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5.0 out of 5 stars Orbtastic
As a massive fan of The Orb and someone lucky enough to have witnessed the acid house explosion first hand I was seriously looking forward to receiving this album. I'm pleased to say I wasn't disappointed as soon after putting CD1 in the player, the memories came flooding back! It's often forgotten that Alex Paterson was a DJ at South London squat parties in the 80s...
Published on 12 Nov 2010 by Electric Marylin

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3.0 out of 5 stars For me, this amounts to little more than a disappointingly dated acid house compilation
That The Orb have been an influence on contemporary electronic music is undeniable - unfortunately, this compilation of rarities from the late 80s and early 90s on their own Wau! Mr Modo label does not serve to highlight that fact.

For sure, there are a few very strong (undated) pieces on here - notably the two dub reggae influenced tracks: Indica All Stars'...
Published on 25 Oct 2010 by Colin Mccartney


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Orbtastic, 12 Nov 2010
This review is from: The Orb And Youth Present: Impossible Oddities: The Story Of WAU! Mr Modo (Audio CD)
As a massive fan of The Orb and someone lucky enough to have witnessed the acid house explosion first hand I was seriously looking forward to receiving this album. I'm pleased to say I wasn't disappointed as soon after putting CD1 in the player, the memories came flooding back! It's often forgotten that Alex Paterson was a DJ at South London squat parties in the 80s playing full on acid house before he went on to become the pioneer of ambient and chilled music as The Orb. I particularly enjoyed the dubbier tracks from Indica All Stars and Sound Iration which still sound relevant and fresh today. The Sun Electric track "O Locco" is also a killer that sounds like something Theo Parrish or Omar S would release today.

The added inclusion of the fold out poster with old DJ charts and press cuttings from back in the day plus the iconic cover and poster design from Jimmy Cauty, KLF and the Orb mix on disc three makes this a collectable slice of British dance music history well worth a purchase at under a tenner. What a treasure trove!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For me, this amounts to little more than a disappointingly dated acid house compilation, 25 Oct 2010
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Colin Mccartney (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Orb And Youth Present: Impossible Oddities: The Story Of WAU! Mr Modo (Audio CD)
That The Orb have been an influence on contemporary electronic music is undeniable - unfortunately, this compilation of rarities from the late 80s and early 90s on their own Wau! Mr Modo label does not serve to highlight that fact.

For sure, there are a few very strong (undated) pieces on here - notably the two dub reggae influenced tracks: Indica All Stars' "Open Your Eyes" and Sound Irration's "Seventh Seal". The demo version of The Orb's "Little Fluffy Clouds" is also worth investigating. Additionally, Zoe's "Sunshine on a Rainy Day" is a welcome, if incongruous, inclusion (but at least serves to keep the overall quality above fair-to-middling). However, the bulk of material on here, whilst it's fine - and no doubt rightly had its fans at the time, means little in a present-day context: it's not that it's bad, it isn't - it simply hasn't stood the test of time. Most of it reminds me of the sort of stuff New York's Nu Groove records used to put out as catalog fillers.

Another flaw is the omission of some of the label's strongest material: no "Ploy" by Maurizio, no "Massage-a-rama" by The Lounge Jays (aka 808 State) and no Blue Pearl.

The third disc (a continuous mix by The Orb - no track separators) may at first appear to be something of an afterthought, but it does at least serve to give some perspective - having been (I presume) mixed in 2010.

This is an "approach with caution" purchase. It's lavishly packaged, which helps, but if you're looking for a showcase of the early Orb sound - head instead straight for the deluxe re-issues of The Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld - Deluxe Edition and U.F.Orb. Big fans may still find this is a worthwhile addition to their collection nevertheless. 3.5/5.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Compilation, 7 Jan 2011
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Peter T. Dalziel (SCOTLAND) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Orb And Youth Present: Impossible Oddities: The Story Of WAU! Mr Modo (Audio CD)
Was a little dissapointed with this compilation.

It boasted "rare and un-released" tracks from the record label, selected by Youth and Alex Patterson no less but I found the tracks they chose to be rather boring and uninteresting, even the third disc with "The Orb" mixing some of the more up front tracks together was a bit of a strain at times.

On the brighter side at least it brings together a lot of material that would probably cost a packet if you tried to collect it yourself.

I hope they get together and have another stab at it soon but hope they choose more interesting and enjoyable tracks.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Staggeringly mediocre., 14 May 2011
This review is from: The Orb And Youth Present: Impossible Oddities: The Story Of WAU! Mr Modo (Audio CD)
Dreadfully dull and pointless. 3 CD collection of relentless mediocrity. The Orb should have known better and left these tunes deep in the vaults where they belong. I want my money back!
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