A brand new documentary about Mike Oldfield‘s seminal 1973 album Tubular Bells and the early days of Virgin Records, the label that released it, is to be released through Tigermoth Records on December 14. You can watch a trailer for From The Manor Born below.
The new film boasts over 4 hours of new interviews with some of the key people who were there shaping the evolution of the fledgling empire, the documentary is based on new interviews and archive photos.
From The Manor Born is centred around in-depth interviews with Tom Newman, Simon Heyworth and Philip Newell the original producers of Tubular Bells, the documentary also features the head of Virgin Records, Simon Draper and musicians such as Steve Hillage, Jon Field, Steve Broughton and Terry Oldfield. It tells the story of the people that made the album that launched the Virgin empire.
The documentary will also feature a brand new recording of Tubular Bells with over 35 musicians, many of whom played with Mike Oldfield including Rick Fenn, Phil Spalding, Alasdair Malloy, Steve Hillage, Jay Stapley, Les Penning and Jon Field. The music which is based on the original 1973 version will be released as a double CD accompanying the documentary. Tom Newman has mixed the album, alongside the accompanying album where each track has been mixed by the contributing artists.
Robert Reed, who has musically directed the album says; “Some of the music on the original album is untouchable, but this album recreates the atmosphere and vibe with some interesting little twists.”
“It was a huge but incredibly worthwhile effort to mobilise and coordinate so many musicians to re-record the iconic album and it complements the visuals in the documentary,” adds Paul Harris.
From The Manor Born will be released as a double DVD and double CD and there will be some special editions including a numbered limited edition of the double DVD, double CD in a special stickered and numbered metal box including Tom Newman’s mix notes and 6 archive photo cards. The first 100 copies are signed by Tom Newman.
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- Mike Oldfield - Blue Peter - 1st - UK - 7" vinyl - £10.00, $12.50, €11.80 (New Item) (arrived 20-May-2022 10:10)on May 21, 2022 at 4:54 am
MIKE OLDFIELD Blue Peter (1979 UK first pressing green & red label vinyl 7" single, the ending of the title track has a fairly sudden ending whilst on the later issues the ending is more radio friendly, also including Woodhenge, silver 'tall ship' Blue Peter Badge card picture sleeve. The sleeve has little wear with a couple of staple holes, whilst the vinyl remains excellent with the odd light sign of play VS317)
- Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells - 1st [B] - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £40.00, $50.00, €47.20 (New Item) (arrived 11-May-2022 09:22)on May 21, 2022 at 4:54 am
MIKE OLDFIELD Tubular Bells (1973 UK first press second variant vinyl LP on the black & white label design with stamped matrices in the run-offs, the classic instrumental work from Oldfield and the first album to be released on Virgin Records. The fully laminated sleeve shows light shelfwear & age with the labels displaying only a couple of spindle marks while the vinyl is Excellent with just light signs of play. This album took over a year to catch on, so these first earlypressings are becoming ever more desirable! V2001)
- Mike Oldfield - Innocent - UK - 3" CD single - £24.99, $31.24, €29.49 (New Item) (arrived 28-Apr-2022 12:56)on May 21, 2022 at 4:54 am
MIKE OLDFIELD Innocent (Rare 1989 UK 3-track 3" CD single, features 7" version, 12" Mix and Earth Moving - Club Version, housed in a 3" card wallet picture sleeve VSCD1214)
- Mike Oldfield - Moonlight Shadow (Extended Version) - UK - 12" vinyl - £30.00, $37.50, €35.40 (New Item) (arrived 02-May-2022 07:48)on May 21, 2022 at 4:54 am
MIKE OLDFIELD Moonlight Shadow (1983 UK 12" vinyl single, pressed in Germany for the UK market, also including Rite Of Man, picture sleeve VS58612)
- Mike Oldfield - Crime Of Passion - UK - 12" vinyl - £15.00, $18.75, €17.70 (New Item) (arrived 02-May-2022 07:52)on May 21, 2022 at 4:54 am
MIKE OLDFIELD Crime Of Passion (1983 UK 12" single, also including Jungle Gardenia, picture sleeve VS648-12)
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