Dear reader, I have roughly 23 albums, EPs and remix compilations by the Orb so trust me when I say this totally sucks. It has not been reviewed on allmusic for a reason. It is lacklustre in its approach to the music and lurches aimlessly from style to style with little regard for the listener's comfort. Now I'm no stranger to the sometime structure of b-side material on a record; take a look at the lovingly assembled From The Archives series by FSOL, where even at it's most stylistically disparate, the record still reflects utmost quality due to the fact that the calibre of the music is so damn high all the time (FSOL ROCK). This is thankfully understood and exercised subsequently by whoever releases these records on the brilliant Orbsessions Vol.2, where the consistency of the music is maintained and therefore that CD is amazing!
Although you may feel that you know the Orb and like everything they've done - vocals, Berlin microhouse by way of Detroit Techno, Drum n' Bass and experimental dub and so on - this falls short of combining those styles into a cohesive whole. Mummie Don't and Yungle are the only two worthwhile tracks and they have been bettered by miles on Orblivion and Ultraworld or Ultraworld Aubrey Mixes - most of which are on the expanded Ultraworld Deluxe set anyway. I would insist if you're an Orb fanatic, that you pluck Orbsessions Vol.2 out of the racks, but as for this one, steer well clear. It's disappointing, boring and infuriating. It is the only poor Orb record.