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The Dream

The Orb Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (25 Feb 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dragonfly
  • ASIN: B0010NX2K6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,738 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Dream (The Future Academy Of Noise, Rhythm And Gardening Mix)
2. Vuja De
3. Something Supernatural
4. A Beautiful Day
5. DDD (Dirty Disco Dub)
6. The Truth Is...
7. Phantom Of Ukraine
8. Mother Nature
9. Lost and Found
10. The Forest Of Lyonesse
11. Katskills
12. High Noon
13. Sleeping Tiger And The Gods Unknown
14. Codes
15. Orbisonia

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Youth and Hillage are back - Huzzah! 15 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
I'd almost given up on Alex's work, but then almost out of the blue he's started working with Youth and Steve Hillage again, and the result is quite simply marvellous!
I wasn't sure about it at first, but The Dream has really, really grown on me (unlike the last 10+ years worth of material - OK, must admit that I'm more of 89-92 period Orb Fan). In fact I'm addicted, and I have no intention of quitting! The Dream is warm, groovy, wacky and mellow in all the right proportions. Encore!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great return to form 7 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is almost the antithesis of Okie Dokie, what was sparse minimal and ambient but an empty feel to the music is now a rich beautiful landscape of electronica, ambient, dub, raggae, world and ethnic influences sometimes all at once blended into a track - samples, guitar lines and vocals come in and out of view - one or two tracks are just jaw-dropping especially; The Dream, Codes, Katskills and Orbisonia. The track Vuja De is the closest thing they've done to a single since the days of Once More.

Yet again they've discovered a new area, a new sound - the closest I can approximate this album to in sound is parts of Bicycles and Tricycles but it feels more complete an ambition fulfilled. I have one or two gripes, on occassion the female 'soul' vocals seem out of place such as the track 'Mother Nature' and 'A Beautiful Day' and the raggae vocals get annoying sometimes. i like the cheesy pads on 'A Beautiful Day' very porn-film esque. I like the dripping textures. The beats are not dub but there is a feel of dub about some of the tracks. Codes reminded me of 'A mile long lump of lard' updated.

A magnificent effort Alex, you have veered away from The Orb's slightly dated past few works. This has brought everything up to date. I still feel they could have done with Thomas Fehlmann's efforts on co-production but I hope they keep this form up into the next album and use Thomas as well!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Album 8 July 2008
By Bear
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love this album and have been playing it to death. I usually re-burn my purchases to cut out the "filler tracks" but this album is all good. Start to finish. Everyone who comes to the house asks what's playing. This album has all that's good about ambient, dub with heavy reggae and world influences. This sounds more like Dreadzone re-mixed by The Orb than the more sci-fi style "Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld" and I assume that's why some people have marked it down as it may not have been what they expected.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good album indeed! 25 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
I have sort of lost touch with the Orb in recent years, having big a huge fan in my student days (required listening if you were a student in the early to mid 90's) and the last album I really liked and listened to repeatedly was Orblivion. I did buy Cydonia, Bicycles and Tricycles and the various compilations (Badorb.com, Auntie Aubrey's Excursions... 1 & 2), but barely listened to them and I haven't bothered with the last couple of albums, Okie Dokie and the Orbsessions CD's.
However, I downloaded this due to it's glowing reviews, loved what I heard and promptly went out and bought a copy. An interesting point for those who says downloading is evil - it was only through downloading this first that I bought it! Ironic?
Getting to the point, this is a remarkably consistent album, harking back to early-era Orb indeed, but with enough new stuff to be fresh. Eerie, quirky and well-used samples, gorgeous basslines and great vocals, there is a good balance between outright ambient and more upbeat, commercial-sounding songs, much more so than the last few albums, as mentioned above.
I can't believe no-one has mentioned the input of Tim Bran in the other reviews, there is 360 degrees-era Dreadzone all over this CD, from the dub basslines to the samples of film dialogue throughout. Before obtaining the CD itself and reading the credits, I was quite perturbed that Alex Patterson had so blatantly copied the style and feel of that awesome album on some of the tracks here! Then it all made sense... A great partnership, though knowing the Orb, the next album will be with some other, completely different collaborators.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Return of the UFOrb 10 Dec 2007
By Johnentwistlespout VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
So, The Orb are back with their 8th album proper (not including the mass of remix, live, hits and mini-albums out there), and the Dream sees Dr LX and pals returning back to the samples and monster bass lines of yesteryear. The title track starts off with a snug slice of Frippish ambience which will have elderly Orbettes in raptures (a theme which is present throughout the album). My favoutite track is Katskills; a huge dub-animal which will take the roof off venues when played live, something that their more contemporary material has struggled to do. I suspect that The Orb will, if given the opportunity, be a huge success on the festival circuit in 2008, they can be awesome when showcasing the right material and I think a whole new generation might be about to discover that. Not necessarily a return to form then (the brilliant Okie Dokie album did that for me) but certainly a return to the scene of one of their biggest victories; UFORB.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Dark Stain on Your Finest Suit 6 Dec 2012
Format:Audio CD
Having decided to re-visit a few of the Orb's "middle" albums (i.e. after Orblivion and before Baghdad Batteries), I am suddenly reminded why this particular offering was returned henceforth at the time of purchase.

This really is poor. More vocal tracks than Cydonia, though seemingly worse this time around - Beautiful Day is tolerable, but Vuja De really is not. There is reggae, dub ambient and a fair smattering of Eastern influence, but few of the tracks on here have any real substance. Cheesy at times. Housey at others - could this be the Orb's most commercial album?

Sorry fellow Orb fans - there are just too few decent tracks on here to recommend this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Will's review
I bought this as a present for my son who is 'into' The Orb but I play it all the time. Perhaps a slight change of genre on The Dream but some great tracks, particularly tracks 4... Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2009 by WK
2.0 out of 5 stars The Orb "The Dream"
If you have been a fan of The Orbs early work then avoid this like the the plague.An odd and really quite a poor effort and not up to the usual standard you expect from the gods of... Read more
Published on 18 Jan 2009 by Inverted Syrup
5.0 out of 5 stars It's no nightmare!
Having listened to Adventures beyond the Ultraworld until I knew every note - I wondered if any future album would live up to this benchmark. Read more
Published on 13 Aug 2008 by A. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, not bad: worth a listen.
On "The Dream" Dr. Paterson et al continue with the sound settled on with 1997's "Orblivion," only in my opinion this is the superior album. Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2008 by E. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
Quite simply, this is The Orb's best album for many years and a stunning return to form...

More sober, beats inspired and infectious than AP's music has been over the... Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2008 by Robster
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
What can i say about this album, it easily the best album since UFORB. The Orb are a cool band once more. This is why i originally liked them in the first place.
Published on 5 April 2008 by Howard Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars not impressed : (
i had high hopes for this album, getting back together some of the dudes from the orb's previous glory days such as steve hillage et al. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2008 by Mr. M. S. Hall
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