Tubular Bells II
Master of Ceremonies: Alan Rickman
Tubular Bells is the debut record album of English musician Mike Oldfield, recorded when he was 19 and released in 1973. All songs written and composed by Mike Oldfield, except “The Sailor’s Hornpipe” (traditional, arranged by Mike Oldfield).
Tubular Bells II partly follows musical structures of the original Tubular Bells. Themes of the original Bells are completely re-composed and played with mostly new instruments. The result is an album that has same kind of thematic variation but is still new musically. Some themes can be seen as variations of themes taken from the original Bells, while some other parts of Tubular Bells II do not have much common with the themes of the original album except their overall mood or feeling.
In 1998 another sequel followed, Tubular Bells III, and in 2003 Oldfield recorded a new version of the original Tubular Bells, as Tubular Bells 2003.