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Back to Mine - The Orb

The Orb Audio CD
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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 (27 Jan 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DMC
  • ASIN: B00007KE8N
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,096 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Polynominal-C - Aphex Twin
2. Be No One - Charles Webster
3. Nitrogen Pt. 1 - Juno Reactor
4. Interim - B12
5. Ow Much! - Creature
6. Have You Seen Her - The Chi-Lites
7. I Wanna Be A Fishy - Thomas Fehlmann
8. Falling - Julee Cruise
9. The Land Of Green Ginger - The Orb
10. Blue Calx - Aphex Twin
11. Barbie Girl (TF Long Version) - Electric Chairs
12. You Donít Fool Me - Joachim Spieth
13. Hempire - F.F.W.D
14. The Light 3000 - Schneider TM vs. KPT. michi.gan

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The Orb--aka Dr Alex Paterson--is a likely candidate to host an instalment of DMC's eclectic Back to Mine series. A former roadie for Killing Joke and an original acid house/ambient stalwart, his musical tastes are notoriously wide and often surprising. Given a blank slate to work with, there was always a good chance he would fill it with intriguing and diverse sounds. And indeed he has. He begins with Aphex Twin's swirling, mystical breakbeat monster "Polynominal-C", before dipping into slow-mo territory with Charles Webster's languid jazz lullaby "Be No One". After these contrasting openers, we get the driven ethno-house of Juno Reactor's driven "Nitrogen Part 1", the epic ambient workout of B12's "Interim", humorous hip-hop with Creature's "Ow Much!" and soaring soul beauty from the Chi-Lites classic "Have You Seen Her?". Add to this Thomas Fehlmann's aquatically strange "I Wanna Be a Fishy", the breathy beauty of Julee Cruise's "Falling" and the Orb's own "The Land of Green Ginger" and you have one varied and entertaining compilation--something not too common these days. --Paul Sullivan

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ultraworld revisited 6 Feb 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Being a fan of both The Orb and the Back To Mine series my attention was instantly grabbed when I noticed this cd available for preorder - (the groovy artwork helped as well).

Since arriving at my abode a few days ago this cd has not been out of my cd player and from the 1st play it was screaming excellence, originality and general Orbness at me.

Firstly the track selection - there are no duds here - these are all "let them eat cake" tunes to quote the orbmeister and Marie Antoinette. The first 9 tracks are described in the Amazon review, from there on we are treated to an otherworldly slice of Aphex ambience with "Blue Calx", the Electric Chairs' acoustic guitar led version of "Barbie Girl" (my favourite track), ambient electronica of Joachim Spieth and Orb side project FFWD, and finally a quirky electronic version of The Smiths' "There is a light that never goes out".

There is a variety in musical genre but all tracks share a definite Orb sensibility so the compilation never falls into the trap of eclecticism for its own sake.

The sequencing of the tracks is well thought out ensuring that the mix never flags and the quirkier tracks are used sparingly. I say mix but it would be more accurate to say the tracks are blended and allowed to stand in their own right. This album really is great and is the best 'Orb' album I have heard since the heady days of UFOrb and the Ultraworld albums but thankfully also feels firmly rooted in the 21st century.

The album is also noteable for featuring the Orb track "The Land of Green Ginger" from their forthcoming album with a vocal sample that instantly brought Mr. Scruff to mind.

I would recommend this album to anyone who likes the Orb or electronic/chillout music in general. Congratulations to Dr Alex Paterson for creating a superb collection which I think is one of the best Back to Mine cds along with Danny Tenaglia & Groove Armada.

