The Best of Tubular Bells

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The Best of Tubular Bells
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Greatest hits album by Mike Oldfield
Released 2001 (2001)
Recorded 1972–1998
Genre Progressive rock
Length 62:13
Label Virgin
Producer Mike Oldfield
Simon Hayworth
Tom Newman
David Bedford
Phillip R Newell
Trevor Horn
Mike Oldfield chronology
XXV: The Essential
(1997)XXV: The Essential1997
The Best of Tubular Bells
Tubular Bells series chronology
The Millennium Bell
(1999) The Millennium Bell1999
The Best of Tubular Bells
(2001) The Best of Tubular Bells2001
The Complete Tubular Bells
(2003) The Complete Tubular Bells2003

The Best of Tubular Bells is a compilation album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. It was released in 2001 and features segments from all of the Tubular Bells albums up to that year.

It is a single CD which consists of pieces of various past versions of Tubular Bells albums; Tubular Bells (1973), The Orchestral Tubular Bells (1975), Tubular Bells live (1979), Tubular Bells II (1992), Tubular Bells III (1998) and The Millennium Bell (1999). The album has been re-edited so that the changes between most of the different parts of Tubular Bells are seamless.

It was advertised on television in 2001, where the actor Tom Baker, known for his role as the Doctor in Doctor Who, provides his voice-over.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Tubular Bells" - Part 1 (Original edit) - 4:42
  2. "Tubular Bells" - Part 1 (Orchestral edit) - 3:14
  3. "Tubular Bells" - Part 1 (Original edit) - 3:47
  4. "Tubular Bells" - Part 1 (Exposed edit) - 3:20
  5. "Tubular Bells" - Part 1 (Original edit) - 8:29
  6. "Tubular Bells" - Part 2 "The Caveman Song" (Original edit) - 4:46
  7. "Tubular Bells" - Part 2 (Exposed edit) - 4:15
  8. "Sentinel" (Tubular Bells II) - 8:07
  9. "The Bell" (Tubular Bells II) - 6:59
  10. "Far Above The Clouds" (Tubular Bells III) - 5:28
  11. "The Millennium Bell" (The Millennium Bell) - 7:32
  12. "Tubular Bells" - Part 2 "Sailor's Hornpipe" (Original edit) - 1:34


  1. ^ "Where are they now - Tom Baker". Real Doctor Who Fans. Archived from the original on 7 October 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2009.