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Still great fun
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.