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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 (28 Oct 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Euro Parrot
  • ASIN: B000026YHK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 395,949 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Our product to treat is a regular product. There is not the imitation. From Japan by the surface mail because is sent out, take it until arrival as 7-14 day. Thank you for you seeing it.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm actually on TV 12 July 2005
Format:Audio CD
Mine still has the 'Brit Awards Nominee' sticker on the front. I believe this got to number one in the charts, which was dead unprecedented for what was mostly a lot of multi-layered samples with some beats here and there. For some reason it all worked; I have heard bootlegs of the early sessions which led to this album, and there's no magic in the demos. The Orb's later albums were conceptually similar but uniformly rubbish. But U.F.Orb, whether because the band was going the extra mile, or because of some ineffable fairy dust, U.F.Orb actually worked, it was relaxing, funny, mesmerising, an excellent listen with headphones, as background music, and loudly to dance to in the bits which have beats. The samples are all well-chosen and I can still recite most of them; the bit where there is a snippet from Radio Moscow, followed by loud drums, is the best. The second side of the album is noticeably moodier, with 'Close Encounters' sounding as you would expect a song about UFOs to sound.
It's also a nostalgic album, for people in their early 30s. The pre-internet 'Wired'-era computer whizz-bang space-age techno-pagan futurism of it all was mirrored in contemporary releases by the Future Sound of London, System 7 and so forth, and although this kind of ambient space music is now as dated as krautrock was in 1992, it's heartbreaking to listen to. So many dreams and hopes smashed to bits.
Excellent way to show off a hi-fi system, too, because it has quiet bits and loud bits and they all sound top-notch. 'Sticky End' is a short joke track and 'Majesty' is a bit irritating, but it's otherwise an excellent way to spend fifty minutes or so. Shame they didn't include the lengthy 'Blue Room' single as a pack-in or bonus track (it was basically the album version looped a couple of times, with a different bassline).
And it's "Teilhard de Chardin", it took me ages to find that out; he's the one who conceived of a third world, a world of objective contents of thoughts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The sound of an epoch 19 May 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is a condensed version of the original triple vinyl release of 'U.F.Orb', which came 'hermetically sealed' in blue-grey PVC and had to be cut open with knife or scissors - a typically elaborate Paterson/Cauty marketing gimmick that also seemed to say something about how they viewed The Orb as a cultural project. It was as if 'U.F.Orb' was a time capsule, a distillation of the sprawling experiments on 'Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld', a sealed container flung into space to show the rest of the universe what it was like on Earth (or at least in Britain) in 1992.
As a summation of a point in musical time, it's as evocative as 'Revolver' or 'Ziggy Stardust' or 'Sound Affects'. And like all of those, there's something ineffably British about the way The Orb took beats from Detroit, minimalist compositions from New York and dub from Jamaica, and stretched and warped them into a completely new form. If the clubs were full of house and techno, the bedrooms were full of smoke and ambient dub, and The Orb were responsible for much of it.
'U.F.Orb' is their finest achievement, proving that 'Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld' wasn't a novelty record but the herald (along with The KLF's 'Chill Out') of a new genre. The sound here is both denser and more dubby, with more going on but less dependence on the BBC sound effects records and slowed-down house beats that were the backbone of their earlier work. 'Blue Room' (here edited from its 39'58" single length) and 'Towers of Dub' are the standouts, but The Orb's legacy is even more impressive than their music. You can hear it not only in experimental 'dance' music from Shpongle to Monolake, from Portishead to Lemon Jelly; it's embedded in mainstream pop, soundtracks and muzak the world over. And if you still have that triple vinyl release, with the PVC intact, I bet it's worth a fortune.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The kings of ambient sleepwalk to peak form 26 Jan 2001
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From the swirling, outer-space beauty of O.O.B.E. to the simply stunning and very long Blue Room and Towers of Dub, this is the Orb's most assured and most melodic album, with evidence of the weird sound effects and dialogue voiceovers to come in their very good 1997 album Orblivion, although this one is far more memorable probably due to more recognizable tunes and stunning house beats that render any kind of modern dance music anaemic. Stunning!
