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Vol. 3-Baghdad Batteries: Orbsessions


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The Orb virtually invented the electronic genre known as ambient house, resurrecting slower, more soulful rhythms and providing a soundtrack for early-morning ravers once the clubs closed their doors. The group popularized the genre as well, by appearing on the British chart show Top of the Pops and hitting number one in the U.K. with the 1992 album U.F.Orb. Frontman Dr. Alex Paterson's ... Read more in Amazon's The Orb Store

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  • Audio CD (September 15, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Malicious Damage Records/Darla
  • ASIN: B002KQHVJA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,893 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2009 collection. There's always been two quite contrasting sides to The Orb's centrifugal epicentre Dr Alex Paterson. One is the purveyor of hook-ridden songs laden with vocal toppings or memorable samples, as heard on last year's delightful collaboration with Youth and Tim Bran, The Dream, which Alex describes as 'Pop'. The other is more serious, focusing primarily on the sound itself, noticeably rearing in the mid-90s almost as a reaction to The Orb's initial success on under-rated masterworks like Orbus Terrarum. 11 tracks.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By brjoro VINE VOICE on September 24, 2009
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The Orb have done it again. A year or so after 'The Dream' they return with the latest volume in the 'Orbsessions' series. However, this is a brand new album, a soundtrack to a German(?) film called 'Plastic Planet(?) I believe. This album reunites Alex Paterson with Thomas Fehlmann and has more in common with 'Okie Dokie it's the Orb on Kompakt..' than with 'The Dream,' it's more ambient and mellow. However, there are some great beats on here and the whole album has a nice cohesive vibe to it. Perhaps at this point Dr. Paterson is looking at having basically 2 Orb's, one with Fehlmann for this type of more mellow ambient oriented material, and another for the more uptempo, sample heavy dub and bass driven material that dominated 'The Dream.' Whatever he decides, the Orb continues their brilliant musical journey, and I'll continue to go along for the ride, wherever it takes me!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mr3 on February 3, 2010
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The first thing this album did was make me realize how much I miss Thomas Fehlmann. After this many years, I feel like his tighter, more intricate style just goes like pb&j with Alex's looser, soulful, more dreamy style. The two together really take things to another level. I feel like this album has a little more Fehlmann than Paterson, and that was a surprise at first. I think I expected the opposite for some reason, probably since Fehlmann had been off doing his own thing for a while. I'm the last person to complain since my heart belongs to ska, rocksteady, reggae, and dub...but this album made me see what I didn't know I was wanting more of. The other surprise to me was the feeling I got with every single song. I couldn't put my finger on it at first, but finally I realized--I don't hear a climax or peak in any of the pieces. They seem to have more of a steady upper region they mildly peak at instead. Very different, even from what I'm used to from Fehlmann. At first it was disorienting, but I've really grown to like it. I gotta say...this is one unique, lovingly done, beautiful work. I love it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CK on December 23, 2009
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With the release of 'Bikes and Trikes' I had thought The Orb's batteries were completely flat. This album shows they are once again fully charged.

This album is not dissimilar to 'On Kompakt'.

I am glad to find mind-numblingly monotonous trance beats absent, in their place more thoughtfully crafted rhythmic patterns. For the most part an enjoyably imaginative and quirky suite of soundscapes. Excellent work. Five stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larry Bouchard on January 17, 2010
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Huge Orb fan here. Favorite Orb albums are live 91', Orbus Terrarum and BBC Sessions.

After reading the reviews for Baghdad Batteries, I thought I'd take a chance again after not especially liking The Dream. First impression was burned again - it sounded too soft, dull, lackluster, etc. Unfortunately IMO the tracks start slow but get better and better. I recommend starting with track 3 and going from there your first time through.

I really started liking this when I first put the good headphones on. All the classic Orb audio wizardry is here along with classically trippy, mesmerizing, humorous soundscapes. Turn it up on a good soundsystem in a comfy chair, (bong optional) chill and let the good vibes wash over. A return to form and must have for the early Orb fans. But give it a few listens with a decent setup before judging.
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