The Orb POLL

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tossed in some other shit beyond the studio albums to pad it out

Poll Results

OptionVotes
The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld 15
U.F.Orb 14
Orblivion 7
Pomme Fritz EP 2
Baghdad Batteries 1
Orbus Terrarum 1
Live 93 1
Okie Dokie It's the Orb on Kompakt 1
The Dream 0
Orbsessions, Vol 2 0
Orbsessions 0
Bicycles & Tricycles 0
Cydonia 0
Kiss EP 0


jØrdån (omar little), Friday, 20 November 2009 00:08 (twelve years ago) link

sort of partial to live 93 because it splits the difference between ultraworld and u.f.orb

moonship journey to baja, Friday, 20 November 2009 00:15 (twelve years ago) link

True that. Has to be Ultraworld for personal reasons - heard it aged 14 and had never heard anything like that before. Opened up a whole world of sound.

Treblekicker, Friday, 20 November 2009 08:05 (twelve years ago) link

My cassette copy of Live always seemed interminably quiet for looooooong stretches but I should probably listen to it again digitally or something. I'm still going to vote for UFOrb tho because that's the one me and my acidhead buddies played longest and hardest back in the day, to the point where one time I hallucinated the "Towers of Dub" bassline for a couple of hours.

eman moomar (Noodle Vague), Friday, 20 November 2009 09:06 (twelve years ago) link

I've gone for Orblivion as it's underrated and I really like Toxygene and S.A.L.T.

dog latin, Friday, 20 November 2009 12:06 (twelve years ago) link

how's the new one?

This part of the sentence is even dumber. (lukas), Friday, 20 November 2009 12:09 (twelve years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 9 December 2009 00:01 (twelve years ago) link

I love UFOrb a lot (first one I heard and, really, kind of my introduction to dance/electronic music in general), but I have a very, very special place in my heart for Pomme Fritz (at least in part for reasons similar to NV's).

Pooping And Crying (Deric W. Haircare), Wednesday, 9 December 2009 00:14 (twelve years ago) link

how's the new one?

― This part of the sentence is even dumber. (lukas), Friday, 20 November 2009 12:09 (2 weeks ago) Bookmark

Wrote a short review for Clash, although their 140 word limit didn't really let me expand into much detail. I hadn't checked out the Orb for about ten years until then. It's fairly diminutive in sound, and equal parts Fehlmann as it is Paterson. So it's basically a slightly dubbed-out Kompakt album with the odd library sample thrown in. Not bad - not a great deal that stands out other than this one track, which I think is called Super Soakers, that's good fun.

http://www.clashmusic.com/reviews/the-orb-baghdad-batteries

dog latin, Wednesday, 9 December 2009 00:21 (twelve years ago) link

Tough poll. as others have said, Ultraworld and UFOrb especially were big albums for me when i first started going to raves and are completely classic and hold many fond memories for me. however Pomme Fritz and Terrarum are the ones i'm more likely to revisit, as they have a certain weird, unpredictable crazy edge to them which for me still holds up very well. When Pomme Fritz first came out i remember being very dissapointed with it, I wanted another smoothed out trippy dubby UFOrb, what got instead was a messy largely beatless and melodyless evil sounding musique concrete epic, which over time i grew to love. Ultraworld and UfOrb invented whole genres, the later transcended them.

dsb, Wednesday, 9 December 2009 00:42 (twelve years ago) link

I also like the Orb on Kompact so i guess i'll be getting the new one. Hadn't heard of it till now.

dsb, Wednesday, 9 December 2009 01:29 (twelve years ago) link

UFOrb -- not b/c it's "the best" but b/c it's my sentimental fave.

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 9 December 2009 01:35 (twelve years ago) link

You know when polls get 'at least one vote' for every album?

This is not one of them.

Mark G, Wednesday, 9 December 2009 17:06 (twelve years ago) link

I like parts of all of these albums. I share a similar story with Pomme Fritz as above. Hated it until I heard the 2cd reissue and was blown away. Great album and the disc of mixes is just as good, if not better.

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 9 December 2009 17:24 (twelve years ago) link

UFOrb -- not b/c it's "the best" but b/c it's my sentimental fave

ditto

mdskltr (blueski), Wednesday, 9 December 2009 17:28 (twelve years ago) link

Hated it until I heard the 2cd reissue and was blown away.