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5.0 out of 5 stars To be played again and again... 17 Jan 2001
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Fantastic follow up to the Ultraworld. Different and maybe a little colder and more concise in it's approach, UFOrb gently leads us through the ultimate in chilling (O.O.B.E) to the ultimate in tower block dub ('Towers of dub'...no less) Check out 'Blue room' though, one of the best ambient/dance tunes ever composed both init's short and looooonnnngggg forms. Those who were fortunate to see them live at this time will remember the intensity of this particular track...oh yes..
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5.0 out of 5 stars I dont like dance music but I love this! 30 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
I'll be straight, dance is'nt my usual taste. I love rock and indie and my limited ventures into dance have been Progidy, Underworld (the dark hardcore stuff) and the poppy KLF. This is the only other dance album I own but I love it.
This album is beautiful. Ambient soundscapes and sampled effects sweep over you and help you relax. Its easiest for me to compare this to Dark Side Of The Moon or Kid A/OK Computer era Radiohead so I will.
This album shares the same sort of forward vision as those albums and in the same way that those albums are very ambitious and complex this is too. This is where the greatest music comes from and also where the biggest failings come from, when artists try to be ambitious. Fortunately Alex has the talent to make it work.
The album should not be listened to as tracks, it should be listened to as one long experience. The album take different styles such as dub and mixes it with a sort of prototype of trip hop. When voices come in they aid the flow of music rather than lock the music down. The album works because none of the individual factors in it take over, they all work together.
I suppose that because Jimmy Cauty of the KLF founded the Orb with Patterson (and left before this recording), and because when this was recorded ambient dance had'nt progressed as far as it would, this and all of the Orb's records in the first few years will be compare with the KLF's Chillout album. True, both this album and Chillout are classics but they are very different. This Orb album is very influenced by Jamaican Dub, Darkside era Pink Floyd soundscapes and at times very trippy sounds. Chillout may sound a bit basic compared to this but then again, Chillout was the first true ambient dance album.
If you only ever buy one dance album buy this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite their finest, but close...
Personally, my second favourite album from the Orb.
Obviously, and probably a bit cliched, it's a close second to Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. McCall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great albul, and more to come from Thrash
I personally think this is their bets album (although Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld is also superb). When Thrash left, the Orb lost their Mojo. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michael
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but 1st album way better
Having fallen in Love with 'The Orb's Adventures...' I rushed out to buy this as soon as it was released. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Luke Eastwood
5.0 out of 5 stars My Fav Orb album
buy it play it love it. this is just a brilliant CD to drive to at night, its staying on for a long time
Published 18 months ago by Gary Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Old classic
Bit of an old classic, but anyone with a sizeable record collection should have this mostly because it is so different to anything else. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2012 by fatmanscoop
5.0 out of 5 stars orbtastic!
the only song i ever remember hearing from the orb in the 90's was the brilliant Chill out/ambient/trip hop classic "little fluffy clouds",so having read reviews on here for this... Read more
Published on 25 April 2012 by darren1983
4.0 out of 5 stars Good chill out music
Good chill out music. You have to love the Orb! This is a perfect addition to anyone's electronic music collection.
Published on 14 Dec 2011 by Darjeeling
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful
There are some albums that you know from the first listen are going to be favourites for life and this is what happened for me when I first heard this glorious album almost twenty... Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2011 by ronston
5.0 out of 5 stars orb - uforb
obviously one of the best albums out there. sounds slightly dated second time around but, nevertheless, an absolute must for anyone into their music. Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2009 by P. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars CHILL OUT AT IT'S VERY BEST!!!
I can't really tell you in words how good this album is it is just amazing from the word go. All you need to do is put some head phones on in a dark room and this selection of... Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2009 by Jason Thorne
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