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Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells (Virgin)

Paul Gambaccini, Rolling Stone, 8 November 1973

AN UNKNOWN English teenager playing over 20 instruments has produced the most important one-shot project of 1973. It is a debut performance of a kind we have no right to expect from anyone. It took Mike Oldfield half a year to lay down the thousands of overdubs required for his 49 minutes of exhilarating music. I will be playing the result for many times that long.

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