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The track refers to human ability to create art. Its dark, synthetic, underground mood was based on the gangster movies from the s and s. The track refers to the grimy phenomenon of war. The spoken word on "Liberation" is an excerpt from The Diary of Anne Frank , spoken by Mike Oldfield's daughter, Greta, who at the time of recording was roughly the same age as Anne Frank at the time of writing her diary.
The track refers to the end of World War II. The album concludes with the title track, musically referring to all the other tracks in the album as well as the Cossack traditional dance, being some sort of resume of the two thousand years as well as a look into the future. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Mike Oldfield. This section possibly contains original research. Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations.
Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. April Learn how and when to remove this template message. The theme of the album is a reflection of different periods of human history. The album borrows its name from the dawning of the 3rd millennium and Oldfield's Tubular Bells series of albums.
The Millennium performance of the latter half of the album plus some older tracks was given in Berlin, Germany on New Year's Eve , with an estimated audience of , people. Oldfield recorded the majority of the album at his home studio, Roughwood Studios, Berkshire, and then recorded the orchestrations in just one day at Abbey Road Studios, London with the London Session Orchestra.
A world of vinyl at your fingertips. Find a store. Side A 1. At some point, even the staunchest Oldfield supporters could end up questioning this odd and at times pretentious effort. The music is typical Oldfield : plodding, repetitive new age, sprinkled with some gentle melodic elements and sonic invention.
The sparsely placed talk lines boost the minimal narrative at times, while choirs and orchestral elements add nice support to Oldfield 's instruments. Ambitious to say the least, perhaps the composer is taking himself and his subjects too seriously here. In fact, The Millennium Bell is certain to come off to some people as obvious and full of itself, but to less cynical listeners and loyal fans it might play like an interesting and unique lesson.