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It’s Tubular Bells played by an amazing Brass Ensemble, ‘Tubular Brass’.
In November 1972 teenage musician Mike Oldfield began work and recording on an, as yet, untitled piece of music – or perhaps more accurately a sequence of pieces featuring an eclectic assortment of instruments and an equally diverse assortment of rhythms, moods and sounds which, when ingeniously blended together, created a totally original, startling and mesmerizing trip through new age prog rock.
Tubular Bells was released in the UK on 25th May 1973, just 10 days after Oldfield's 20th birthday, the landmark album that launched Virgin Records.
Here it is arranged by Sandy Smith and played by top of their game brass players to provide you with a DNA rejigging of excitement of the first time you heard the original album.
Comprising two distinct, yet cohesive parts that each occupied an entire side of an LP record, it gained worldwide attention after its opening piano motif was used as the theme for the classic demonic-possession horror film The Exorcist, released at the end of that same year. Only then did it become a British number one, amid a 279 week run in the charts.
Tubular Bells features a guest cameo by acclaimed solo artist, Magnetic North member, Beyond The Wizards Sleeve and John Foxx collaborator Hannah Peel, who contributes an improvised synthesizer solo.
Electronic artist, arranger and composer Hannah Peel’s work combines the tremendously deep, rich power of traditional brass with the uplifting arpeggiated patterns and unearthly sound textures of analogue synthesizers. Through an intergalactic journey from Earth to the star constellation of Cassiopeia, Peel explores one person’s journey through space, time and mortality by telling the story of 86 year old Mary Casio and her lifelong stargazing dream to leave her South Yorkshire home in the mining town of Barnsley and see Cassiopeia for herself.
Drawing influences from synth pioneers such as Daphne Oram and Delia Derbyshire and performing live with Tubular Brass, featuring the UK’s finest brass players, Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia will be released in September 2017 as Hannah Peel’s third album and Tubular Brass's second.
“Absolutely terrific, and the most satisfying live musical event I’ve attended in years.”
The Arts Desk