Whoa whoa whoa. Back up. I was not aware of this happening. Goodbye, a little bit more of my money, I guess...

Pooping And Crying (Deric W. Haircare), Wednesday, 9 December 2009 17:33 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah, loads of those..

Mark G, Wednesday, 9 December 2009 17:35 (twelve years ago) link

I have not heard the last half of these options. Does that disqualify me from voting for UFOrb? Because I'm going to.

I hope Orblivion does not get many votes because I sold it and have been regretting it since the next day and I would like to pretend that maybe it needed to go after all ;_;

brett favre vs bernard fevre, fite (a passing spacecadet), Wednesday, 9 December 2009 21:48 (twelve years ago) link

Orblivion is pretty good (sorry)

mdskltr (blueski), Wednesday, 9 December 2009 22:04 (twelve years ago) link

SALT and Toxygene are great but the rest got on my nerves and I decided it had dated badly.

The other things I took to the shop at the same time hung around the racks for weeks afterwards; Orblivion had already gone by the next time I could get there. Oh well, hope it found a good home.

brett favre vs bernard fevre, fite (a passing spacecadet), Wednesday, 9 December 2009 22:13 (twelve years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 10 December 2009 00:01 (twelve years ago) link

Surprise result! I never really rated Ultraworld. Most of their stuff has magically escaped the curse of sounding at all dated, but not that one so much.

And only two votes for Pomme Fritz? Pssssh...

Pooping And Crying (Deric W. Haircare), Thursday, 10 December 2009 00:18 (twelve years ago) link

Fair results I suppose, though I actually quite liked The Dream - certainly was better than Cydonia from what little I recall of Cydonia, which bored me to no end.

Sean Carruthers, Thursday, 10 December 2009 01:32 (twelve years ago) link

(I ended up voting Orblivion btw - sorry spacecadet)

Sean Carruthers, Thursday, 10 December 2009 01:34 (twelve years ago) link

I voted 'Pomme Fritz', or at least thought I did. I was on the fence about them but when this one came out, we're pastie to be grill you

'Orbus Terrarum' I almost loved more but I was ready for it to be good & full on 70's prog (I always skipped the first two tracks of that one, but even that left 60 minutes)

Orblivion is good, but it's the last real one

Milton Parker, Thursday, 10 December 2009 06:10 (twelve years ago) link

'Orbus Terrarum' I almost loved more but I was ready for it to be good & full on 70's prog (I always skipped the first two tracks of that one, but even that left 60 minutes)

I felt the same way -- and between the Miles samples (Get Up With It's "Calypso Frelimo" etc.) and its expansion on the Pomme Fritz ideas, you felt like your beak was whet for that. But it was still good and the last thing I bought of theirs.

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 11 December 2009 19:32 (twelve years ago) link

two years pass...

Orblivion really is underrated!!

Ian svenonononius (admrl), Thursday, 17 May 2012 04:29 (nine years ago) link

yes it is. great album. really love this thomas fehlmann mix of asylum.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pf6NDOwxMuI

brotherlovesdub, Thursday, 17 May 2012 04:55 (nine years ago) link

how did Orbus Terrarum only get 1 vote. that's like one of the most complex, insane, awesome ambient discs ever

frogbs, Thursday, 17 May 2012 13:24 (nine years ago) link

I can't remember if I voted for it. It's probably one of my favourites now along with Pomme Fritz EP but they're both growers, remember not thinking much of either originally.

I am using your worlds, Thursday, 17 May 2012 13:37 (nine years ago) link

Right, I mean the first two tracks "Valley" and "Plateau" are the simplest and most likeable, but IMO it's after that where the album really kicks off. Pomme Fritz was the one that grew on me as well. That middle section terrifies me like nothing else.

frogbs, Thursday, 17 May 2012 14:14 (nine years ago) link

eight months pass...

anyone got the 2008 remasters? were they discussed on another thread? they all come with what is basically an alternate mix of most of the disc; I'm sure a lot of you have all these tracks already, but it's pretty eye-opening for me

frogbs, Monday, 4 February 2013 20:41 (eight years ago) link

Yeah, I got all the 08 reissues. Made me reevaluate Orbus Terrarum and Pomme Fritz again. Excellent value in those sets.

