TUBULAR BELLS III is an 11-track, 1998 release by British composer Mike Oldfield and includes "Source Of Secrets," "Outcast," and "Top Of The Morning."
Personnel: Mike Oldfield (tubular bells); Clodagh Simonds, Heather Burnett, Francesca Robertson, Ama, Rosa Cedrn, Cara, Amar (vocals).
Recording information: Ibiza Studio (12/1996-03/1998); London Studio (12/1996-03/1998).
Photographer: Andy Earl.
Tubular Bells III is a record quite similar to Mike Oldfield's second update of the original classic, recorded just six years prior. The production methods are a bit more polished and the tone is more serious, but the music remains dreamy, somewhat overevocative new age-with-a-beat music, quite similar to Enigma -- thanks to the Eastern textures of vocalist Amar on three tracks. There are a few occasional moments of levity, however, including the raging guitar stormer "Outcast" and a remake of Oldfield's early-'80s hit "Man in the Rain." ~ John Bush