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Blue Album

18 April 2012

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  Song Title
Tunnel Vision
You Lot
Bath Time
Acid Pants
Easy Serv
One Perfect Sunrise

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  • Original Release Date: 18 April 2012
  • Release Date: 18 April 2012
  • Label: ACP Recordings Ltd.
  • Copyright: 2012 ACP Recordings Ltd
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  • Total Length: 51:55
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  • ASIN: B007W5AW0Y
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,722 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent way to bow out 26 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
I'll keep it simple; there are few (if any) electronic bands that have been at the top of their game as long as Orbital, and have decided to close the curtains on their career after 15 glorious years with the excellent Blue Album.
As with every Orbital album though, there is the odd clanger (Bath Time, Easy Serv), but the good FAR outweighs the bad on the Blue Album, with the highlights including the paranoid 4/4 acid frenzy of 'Acid Pants', the classic-Orbital-sounding energy of 'You Lot' (featuring a marvellous philosophical rant courtesy of Chris Eccleston), the 6/8 classical splendour of album opener 'Transient', the lazy 'In Sides-esque' head music wonder of 'Lost', and the mother of all album enders with 'One Perfect Sunrise', which comes second only to the Brown Album's epic 'Halcyon'.
Overall, the Blue Album has a real 'thank god its all over' feel, which is understandable given the problems Phil & Paul had with London records had during the making of The Middle Of Nowhere and The Altogether, but this is not a bad thing, as the music is upbeat and really accessable. One of the great things about Orbital through the years is that they rarely sound like anyone else (except the odd New Order-ism, and other parts that remind you of Sasha, Something of a Paradox and FC Kahuna).
Save the two bum tracks, this album is as good as In Sides or The Brown Album. I really hope they will be back, but i'm also happy that they are leaving the dance/electro scene wth a quality album considering they have been a part of it for so long, when the usual case for a dying band is 'death by repetition'. Phil & Paul, We wish you well.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks guys 22 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD
As a fan of Orbital from the 'Green' album to this, their final album as a duet, I was, to be quite honest, not expecting much. Over the past 2 albums, I felt that the Hartnoll's seemed to lose their way and focus on creating new sounds and experimenting with techniques... I was very pleasantly surprised! The Blue album is a total return to the stunning form of the boys' green and brown album. Sections of the backing tune to 'Acid Pants' is eerily reminiscent of 'Impact' and 'Lush (Euro Tunnel Disaster)' from the Brown album. The final track, 'One Perfect Sunrise', featuring Lisa Gerrard is a cross-genre collaboration that simply blew me away.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FAREWELL TO THE FANS 22 Jun 2004
By Mr. Gareth I. Davies VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
So, here it is, the lads last album. It's a bit of a "thank you" to the fans kind of deal. They have produced a great album with a return to their early sound but still retaining their perfected production values, sort of a refined rawness if you will. It's just ace really! Hints of their previous best bits but still with their own original flair. It's sad to think this is their last album together. I have enjoyed all of their work, even their recent, less highly regarded albums have still had many tracks/elements that made them worth listening to again and again, especially when compared to some of the dross churned out at the moment. I guess that's the trouble with being dance/rave pioneers. They created their own unique style, perfected/refined it, but then when they had near perfected it people complained they weren't as original as in the early days of rave/dance/electronica. I am sure their future solo projects will always have a hint of ORBITAL, however each brother ends up developing individually. Still, I will miss eagerly waiting for their next album. So long lads! [...]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Farewell album from the nicest guys in techno 9 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD
Orbital have not have been considered a cutting edge dance art for some time now. Once universally lauded as perhaps the most innovative electronic band of their genre, time caught up with them on their last album, The Altogether, which was panned by many critics as being a hastily concocted amalgam of throw away tracks and background sounds. The announcement that this offering, the Blue Album, was to be their last, seemed to confirm the suggestions that the band who were once brand leaders in the dance scene had run out of ideas.
