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Orblivion

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If the Orb's 1995 release Orbus Terrarum was an extended meditation on the earthbound, the band's follow-up in Orblivion rises from the muck of primordial ectoplasm for a guided tour of late 20th century Western culture's more paranoid face. From the Cold War (the album kicks off with Joseph McCarthy's intoning of the immortal invective "Are you now, or have you ever been...") to the pre-millennial ranting of David Thewlis' warped, apocalyptic monologue from Mike Leigh's Naked ("The bar code! The ubiquitous bar code!"), Orblivion does for post-industrial, turn of the century mania what earlier albums such as The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld and U.F.Orb did for aliens and flying saucers. Like the previous record -- an effusive mix of sprawling environmental textures, clanging, treated percussion, and humorous, trainspottery samples -- Orblivion brings with it another adjustment in mood, combining elements of downbeat, electro, and drum'n'bass with dense, soupy amalgams of treated electronics and shimmering rhythms. Orblivion also evidences a renewed interest in the more immediately engaging, upbeat pop of "Perpetual Dawn"- and "Little Fluffy Clouds"-era Orb, with a deeper, more embellished sound marked, in all likelihood, by the first full-time contributions from former engineer Andy Hughes (who replaced Kris Weston after the latter's departure in 1994). Dub is still the organizing principle of the Orb's music, however, and whatever one's opinion of the actual album (reactions are likely to range from "genius" to "aimless") the production is undeniably amazing.
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1
Delta Mk II
00:07:00

Alex Paterson, ComposerLyricist - The Orb, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Fehlmann, ComposerLyricist - Steve Hillage, ComposerLyricist - Miquette Giraudy, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Paul Hughes, ComposerLyricist - Andy Hughes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1997 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

2
Ubiquity
00:06:13

Alex Paterson, ComposerLyricist - The Orb, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Fehlmann, ComposerLyricist - Steve Hillage, ComposerLyricist - Miquette Giraudy, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Paul Hughes, ComposerLyricist - Andy Hughes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1997 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

3
Asylum (Album Version) Explicit
00:05:19

Alex Paterson, ComposerLyricist - The Orb, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Fehlmann, ComposerLyricist - Lewis Jeffrey Keogh, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Paul Hughes, ComposerLyricist - Andy Hughes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1997 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

4
Bedouin
00:04:31

Alex Paterson, ComposerLyricist - The Orb, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Fehlmann, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Paul Hughes, ComposerLyricist - Tom Green, ComposerLyricist - Andy Hughes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1997 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Molten Love
00:06:39

Alex Paterson, ComposerLyricist - The Orb, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Fehlmann, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Paul Hughes, ComposerLyricist - Andy Hughes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1997 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Pi ((Part 1) / LP Version)
00:01:05

Alex Paterson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - The Orb, Producer, MainArtist - Andrew Paul Hughes, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Andy Hughes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1997 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

7
S.A.L.T.
00:07:54

Alex Paterson, ComposerLyricist - The Orb, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Fehlmann, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Paul Hughes, ComposerLyricist - Andy Hughes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1997 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Toxygene (Album Version)
00:05:19

Alex Paterson, ComposerLyricist - The Orb, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel - Phil Legonidec, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Paul Hughes, ComposerLyricist - Andy Hughes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1997 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

9
Log Of Deadwood
00:01:13

Alex Paterson, ComposerLyricist - The Orb, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel - Miquette Giraudy, ComposerLyricist - Andy Hughes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1997 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

10
Secrets
00:05:32

Alex Paterson, ComposerLyricist - The Orb, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Fehlmann, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Paul Hughes, ComposerLyricist - Tom Green, ComposerLyricist - Andy Hughes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1997 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

11
Passing Of Time
00:09:27

Alex Paterson, ComposerLyricist - The Orb, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Fehlmann, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Paul Hughes, ComposerLyricist - Tom Green, ComposerLyricist - Andy Hughes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1997 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

