"Tubular Beats", the brand new remix album by Mike Oldfield, includes a new song, "Never Too Far", featuring a guest appearance by former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen. The CD will be released on February 1 via earMUSIC and will include the most popular songs by Oldfield, who has worked on new arrangements and new sounds for his compositions. All tracks have been reworked from the original multi-track recordings and remixed together by Oldfield and German producer Torsten "York" Stenzel. Newly recorded guitar parts by Mike Oldfield have been added to the mix.
Turunen offers one of her most emotional performances ever on "Never Too Far" — something she attributes to the fact that Oldfield is one of her heroes.
Tarja explains: "It was such a pleasure to work with Mike Oldfield. The song turned out to be even better than I could have ever expected.
"Mike has a vast career and experience in pop, instrumental and electronic music. I love his music and his personal guitar sound.
"My work in this song was inspired by Mike's 'Islands', featuring another of my youth idols: Bonnie Tyler. A way to thank them for the nice melodies I grew up with was to add a line from their hit. And I believe Mike liked the idea, too. That's how 'Never Too Far' was born.
"Hope that you enjoy the song as much as I do."