Whilst it is not in the league of their mightiest productions such as In Sides and the Brown Album, it does though show a welcome return to some of the form that have made them arguably the finest ambassadors of techno of all time. Tracks such as Pants and Lost encompass a laid back brand of electronica, sounding jovial and moody respectively. You Lot has all the blend of darkness, sinisterness and euphoria that Orbital at their best became so adept at achieving. And to use a familiar sounding ethereal sounding female vocal on One Perfect Sunrise is a fitting end to the career of one of the true greats of dance music. Without major record label backing, The Blue Album may not gain the high chart place that most Orbital albums have, but their farewell performances this summer will remind Phil and Paul Hartnoll how respected and loved they are by their many fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What A Way To Go..They Will Be Missed. 18 Jun 2004
By Mr. S. R. Dhain VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The brothers Hartnoll decide to bow out on this album, which as a long term fan, leaves me feeling a little bitter-sweet. The reason primarily being that I thought their "brown album" to "middle of nowhere" stuff was just in a outstanding class of their own. The strain obviously started to show on "the altogether", which was at best, average, and a kow-tow to their old record company, before they parted ways with them. However, this self-imprint release leaves me sadly wanting more(hence 4 stars), and makes me wonder why none of the tracks have the epic lengths of yore (none are even touching the 9 minute mark), which really made them stand out in terms of their electronic melding of genres, because sustaining ideas to sometimes 15-plus minutes takes a lot of nerve, and a lot of imaginative arranging (not to mention the techno suss).
"Transient", with it's 6/8 time sig, is a beautiful way in to the album, and most of the other tracks (especially "you lot" "lost" and "bath time")are top notch aural fodder. However, "acid pants",the sparks collaboration, with it's ill fitting sample-&-see approach is bad news, even with a tb303 (sounds like a few supernova patches)burbling away in the background. Perhaps "easy serv" is too easy listening for some, but it still works nonetheless. But "Bath Time" sounds suspiciously like it was written entirely using soft-synths and a laptop, because it lacks that "gut punch" in the lower register, whcih you get from analog synths (even virtual analogs sound a bit meatier), but it's a beautiful twist on the "twinkle twinkle little star" vibe (perhaps Phil Hartnol was listening to gershon kingsley's "music to moog by" at the time?..)
So,even with two slightly weak tracks, I listen to the album regularily for that "wow!
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5.0 out of 5 stars class
I have almost every track compiled by Orbital, now this has to be in my top 5. .so if you are a must have it fan go for it, you will not be disappointed ,
Published 3 months ago by miss wendy brierley
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Class
I've loved Orbital from 'Chime' days. Their second album - 'Brown' has been my favourite electronic album ever, I may have to reconsider. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Farhan Haq
3.0 out of 5 stars unimaginative, but getting a little closer to form
Orbital were born out that early 1990s trance boom, along with FSOL, Banco de Gaia, Moby, Underworld.... Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2011 by F. M. Havicon
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous Album, I lurve it!
This album is one of my favourites, some of the tracks have a spacy, out of this world vibe to them while the last track is a superb chill out tune and is perfect when played in... Read more
Published on 8 May 2009 by Flowerpotfaerie
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the very best Album but still very good
This was Orbital's last Album and, to my mind, a much stronger effort overall than the preceding 'Altogether'. Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2008 by MR R M BOX
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant but not to everyones tastes
what can i say. I personally found this album brilliant, but I can see why it won't appeal to the more 'diehard' Orbital I/II fans out there.

But anyway... Read more
Published on 15 May 2008 by mookster
1.0 out of 5 stars There's a reason you haven't heard of their final album...
...It's because it's a joke. Less than nothing.

Not one decent track. Very, very, sad coda to there career. A rip-off of their loyal fans.

Published on 22 Dec 2007 by Ben Dover
2.0 out of 5 stars Orbital Bue Album
Oh dear orbital whats going on with this terrible, terible CD I can not even believe these are the same people who brought us Insides (very good), their yellow/lime green album... Read more
Published on 20 May 2006 by Mark J. Skinner
3.0 out of 5 stars pretty poor
This album has litle variation in the tracks; which are of inferior quality when compared with previous orbital tunes, stick with their earlier stuff unless you are a diehard fan.
Published on 9 April 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars More than worth buying for "one perfect sunrise"
I've always found orbital albums a mixed bag, some absolutely brilliant stuff mixed in with some pretty mediocre tracks, and this was no exception. But who cares? Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2004 by Lloobee
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