The Bell (song)

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"The Bell"
Single by Mike Oldfield
from the album Tubular Bells II
A-side "The Bell"
B-side "Sentinel"
Released 5 April 1993 (1993-04-05)[1]
Format Vinyl, CD single
Genre New Age, progressive rock
Length 4:06
Label Warner Music UK
Writer(s) Mike Oldfield
Producer(s) Mike Oldfield
Trevor Horn
Mike Oldfield singles chronology
"Tattoo"
(1992)
"The Bell"
(1993)
"Moonlight Shadow" (reissue)
(1993)

"The Bell" is a single by musician Mike Oldfield, released in April 1993. The single features a restructured, shorter version of "The Bell", from the 1992 album Tubular Bells II.

Master of Ceremonies and Instruments[edit]

"The Bell" is the finale of section one of Tubular Bells II and features a Master of Ceremonies, who introduces the instruments. The single has many versions of "The Bell", with different MCs. They include Billy Connolly, Carlos Finaly (in Spanish), Viv Stanshall, Otto (in English and German) and John Gordon Sinclair (live). The performer on the album was Alan Rickman, although credited as A strolling player. This was due to the final voice not having been picked, when the artwork was produced.[2] Some releases also include an instrumental version and remixes.

The instruments introduced, in order are; grand piano, pipe organ, glockenspiel, bass guitar, vocal cords, "two slightly sampled electric guitars", "the Venetian effect", "digital sound processor" and tubular bells. "The Venetian Effect" refers to a characteristic mandolin technique, a type of tremolo known as bisbigliando, in which the effect of sustained notes is achieved by repetition.

Artwork[edit]

The single was released in the UK with multiple cover artworks, each with its own track listing, with a version of Oldfield's trademark tubular bell logo in the foreground. The US release used the cover shown at the top of this article depicting a forest river. Other covers included a yellow field landscape, mountainous landscape and a cityscape with a green bell. Additionally "The Bell / Sentinel Restructure" cover features a blue background with a red inverted bell.

Track listing[edit]

Forest river cover / US release[edit]

  1. "The Bell" (edit) – 4:06
  2. "Sentinel Restructure" (Trance mix) (Tommy Musto) – 5:42
  3. "Sentinel Restructure" (Satoshi Tomii interpretation) – 7:41
  4. "Sentinel Restructure" (Global lust mix) (Mark Lewis) – 5:55
  5. "Sentinel Restructure" (Nobel prize mix) (The Orb) – 12:26
  6. "Sentinel Restructure" (Tubular beats) (Tommy Musto) – 4:14

Field cover[edit]

  1. "The Bell" (MC Viv Stanshall) – 3:28
  2. "Sentinel Restructure" (Trance mix) (Tommy Musto) – 5:42
  3. "Sentinel Restructure" (Global lust mix) (Mark Lewis) – 5:55
  4. "Sentinel Restructure" (Satoshi Tomii interpretation) – 7:41

Metallic cityscape cover[edit]

  1. "The Bell" (Live – MC John Gordon Sinclair) – 4:19
  2. "The Bell" (MC Billy Connolly) – 3:29
  3. "The Bell" (MC Otto – German version) – 3:29
  4. "The Bell" (MC Strolling Player (Alan Rickman)) – 5:00
  5. "The Bell" (Instrumental) – 3:30

Mountain cover[edit]

  1. "The Bell" (MC Viv Stanshall) – 3:28
  2. "The Bell" (MC Otto – English version) – 3:28
  3. "The Bell" (MC Otto – German version) – 3:28

Mike Oldfield Photography cover[edit]

  1. "The Bell" (MC Carlos Finaly – Spanish version) – 3:28

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Singles - "The Bell"". Amadian. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  2. ^ "Tubular Bells II". Tubular.net. Retrieved 2009-03-01.