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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'Tubular Beats'
Artist - Mike Oldfield
p> As you all know, Michael Gordon Oldfield is an English multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, working a style that blends progressive rock, folk, ethnic or world music, classical music, electronic music, New Age, and more recently, dance.

His music is often elaborate and complex in nature and, in truth, he is probably best known for his 1973 hit album Tubular Bells, which launched Virgin Records. And indeed for his 1983 hit single 'Moonlight Shadow.'

ell, luckily for all us fans of Oldfield's pop work, Tubular Beats contains Mike Oldfield's greatest hits remixed in collaboration with the multi-platinum German producer Torsten York Stenzel. The remixes were created from the original recorded tracks, with Mike Oldfield re-recording select guitar parts. The album includes such classics as 'Tubular Bells,' 'To France,' and 'Moonlight Shadow,' all re-mixed in fresh, danceable versions.

Once you've listened to it all the way through, and yes, it does come across as a long album, I don't honestly know if I could do it again twice over! I'd prefer to listen to one or two tracks at a time, that way getting to know them. I think the blends are too much here, but that could just go a long way to prove that I'm getting older, of course!

1. Let There Be Light (York Remix)
2. Far Above The Clouds (York Remix)
3. Ommadawn (Mike Oldfield & York Remix)
4. Guilty (Mike Oldfield & York Remix)
5. Tubular Bells (Mike Oldfield & York Remix)
6. To France (York & Steve Brian Radio Mix)
7. Northstar (Mike Oldfield & York Remix)
8. Moonlight Shadow (York & Steve Brian Radio Mix)
9. Guilty (York & Mike's Electrofunkmix)
10. Tubular Bells 2 (Mike Oldfield & York Remix
11. Never Too Far (ft. Tarja Turunen)

The album features the brand new song 'Never Too Far,' which was recorded with former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen. I think it is fair to say that Oldfield fans of old may find it difficult to warm to these tracks, but the new artwork is interesting enough to add to his continuing musical mythology.