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Mike Oldfield talks to Johnnie Walker about his astonishing career in the 1970s and the success of Tubular Bells plus Johnnie re-visits the debut album from The Cars.

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.

1 hour, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • HOUR 1

    • The Clash

      London Calling

      • Billy Elliot O.S.T. - Various Artists.
      • Polydor.
  • Mud

    Tiger Feet

    • The Greatest Hits Of 1974 (Various).
    • Premier.
  • FEATURED ALBUM: THE CARS BY THE CARS

    • The Cars

      Just What I Needed

  • Kenny Rogers

    The Gambler

    • Kenny Rogers - The Very Best Of.
    • Reprise.
  • Faces

    Stay with Me

    • Glam Crazee - Various Artists.
    • Virgin.
  • INTERVIEW: MIKE OLDFIELD (PART 1)

    • Mike Oldfield

      Tubular Bells, Side 1

  • Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

    Night Moves

    • Bob Seger - Greatest Hits.
    • Capitol.
  • Elton John

    Crocodile Rock

    • Diamonds.
    • Virgin EMI Records.
  • The Police

    Message In A Bottle

    • The Very Best Of Sting & The Police.
    • A&M.
  • HOUR 2

    • T. Rex

      Get It On

      • Million Sellers Vol.19 - The Seventie.
      • Disky.
  • Kate Bush

    Wuthering Heights

    • The Kick Inside.
    • EMI.
  • FEATURED ALBUM: THE CARS BY THE CARS

    • The Cars

      My Best Friend's Girlfriend

  • The Supremes

    Nathan Jones

    • Diana Ross & The Supremes - 40 Motown.
    • Polygram Tv.
  • Jimmy Cliff

    The Harder They Come

    • Jimmy Cliff - The Singles.
    • BR Music.
  • INTERVIEW: MIKE OLDFIELD (PART 2)

    • Mike Oldfield

      Tubular Bells, Side 2

  • Free

    All Right Now

    • Back To The 70's (CD1) (Various).
    • EMI.
    • 15.
  • FEATURED ALBUM: THE CARS BY THE CARS

    • The Cars

      Let The Good Times Roll

  • Colin Blunstone

    Say You Don't Mind

    • The Greatest Hits Of 1972 (Various).
    • Premier.
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer

    Fanfare for the Common Man

    • The Best Of Emerson Lake & Palmer.
    • Atlantic.
  • Pink Floyd

    The Great Gig In The Sky

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

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