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 5 February 2013 00:45 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

Sausage Tats Mit Gravy - Dom Mix #1

from the Pomme Fritz remaster is all time

eris bueller (lukas), Thursday, 7 March 2013 00:00 (eight years ago) link

What's with reviving this st midnight?

l thought it was a poll closing...

Mark G, Thursday, 7 March 2013 00:05 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...
one year passes...

unpleasant: https://krisweston.com/index.php/rant/

NI, Saturday, 28 June 2014 04:07 (seven years ago) link

goddamn I couldn't read most of that but I think I get the idea

NoTimeBeforeTime, Saturday, 28 June 2014 08:59 (seven years ago) link

"revealing" that they put the drums from a Nilsson track onto "Little Fluffy Clouds" was the best part though

NoTimeBeforeTime, Saturday, 28 June 2014 09:01 (seven years ago) link

can't believe that Thrash is splenetically venting about his lack of due credit on the internet

boney tassel (sic), Saturday, 28 June 2014 09:23 (seven years ago) link

Wow, talk about speaking ill of the dead (re. Andy Hughes)

Frontier Psychiatrist, Saturday, 28 June 2014 09:44 (seven years ago) link

lol, I can distinctly remember Weston engaging in a huge flame war for talking shit about Burial in the comments section of a YouTube video

Frontier Psychiatrist, Saturday, 28 June 2014 10:02 (seven years ago) link

holy shit this is actually Thrash that's doing the ranting? i didn't realise.

piscesx, Saturday, 28 June 2014 12:11 (seven years ago) link

http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_400/MI0001/340/MI0001340045.jpg

piscesx, Saturday, 28 June 2014 12:11 (seven years ago) link

er, kinda uncool to post that in light of what he says about Hughes?

boney tassel (sic), Saturday, 28 June 2014 17:06 (seven years ago) link

yeah .. he sounds a very angry unpleasant fella.

mark e, Saturday, 28 June 2014 17:15 (seven years ago) link

03. Perpetual Dawn (Solar Youth Mix) note: what an absolute crock of wank

lol

brimstead, Saturday, 28 June 2014 17:34 (seven years ago) link

I quite like that Youth mix of "Perpetual Dawn" with the soulful reggae vocals. It even has the vocal count-off from "Groove Is in the Heart" thrown in for good measure!

Frontier Psychiatrist, Sunday, 29 June 2014 06:43 (seven years ago) link

stopped reading at "thomas (fehlmann) go fuck yourself, go make more bland shitty tunes and leave my ones the fuck alone you weird looking aids victim."

the late great, Sunday, 29 June 2014 06:59 (seven years ago) link

Myself and Falconer then had an altercation, where he kicked me in the testicles without any warning whatsoever, and we never found out why

I could hazard a guess.

Comfrey Mugwort (Bob Six), Sunday, 29 June 2014 11:04 (seven years ago) link

I think he sounds pretty funny

PaulTMA, Sunday, 29 June 2014 11:23 (seven years ago) link

Buried deep at the end:

I left the band simply because I was tired of working with Alex, he did practically nothing on the records, fell asleep a lot (stoned) and had little to give in terms of musical knowledge or taste. I just had outgrown him. I wanted to work with someone more technically proficient. Unfortunately I still havent found anyone thats any good.

Is that so.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 29 June 2014 11:43 (seven years ago) link

Didn't he work with Paul McCartney?

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 29 June 2014 14:04 (seven years ago) link

That was Youth.

boney tassel (sic), Sunday, 29 June 2014 14:31 (seven years ago) link

I love Orblivion!

,max,, Monday, 30 June 2014 00:16 (seven years ago) link

I'm sure I used to have a mix/remix of Star 6 & 7 8 9 that actually had a vocal/sample of a woman saying "Star 6, 7, 8, 9" but can't find it anywhere now.

Anyone know what version it was? Perhaps it was a live one.

groovypanda, Monday, 30 June 2014 08:18 (seven years ago) link

Just re listened to Orbus Terrarum last night. I've always enjoyed how dense and complex that is compared to the first two albums (which I also have a special place for). Not sure there was much else for them to do – there's only so musically sophisticated whimsical ambient can probably be. And I sort of lost track of them after that until hearing a one of the (surprisingly enjoyable) Kompakt releases. But to that point they were always worth a spin or two.

