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Bicycles & Tricycles

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 (30 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B0001VOP5E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,171 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Orb Is
2. Aftermath
3. The Land Of Green Ginger
4. Hellís Kitchen
5. Gee Strings
6. Prime Evil
7. Abstractions
8. L.U.C.A,
9. From A Distance
10. Tower Twenty Three
11. Kompania
12. Dilmun

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Best known as the prime originator of ambient house back in the early 90s, Alex Paterson has always managed to avoid stagnation. With Bicycles & Tricycles he extends his parameters even further. "From a Distance", featuring vocals from the Corporal and a sample of Grace Jones's "Slave to the Rhythm" pulses and stomps like an electro glitter band. The dark, dubby "Prime Evil", with its creepy laughter, dramatic climax and a portentous, Lovecraftian narration courtesy of Neville Jason, has an impressive Italian horror-movie feel, while "Kompania" has you thinking of Pink Floyd jamming with a crazed campanologist in deep space.

It's impressively ambitious stuff. But there's also plenty of humour, stretching from the CD case, through to "The Land of Green Ginger", with its clattering percussion and cheerful whistling, where Jason somehow keeps a straight face in recounting a potty tale of wizards and enchantments. This is the way throughout, with Paterson veering between playfulness and serious intent. In this he has much in common with the psychedelic revolutionaries of the mid-60s. --Dominic Wills

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Orb's most prolific work to date 10 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
After almost 15 years worth of albums to their names, Paterson et al have once again made an album to be proud of. Their lack of direction felt over their last couple of albums (and mix albums BadOrb.com and Auntie Aubrey’s Excursions) made me worried that The Orb saga was soon to be forgotten.
This album is probably their most demanding work to date. Fusing elements as diverse as Hip Hop (Aftermath), Detroit Techno (Gee Strings), Dub (Tower Twenty Three) and Fennesz/Twine style Ambient Glitch (Compania and Dilmun), there is a great diversity between the album albeit with the usual Orb style playfulness and consistency found in the previous works.
The only track that seems to fail to have any impact is ‘The Land of The Green Ginger’, a track that would not seem out of place 10 years ago. With rather tired arpeggiation and overuse of ‘silly’ narration, it seems more of a retrospective of their earlier ambient meanderings that the critics hated so much, rather than a song worthy to be upon this album.
The production also seems to improved greatly over their earlier works with a far greater spectral range than that of say Orblivion and even Cydonia. It seems as if they were too aware of this evolution of sound through the ‘remix’ of their debut track ‘Huge ever growing pulsating brain that rules from the centre (of the ultraworld)’ in the track From A Distance which features Orbital style dark bass lines and layering of sound bringing their 1991 track up to date.
The last two tracks also mark a completely new style for The Orb and one which I hope they continue developing in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album 23 Mar 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Orb may not be as relevant to electronic music and music in general as they once were but BAT shows that they still know how to make a great album. More upbeat and diverse, this album isn't so much a single listening epic as their early stuff but just a collection of good Orb tracks, naturally filled with weird, trippy samples. The best tracks are Hell's Kitchen, The Land of Green Ginger, Gee Strings, LUCA and From a Distance all of which are classic Orb. Everything else is good but these tracks are the ones that make the album such a good listen. Worth buying but get their earlier releases to see them at their full potential.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars return to orb 14 April 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
a return to form on the new UK release of the album - a very different feast to the japanese version which came out last year... a little more knob tweeking has worked wonders... and a little extra bass in the mix too...
its a grower....
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Diverse - But Well Held Together Album 11 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
So the Orb have just released their 7th album in there 14th year of existance. The album is different to the Japanese version of this album with many tracks altered in sound. It is noticeable that the change in Orb style has continued from Cydonia which started and ended spacey but had more electronic and drum'n bass moments. This album has one foot in hip-hop, another in dub and another in pure electronica.
The opener Orb Is is solid but unspectacular, standard Orb fare really but with hard beats and squelchy synths. The new track Aftermath is definitely a new direction for The Orb in Hip-Hop with an MC rapping - surprisingly good a very enjoyable track. The following Land of Green Ginger is superb - a track of real invention and very catchy riff and is the most orb moment of the album. A track I love.
The following Hell's Kitchen is fast paced with furious melodies and riffs, again a very enjoyable slighly spacey track again with it's feet more in electronica. Gee Strings is a slice of Detroit House and a little repetitive but very Orb sounding ending with an amusing trademark Orb sample - you will have to listen I don't want to spoil the surprise.
I'm not a fan of Prime Evil, but Abstractions is another dark but fantastic track with rising and falling vocal samples. LUCA is very hypnotic with a very hard beat and claustrophobic in intensity. Not my cup of tea. From a Distance is actually two tracks really as it is mixed with a huge ever growing brain...im a bigger fan of the original 12"version which appeared on the Japanese version.
Im not a fan of Tower 23, but Kompania is very interesting unlike anything ive heard - maybe ambient drone is a fair description. Dilmun is also fantastic to close the album with. A territory I'd like to see the Orb progress into next.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New Paths for Orb 17 Nov 2004
By J. M. Wolski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan of The Orb for quite some time, patiently waiting year upon year for albums that had been finished but not released. Any person will tell you that this can be frustrating at times, but if you enjoy a group enough you will put yourself through such tortures. This particular album had been finished for somewhere around two years before its release here, but I do not feel that the wait was all for naught.

