The Orb

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Long-running UK electronic group, originally formed by Jimmy Cauty (of The KLF) and Alex Paterson in 1988, that grew out of a love of ambient music and dub, soundscapes and science fiction. Due to the early work in this style, The Orb became pioneers of the early-90's-born "ambient house" genre. The group's lineup has shifted over the years, with Alex being the only consistent member. Notable members include Thrash and Thomas Fehlmann. Though he was never officially a member, Youth (a.k.a. Martin Glover) was instrumental throughout the group's existence, and co-owned the label WAU! Mr. Modo Recordings with Alex (they had known each other since they were young, and Alex was a roadie for the group Killing Joke, in which Youth played bass).
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BLR LP14, 511811-1 The Orb - Aubrey Mixes: The Ultraworld Excursions album art The Orb Aubrey Mixes: The Ultraworld Excursions (Album) Big Life, Big Life, Big Life BLR LP14, 511811-1 UK 1991 Sell This Version
DEI8119-2 The Orb - Peel Sessions album art The Orb Peel Sessions Strange Fruit, Strange Fruit DEI8119-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
BLRDCD 5, 847963-2 The Orb - The Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld album art Orb* The Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld (Album, Comp) Big Life, Big Life BLRDCD 5, 847963-2 UK & Europe 1991 Sell This Version
ATTP 9109 The Orb - Let The Music Take Control / Perpetual Dawn album art Cartouche / The Orb Cartouche / The Orb - Let The Music Take Control / Perpetual Dawn(LP) Attic ATTP 9109 Canada 1991 Sell This Version
74321 1070 14, loc 88 The Orb - U.F.Orb album art The Orb U.F.Orb (Album, Comp) Big Life, Big Life 74321 1070 14, loc 88 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
CIDD 8022, 518 746-2 The Orb - Live 93 album art Orb* Live 93 (Album) Island Records CIDD 8022, 518 746-2 UK & Europe 1993 Sell This Version
none The Orb - Pomme Fritz album art Orb* Pomme Fritz (MiniAlbum, Album) Island Records, Island Records, Inter-Modo, Inter-Modo none France 1994 Sell This Version
PHCR-1777 The Orb - Orbus Terrarum album art Orb* Orbus Terrarum (Album) Island Records, Island Records PHCR-1777 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
SFRCD138 The Orb - The Peel Sessions album art Orb* The Peel Sessions Strange Fruit SFRCD138 UK 1996 Sell This Version
CID 8055, 524 347-2 The Orb - Orblivion album art Orb* Orblivion (Album) Island Records, Island Records CID 8055, 524 347-2 UK 1997 Sell This Version
IC 0712 The Orb - In Concert 712 album art The Orb In Concert 712(CD, Transcription) BBC World Service, BBC Radio International IC 0712 UK 1997 Sell This Version
none The Orb - Cydonia album art The Orb Cydonia (Album) Island Records, Island Records none UK 1999 Sell This Version
V2CP 153 The Orb - Bicycles & Tricycles album art The Orb Bicycles & Tricycles (Album) Cooking Vinyl V2CP 153 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
KOMPAKT CD 45, KOMPAKT CD45 The Orb - Okie Dokie It's The Orb On Kompakt album art The Orb Okie Dokie It's The Orb On Kompakt (Album) Kompakt, Kompakt KOMPAKT CD 45, KOMPAKT CD45 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
MD603 The Orb - Orbsessions Volume One album art The Orb Orbsessions Volume One (Album) Malicious Damage MD603 UK 2005 Sell This Version
none The Orb - The Dream album art The Orb The Dream (Album) LSD - Liquid Sound Design none UK 2007 Sell This Version
XECD-1115 The Orb - Baghdad Batteries (Orbsessions Volume III) album art The Orb Baghdad Batteries (Orbsessions Volume III) (Album) Malicious Damage XECD-1115 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
88697 76044 2 The Orb - Metallic Spheres album art The Orb Featuring David Gilmour The Orb Featuring David Gilmour - Metallic Spheres (Album) Columbia, Sony Music 88697 76044 2 Australia 2010 Sell This Version
none The Orb - Michna & Dust La Rock Mix The Orb album art Michna* & Dust La Rock Mix The Orb Michna* & Dust La Rock Mix The Orb - Michna & Dust La Rock Mix The Orb(Cass, Ltd, Mixed, Num) Skyway Records (6) none US 2010 Sell This Version
MD704 The Orb - C Batter C album art The Orb C Batter C (Album) Malicious Damage MD704 UK 2011 Sell This Version
COOKLP555 The Orb - The Orbserver In The Star House album art The Orb Featuring Lee Scratch Perry* The Orb Featuring Lee Scratch Perry* - The Orbserver In The Star House (Album) Cooking Vinyl COOKLP555 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
none The Orb - Orbserving The Star House In Dub album art The Orb Featuring Lee Scratch Perry* The Orb Featuring Lee Scratch Perry* - Orbserving The Star House In Dub The End Records none 2013
BRC-381 The Orb - More Tales From The Orbservatory album art The Orb Featuring Lee Scratch Perry* The Orb Featuring Lee Scratch Perry* - More Tales From The Orbservatory (Album) Cooking Vinyl BRC-381 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
LSD91 The Orb - All Is Not Lost, But Where Is It? album art Suns Of Arqa Featuring Youth, Raja Ram & The Orb Suns Of Arqa Featuring Youth, Raja Ram & The Orb - All Is Not Lost, But Where Is It?(CD, Album) LSD - Liquid Sound Design LSD91 UK 2015 Sell This Version
none The Orb - Further Adventures Beyond Dark Matter Live album art The Orb Further Adventures Beyond Dark Matter Live Abbey Road Live Here Now none 2014 Sell This Version

