I recall some while ago hearing for the first time an earlier album than Tubular Bells on which Mike Oldfield performed - it was predominantly his elder sister's album, Sally Oldfield. But, and this is why I mention it, Mike Oldfield sounded distinctly the way he ended up even then, and I'm pretty sure he must still have been at school when it came out.
I looked it up to check the title - "Children of the Sun was recorded in August 1968", so he was 15 when he recorded on that. Startling talent, then and since.
Indeed so Spot. I was tired when I watched it the other day but was so captivated I could not take my eyes off it.
The part I liked in paricular was when it was performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Oldfield (perfectionist as he was) said that people came in late on the beat, one of the guitars was out of tune and at the end he waited for the fruit to be thrown. There was a brief pause, then the audience as one stood and applauded. I would love to have been there.
The 19 year old Richard Branson was on the programme as well. My he has changed!!!