The Orb - History Of The Future Box set, CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition
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This staggering new box set of 3CDs and 1DVD gathers together the very best of the band s trailblazing output during that heady post-acid decade that saw (Dr) Alex Paterson and his cohorts pushing at the very boundaries of what dance music could be... from dub to ambient, big beats, mass raving, cheeky sampling and virtually every other aspect of DJ culture. Kicking off with Alex Paterson and Jimmy Cauty s legendary mix of the timeless A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre of the Ultraworld: Loving You , Disc 1 gathers together all of the band s singles from the period, and includes the landmarks Toxygene , Blue Room and inimitable Little Fluffy Clouds . Disc 2 rounds up the really juicy remixes and rarities from the period, including the previously unreleased Majestic and Close Encounters many of these have been hard-to-find for nigh-on two decades. Disc 3 captures The Orb live in Copenhagen in 93 and in the US at Woodstock 94, and is all also previously unreleased. Finally, the DVD rounds up Top Of The Pops appearances, official promo videos and a live appearance of Little Fluffy Clouds from T In The Park. Yet another first for History Of The Future it s the first official Orb foray onto DVD. It all comes supplemented with a fantastic book including a new essay from Kris Needs plus photographs.
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CD 1 has the singles, of which 6/10 of them appear in exactly the same format as 1998's UFOff: The Best Of The Orb. I guess they are the singles, though it does have an element of "cash-in" about it, which was pointed out by Thrash/Kris Weston.
CD 2 is remixes. Fortunately, according to my own collection, there are more unreleased than rare. I'm a bit of a sucker for remixes, so the newer (to me) the better!
CD 3 may trumpet previously unreleased live tracks, but the hard truth is that 5/6 of them come from Copenhagen in 1993 and as such bear a rather strong resemblance to the same tracks from the Live 93 album. That is quite disappointing as I'm sure there must be more varied live stuff about. Personally I'd love to have Towers Of Dub from Wolverhampton in 1994 (though I don't think my neighbours would agree).
The DVD provides a very welcome collection of videos, especially if you've only got the VHS version of The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld: Patterns and Textures for your Orbish viewing. Of particular highlight must be the TOTP Blue Room appearence, where Alex and Thrash play what could be chess (I'll show my age now and say that I remember watching it on TV way back in 1992!).
I guess I must be a "completist" as I pre-ordered this as soon as it was announced and have virtually all their albums and the odd single. Given the amount of their work I already have, then I guess it's only natural that I would already have some of the content. Though overall I do feel that it is a slight bit of a lost opportunity to present what at the moment is the first half of The Orb's life.
Short 7" mixes.
Disc 2 "remixes & rarities" disappoints with only a couple of previously unreleased mixes.
With disc 3 you can experience the band live in Copenhagen in 1993. This is really not that different from
the live album that was released in 1993. I was hoping for a collection of live stuff from the entire Island years period,
like the awesome live 95 clips of "O.O.B.E." and "Occidental" on YouTube.
The DVD with all the promo videos omits the videos for "Blue Room" and "Assassin". Why?
However, the only Orb releases I have bought since Orblivion are U.F.Off (bought as a completionist at the time), Okie Dokie and Baghdad Battieries - the latter two were mostly done by Thomas Fehlmann.
I haven't been too impressed by most of their post-Thrash releases and I am appalled at this 25 year "celebration" which is nothing more than a lazy cash-in. 90% of this content has been released before. There is little in the way of new remixes - I would've liked to see some new, remastered live recordings on there or perhaps 12" versions of some of those U.F.Off tracks. Sadly, it just seems that the ability to produce either no longer exists within "The Orb" as, contrary to popular belief, Mr Paterson is not a musician - he is merely a DJ and an "ideas" person.
In summery a great collection of the more commercially successful period of the orb and a great find for any new orby but wait for the history set box 2 out next year for longtime fans.
sound sessions, even had a sp**ff with Alex. but disappointed with this package as I was
hoping for so much more.
I guess they have already released so much of the great early work that never made it onto albums,
and Live 93 was a truly amazing live album that could never be bettered, but I was hoping that
they might have included some of the more recent work that did not get onto albums that deserves so much more credit than just re-issuing mediocre remixes of the golden oldies, I guess Island has no rights to the later stuff.
Maybe Island wanted one more Greatest Hits album from the Orb at 25 years, but I do not believe this is the
collection it could have been.
I look forward to the next studio album
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