Dec 9, 2012

Sundaze 1250

Hello,  you can be forgiven for thinking I'm not that much of a Orb fan as i've only posted once today's band as you can find at the bottom of the page. Compared to say Future Sounds Of London postings , The Orb has been in it's shadow, yet they clearly are a force to be reckoned with and I am a fan. So time to acqaint you with their highly original remix work.... N'Joy

PS I've used filecoud which doesn't require signing up and gives me a good speed 200k +, furthermore Hotmail doesn't accept files larger then 400mb and finally Rapidshare the host doesn't excist anymore, it's turned into a cloudservice.

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Alex Paterson began his music career in the early 1980s as a roadie for the post-punk rock band Killing Joke, for whom his childhood friend Martin "Youth" Glover played bass. After leaving Killing Joke in 1986, Paterson met future KLF member Jimmy Cauty and the duo began DJ-ing and producing music together under the name The Orb. Paterson and Cauty's first release was a 1988 acid house anthem track, "Tripping on Sunshine". Paterson and Cauty began DJ-ing in London and landed a deal for The Orb to play the chill out room at London nightclub Heaven. Resident DJ Paul Oakenfold brought in the duo specifically as ambient DJs for his "The Land of Oz" event at Heaven. Their "Chill Out Room" act grew popular over the course of their six month stay to the point that the small room was often packed with around 100 people(weary DJs and clubbers seeking solace from the loud, rhythmic music of the dancefloor).

Throughout 1989, The Orb, along with Martin Glover, developed the musical genre of ambient house through the use of a diverse array of samples and recordings. The culmination of their musical work came towards the end of the year when The Orb recorded a session for John Peel on BBC Radio 1. The track, then known as "Loving You", was largely improvisational and featured a wealth of sound effects and samples from science fiction radio plays, nature sounds, and Minnie Riperton's "Lovin' You". For its release as a single on record label Big Life, The Orb changed the title to "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld".

In 1990, Paterson and Cauty held several recording sessions at Cauty's studio, Trancentral. When offered an album deal by Big Life, The Orb found themselves at a crossroads: Cauty preferred that The Orb release their music through his KLF Communications label, whereas Paterson wanted to ensure that The Orb did not become a side-project of The KLF.[Due to these issues, Cauty and Paterson split in April 1990, with Paterson keeping the name The Orb. As a result of the break-up, Cauty removed Paterson's contributions from the in-progress recordings and released the album as Space on KLF Communications. Also out of these sessions came The KLF album Chill Out, on which Paterson appeared in an uncredited role. Following the split, Paterson began working with Youth on the track "Little Fluffy Clouds". They incorporated samples from Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint and vocal clips from an interview with Rickie Lee Jones in which she recalls picturesque images from her childhood.While Reich was flattered by The Orb's use of his work, Jones pursued the issue in the legal system.

In 1991, Paterson invited energetic studio engineer Kris "Thrash" Weston to join The Orb. Steve Hillage, whom Patterson had met while DJ-ing in London, also joined as a contributing guitarist. Along with producer Thomas Fehlmann and audio engineer Andy Falconer, The Orb completed several additional tracks for their first album. The Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld sold well in the UK and received praise for its balance of ambient music, house music, and sampling. In late 1991 and early 1992, Paterson and Weston wrote their next single, "Blue Room". Assisting with the recording was bassist Jah Wobble, keyboardist Miquette Giraudy, and guitarist Hillage. Despite its playing time of almost 40 minutes, "Blue Room" entered the UK charts at #12 and peaked at #8, making it the longest track to reach the UK singles chart. In July 1992, U.F.Orb was released featuring "Blue Room", it reached #1 on the UK Albums Chart to the shock of critics, who were surprised that fans had embraced what journalists, noticing Steve Hillage, considered to be progressive rock.

Disagreements with their label , Big Life, led to signing to Island where they released a life album,  Live 93, which gathered highlights from The Orb's recent performances in Europe and Asia. The Orb's first studio production on Island Records was Pomme Fritz, a chaotic EP noted for its heavy use of strange samples and its lack of conventional harmonies, the critics panned it as "doodling". Soon after, Paterson, Weston, and Thomas Fehlmann joined with Robert Fripp to form the group FFWD as a side project. FFWD released a single self-titled album on Paterson's Inter-Modo label, which Fehlmann later described as "an Orb track which became so long that it became a whole album!". Following Weston's departure from The Orb, Thomas Fehlmann joined as a full-time studio member, though he would not always participate in live performances. Paterson, Hughes, and Fehlmann then finished producing the album Orbus Terrarum, on which Paterson and Weston had been working. Orbus Terrarum, released in 1995, featured more "earthbound" and "organic" sounds than their previous trippy science fiction themed music.

