Sentinel (instrumental)

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"Sentinel (Single Restructure)"
Single by Mike Oldfield
from the album Tubular Bells II
B-side "Early Stages"
Released 3 October 1992 (1992-10-03)
Format 7" vinyl, CD
Genre New Age, progressive rock
Length 3:57
Label Warner Music UK
Writer(s) Mike Oldfield
Producer(s) Trevor Horn
Mike Oldfield
Tom Newman
Mike Oldfield singles chronology
"Heaven's Open"

"Sentinel" is a single by musician Mike Oldfield, released in 1992. The single features a restructured, shorter version of "Sentinel", from the album Tubular Bells II. The piece itself is a re-imagining of the introduction theme from Oldfield's 1973 album Tubular Bells which was known for its use in The Exorcist film.


It charted at number 10 in the UK Singles Chart and at number 14 in the Irish Singles Chart.

Chart (1992) Position
UK Singles Chart 10
Irish Singles Chart 14


An excerpt was used in the soundtrack for the "Back from the Dead" television programme, broadcast by the BBC in 2010 as part of its Horizon series of documentaries.

The piece is featured on a Pavarotti & Friends CD from Luciano Pavarotti's International Charity Gala Concert in Modena on 27 September 1992.

Track listing[edit]

UK single[edit]

  1. "Sentinel" (Single Restructure) (Mike Oldfield) – 3:57
  2. "Sentinel" (the orb 7" mix) – 4:07
  3. "Early Stages" – 4:08

UK promo single[edit]

  1. "Sentinel-Restructure" (Satoshi Tomiie Interpretation) – 7:41
  2. "Sentinel-Restructure" (Global Lust Mix) – 5:55
  3. "Sentinel-Restructure" (Trance Mix) – 5:52
  4. "Sentinel-Restructure" (Tubular Beats) – 4:12

Oldfield versus The Orb[edit]

Oldfield versus The Orb - "Sentinel Total Overhaul". Cover art by The Designers Republic.

"Sentinel" was also released as a remix single, credited to Oldfield versus The Orb. It was released on September 28, 1992.

"Sentinel Total Overhaul" track listing[edit]

  1. "Sentinel" (nobel prize mix) – 14:26
  2. "Sentinel" (orbular bells mix) – 12:26
  3. "Sentinel" (the orb 7" mix) – 4:03


  • "Singles". Amadian. Retrieved 2009-03-01.