12
72 / Initials
00:11:43

Gerome Ragni, Author - James Rado, Author - Alex Paterson, ComposerLyricist - Galt Macdermot, Composer - The Orb, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Fehlmann, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Paul Hughes, ComposerLyricist - Andy Hughes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1997 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

DISC 2

1
Delta Mk II (Love Bites Mix)
00:14:20

Alex Paterson, ComposerLyricist - The Orb, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Fehlmann, ComposerLyricist - Steve Hillage, ComposerLyricist - Miquette Giraudy, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Paul Hughes, ComposerLyricist - Andy Hughes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2008 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

2
Bedouin (The Sheik's Film Mix)
00:10:03

Alex Paterson, ComposerLyricist - The Orb, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Fehlmann, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Paul Hughes, ComposerLyricist - Tom Green, ComposerLyricist - Andy Hughes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1997 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

3
Log Of Deadwood (Implanting Machines Mix)
00:01:23

Alex Paterson, ComposerLyricist - The Orb, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel - Miquette Giraudy, ComposerLyricist - Andy Hughes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2008 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

4
Secrets (I Love A Woman In Uniform Mix)
00:08:25

Alex Paterson, ComposerLyricist - The Orb, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Fehlmann, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Paul Hughes, ComposerLyricist - Tom Green, ComposerLyricist - Andy Hughes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2008 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

5
Passing Of Time (Ambient Mix)
00:09:02

Alex Paterson, ComposerLyricist - The Orb, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Fehlmann, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Paul Hughes, ComposerLyricist - Tom Green, ComposerLyricist - Andy Hughes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2008 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

6
Molten Love (Orbits of Venus Mix)
00:12:23

Alex Paterson, ComposerLyricist - The Orb, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Fehlmann, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Paul Hughes, ComposerLyricist - Andy Hughes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2008 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

7
S.A.L.T. (Snow Mix)
00:09:19

Alex Paterson, ComposerLyricist - The Orb, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel - Thomas Fehlmann, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Paul Hughes, ComposerLyricist - Andy Hughes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2008 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.

8
Toxygene (Kris Needs Up For A Fortnight Mix Edit)
00:07:14

Alex Paterson, ComposerLyricist - Kris Needs, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Orb, Producer, Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel - Phil Legonidec, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Paul Hughes, ComposerLyricist - Henry Cullen, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1997 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

9
Asylum (The Soul Catcher Mix)
00:07:29

Alex Paterson, ComposerLyricist - The Orb, Producer, MainArtist - Thomas Fehlmann, ComposerLyricist - Lewis Jeffrey Keogh, ComposerLyricist - Andrew Paul Hughes, ComposerLyricist - DJLJK, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1997 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

Album Description

If the Orb's 1995 release Orbus Terrarum was an extended meditation on the earthbound, the band's follow-up in Orblivion rises from the muck of primordial ectoplasm for a guided tour of late 20th century Western culture's more paranoid face. From the Cold War (the album kicks off with Joseph McCarthy's intoning of the immortal invective "Are you now, or have you ever been...") to the pre-millennial ranting of David Thewlis' warped, apocalyptic monologue from Mike Leigh's Naked ("The bar code! The ubiquitous bar code!"), Orblivion does for post-industrial, turn of the century mania what earlier albums such as The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld and U.F.Orb did for aliens and flying saucers. Like the previous record -- an effusive mix of sprawling environmental textures, clanging, treated percussion, and humorous, trainspottery samples -- Orblivion brings with it another adjustment in mood, combining elements of downbeat, electro, and drum'n'bass with dense, soupy amalgams of treated electronics and shimmering rhythms. Orblivion also evidences a renewed interest in the more immediately engaging, upbeat pop of "Perpetual Dawn"- and "Little Fluffy Clouds"-era Orb, with a deeper, more embellished sound marked, in all likelihood, by the first full-time contributions from former engineer Andy Hughes (who replaced Kris Weston after the latter's departure in 1994). Dub is still the organizing principle of the Orb's music, however, and whatever one's opinion of the actual album (reactions are likely to range from "genius" to "aimless") the production is undeniably amazing.
© Sean Cooper /TiVo

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