07/03/18: New book edition
The Making of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells book is to be re-released on 26th March, but this time in paperback format.
We've taken a first look at the new edition, which is larger than the original hardback. The book is illustrated with atmospheric landscape photographs by Fran May to represent the mythological forces of nature and emotional content perceived in the music.
Other than a new prologue which mainly adds an introduction to Fran May, the text remains unchanged. Many of the original photos have however been replaced with excellent but unrelated landscape photos, so only 16 of the original 27 Oldfield and Manor related photos are present. As the dimensions of the attractive paperback are larger, the photos are bigger and sometimes clearer.
Possibly the most notable exclusion in the new edition is the Manor promotional gatefold, which was beautifully reproduced in the hardback.
The new edition does look stunning, but unfortunately misses some of the original content without adding anything of specific interest to fans of Mike Oldfield or Tubular Bells.
- Pre-order the new paperback for £20 from Amazon
- Or, the original hardback is still available for £14.99 direct from Dark Star
07/12/16: New album: Return to Ommadawn
The new acoustic Mike Oldfield album "Return to Ommadawn" will be released on 20th January, 2017, available on CD and vinyl, with a DVD option as well • Part One (21:10) • Part Two (20:56) • Listen to an excerpt from BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright Show (skip to 2:10 into the show) and a great interview from BBC Radio 6's Shaun Keavey Show (skip to 1:43). Read a great new interview with Team Rock. View a great new interview from Sony Xperia. Please do sign up to our Newswire email update service via our website to be kept fully up to date.
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11/10/13: New album: Man On The Rocks
02/07/13: Classic Album Sundays
40th Anniversary of Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells". Producer Simon Heyworth will be joining the session and will relay the story behind the making of the album. Then we will have an uninterrupted vinyl replay of the album on our Audio Note hi-fi followed by a listener’s Q&A with Simon. Sunday, 14 July, 6:00 - 8:30 pm.
29/06/13: Five Miles Out and Crises Deluxe Editions
The much anticipated releases of the remastered versions of Five Miles Out and Crises have now been announced and are available to pre-order. They will be released on 2nd September. The track listings are available via the Amazon links above – we will provide more information about the content as soon as possible. By following the links above to pre-order, a small contribution will be made by Amazon to the running of Dark Star magazine.
25/05/13: Tubular Bells is 40!
Tubular Bells was released forty years ago today! We are celebrating with a new biography and a fan convention. Prog Rock Magazine has also released a commemorative magazine to celebrate this special anniversary.
15/05/13: Happy 60th Birthday to Mike Oldfield
With our very best wishes from all at Dark Star!
04/04/13: Reading On Tour Launches
A walking and online tour about Reading's musical history launches later today and includes information about Mike Oldfield and shows the house where Mike grew up on its tour maps.
20/02/13: Kevin Ayers dies, aged 68
Sadly, Kevn Ayers has died in his home in France. Mike Oldfield worked closely with Kevin early in his career, although they did record together again many times. More details in The Telegraph newspaper.
04/02/13: Facebook Update from Mike
Hello Everyone! Well I finally started work on the 5.1 Taurus 2. My studio is at the bottom of the garden here in the Bahamas although all the equipment is in my office back up at the house. I have been trying to work out why I was not getting any digital signal down there for the audio. I finally found out my two dogs ( They are Potcakes and brothers ) have chewed the cables !!! So anyway it is all fixed now and I am back to work. It really sounds fantastic and does not need much mixing, as I think by the time I recorded these track I was a pretty good sound engineer and used to record every effect as well. Oh you should check out my son Luke's site as he is working now in the same studio where I recorded these albums Mike x
29/07/12: Mike working on a rock album
In a new interview published in the Telegraph today, Mike has revealed he is working on a rock album, which includes a song about domestic violence. More information in his Personal Facebook Group
28/07/12: Mike Oldfield plays to his biggest ever audience
We hope you managed to see the Olympics Opening Ceremony - we’ve been itching but unable to share for months! We (and it seems the rest of the World) were mightily impressed with Danny Boyle’s incredibly diverse and humorous presentation of Great Britain, made all the more special because Mike's World-class, timeless and epic work has finally got the recognition and exposure it deserves. It goes without saying that Tubular Bells, Two Sides, QE2 and Platinum are all much higher in the Amazon charts than they were yesterday! Mike's contribution is available in full on the Isles of Wonder album. Hats off to all involved!
26/07/12: Mike Oldfield in London
On the eve of the Olympics Opening Ceremony, which features Mike's music and the World's largest harmonically tuned bell, Mike has been spotted in London. We suggest you may want to watch the Opening Ceremony tomorrow at 9pm (BST)!
26/07/12: Mike Oldfield on BBC Radio 2
Mike has met Johnnie Walker in London and will contribute to his Radio 2 Show Sounds of the 70s, to be broadcast this Sunday at 3pm
11/06/12: Platinum and QE2 Deluxe Editions
In addition to Mike recently announcing he is working on the "project of a lifetime" (more on this here, but more still to come), Platinum and QE2 Deluxe editions and a self compiled career restrospective are to be released on 30th July.
09/03/12: Mike guests on new Terry Oldfield album
Terry Oldfield has finished work on the recording of his new album Journey Into Space featuring Mike on guitars. It includes a track called Flight of the Eagle, which is an arrangement of a piece that Mike and Terry used to play live in Barefoot, their pre Tubular Bells band. This track also features Mike on guitars. Further details are available at Terry's website.
25/07/11: New radio Interview
Phoning in from the Bahamas, Mike was guest on Radcliffe & Maconie on BBC's 6 Music today. As well as talking about Incantations, key extracts were that he has done a remote recording session with drummer John Robinson via Skype and has been working on club remixes of old material. He said there "may be something next year, with the possibility of a live show, although it's very early days". We will share any updates here as soon as we get them. He also confirmed that preliminary work on the Telecaster album has not progressed, although the ideas are stored and may develop one day. Most importantly, he announced he is still working and producing whilst also spending plenty of time playing with the kids!
02/06/11: Incantations Reissue on 25th July
More details from Universal here
01/04/11: Glastonbury 2011 rumours
Mike & Universal have denied rumours that he will appear
29/03/11: Change of contact details
Our postal address and telephone number are changing. Please see our contacts page for more information.
08/02/11: How has Mike affected your life?
Do you have a story to tell? We believe the best anecdotes and stories of how Mike's music have affected your life are fascinating. Get in touch, share your experiences, and your story may make it to print.
27/04/10: Mercury to re-release Hergest Ridge and Ommadawn
To continue the relaunch of Mike's back catalogue, remastered editions of Hergest Ridge and Ommadawn will be released on 7th June. Full details are available in this press release and Universal website.
15/04/09: Mercury to re-release Tubular Bells
Now that Mercury have taken over Mike's back catalogue, they are relaunching Tubular Bells with a total of six different releases on June 8th. See a Universal interview with Mike here. The new TV advertised stereo mix and compilation will be available as a 2CD set and a deluxe edition will contain these CD's plus a DVD. Read the full Universal press release here
03/09/08: New album - Music Of The Spheres
A limited edition 2CD including live version from Bilbao will be released on 24th November. Order now from Amazon. An impressive TV advert was been produced for the UK market. It went to number one in the UK classical chart, which Mike comments on at www.mikeoldfield.com