Buy and enjoy!!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many "indifferent" tracks 30 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
I've a great deal of respect for Alex Patterson and his pioneering work on the ambient scene as both a DJ and mainman of The Orb, but this CD seems a bit of a lacklustre offering and very much reflects how Alex Patterson doesn't have his finger on the ambient pulse any more. It doesn't really flow, seeming more of a stop/start affair with a wide variety of music that's OK but nothing special. There are several standout tracks by Aphex Twin, The Orb, FFWD, and Joachim Spieth but a lot of the rest just seems like filler. Yes, it's chilled, but it's aimed more at a mainstream audience that knows nothing about ambient music than longtime fans of the genre that could find a better selection of tracks from their own collection. This stuff all seems so dated now, it isn't necessarily a bad thing that it's got a lot of oldschool ambient tracks here, and they obviously resonate with meaning for the good Dr Patterson.... but it seems very old hat.
It works well enough as background music at low volume, but the track selection isn't really strong enough for actually listening to it. I've a feeling better track selection would have leant itself to a better mixed album, no tracks really sound right next to the ones they follows - whoever mixed the album doesn't display a great deal of skill.
All in all, it's OK but more of a missed opportunity than a triumph.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Orb by a long way 24 Feb 2003
Format:Audio CD
Thought I should post a negative review, just to counterbalance the (in my opinion) overly positive ones here. This CD contains some delights - Polynomial-C by Aphex Twin, a yet-to-be-released Orb track, "The Land of Green Ginger", albeit I suspect a foreshortened version and Alex Patterson's brother Martin's work (under the band name Creature) "Ow Much!".
For many of the other tracks, fans of the Orb (which I most certainly am, having seen them at least once on every major tour since Orbus Terrarum) will recognise bits from live versions of old tracks (eg. on "Hempire" by FFWD you will hear snippets from the live version of Towers of Dub) and not be surprised by the slow, ambient nature of the album.
The trouble for me is that "The Land of Green Ginger" straddles this album like a colossus and reminds you very firmly that the rest of the tracks (except perhaps the aforementioned Aphex Twin) just don't come up to scratch. The track makes me very excited for the next Orb album, however.
Don't get me wrong, this is an enjoyable album, it just contains few real gems that you'd want to put on a compilation for your mates.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A journey inside Alex Patterson's box 4 Feb 2003
Format:Audio CD
I love the back to mine series. I think it allows dance legends to open up their collection to us, free from the genre or market they target with their productions, and give us a glimpse of their influences.
For those who have been fans of The Orb since the early days, this starts off with what could be a familiar affiliate - the Aphex Twin. A lovely floaty-electro number that fires into shuffling breakbeats that make the track sound like a Biosphere (Patashnik) tune. From this Alex P takes the mood down with a dreamy track from Charles Webster's latest album.
This style of contrast continues throughout. The album drifts effortlessly from the smooth electro chords of B12 to the funky booty shaking breakbeat jam from Creature. As you'd expect from a man who has witnessed many a hallucination, the album contains its quirks. In particular, Have you Seen Her by the Chi-lites stands out as an indulgence but not as an anomoly. Likewise, I'm a Barbie Girl should make you wince but is done with such style as to make it sit quite comfortably in Alex P's scheme of things.
It all fits together rather well and ends with a downbeat favourite of mine. The Light 3000 is an acidic electro track that drips with melancholy. Whoever sings it deserves a hug. Firstly in gratitude for such a beautiful song. But also because I think he just needs one.
For those of you looking for an easy listening bland chillout album that won't challenge you and whose tracks will soon all blend into one amorphous mush, do not buy this. For those who like an album to grow on you and for those who have enjoyed different ambient styles through the ages, I would thoroughly recommend this to you.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A 70 minute ORB track ! 21 Feb 2003
By Sheryar Singha - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Well,
After relatively disappointing releases (for me) by Orbital and New Order the BTM series hits back in 2003 with The Orb. As one of the pioneering artists of the electronic music scene in general I awaited this release with enthusiam and was not disappointed.
The Orb has really outdone themselves in track selection. You just can't go wrong starting off any compilation with an Aphex Twin track, in this case "Polynomical-C" for us old timers following it up with Juno Reactor and then picking up the beat nicely with the Creatures "How Much" a nice upbeat tune with mild ragga vocals and then they slow it down again with Julee Cruise's "falling" haunting vocals of the Twin Peaks theme, followed by the Orb's own "The Land of Green" which gets the tempo a little "gritty" and at this point you can't help movin around a little bit. But wait, that's not it - next is another Aphex Twin "Blue Calx" track which remains chilling after all these years and then the Electric Chairs' downbeat remix of "Barbie Girl" - this to me is the only weak point in the album since that song always irrated me but right as you wonder what's going on Joachim Spleth's "you don't..." picks up and it's very reminicent of good old Nick Warrens Space Van and Glide selctions of the original BTM (still my favorite out of the whole series). Next is FFWD's "Hempire" another slow minimal track which leads perfectly into Schneider Tm's (now almost a cult classic) remix of The Smith's "there's a light that never goes out" - of course Schneider calls it "The Light 3000."
When you consider the basis of the BTM compilations as songs the artists would play at their own house after a late night out, vs just songs that would be played for a crowd or anthems selected for a mix, you expect such diversity in styles, tempo's and timelines with a certain almost silent connection between them which includes an acceptance of the fact that the sunrise is just around the corner, and when I hear this CD (actually the third time today) it just fits in with my impression of The Orb.
To me this album is amazing - it covers the timeline of electronic music if you think about it - the dark techness of Aphex Twin to the almost downbeat electro of Schneider TM while following the layout of a classic Orb track - namely the slow start to slow finish tempo with great seperations between vocal and non vocal parts and all sorts of funky tweaks in the middle.
Very recommended - especially for fans of this genre. It will definately bring back memories of your life from the last decade !
4 stars because 5 is perfect and nothing ever is :)
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A 70 minute ORB track ! 21 Feb 2003
By Sheryar Singha - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Well,
After relatively disappointing releases (for me) by Orbital and New Order the BTM series hits back in 2003 with The Orb. As one of the pioneering artists of the electronic music scene in general I awaited this release with enthusiam and was not disappointed.
The Orb has really outdone themselves in track selection. You just can't go wrong starting off any compilation with an Aphex Twin track, in this case "Polynomical-C" for us old timers following it up with Juno Reactor and then picking up the beat nicely with the Creatures "How Much" a nice upbeat tune with mild ragga vocals and then they slow it down again with Julee Cruise's "falling" haunting vocals of the Twin Peaks theme, followed by the Orb's own "The Land of Green" which gets the tempo a little "gritty" and at this point you can't help movin around a little bit. But wait, that's not it - next is another Aphex Twin "Blue Calx" track which remains chilling after all these years and then the Electric Chairs' downbeat remix of "Barbie Girl" - this to me is the only weak point in the album since that song always irrated me but right as you wonder what's going on Joachim Spleth's "you don't..." picks up and it's very reminicent of good old Nick Warrens Space Van and Glide selctions of the original BTM (still my favorite out of the whole series). Next is FFWD's "Hempire" another slow minimal track which leads perfectly into Schneider Tm's (now almost a cult classic) remix of The Smith's "there's a light that never goes out" - of course Schneider calls it "The Light 3000."
When you consider the basis of the BTM compilations as songs the artists would play at their own house after a late night out, vs just songs that would be played for a crowd or anthems selected for a mix, you expect such diversity in styles, tempo's and timelines with a certain almost silent connection between them which includes an acceptance of the fact that the sunrise is just around the corner, and when I hear this CD (actually the third time today) it just fits in with my impression of The Orb.
To me this album is amazing - it covers the timeline of electronic music if you think about it - the dark techness of Aphex Twin to the almost downbeat electro of Schneider TM while following the layout of a classic Orb track - namely the slow start to slow finish tempo with great seperations between vocal and non vocal parts and all sorts of funky tweaks in the middle.
Very recommended - especially for fans of this genre. It will definately bring back memories of your life from the last decade !
4 stars because 5 is perfect and nothing ever is :)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream Music Freindship Music Morning Music 27 April 2005
By Jokie X Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This CD is one of those magical sorts that you feel like should have been part of the period of your life where you stayed up all night with your friends and put this on in the wee hours. The tone throughout is special and dreamy. It immediately kicks into some lush sounds and has both beauty and humor to it.

