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You'd think two discs/141 minutes of unadorned machine rhythms and strikingly original samples (Morricone, Rickie Lee Jones, TV documentaries, some chap named Victor Lewis-Smith singing, "Ripped to the Tits on Drink and Drugs") would be overkill, and you'd be right. But, taken in 30-minute doses, the Orb is both fascinating and functional in these excerpts from concert events in Tokyo, Copenhagen, and Glastonbury. --Jeff Bateman
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 5.75 x 0.45 inches; 4 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Island Red / Pgd
- Date First Available : January 27, 2007
- Label : Island Red / Pgd
- ASIN : B0000018H8
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #79,412 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Like The Orb? You will dig this. I saw them live in 93 and this is about as close as it comes to being there.
Which makes 'The Orb's' decision to release a 'Live' album all the more puzzling, and even more remarkable, considering that their music leans heavily towards downtempo/ambient grooves, it's hardly the sort of format to replicate the energy or dynamics of a conventional 'Live' album. But the first thing that'll surprise listeners, is the fact that the sound quality on this double Cd Live album is that it's only a couple of shades lower than that of the duo's actual studio recordings, with much of the crowd noise keep to a minimum. And as well as retaining the sprawling and soothing rhythms that the duo, became known for with their music, a lot of the crowd favourites are included here, although it should be noted that tracks have been shortened or slightly modified on some of the more 'Epic' tracks. (having 20 minute tracks in a 'Live' performance, wouldn't leave much room for a variety of tracks), yet surprisingly everything is consistent, and the playful sampling and sound effects, that feature almost everything from BBC nature recordings to American NASA space broadcasts and reflective synthwork, and a multitude of special effects, coupled with those ambient flourishes, all remain intact. And listeners that are paying attention, will notice the various "Pink Floyd" references dotted over the course of the album (Check out the CD Cover art, which is a cheeky reference to "Pink Floyd's - Animals" album).
This has definitely got to be one of the albums that I've been enjoying most over the last couple of weeks, it's not something that I've been sitting intently and concentrating on all the time. Instead it's been more like music to have on whilst I've been working, as it has that delicate and soothing flow, that works remarkably well, to have it on, in the background, and it's surprising just how well this music has aged, considering that the 'Ambient House' genre is now behind us (commercially at least). It's not an album that I'd recommend to listeners new (or fairly New) to 'The Orb', as you really should have: "Adventures beyond the Ultraworld", "U.F.Orb", or even the 'Best of' first. As this release feels as little bit geared towards the existing fan base, rather than attracting a new fan-base. But providing that you are acquainted with their previous work, I'd say that providing you can still find this, it's the next logical step, and it also joins the (very) small collection of essential 'Live' electronica albums.
We're not talking New Age goodvibes, but a dreamy sense of enjoyment. Snippets of humor underscore the notion of enjoying the moment over delivering a stadium-wide experience - as their frequent, cheeky nods to Pink Floyd show (undoubtedly a reviewer comparison at the time.) Snatches of documentaries, TV, televangelist sermons (the first three minutes of "Little Fluffy Clouds)", and other odd commentary further score the point. A song description would probably give the wrong impression- saying "Oobe" is a mixture of dissertation, roosters, flying jets, flutes, soundbites and a cascading beat implies a throw-it-in-the-blender approach lacking cohesion. Nor does it all work, at least as a chillout experience, unless three minutes of engine throttling is your thing (the start of the otherwise sublime "Star 6&7 8 9.") This pattern manifests throughout- minutes of recorded sample noodling before the next classic tune kicks in- enhancing the live experience despite the occasional missfire.
Still, you can't go wrong with what is essentially a greatest hits album. For the un-Orbed this is an excellent starting point, as are their first two records. Fans already owning the early works will still enjoy the mixed revisions- witness the distorted reverbathon done to "Towers of Dub," or the echo acoustics of "Blue Room." And you can't go wrong with a 20-min version of "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain that rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld" closing out the set. Classic. Grade: A-
Top reviews from other countries
This 2-CD album is a great example of how amazing The orb was and still is.
I could go into detail about the album and the songs on it, but you know what, i'm not going to. Get the album in one way or the other and just enjoy this amazing masterpiece instead.
You will not regret it.