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on 6 October 2007
Gosh, this is fifteen years old . . . and it hasn't aged. Where The Orb got it so right is in the solidity of sound. There is so much of this 'ambient dance' stuff from 1992-ish which is nothing better than car boot sale or charity shop fodder now: it sounded ok at the time, but lacked the polish to survive. But it's not true of this album (or the ones either side of it).
Anyone who loved this album should not worry about hearing it again, or upgrading, simple as that (note that the Amazon cover is for the booklet - the actual cover is reproduced from the original.)
I've docked a star only for the content of the second disc. In fact it's a shame that three discs couldn't have been included, like they were with the 'Adventures betond the Ultraworld' deluxe edition, the third disc was the best of all. The UFOrb extra disc is a little like an alternative version of the main album, and is OK in itself. I really enjoyed the different versions of 'Close encounters' and 'Majestic' - much more atmospheric and beefier than the originals (I always thought the album tailed off after 'Towers of Dub', but even so, there's a great gag at the end . . . the album quite literally goes down the plug hole!). It would have been more useful to have the long version of 'Blue Room', and the 'Another live version' of 'Assassin', which was a marvellous track - a sort of mickey-take of 'rave' - than the versions of 'Towers of dub', Blue room' and 'Oobe'. I don't want to give the impression it's not a decent second disc, just not as good as it might have been - we are usually so spolied by these deluxe editions!
'UFOrb' is still a great, entertaining listen.
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on 8 November 2007
I just want to echo the previous two reviewers in stressing that this was definitely a missed opportunity to mop up all the missing single tracks and throw them onto a third disk. Why the 40 minute version of Blue Room is missing is a total mystery, that track is MANDATORY. I still haven't heard Mad Professor's mix of Towers of Dub nor Bandulu's version of U.F.Orb, and I love(d)Bandulu! 5 stars for the music that's here, but 1 star docked for the package: this falls short of "deluxe".
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on 13 February 2008
The album itself is a masterpiece and the remastering is fine.

The tracklisting of the second disc is fine too - a nice surprise to have some previously unreleased ambient mixes of album tracks.

However it is a shame that "Towers Of Dub (Ambient Mix)" on disc two has been mastered from vinyl with extremely loud surface noise. Since this track was included on the first "Ambient Senses" compilation CD (not mastered from the 12"), there is no excuse for that.

Also, the "Ambient Demo at Mark Angelos" mix of "Blue Room" only makes sense when it segues into the "O.O.B.E." version of the same session. This version has not been included, so that the track starts with the loud tom toms to be heard at the end of the aforementioned "O.O.B.E." mix which is a bit of a shock. Why not include the "Excerpt 606"? Basically a "complete" version of the Mark Angelos Mix with a nice beginning.

Nice concept, poor realisation. 5 stars for a classic album, 1 for the product. That makes an average of 3.
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on 29 August 2010
A Deluxe Edition of UFOrb should contain the 40 minute version of Blue Room.
It doesn't. That's why I won't be buying this album.
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on 12 January 2008
This is an amazing, fantastic album but I'd like to disagree with an earlier reviewer - The Orb didn't implode at ALL! They made some terrific albums such as Orbus Terrarum and Orblivion to name two, the former was the antithesis to UF Orb it used the Earth as it's foundation rather than Space and the being's in it.

Just to make people aware The Orb have a new album out called The Dream which is similar to UForb which might interest the other reviewers and it really is a return to form and certainly the best Orb material as a whole for a decade.

Back to the record at hand; Blue Room and Towers of Dub imparticular are mighty, fantastic lengthy pieces which are worthy of buying this album for alone. I also like OOBE and Close Encounters - these were the days before The Orb discovered vocals on 3 out of their 4 last albums which gave UFOrb a floaty, ambient feel. The Uforb - ambient mix is beautiful as well.

Go Buy The Dream!
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VINE VOICEon 6 October 2007
The second album by The Orb managed to equal the first in quality and better it in terms of success, its a perfect dance record for the early hours with its swaggering rhythms and bass lines; the title track is a proper floor filler, Towers of Dub is the ultimate...well, the ultimate dub track and Blue Room has Jah Wobble's best ever bass line. This deluxe edition includes a second CD of remixes but the choices are perplexing as they fail to include the best ones; namely Bandalus version of UFORB and the "Another Live Version" of both of these out because they kick serious arse. The Orb basically imploded after this album in much the same way as Radiohead did after OK Computer...they went out of their way - monumental live album "Live 93" excepted - to alienate people, their next studio album included titles such as "More Gills Less Fishcakes" and "Bang 'Er 'N Chips"...oh look, one of Radioheads new ones is called "Bangers n' Mash". Say no more.
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on 24 September 2011
There was a two disc pressing of the original album which has the 40 minute Blue Room, I have it.
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on 28 January 2011
I've never understood why the Orb achieved legendary status while many much better and more accomplished bands fell by the wayside. Maybed it's because they were first on the scene with their particular style of mixing other people's hard-made music with odd snatches of words and sound effects? These days its simply called "mixing" and it's not considered interesting, but all those years ago when it started, there were enough listeners around who had never even heard the original source material that was being used to assume it was all fresh new stuff. this wearisome blend of other people's stuff, strange quotations and the occasional twiddle on some synthesiser or other just so they can add a writer's credit, should be left on the bargain clearance shelves where it normally ended up soon after original release anyway, and not souped up in the hope that people will feel compelled to buy it all over again.
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on 14 February 2008
if they'd included the a DVD version of the "Patterns & Textures" video this Deluxe edition would have taken pride of place in my 90's ambient collection
but they haven't, so it won't!
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