Boxed (Mike Oldfield album)

" Boxed " (English, German as: " in a box packed ") is a box set with four LPs of the English rock musician Mike Oldfield, which was published on 29 October 1976. The box with the Virgin catalog number VBOX 1, rose on November 20, 1976 in the British charts and came in 13 weeks at No. 22

  • 3.1 Notes and references

The Boxed Set

After the great sales success with Oldfield's first albums his record company Virgin Records in 1976 when he expected no new LP release of Oldfield. Tubular Bells spent three years after first publication still in the sales charts. As is usual with Virgin on the idea to exploit the popularity of the first three albums again and released it - in a new mix - in the Set Boxed. In addition to the new versions of Tubular Bells, Hergest Ridge and Ommadawn the set, the LP contains collaborations with a collection of pieces that were not previously in this compilation on LP available. The original recordings of the three hit albums, however, were in the - remastered quadraphonic sound engineering, so that the buyer of boxed sets actually new versions of old LPs received - - mid 1970's popular " four LPs for the price of two ," praised the advertising this refurbishment at Oldfields complete works to date. On the labels of the record is drawn to the quadraphonic mix - by pointing Stereo / SQ Quad compatible.

Tubular Bells

Tubular Bells was given for the Boxed Set by Phil Newell and Alan Perkins some new sounds and instruments to mix to. Newell said after publication that he believed " that the new quadraphonic version in parts polished, powerful and complete is, than the previous versions. "

In addition to this remixed received the final page of two new version of " The Sailor 's Hornpipe " - the longer original version. The Master of Ceremonies Viv Stanshall, who already announces the instruments throughout the Tubular Bells factory, told in this song during a tour of The Manor (the house in which the recordings were ) what he sees there. Oldfield and his production assistant Tom Newman had previously distributed microphones in the rooms, were compared with those Stanshall and Oldfield and Newman, the musically accompanied him in the true sense of the word, was added. This track was Virgin for the original publication of the first work of a new artist allegedly pitched - probably because you want three have been pretty drunk at the time and this is quite clear in the recording.

  • Tracklist: Page 1: Tubular Bells Part One ( 25'55 " )
  • Page 2: Tubular Bells, Part Two, including The Sailor 's Hornpipe ( 25'47 " )

Hergest Ridge

While Tubular Bells so offered some aspects more, Hergest Ridge was slimmed down by Oldfields own remix something. So he removed the snare drum complete, the trumpet in large part from the new mix; On the second page he put more emphasis on the vocal part and removed some guitar passages. As in the 1980s, Oldfield's albums were released on CD for the first time, they took on Hergest Ridge this newly mixed, quadraphonic version - the original mix there is thus only available on vinyl. Oldfield was very satisfied with the new version according boxed booklet; on page two of the LP he says there: "Now it is the structure experiment that they should always be, a kind of prototype for the top of the page two of Ommadawn. "

  • Tracklist: Page 1: Hergest Ridge, Part One ( 21'33 " )
  • Page 2: Hergest Ridge, Part Two ( 18'40 " )


Ommadawn was the newest of the three re- published works, and it was the one that was the least changed at that. The quadraphonic mix - Oldfield took this time in collaboration with Phil Newell ago, a few weeks after the original LP was released in October 1975. Ommadawn thus has a different sound, but not as much as Hergest Ridge. Towards the end you will then hear some vocal harmonies that were lost in the original mix.

  • Tracklist: Page 1: Ommadawn, Part One ( 20'06 " )
  • Page 2: Ommadawn, Part Two, including On Horseback ( 17'17 " )


On the fourth LP, Collaborations, to tracks that were previously released on albums by David Bedford or in collaboration with Leslie Penning, as A- and B-sides of singles find; all mixed for Boxed Set by Phil Newell in Quadrofonietechnik.

Only the piece First Excursion took Bedford Oldfield and new for this record on - just five days before she went to the pressing plant. The reason that still had a " new " piece on the LP, David Bedford called in an interview in 1989: " Richard Branson has this one get the feeling that he could not completely cheat the customers, so we would have something new on album. "

A newspaper advertisement extols the three pieces of the first page of collaborations as " three of the best examples of Oldfield's work as a solo guitarist for other artists. "

Title list

Page 1:

  • 2 Extract from Star's End ( 7'33 " )
  • 3 The Rio Grande ( 6'37 " )

Page 2:

  • 2 Argiers ( 3'59 " )
  • 3 Portsmouth ( 2'02 " )
  • In Dulci Jubilo 4 ( 2'49 " )
  • 5 Speak ( Tho ' You Only Say Farewell ) ( 2'54 " )

CD Edition

Boxed in 1989 was spread over three CDs, published again. On the first CD there were in addition to "Tubular Bells" (Parts 1 and 2, including " The Sailor 's Hornpipe " ), the title "The Rio Grande ", " Portsmouth " and "In Dulci Jubilo "; " Hergest Ridge " ( Parts 1 and 2) were added on the second disc is "An Extract from Star's End", " Argiers " and " Speak ( Tho ' You Only Say Farewell )"; on the third disc is " Ommadawn " were (Parts 1 and 2, including " On Horseback " ) and "The Phaeacian Games" and "First Excursion ".