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Metallic Spheres [Double CD, Special Edition]

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 (11 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Special Edition
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0042BU1MK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,627 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Metallic Side
2. Spheres Side
Disc: 2
1. Metallic Side
2. Spheres Side

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BBC Review

When we speak of The Orb perhaps we subconsciously think of a planet suspended in a void, with everyone on the surface staring out into space. It would be perhaps more fitting to see their world as a bubble where they exist on the inner surface and can only look inwards at their self-contained universe. Metallic Spheres, the electronic ambient outfit's latest studio album, suggests they have neither more nor fewer influences than when they started in 1989. So ostensibly this is another herbal cigarette-friendly selection of celestial synth washes, whacked-out aqueous FX, big slabs of booming dub bass and light dalliances with mid-tempo house and techno.

The one constant of the group, 'Dr' Alex Paterson is this time joined by auxiliary member Youth, who has been quite busy elsewhere over the last few years, collaborating with Paul McCartney on his Fireman project and rejoining seminal post-punk/industrial rock/goth pioneers Killing Joke, who have recently released their first album with him on bass, Absolute Dissent, since 1981. But without a doubt, the most interesting guest member on this project is David Gilmour of stadium prog titans Pink Floyd. Paterson and Gilmour were first brought together to work on a version of Graham Nash's Chicago project for charity. Such, they felt, was the fruitfulness of the partnership that they dragged in Youth to complete a remix and their work has basically effloresced to album length.

Ever since scoring early hits two decades ago with Little Fluffy Clouds and Blue Room, The Orb have been described incessantly as the rave generation’s Pink Floyd, so it was perhaps inevitable that these two institutions would eventually combine in some form or other. And of course it will surprise no one but the most uptight and partisan fans of either group to learn that Gilmour's honeyed, chiming and unchallenging guitar work is a sensual fit for The Orb's expansive, uplifting and soporific electronica.

Helpfully split into two sides for all chillers of a certain vintage, both the Metallic and Spheres sides run to under 30 minutes each, which then break down into five separate tracks. Outside of their bubble, of course, there is a seething world of new genres such as dubstep, glo-fi and drag; but these are of no interest to the elder statesmen of rave chill-out, who just want you to switch on a lava lamp, plump up some cushions and drift along to their soothing grooves.

--John Doran

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album has David Gilmour stamped all over it and quite a wonderful creation it is. More trippy than ambient, this collaboration is more than just the sum of it constituent parts. It plays to the strengths of all the collaborators and the finished article is a rich, immersive experience. Indeed, the "3D60" version is mixed specifically for headphone use to mimic a surround sound environment.Through a set of good earphones, the music plays through much more sharply and the arrangement of tracks is changed to make the overall effect of a very different album. When the sleeve says 'bonus disc', it actually means what is says on the tin.

If you are a fan of The Orb and Pink Floyd, you are in for a treat.

Just as an aside, all artist royalties from this album will be contributed to the support of Gary McKinnon, the man the US wants to put on trial for hacking the Pentagon. You would have thought that someone that smart would be offered a job and taken very good care of wouldn't you?

So to my mind, a very worthwhile cause.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A REVIEW FOR FLOYD FANS 14 Oct 2010
By Mr Paul Savory VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Although I listened to The Orb's Live album many many years ago and got my hands on the Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells singles remixed by The Orb I have not listened to much of The Orb's music. OK' Fluffy Little Clouds is superb, but from the amount of tracks I have heard I really cannot say that much about how this album rates amonst The Orb's output.
I have very recently returned from Ibiza after a totally "More" inspired holiday - not the drugs but I had the Floyd lp on my mp3. Whilst shopping in the town of Ibiza I could not help but hear techno. In one shop I enquired as to each type of music I was enjoying, was it Techno Ambient? No, the answer - Techno Minimal. So now I have a new musical term. And guess what, just by chance this album is Techno Minimal ( I think or should that be "I dink"?).
By watching the video supplied to Amazon one can get the feel of David's guitar playing. Minimal notes. minimal effort (for an axe god) but maximum mood setting. Reviews in the press liken this guitar work to Echoes or Shine On... well, yes and no. The soundscapes here are lush. Very suited to over dubbing the Landscape Channel on Sky 205 or playing with Winamp visuals.
The 3D cd must be played through headphones to get the full effect. In much the same way as The Final Cut and The Pros & Cons of Hitchhiking with their holophonics recording method.
David does rock out a little on track 2 in the style of Echoes but it is soooo well hidden. Cluster One and Signs of Life also come to mind as to types of playing found here.
So I am loving this chillout album and possibly this is where The Floyd could have gone post Wish You Were Here. On the quieter side I also listen to Jarre, Oldfield and Brian Eno so just to give you an idea this album sounds nothing like any of their outputs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hahahaha 25 Mar 2011
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some 40 years after turning his back on the psychedelic counterculture out of which the Pink Floyd grew, David Gilmour only goes on to collaborate with The Orb in creating the druggiest, most flashback inducing soundscapes i have probably ever heard. Seriously.

