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The Observer In The Star House (2CD + 3x7") Box set, Limited Edition

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Product details

  • Audio CD (3 Sept. 2012)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B008S8T8M2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 489,923 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ball Of Fire
  2. H. O. O.
  3. Man In The Moon
  4. Soulman
  5. Golden Clouds
  6. Hold Me Upsetter
  7. Go Down Evil
  8. Thirsty
  9. Police & Thieves
  10. Ashes
  11. Congo

Disc: 2

  1. Ball Of Fire (Instrumental)
  2. H. O. O. (Instrumental)
  3. Man In The Moon (Instrumental)
  4. Soulman (Instrumental)
  5. Golden Clouds (Instrumental)
  6. Hold Me Upsetter (Instrumental)
  7. Go Down Evil (Instrumental)
  8. Thirsty (Instrumental)
  9. Police & Thieves (Instrumental)
  10. Ashes (Instrumental)
  11. Congo (Instrumental)

Disc: 3

  1. Golden Clouds
  2. Golden Clouds (Instrumental)

Disc: 4

  1. Soulman
  2. Soulman (Instrumental)

Disc: 5

  1. Ball Of Fire
  2. Ball Of Fire (Instrumental)

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About the Artist

Recorded in Berlin over the last few months, The Observer At The Starhouse sparks with a rare magic as Dr Alex Paterson and long-time Orb member Thomas Fehlmann construct a panorama of stripped-down backdrops to provide the perfect backdrops for the Upsetter s inimitable pronouncements, righteous declarations and sweet vocals. The Orb have long been known for their assimilation of deepest dub into their stratospheric sonic innovations, as evidenced on U.F. Orb s Towers Of Dub, itself something of a Lee Perry tribute with its sound effects and distinctive underlying eccentricity. Starting in the late 60s with the Upsetters, Perry wrote the book on Jamaican mixing desk trickery, then constantly ripped it up to create new aural blueprints for the music via his Black Ark productions of the following decade, since then charting a waywardly idiosyncratic path which has ensured legions of followers absorbing his every move. Meanwhile, Thomas has been at the forefront of Germany s electronic music scene since his pioneering avant foraging with Palais Schaumburg in the late 1980s, becoming part of Berlin s rapidly-evolving techno underground, working with Sun Electric and many of the city s major artists and operations, including the mighty Kompakt. His immaculate electronic knowledge and intuition now had two disparate lightning rods to bounce between, recalling, I met Lee for the first time during this session and it was pretty touching to see how an unexpected connection and inspirational exchange could so awaken our creative juices. Alex and I had never made so much new music on the spot before. It was soon pretty clear that we wouldn't get far with the four backing tracks we pre-produced for the session. Lee was so overwhelmingly creative that it took an afternoon for those to be finished. From then on we were forced to come up with new beats on the spot, to keep Lee in the flow. Scratch s vocals glide distinctively over bass heavy monsters such as Soulman and Man On The Moon , the most overt Orb-dub behemoth on the set, while Don t Rush takes the ridim form then dismantles it in subterranean sonic catacombs. House grooves inflect House Of The Orb and Ashes while a funky slide bass-line percolates under Thirsty . Hold Me Upsetter sparkles with lovely bass-string interplay, while Congo brings in rolling banks of African percussion, many of the tracks beat with the subliminal rasta heartbeat. Both parties rework one of their classics; Police And Thieves , the track which Perry produced for Junior Murvin in 1976, is turned into a bass-heavy vocal vehicle for the reggae veteran, while The Orb s Little Fluffy Clouds is reshaped as the hallucinogenic dancehall clatter of Golden Clouds . The mouth-watering prospect of a legendary master working with long-time acolytes who tuned into his unique wavelength long ago blossoms and explodes on The Observer At The Starhouse, which, in the best Scratch and Orb tradition, often takes music where it s not gone before.

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Format: Audio CD
I cannot agree with the one-star reviewer here.

I have been listening to Scratch for 30 years.

I have LONG avoided buying every new thing out with his name on it, but in my careful experience, I think this is the best new thing he has done since ''Time Boom x De Devil Dead'' with Adrian Sherwood circa 1990.

The Orb have concocted fabulous grooves here. This disc is NOT for dub purists....but if you know your Kraftwerk from your Cabaret Voltaire, you will love the throbbing backdrops afford the crazy old bastard here.

It's essentially his typically amusing observations thrust into a chamber of Trans-Europe Express / Slugging For Jesus style industrial beats.

It's really very good. DON'T go expecting a Black Ark style production, you will not find one.

Love the track where Perry is asked to describe the sky of his formative years - they are obviously desperately hoping he will utter the phrase ''Little Fluffy Clouds'', the signature classic of The (early) Orb. He comes close!

