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Mike Oldfield

Virgin Records
Virgin Records

40 Years Ago: Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells’ Album Released

"I suppose I was advanced for my age." So said composer and multi-instrumentalist Mike Oldfield to The Guardian, reflecting on 'Tubular Bells,' the 1973 masterwork he composed at the age of 19. Some musicians toil for decades as they work toward their definitive album; Oldfield -- then a struggling, baby-faced guitarist with a minor role in a production of 'Hair' -- did the exact inverse, arriving out of nowhere with a groundbreaking musical monolith.

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