Dr. Alex Paterson seems to be willing to head back towards the group's roots, cutting down on the number of radio-friendly tunes with vocals and more traditional song structure as was seen on this album's predecessor, Cydonia. I personally feel this album is much more true to the feel and tone of the Orb anthology.

There also seems to be a stronger emphasis on breakbeat patterns in this album when compared to releases in the past. I for one am a big fan of breakbeats and find them to work perfectly on this disc, especially on my favorite track Prime Evil. There is even a song that could be described as trip-hop, with rhyming laid over the beats. Most of the reviews have given this song a negative tone (Aftermath), but I think that is because there are not a large amount of Orb fans that really listen to hip-hop or anything of the sort. The song isn't that bad, people. It's just something The Orb has never done before. Not all songs fall under this description, but this is certainly a more beat-oriented Orb album than most. Especially when considering the more ambient works they have done (Orbvs Terrarvm, Pomme Fritz, etc).

Very very die hard Orb fans I'm sure will find something to complain about, it seems they always do. While it may not be their most original work, it certainly left me feeling content and has been listened to many times since it was purchased. To anyone that is looking at buying an album of The Orb, I highly recommend it. I used to be very critical of electronic music, blowing it off without really giving it a chance. The Orb changed all that for me. It was unlike anything I had ever heard before, the ultimate "gateway drug" music. Considering the man has a Doctorate in Sound Engineering, it is no surprise. Long Live The Orb!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars hit or miss return from the group 4 Aug 2004
By somethingexcellent - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
You'd think that when a group was as well known as The Orb, their releases would come out at roughly the same time all over the world, but that wasn't the case with Bicycles And Tricycles. Released in Japan almost a year ago now, it has certainly taken its time in getting out to the rest of the world. Although I admittingly have lost some interest in the group over time (and especially with their last full-length Cydonia), The Orb will probably always be one of those groups I have to sort of peek in on and keep track of simply because they were one of the first modern electronic artists that I really found myself loving and pulling me further into the genre.

Other than a couple tracks, Bicycles And Tricycles is basically what you've grown to know and love from the group, too. Thick basslines gurgle and rattle while somewhat dub-influenced beats help to rattle the speakers even more while trippy melodies pan and flange and occasional spoken samples creep up in the mix. The disc opens with the stellar "Orb Is," a track that opens with washes of muted trumpet before cracking off into a delicious groove that twists and growls for the rest of the track. The following "Aftermath" is one of the big offenders, though, as the group once again thinks they can work things out by adding a vocalist to the mix and instead the track feels entirely out-of-place on the disc. While the instrumentation on the track is pretty swell, female rapper Me Soom T simply clutters the track and takes it to mainstream land without adding much of anything.

"The Land Of Green Ginger" is another in the long line of tracks that seemingly uses lost samples from a kids record as a backdrop for creating tripped-out tracks with recontextualized words that end up playing right into their hands. Although the group doesn't do anything groundbreakingly new over the course of the rest of the release, they manage to do things quite well. "Gee Strings" is a straightforward track that's more on the dancey side but manages to keep some surprises while "Tower Twenty Three" is one of their deep, dubstatic tracks that never seems to get old when they do it as well as they do. One of the only other major stumbles on the release is when they sample themselves on "From A Distance" and package it in an obvious surrounding of overbearing beats and once again try to encorporate vocals (and once again it just doesn't work too well). In the grand scheme of Orb albums, it lands as slightly better than their last effort Cydonia, but not nearly as good as classics like Orbus Terrarum.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A return to form, The Orb keeps it moving 14 Sep 2004
By Ian Mccausland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A nice return to form for the Orb. I was kinda surprised at the quicker pace through out. Compared to the classic stuff I think the bpm is up a bit, but hey it is 2004! Some real dub-like treatments which we didn't see on Cydonia. I'd even say I like this more than Orblivion. Give the Dr credit for hanging in there and keep trying things. Think of many from his era, who have given up and moved on!
14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars coasting.... 15 Nov 2004
By J. Brady - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Like most great groups whose best work is behind them, the Orb are now coasting on name recognition and fan loyalty. There is nothing truly moving or groundbreaking on this cd. Which is not to say it's bad. It's just not that good. Even the reunion with Jimmy Cauty ( who recorded with Alex Patterson in the Orb before they released their first album ) does not seem to inspire.

Dull and soul-less.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most brash, amazing Orb album yet? 14 July 2004
By "djphun" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
OK, so first off... BRASH-Full of fresh raw vitality
NOW! With that said, This is the most awesome Orb album in YEARS! I was unsure of their most recent work, on account I thought it seemed forced... that is until this album came out. It should go down as one of the Orb's finest hours! A whole new and unclassifiable genre of music is, once again, created by the Orb. The album blends Trance, Ambient, borderline Hip-Hop, Acidy beats with masterfully placed samples, to create a once in a lifetime masterpiece. I really tried to find a highlight to this album, but the whole thing is
1) So hard to peg into one category, and thus difficult to say X is better than Y
2) So good that one song can't be picked
Any one who has ever been to a party (read as rave) will love it, and for anyone who likes the Orb... You owe it to yourself to get every version of this album you could find. There's just enough remixes on each to make them ALL worth having.
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