I have also found that it works well first thing in the morning on a weekend. I like to paint to it as it gets me all sentimental and silly and lets my imagination fly. It's not a CD to dance to, but to chill to. You can listen to it alone, but it's the sort of music to which old memories of good times seem to be associated, so chill to it with your friends if you have a chance while you tell stories by a fireplace or something.
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Weak Track Selection 14 Aug 2007
By CloudMan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Orb has a turn on the Back to Mine stage. Can't say this is a winner for the series. Mildly amusing on the first listen, this album becomes quickly tiring due to a combination of weak or very lame track selection (ie. "Ow Much!" by Creature, "Have You Seen Her?" by Chi-Lites, "Little Fishy" by Thomas Fehlmann, and "Barbie Girl" by Electric Chairs are all horrible) on the part of Alex Paterson. The only two [relatively] decent tracks are "Blue Calx" and "You Don't Fool Me" by Joachim Spieth. The mixing leaves a lot to be desired also. Overall, thumbs down on this effort by The Orb.

2.5/5 stars.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great mix 25 May 2003
By Ian Mccausland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I don't know how this compares to other Back To Mine comps. I came at this an Orb fan and it's suitably Orbish in it's mix. Several lost IDM gems, some wacky stuff like that cover of Barbie Girl. It truly sounds like what the good doctor would play if we all crashed at his flat. I give it four cuz the this eclectic mix should have influenced that last Orb album. If you like this, I think that BadOrb comp would be a good one.
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