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 30 June 2014 10:22 (seven years ago) link

xp

version on Live Evil has that iirc

clockpuncher (Noodle Vague), Monday, 30 June 2014 11:01 (seven years ago) link

about 3/4 of the way in he seems to be very sincerely complaining about Google on the basis that if you GIS his name, some of the pictures are of other people

Kiss Screaming Seagull Her Seagull Her (DJ Mencap), Monday, 30 June 2014 20:52 (seven years ago) link

i should be so lucky

the late great, Monday, 30 June 2014 20:53 (seven years ago) link

I followed him on Twitter for a while but he's just a bitter, crazy, drug casualty who thinks he's more important than he is.

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 30 June 2014 21:19 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

My god Orbus Terrarum is such a beautiful album.

Tim F, Saturday, 13 February 2016 13:03 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

Finally read that Weston rant which, oddly enough, is only available on his own website:

http://archive.is/dviP7

It is brilliant.

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 12 May 2017 22:36 (four years ago) link

Naive Teen Idol otm re the "density and complexity" of orbus terranum... in a strictly textural way. In that listening to it is like trudging through massive dense foliage that keeps changing shape... every listen untangles another layer.... *cough cough*

brimstead, Friday, 12 May 2017 23:00 (four years ago) link

you okay?

I didn't know about the remasters! Going to start with Orbus which I think will benefit the most.

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Friday, 12 May 2017 23:21 (four years ago) link

Pomme Fritz 2CD may have been the most eye-opening to me. The 2nd disc is maybe better than the first.

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 12 May 2017 23:48 (four years ago) link

Interestingly enough, Weston's rant includes a lot about Terrarum – in effect, he says he did tons of mixes with the intention of editing them together but that Andy Hughes did the editing after he left and did a poor job of it.

That said, some of what survives (particularly "Occidental") is some of the best work they ever did.

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 13 May 2017 00:17 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

'Alpine: Prins Thomas Diskomiks' is a rather wonderful thing

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Tuesday, 1 August 2017 08:40 (four years ago) link

My cassette copy of Live always seemed interminably quiet for looooooong stretches

now I'm older and unwiser I've come to really appreciate this about Live 93, it feels like their absolute dreamiest

put your hands on the car and get ready to die (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 1 August 2017 09:06 (four years ago) link

COW is an awesome album

PaulTMA, Tuesday, 1 August 2017 17:55 (four years ago) link

ten months pass...

so far the new one is exactly what I want in a summer Orb album, praise Jah

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Saturday, 23 June 2018 19:55 (three years ago) link

have been wondering.
I have really enjoyed the recent KOMPAKT releases, and so was somewhat concerned when I heard this was a full band collab album.

mark e, Saturday, 23 June 2018 19:57 (three years ago) link

I heard a single? a few weeks back that was so bad it hurt

Swedes and Löw (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 23 June 2018 19:59 (three years ago) link

First song they previewed from this album sounded terrible to me too, but I really like this album. Just ordered the red vinyl from the website.

brotherlovesdub, Sunday, 24 June 2018 00:15 (three years ago) link

reminds me a lot of Cydonia...lots of dub, some straight-up pop songs, a few bizarre attempts to keep up to date ("Wolfbane", lol), and a long ambient closer that's probably the best thing on the disc.

frogbs, Monday, 2 July 2018 03:38 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

i really love the orb

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Monday, 26 July 2021 20:54 (five months ago) link

listened to the full 40 minute “blue moon” a couple times last week. still mind blowing. so liquid. glad i have it on cd.

brimstead, Monday, 26 July 2021 21:58 (five months ago) link

“blue room” gahh what was that

brimstead, Monday, 26 July 2021 21:58 (five months ago) link

I also love the Orb. Do chase down the new Alex memoir by Kris Needs. Very enjoyable reading, lots of detail and stories. 'Babble On An Ting'

Psychocandy Apple Grey (Pyschocandles), Monday, 26 July 2021 22:02 (five months ago) link

five months pass...

i really love the orb

― STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Monday, July 26, 2021 1:54 PM (five months ago) bookmarkflaglink

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 14:30 (one week ago) link

http://auscillate.com/post/343

i was trying to find writing about orbus terrarum and stumbled on someone's track-by-track fake 33 1/3 pitch for the record and thought it was surprisingly good

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 14:36 (one week ago) link


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