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Orbital [CD]

Orbital Audio CD
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Undefeated champions of British electronic music, Orbital get back in the ring in 2012 with Wonky, their first new album in eight years. Recently reunited following a long sabbatical, Paul and Phil Hartnoll are back on fighting-fit form and ready to reclaim their title as lightheaded lords of the dance arena. Both timeless and contemporary, heartwarming and exhilarating, Wonky puts a vividly ... Read more in Amazon's Orbital Store

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  • Audio CD (23 Oct 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • ASIN: B000051JRN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,887 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Time Becomes 1:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Planet Of The Shapes 9:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Lush 3-1 5:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Lush 3-2 4:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Impact (The Earth Is Burning)10:27Album Only
Listen  6. Remind 7:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Walk Now... 6:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Monday 7:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Halcyon And On And On 9:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Input Out 2:11£0.79  Buy MP3 

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After their groundbreaking debut, brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll quickly put trendy tags like "rave", "techno" and "hardcore" behind them. With Orbital 2, the brothers went to great lengths to show that some of their primary interests lay beyond the dance floor, as influences like Miles Davis and Steve Reich crept into the fragmented, floating arrangements. Atmospheric tracks such as "Lush 3-1" and its near relative "Lush 3-2" transcended established electronic formulas by breaking away from regular beat patterns, and they borrowed Opus III vocalist Kirsty to create the catchy, entrancing mesmerizer "Halcyon + On + On". Orbital had come a long way from their breakthrough single "Chime", and by all indications would never go back again. --Aidin Vaziri

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ORBITAL Orbital 2 (1993 UK 10-track CD [known as simply Orbital in the UK] the second album from the British electronica duo it is also known as the Brown Album to differentiate it from Orbitals 1991 debut which had a green cover picture sleeve)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars yes...yes...YES!!!! 11 Jun 2003
By Koala
Format:Audio CD
Wonderful! Beautiful! This is what Orbital are all about!
This is music that draws you right in. Where some of Orbital's later work makes you sit back and ponder it critically ("Hmm, it's quite good, but..."), this album just grabs hold of you!
Many of the tunes merge into each other, creating an ongoing tapestry of sound. It always feels totally organic, never self-conscious or calculated, and powerful yet soothing at the same time.
Admittedly there are some stupid samples near the start of the album. What were they thinking? : ( But just try to ignore that. It can be quite easily detached from the rest of the album. Snivilisation is a far better example of the intelligent use of samples.
This album is a treasure! No nonsense, just giving the people what they want! Great beats, great melodies, it's all good!
For anyone who's heard The Altogether but hasn't heard this yet, listen to this and you'll understand why the Altogether met such a lukewarm reception!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the two great Orbital albums 2 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Orbital produced two great albums when they started their career, and although it has been up and down since then, this seems to be the album that everyone knows best.
Also known as 'The Brown Album', it continues where 'Orbital' left off, but the direction is probably a little more towards conventional techno, albeit with a much wider range of influence behind it. The rhythms aren't too conventional here, and it was the start of the break from pure dance music and a nod in the direction of experimental music.
'Lush 3-1' and 'Lush 3-2' are the standout tracks for me, but when you listen to this album, you don't really think about separate tracks too much, as the CD needs to be appreciated as a whole rather than concentrating on any of it's constituent tracks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This really needs 5 stars 1 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
Been having a look through the amazon reviews of my fav and not so fav albums. Orbital II is definitely up in my top 20 ... and possibly top 10 when the mood takes. I'm doing this review both to throw in my tuppence, but also to get the overall rating pushing more towards the deserved result of 5/5. I ended up leaving listening to Orbital after "middle of nowhere". For me, the Brown Album marks the pinnacle of their career. It's cohesive and consistent. Genuinely ground breaking - both in how it pushed the dance/techno scene and demonstrating a maturity in the genre that could span an entire album and bring in new listeners. I can't emphasise enough - there is not one dud track on this album. It's 16 years old (eek!) and it just hasn't aged! If you don't own it BUY IT! NOW!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply, the best. 4 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
This album took me by surprise, not only because I hadnt really heard of Orbital before, but because no other album is quite as good as an "album" as this one. That is, one you listen to all the way through every time, not one you "liked this or that track" off. Quite simply put, if I want to listen to some Orbital, I never waste time debating which song to put on, just stick this on and get on with it!

I could go into each song and give individual ratings but to be honest the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, not only as an overall album but the way the tracks subtly blend from one to the next creating differences which aren't massive, but when you listen to say, the second track then skip forward a few, the change is quite large.

In summary then; get this album, whack it on and leave it on. Just listen to it. All the way through. More than once. I just wish there were other albums of similar quality by them, or maybe I haven't looked hard enough yet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Techno album going 25 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
This album formed the backdrop to my teenage youth and for me is just Techno bliss. Orbital are simply the best, the pioneers of this kind of music, they are the "Beatles" of Techno! "Lush" is perfect, but for me "Remind" has the best build up, analogue waves intertwining you can virtually see this music as well as hear it, best listening through some really good headphones, close your eyes and you can see the sine waves bouncing off each other with lots of attack and release. This is by far the best Orbital album, followed by Snivilisation, Orbital I and Insides.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Orbital Orbital 4 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have never listened to this before even tho it was originally released quite a long time ago.Ive listened to this album a few times now and i'm quite impressed with it. Lovely and ethereal.Im sure it will become one of my frequently listened to CDs :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars My first Orbital CD 30 Mar 2014
By jimijab
Format:Audio CD
Varied soundscapes and amazing samples make this a firm favourite of any music lovers CD collection. The stand out track for me would have to be Impact, such a groover.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A phenominal dance album 18 Mar 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is easily one of the best dance albums ever to be created. It combines pounding techno drum beats with hugely atmospheric and chilled out samples to create the best dance you'll ever hear. I'm not saying this is better than their other offerings, which are all brilliant, but I wouldn't really classify them as dance, more 'electronica'. There is only 1 bad track, which is 'walk now', so just skip that one. Tracks 3-6 are all mixed into each other, and are just absolutely incredible. There's also the mesmerisingly beautiful 'halcyon' which I think is the best dance song ever made. Basically, this album is fantastic, and you can always find it for cheap, so no-one should be without it, unless they have an absolute hatred of dance music. and even then they should at least borrow it.
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