Live 93 - Quadruple Album Import
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More like a 'sound and bass' experience than real tunes, it also steers clear of full on ambient themes (and the consequent boredom people with 'normal music' tastes would suffer). Yet each magical sounding, voice sample laden track spans around 10 mins!
If you're strapped for cash and cant buy all this bands stuff or just bored of the popular chill-out bands of the moment, go retro and fork out for a band who sound like no-one else!
There's a reason for that and the reason, invariably is the track Little Fluffy Clouds off this album. The live version is even more powerful than the studio version and that's really saying something.
There are however many other tracks which will grab the imagination. If you can imagine an ambient, electronic Pink Floyd, this is pretty much the closest you'll get.
I own probably every single album that they've ever released (even fairly obscure stuff like the 'FFWD' project, 'C Battersea C' and the 'Battersea Shield' stuff that they did with Meat Beat Manifesto), however this is one of my favourites.
They were at the height of their powers during this time and the live tracks on offer here are simply majestic (weak pun intended). One of the greatest examples of ambient / ambient house / ambient dub / ambient techno that you'll ever find, there is just so much depth and interest in here, you could listen a hundred times and still find new layers and hidden gems in the soundscape. Worth every penny. Many have come close but no one has ever topped The Orb in the ambient game.
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.
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When i first heard this in 90's i was blown away by it and to this day this remains a masterpiece,highly recommended.Published on 8 Nov. 2010 by Jonny L
I have been lucky enough to see this band/collective a few times.... awesome isnt a strong enough description.... buy it, put out the lights and leave your mind to wander....Published on 27 Jan. 2008 by Jr Anderson
Love this album dearly, if you need an overview of what the Orb are about, this is it!
Very twiddly, not exactly tuneful but lets you drift away blissfully into your own... Read more