It's different. It's not the same old Scratch chanting down Babylon to diminishing returns with ''reggae'' backdrops no longer fit to light his chalice.

I highly recommend it, especially to fellow roots-reggae lovers who also dig Krautrock and early industrial sounds circa the peak years of Suicide, Cabs, etc....

Perry is chanting to a different set of rhythms here, and it works very well.
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The Orb doing their Kompakt dub and techno minimalism thing again, this time with the added bonus of a true legend on vocals.

This is a strange beast - it feels like it was put together for the lark, with nothing in the way of any truly classic tracks. It's a summery album, but in some way almost too focussed to be listened to at a party. It's head music, but seems to kind of want you to dance to it. It's jolly happy to be working with series dub legend Lee Scratch Perry, but it's even happier to let him arse around on it.

Make no mistake, this IS a strange beast. Pros - it's fun, the instrumentation is crisp and the bass is DEEP. Despite apparently limited tools to hand, the Orb boys make each track sound unique. It's well sequenced, and the mix is clear. It SOUNDS good. And Perry's whacked out madman ramblings are good for a giggle.

Cons - it's not really FOR anyone. The Orb aren't really stretching any boundries here to accomadate their guest star. They're just doing that Kompakt thing they do; cold, teutonic splashes and straightforward minimalist beats. It's not exactly earth-shattering. Lee Scratch Perry doesn't sound particularly good on this either. He sounds like a frail and weak old man, someone's insane grandfather who has been wheeled out into a recording studio by his giggling grandkids and told to say whatever comes to mind. Again, it sounds like it was done for a lark, with none of Perry's particular brand of political ire, or The Orb's way of working around a sampler. There's no edge.

I still like this, but I'm not sure why. I think it's because it's fun, it's three old men having a giggle together and releasing the results. Is this cheeky? Probably, but then isn't what these three old fellas are known for?
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i didn't know what to expect of this collaboration - if you're buying it expecting Lee Scratch Perry to be doing a pure dub album - you might be disappointed - i love dub reggae - but this was never going to be the Upsetters new solo album - it's a collaboration of two different styles - not to everyones taste i'd guess - but it's not that bad (what's with the one star reviews) - and fair play to the upsetter - he's still experimenting - and getting people talking about him - at the grand old age of 76 - you want Police and Thieves - you've got it on this album - not the classic Junior Murvin or even Clash versions - but a version - and what is more dub than a version - ambient fans and dub fans approach with caution - music fans jump on in
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Format: Vinyl
This album for me is one of the most important I've come across in a while, breaking new ground both in terms of dub reggae and The Orb's more traditional ambient material. It's seriously dancey with hard-edged, bass-heavy grooves all the way through, and the palette of industrial-type sounds and atmospheres is incredibly rich and dark (in a good way). It's dub for sure, but dub with seriously deep house overtones. Couple that with The Orb's uncanny knack of chucking in superb little slivers of audio oddity every once in a while, and you're off to a great start. Then add Lee Scratch Perry's brilliantly off-the-wall, blown-out proclamations and "orbservations" (pardon the pun), and you've got an album which will make you smile as you bounce around your living room (or wherever you're listening) in a blissed-out state. You'll soon be singing along with LSP: "I am the man in the moon..." Top rankin' indeed!!
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I could not differ more wildly from the previous five star reviewer. I say this with truly a deeply heavy, heavy heart.

This disc is one of the most disappointing things I've spent £10 on for a long time. Having been jolly excited about the whole premise since I first got wind of it, I've now listened to it twice and tried my hardest to pluck one thing to like about it.

On the face of it it's a dream combination. The good Doctor and Scratch... together at last. Towers of Dub meets the Super Ape. What could go wrong?

Plenty.

If like me you're buying this on the strength of a love for tunes like Towers of Dub, Tower 23 or conversely Dread Lion or Enter the Dragon and your mouth is watering at the whole damn prospect of them gloriously meshing... you're in for a major shock.

What you're served up is 11 tracks of absolute mediocre unimaginatively drum machined boredom... with Lee Perry rambling over the top. Now, I should say I am a great fan of Scratch Perry and equally I have been a great fan of the Orb since my raving days when Adventures beyond the Ultraworld first dropped. Both artists have produced sublime moments through their careers so it's remarkably perplexing that together, they can produce something that is just so very flat, hollow and... well, lazy.

I've not been a big fan of Scratch's latest releases, soft, almost pop synth "reggae" with his increasingly eccentric ramblings stamped over it. If you liked his release from last year "Rise Again", you may like this... I didn't and I don't.
Bearing in mind Alex Paterson's absolutely scorching Trojan collection - I'll Be Black (if you haven't got it... GET IT!) it's obvious he has a deep understanding of reggae and dub - so I just can't figure out what this LP is all about.
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