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5.0 out of 5 stars
classic chill-out music, 16 Mar 2003
Wow! Ten years, I bought this album when it came out and I was in the middle of secondary school, now here I am in my mid-twenties and I'm still popping it in the CD player. I've followed The Orb right from the start and this (in my opinion) remains their best release.
The tracks are well divided between the two CDs although Disc One wins the "Most Accessible" award. All the classic early Orb tunes are here and the live aspect adds a subtle ambiance to the music that (on reflection) is lost when performed in the studio.
In some cases a live album means reduced sound quality however this isn't true with plenty of samples and bass lines for good audio systems to pick out.
The reworking of tracks is well done with at least ten minutes to build up each one and with some notable differences from their original form, existing Orb fans will enjoy this while newcomers who go onto buy the original versions will wonder why they bothered.
Standouts are the ever-popular Little Fluffy Clouds with an excellent morphine sample and deeply satisfying bass line. Star 6 & 7 8 9 proceeds at slow dreamy pace that is more rounded than the album version and finally everyone's favourite aHEGPBtRftCotU (LU) which stands at a worthy nineteen minutes. Building up with plenty of samples and teasers it finally launches into the core riff and powers its way to the end with another Patterson bass line. Although it's not the best version (see Peel Sessions 1) it is an excellent end to a magnificent double album.
On their Auntie Aubrey's remix project it is written that The Orb is better listened to straight and I would agree with this. Getting blitzed and listening to The Orb defeats the point as there are so many little nuances that are missed when you're wasted on the living room floor. A better plan is to take a quiet summer night, a good stereo, maybe some company then just relax and appreciate some superbly crafted tunes.