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The Orb - History Of The Future Box set, CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition

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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 (7 Oct. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set, CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00EFDDF2I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,361 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Towers Of Dub
2. Little Fluffy Clouds
3. Blue Room
4. Star 6 & 7 8 9
5. Valley
6. Assassin
Disc: 2
1. Little Fluffy Clouds
2. Perpetual Dawn
3. Oxbow Lakes
4. Pomme Fritz
5. Toxygene
6. Asylum
7. Once More...
8. Blue Room
9. Toxygene
10. Little Fluffy Clouds
See all 11 tracks on this disc

Product Description

This staggering new box set of 3CDs and 1DVD gathers together the very best of the band s trailblazing output during that heady post-acid decade that saw (Dr) Alex Paterson and his cohorts pushing at the very boundaries of what dance music could be... from dub to ambient, big beats, mass raving, cheeky sampling and virtually every other aspect of DJ culture. Kicking off with Alex Paterson and Jimmy Cauty s legendary mix of the timeless A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre of the Ultraworld: Loving You , Disc 1 gathers together all of the band s singles from the period, and includes the landmarks Toxygene , Blue Room and inimitable Little Fluffy Clouds . Disc 2 rounds up the really juicy remixes and rarities from the period, including the previously unreleased Majestic and Close Encounters many of these have been hard-to-find for nigh-on two decades. Disc 3 captures The Orb live in Copenhagen in 93 and in the US at Woodstock 94, and is all also previously unreleased. Finally, the DVD rounds up Top Of The Pops appearances, official promo videos and a live appearance of Little Fluffy Clouds from T In The Park. Yet another first for History Of The Future it s the first official Orb foray onto DVD. It all comes supplemented with a fantastic book including a new essay from Kris Needs plus photographs.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Shardlow on 8 Oct. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you're new to The Orb or a "completist", then I guess this box set is for you. CD 1 contains all the singles from 1990 to 2001, CD 2 contains rare/unreleased mixes, CD 3 contains unreleased live songs and the DVD contains promo/live videos. Unfortunately it's a bit of a mixed bag...

CD 1 has the singles, of which 6/10 of them appear in exactly the same format as 1998's UFOff: The Best Of The Orb. I guess they are the singles, though it does have an element of "cash-in" about it, which was pointed out by Thrash/Kris Weston.

CD 2 is remixes. Fortunately, according to my own collection, there are more unreleased than rare. I'm a bit of a sucker for remixes, so the newer (to me) the better!

CD 3 may trumpet previously unreleased live tracks, but the hard truth is that 5/6 of them come from Copenhagen in 1993 and as such bear a rather strong resemblance to the same tracks from the Live 93 album. That is quite disappointing as I'm sure there must be more varied live stuff about. Personally I'd love to have Towers Of Dub from Wolverhampton in 1994 (though I don't think my neighbours would agree).

The DVD provides a very welcome collection of videos, especially if you've only got the VHS version of The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld: Patterns and Textures for your Orbish viewing. Of particular highlight must be the TOTP Blue Room appearence, where Alex and Thrash play what could be chess (I'll show my age now and say that I remember watching it on TV way back in 1992!).

I guess I must be a "completist" as I pre-ordered this as soon as it was announced and have virtually all their albums and the odd single. Given the amount of their work I already have, then I guess it's only natural that I would already have some of the content. Though overall I do feel that it is a slight bit of a lost opportunity to present what at the moment is the first half of The Orb's life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K_Stefan on 29 Nov. 2013
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When this release was announced I was hoping for finally a 12" mix compilation, but the horrors of U.F.Off was repeated:
Short 7" mixes.
Disc 2 "remixes & rarities" disappoints with only a couple of previously unreleased mixes.
With disc 3 you can experience the band live in Copenhagen in 1993. This is really not that different from
the live album that was released in 1993. I was hoping for a collection of live stuff from the entire Island years period,
like the awesome live 95 clips of "O.O.B.E." and "Occidental" on YouTube.
The DVD with all the promo videos omits the videos for "Blue Room" and "Assassin". Why?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hillsman on 28 Aug. 2014
Format: Audio CD
I would describe myself as an Orb fan - I have been listening to them since Ultraworld and I too can remember them playing chess on TOTP! As well as a load of bootleg CDs, I even have most of their early albums on vinyl (including FFWD, which I understand is quite rare).

However, the only Orb releases I have bought since Orblivion are U.F.Off (bought as a completionist at the time), Okie Dokie and Baghdad Battieries - the latter two were mostly done by Thomas Fehlmann.

I haven't been too impressed by most of their post-Thrash releases and I am appalled at this 25 year "celebration" which is nothing more than a lazy cash-in. 90% of this content has been released before. There is little in the way of new remixes - I would've liked to see some new, remastered live recordings on there or perhaps 12" versions of some of those U.F.Off tracks. Sadly, it just seems that the ability to produce either no longer exists within "The Orb" as, contrary to popular belief, Mr Paterson is not a musician - he is merely a DJ and an "ideas" person.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter S on 17 Dec. 2013
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The product description reads like it is the ultimate package for Orb fans but the booklet was an un-inspiring cobbled together collection of text and pictures. The cover was dull and despite having an extensive catalogue to choose from they have just released two discs of the same songs with remixes. The biggest disappointment was the video disc. I cannot believe there isn't better visual material out there especially for an official release such as this
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