’, the groundbreaking instrumental album that launched Richard Branson’s Virgin Records. The self-taught multi-instrumentalist went on to sell over 17 million copies of Tubular Bells as it achieved notorious exposure on the soundtrack of the horror film ‘The Exorcist’. Mike re-visits the early days with Johnnie and talks about their mutual passions – bikes, cars and guitars!

Also on the show Johnnie features the debut album from the Boston’s early new-wave rock band ‘The Cars’. Led by charismatic singer and rhythm guitarist Ric Ocasek and co-lead singer and bassist Benjamin Orr their debut album has been called a ‘genuine rock masterpiece’. Johnnie spins his favourite tracks from the album and tells the story behind it with the help of archive interview clips from the band.

Music Played

20 items
  • HOUR 1

    • Image for The Clash

      The Clash London Calling

      Billy Elliot O.S.T. - Various Artists, Polydor

  • Image for Mud

    Mud Tiger Feet

    The Greatest Hits Of 1974 (Various), Premier

  • FEATURED ALBUM: THE CARS BY THE CARS

  • Image for Kenny Rogers

    Kenny Rogers The Gambler

    Kenny Rogers - The Very Best Of, Reprise

  • Image for The Faces

    The Faces Stay With Me

    Glam Crazee - Various Artists, Virgin

  • INTERVIEW: MIKE OLDFIELD (PART 1)

  • Image for Bob Seger

    Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band Night Moves

    Bob Seger - Greatest Hits, Capitol

  • Image for Elton John

    Elton John Crocodile Rock

    Elton John Greatest Hits 1970-2002, Mercury

  • Image for The Police

    The Police Message In A Bottle

    The Very Best Of Sting & The Police, A&M

  • HOUR 2

    • Image for T. Rex

      T. Rex Get It On

      Million Sellers Vol.19 - The Seventie, Disky

  • Image for Kate Bush

    Kate Bush Wuthering Heights

    Music Of The Millennium (Various), Universal

  • FEATURED ALBUM: THE CARS BY THE CARS

    • Image for The Cars

      The Cars My Best Friend's Girlfriend

  • Image for The Supremes

    The Supremes Nathan Jones

    Diana Ross & The Supremes - 40 Motown, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Jimmy Cliff

    Jimmy Cliff The Harder They Come

    Jimmy Cliff - The Singles, BR Music

  • INTERVIEW: MIKE OLDFIELD (PART 2)

  • Image for Free

    Free All Right Now

    Back To The 70's (CD1) (Various), EMI, 15

  • FEATURED ALBUM: THE CARS BY THE CARS

  • Image for Colin Blunstone

    Colin Blunstone Say You Don't Mind

    The Greatest Hits Of 1972 (Various), Premier

  • Image for Emerson, Lake & Palmer

    Emerson, Lake & Palmer Fanfare For The Common Man

    The Best Of Emerson Lake & Palmer, Atlantic

  • Image for Pink Floyd

    Pink Floyd The Great Gig In The Sky

    The Best Album Tracks ...Ever! (Various Artists), Virgin

  • COMING UP: 5TH AUGUST

    Next Sunday food critic Giles Coren shares his seventies memories in My70s, and Johnnie celebrates the music of featured artist The Carpenters.

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