A real aural treat. One not to be missed if you enjoy the great David Gilmour, as well as some of the psychedelic works or Amorphous Androgynous.

AVOID if you are looking for 'nice songs with nice lyrics'.

Dave Gilmour contributes handsomely to this record, but it is by far a 'guitar hero' record. An album for true lovers of sound.

M. Ratcliffe
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ambient Guitar Dub Universe 6 Feb 2011
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Excellent mature album by The Orb (Dr Alex Patterson/Youth), collaborating with David Gilmour from Pink Floyd. Here two lengthy tracks fusing mellow deep bass-dub-electronics by the Orb, combined with David Gilmour's swirling guitar solos. Both artist create a wonderful calming mood by individually adding there own strengths and skilfully combining there creative techniques creating a fantastic voyage into a modern fusion of guitar and ambient-dub electronic music.

PLEASE NOTE: This is no dance record!..Sit back, relax, then absorb by listening to the whole album. It will then be appreciated with its deepness within the ambient and music. 9/10.

JAMES VS THE SABRES OF PARADISE - JAM J - [12"]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a David GIlmour album 17 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD
Bought this as a long time fan of David Gilmour - very disappointing as his contribution is minimal. Really shouldn't have his name on the cover at all.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep and atmospheric 11 Oct 2010
By Bodhi Heeren TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
An interesting and highly succesful cooperation between the illustrious Pink Floyd guitar hero and the sonic pioneers The Orb. And a true collaboration, not just the Orb plus some Gilmour samples. Instead he plays some truly atmospheric guitarparts which blends effortleesly with The Orb's soundscapes. Really integrated in to the music without hardly any display of his usual blues-scale based leads. Rather reminiscent of Steve Hillage's restrained and spacey playing with System 7.

Two long suite like tracks with varying soundpatterns. Bass/drum like passages organically drifting towards more free flowing ambient parts and some almost new age like quietness. With a common thread in the form of snippets from a remake of Graham Nash's "Chicago".

Essential for fans of the psychedelic side of Pink Floyd and of music that likes to take you on an inner journey.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars You what?
I am a die hard fan of Mr Gilmour, he is a guitar god, a legend. Why then do I find this so hard to get into, sorry but this passed me by and left me cold. Read more
Published 7 months ago by M C Garwood
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful/ really disappointing,how could you Dave?
Being a fan of the Orb at their best & David Gilmour, I was very interested & excited by the idea & possibilities of this album.
However I was really disappointed. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Paul M
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, awful, absolutely awful ! Let no one try to convince you that...
Do yourself a favour, don't even think of buying this crap.
Believe me you'll get far more enjoyment by spending the money on some bread, then go and feed the ducks.
Published 8 months ago by Alan
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Job !
A good etheral album graced by David Gilmour's guitar all along... The guitar adds some gritty, punchy notes to the Orb's universe.
Published 9 months ago by R. David
5.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend it
I enjoyed the music on the record sometimes music like is very hard to get hold off would like to recommend this who likes the orb
Published 10 months ago by randeesh bharaj
4.0 out of 5 stars Gilmore Delight
This is classic unmistakable David Gilmour + electric guitar jamming with The Orb, weaving effortlessly in and out of their psychedelic ambient synth music. Good chill-out music. Read more
Published 12 months ago by I'mdowntheshed!
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm...not sure
Being a Gilmour/Floyd fan and having general tastes in music, had high hopes for this, but still cannot say one way or the other. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Nr S. U. Dempster
5.0 out of 5 stars The presence of Gilmour is very apparent
Great laid back album with the mark of David Gilmour all over it. I've got other stuff by the Orb but with DG on it this album goes to a different level.
Published 15 months ago by Mr. Stephen Warner
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Expectations
I don't know a thing about The Orb, but when I saw that David Gilmore is playing on here I had to have it. Bought it eighteen months ago and thought then, "This is nonsense". Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr. M. P. Dibley
5.0 out of 5 stars Metallic Spheres The Orb feat. David Gilmour
Anything that David Gilmore does gets my sign of approval and I love the unusual from time to time, and it wind’s the wife up if its load and goes on a bit.
Published 18 months ago by Mr. I. D. Rhodes
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