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U.F. Off : The Best Of The Orb [CD]

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 (25 Aug 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B00000DLV2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,519 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Huge Evergrowing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld
2. Little Fluffy Clouds
3. Perpetual Dawn
4. Blue Room
5. Assassin
6. Pomme Fritz (Meat 'N Veg)
7. Toxygene
8. Outlands
9. Asylum
10. Mickey Mars
11. Towers Of Dub
12. Pi (Part 1)

Product Description

The title, coupled with a sleeve depicting an Apollo launch pad with a huge middle finger giving that gesture, summarises the ethos of former Killing Joke roadie Alex Patterson's The Orb. Their musical scale is gargantuan and fearlessly meandering, taking in ambient, reggae, techno and innumerable mutated samples. In order to pre-empt "prog-rave" tags or accusations of Pink Floyd-style pretentiousness, however, Paterson and his various collaborators always took a facetious, self-deflating approach to their work. In spite of the aura of silliness shrouding The Orb--as evinced on titles like "A Huge Evergrowing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Underworld"--they can't puncture the delights of the freewheeling, orbiting "Pomme Fritz" or the intoxicating "Little Fluffy Clouds" with its ingenious sample of a Rickie Lee Jones interview. This compilation could either serve as an introduction to The Orb or as sufficient for those unwilling to follow them on some of their more extreme sonic excursions. --David Stubbs

Product Description

1 x CD Compilation, Mixed
UK 1998

1A Huge Evergrowing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld (Orbital Dance Mix)8:10
2Little Fluffy Clouds (Dance Mix 2)4:10
3Perpetual Dawn (Solar Youth Mix)3:35
4Blue Room (7" Mix)4:01
5Assassin (7" Mix)3:41
6Pomme Fritz (Meat 'N Veg)7:12
7Toxygene (7" Edit)3:31
8Outlands (LP Version)6:10
9DJ Asylum (7" Edit)3:56
10Mickey Mars (7" Edit)3:51
11Towers Of Dub (Original Mix)10:23
12aPi (Part 1) (LP Version)1:00
12bOxbow Lakes (Unknown Mix)8:39

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Stuff 27 May 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The best place to start for anyone thinking of buying an Orb record as it's got most of their best tunes edited down to a nice length and offers one classic after another. Even if you already own the albums it's still worth getting this 'best of'. My one complaint is that there's no tracks from Orbus Terrarum (aside from having Oxbow Lakes as a secret track) which is a shame as it would be nice to hear a radio edit of Slug Dub. Still an essential purchase.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well its a "Best Of" isn't it? 26 Oct 2000
Format:Audio CD
What can I say, not that this is the Orb's best album because its not technically an album...however it has all of the Orb's best tracks on. The one thing I regret about buying this album was that it didn't come with the bonus CD. Every track on this album deserves credit so here goes. The album starts with the Minnie Riperton sampling "A Huge Evergrowing Brain...", which puts you right in the mood, this is followed by the Orb's massive "Little Fluffy Clouds", then "Perpetual Dawn" (Solar Youth Mix) quality techno/reggae with vocals over the top, followed by the edit of "Blue Room" which is marvelous, then the lowpoint of the album "Assassin" tis still good however, then the experimental "Pomme Fritz", followed by the bouncey "Toxygene", going on to the quality drum loops and samples of "Outlands", then onto the dancey "DJ Asylum", then onto the previously unreleased "Mickey Mars" which is my favourite, I'm sure this samples Enigma but don't quote me on it, then "Towers of Dub" with its cheeky intro, then "PI (part 1)" an ambient ending...but wait there's more...a hidden track "Oxbow Lakes" is a few minutes after "PI", sweeeeeet music. Must Buy!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Introduction 24 Oct 2013
By P. Kendell VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Perhaps not exactly a "Best of" because most of the tracks here are edited down. All the same it's a decent introduction to The Orb and if it leads you to investigate their early work at greater length, that can only be a good thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just fab! 13 July 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
All the best of the Orb. Was reminded how good they are by their performance at Glastonbury and had to get a replacement for my old format recordings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Orb 17 Oct 2011
By John D
Format:Audio CD
This CD arrived in good time and in good condition. This CD takes me back to the very late 90s.
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