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Escapist

Escapist

November 15, 2021
edited 13 days ago
The Orb have been a shining staple of electronica for decades. They've created sprawling soundscapes using great samples and programming. It's more a solo act with friends with Alex at the helm and you can hear the differences in their catalog. For the most part they've kept a solid hold on their creative endeavors. They've proven their musical worth and will always be a sound I seek out. Bring me the Orb!
WonderSoil

WonderSoil

July 16, 2021
edited 4 months ago
My ever lasting musical reference point. What a gift The Orb has been to a world of curious music lovers for more than 30 years. Sure, among probably 1000s of tracks there's plenty of dated or uninspiring music, especially in the late 90's and early 00's, but at least a good 80-90% of their catalogue are placed in between Great, Awesome, Genius and Jaw Dropping. From their incomparable early Ambient House-sound, through their deeeeeply psychedelic Orbus Terrarum, from their Kraftwerk-esque Fehlmann-influenced Tech House, to plenty of catchy "hits" of different kinds. As a producer and DJ I am and will always be highly influenced by Dr. Patterson in how to fuse genres and moods, in how to combine depth and catchiness, and not the least in how a good and well timed vocal sample can create magic on the dancefloor.
For anyone new to the universe of The Orb I would first of all recommend their Auntie Aubrey remix-albums, because no band can even come close to the levels of Patterson in how to create something extraordinary out of simple audio. But the best album must be their "Live 93"-albums, especially if you already know their early cataloque. Those live-versions are simply beyond words. How I wish I was old enough to have been there, yet young enough to have a heroic dose at a rave.
psykool8

psykool8

February 19, 2021
One of their best, hard to find it, lost it the quantity of releases: https://www.discogs.com/Various-Badorbcom-Bless-You/release/172673
area43

area43

February 7, 2021
it was just updated on january 19, 2021. have a read.
adiscombug

adiscombug

September 3, 2020
What is this: https://music.amazon.co.uk/albums/B08DCZ57CG "Disembodied Voices", Today, it's not on The Orb website. And can't find it anywhere else. Can anyone confirm?
256Pi

256Pi

April 1, 2020
edited about 1 year ago
Counterpoint to the commenter below me: Do bother with anything after '94. While those first three albums with Thrash are all pretty easily among their strongest work, they've still been putting out plenty of great material without him for years after the fact. I for one love Toxygene and the stuff they were doing immediately after Orbus Terrarum, and all their albums since have had different interesting flavors to them that make them all worth checking out (I personally hold The Dream on par with their early stuff, love it to bits, but I get that's not everyone's cup of tea, if you like their more ambient stuff make sure you check out Okie Dokie or Chill Out World or Moonbuilding). Paterson and company have stayed creative and engaging years after their prime, even to this day (No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds and Abolition Of The Royal Familia are great too), so don't sleep on their most recent stuff either.
lerosa

lerosa

August 12, 2019
Don't bother with anything after '94, for better or worse Trash was the visionary of the Orb, compare their Live 93 to Toxygene, worlds apart. Hughes or Falconer really didn't get remotely close.
schtel

schtel

April 8, 2018
The Orb — a name derived from Woody Allen’s sci-fi film, "Sleepers". [Frank Hoffman, "Encyclopedia of Recorded Sound (2nd Edition)" (Routledge, 2004), p. 778.]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAKWKfVcd04
Rich.C

Rich.C

January 13, 2017
The Orb is perhaps the best-known name in mainstream Ambient music, and for all the right reasons. Since the end of the 1980s, Alex Paterson and a changing list of collaborators have produced chilled-out, ecstatic grooves and fluffy, flowing remixes for dancers greeting the dawn.
Their output is every bit as brilliant and stunning as the rising sun after a long night of physical flow and endless four/four pounding. Multicolored synth lines run like a watercolor palette in the rain. They layer blissful selections from Pink Floyd, Minnie Riperton, Ennio Morricone and Rickie Lee Jones to create a harmonious pastiche of original music, seamless samples and astute dialog.
...As the Orb's pulsating harmonies weave self-contained ecosystems of sound, delirious beats climb up the mix like vines, heavy with sweet fruit, ready for plucking.
AndyPandy2000

AndyPandy2000

January 31, 2016
Always been very keen on both The Orb and Pink Floyd so was very excited and not disappointed by The Orb and Dave Gilmour's 'Metallic Spheres' so why isn't it here?!

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