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Orbus Terrarum [CASSETTE]

4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Audio Cassette (4 April 1995)
  • Label: Uni/Island
  • ASIN: B000001E82
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Valley
  2. Plateau
  3. Oxbow Lakes
  4. Montagne d'Or (Der Gute Berg)
  5. White River Junction
  6. Occidental
  7. Slug Dub

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Format: Audio CD
This is quite simply one of the greatest musical compositions ever created or dreamt up. A stroke of genius, Mssrs Patterson, Western and Fehlmann have come up with an all time GREAT album which to me is even more deserving of the title "Classic" than "U-F-ORB".
A genuine modern day masterpiece of ambient musical heaven which you can never get tired of.
I have to agree with another reviewer, that this album can make you feel better if you are unwell. It simply livens you up and lifts your spirits.
Standout tracks, well they all stand out really, but if I had to pick just one it would be Plateau. 12 minutes of heaven, my only gripe is that they should have released a seven cd edition, with huge extended versions of each track, one per cd. (Maybe thats pushing it a bit)
Buy it, or you'll never know what made me rant on about this Gem, 7 years after I bought it.
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Format: Audio CD
Like any of the Orb albums, the music is not just about the individual songs, but rather about the experience as a whole. As the titles suggest, these songs take you through a fantasy landscape. By the time you arrive at Oxbow Lakes, you'll be stunned by the amazing beauty you see in your head. This album features an undercurrent of 'sadness' in tone, of a classical nature, and the sounds are of greater quality, crispier, so to speak, than the previous ones. It are the piano sounds and high frequency percussion which are more notable in this album than the others, and there is less reggea style dub music this time, except for the track slug dub.
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One of the most underated albums from the 90s. Extraordinary soundscapes, like something from an otherworld, both organic and mechanical, beautiful and strange! I don't know any other album like it. The extra disc of remixes/different versions is superb, just as good as the originals. I remember going to the Happy Happy Joy Joy tour when the orb played this in kentish town forum....what an introduction! I was still at school at the time and just discovering the orb, eat static, banco etc. This was my first experience at a proper electronic gig, and i remember the crowd (very relaxed!) the incredible lighting rig and of course the tunes! Why oh why did i give my orb tshirt away?! Anyway, this album is timeless and unique. It doesn't conform to any particular styles, it's the orb afterall! This is music to dream to, ever evolving, surprising and even comical(re.the slugs and the juicy lettuces!).
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Format: Audio CD
One of the most significant ambient albums of the nineties, Orbus Terrarum represents a journey across a landscape in the form of sound, with each track signifying a different terrain feature. The journey begins in the lush, dense ravine of 'Valley', with it's heavy rolling bass, gradually rising up into the airy, open spaces of 'Plateau', before descending again into the aquatic chimes of 'Oxbow Lakes'. The 'landscape as sound' theme is seemingly abandoned toward the end of the album, with an epic dub workout, 'Slug Dub', instead providing the finale, with humourous, if slightly sinister samples of a childrens' story about lettuce being eaten by 'nasty' slugs. Quite different from all the Orb's other albums, but definitely a classic.
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Format: Audio CD
In the Orb's debut they went in space,
and now they're conquering ambient on solid ground...
The result is a fantastically dreamy ambient work, with light percussion. Valley and Plateau are the ambient highlights, which are sub-cool with a soothing rhythm, but enough variation to maintain interest. Oxbow Lakes is, unsurprisingly regarded as the Orb's finest hour and I would be pressed to disagree, as it is simply wonderous.
White River Junction, Montagne D'Or and Occidental are also well produced ambient tracks with the classic Orb touch and are highly listenable.
The finale, Slug Dub is a quite fantastic end to a brilliant album, a 17 minute masterpiece of soundworking with almost every arena of Orb sound encapsulated.
In summary, this is an album no true Orb fan could do without.
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By A Customer on 3 Nov. 1999
Format: Audio CD
I lie on my bed, my nasus crawling with influenza, but the sounds from my stereo above me have an oddly soothing effect. Listening to this album for about the twentieth time I can still unlock new melodies and marvel in the orgasmic soundscapes that encapsulate the ears. This is music so vivid you could smoke it.
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