After a long world tour, The Orb, with Andy Hughes and Steve Hillage, settled down to produce their next album, Orblivion—the process of which saw a return to their spacy sounds. Though Orblivion was recorded in May 1996, it was not released until almost a year later, the first single, "Toxygene", was the highest charting single by The Orb, reaching #4 in the UK. Paterson and Fehlmann,  wrote and produced Cydonia for a planned 1999 release.  Paterson felt that this new direction of songwriting for The Orb was more similar to the experimental work of Orbus Terrarum than to the techno-pop of Orblivion. As Island Records was in a period of restructuring due to its recent purchase by Universal Music Group, Cydonia was not released until 2001. It was not well recieved,  the UK press regarded them as past their prime and an "ambient dinosaur" out of place in the current dance music environment.

Paterson and Fehlmann chose to make their next releases a series of several low-key EPs for German label Kompakt in 2002.these were were well recieved and released later, slightly remixed on the 2005 Okie Dokie album . The Orb continued to use their odd synthetic sounds on 2004's Bicycles & Tricycles, to mixed reviews. Like Cydonia, Bicycles & Tricycles featured vocals, including female rapper MC Soom-T who added a hip hop twist to the album.The Orb left Island Records and released the album on Cooking Vinyl . After two more EPs on Kompakt, The Orb (now composed of only Paterson and Fehlmann) released Okie Dokie It's The Orb on Kompakt, which featured new material in addition to tweaked versions of their previous Kompakt output. In August 2006, the founders of The Orb - Paterson and Cauty - released Living in a Giant Candle Winking at God, their debut album as the Transit Kings with Guy Pratt and Pratt's associate, Dom Beken. Living had been in production since 2001, but due to members' other obligations, it was delayed for several years. The album received mix critical reactions, soon after the album's release, Cauty left the Transit Kings on "extended leave", leaving the project in indefinite limbo.

The Orb's next studio album, The Dream was released in Japan in 2007 and the following year in the United States and United Kingdom. Fehlmann is absent on The Dream and Paterson was instead reunited with Martin Glover and joined by Tim Bran of Dreadzone. The album features more of a return to The Orb's sounds of the early 1990s, with peculiar vocals and playful samples. In May 2009, the British Malicious Damage Records (run by the members of Killing Joke) announced the release of The Orb's ninth regular studio album Baghdad Batteries (Orbsessions Volume III) on 11 September 2009. A reunification of Paterson and his long-term collaborator Thomas Fehlmann. In the summer of 2010 Alex Paterson teamed up with Youth aka Martin Glover to compile a retrospective compilation album of tracks from the WAU! Mr Modo label. Released on CD and double Vinyl on 25 October 2010 via Year Zero records, the same month The Orb released the Metallic Spheres album, featuring David Gilmour (Pink Floyd). In 2012, The Orb teamed with award-winning dub musician, Lee "Scratch" Perry to produce a reggae-infused album titled "The Observer In The Star House", which was recorded in Berlin over a period of several months and features the single "Golden Clouds"

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In early 1990, Dave Stewart asked Paterson and Cauty to remix his single "Lilly Was Here"; the track hit the U.K.'s Top 20, and The Orb's remix work soon became just as popular as their original material. Erasure, Depeche Mode, Yello, Primal Scream, and more than 20 other bands eventually received the remix treatment before Paterson began to cut back his remixing work in 1992.

A double-disc compilation of over two and a half hours of remixes, Auntie Aubrey's Excursions Beyond the Call of Duty, Pt. 1 includes Orb reworkings of well-known bands (Primal Scream, Erasure, Depeche Mode, Killing Joke) and more obscure acts (Keiichi Suzuki, Love Kittens). The inclusion of several epiphanous moments (Material's "Praying Mantra," Primal Scream's "Higher Than the Sun," and Sun Electric's "O'Locco") makes the album worthwhile for fans.

Auntie Aubrey's Excursions Beyond The Call Of Duty I - 1   (493mb)

01 Material - Praying Mantra 16:58
02 Killing Joke - Democracy (The Russian Tundra Mix) 19:09
03 Keiichi Suzuki - Satellite Serenade (Trans Asian Express Mix) 13:56
04 David A. Stewart Featuring Candy Dulfer - Lily Was Here (Space CentreMedical Hum) 7:47
05 Readymade - Ambient State 1:06
06 Wire - So And Slow It Grows 6:49
07 Yasuaki Shimizu - Secret Squirrel 7:16


Auntie Aubrey's Excursions Beyond The Call Of Duty I - 2 (flac 509mb)

01 Yello - You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess (Orb Goes The Weasel Mix) 12:51
02 Innersphere - Out Of Body (Logical Mix) 4:08
03 Sun Electric - O'Locco (Orbital Therapy Part 1) 5:32
04 Mauritzio - Ploy (Battersea Was An Island Of Mud Mix) 12:28
05 Time Unlimited - Men Of Wadodem (Orbital Mix) 4:19
06 Paradise X - Too Much (Start And Depart From Paradise Mix) 6:41
07 Pop Will Eat Itself - Home (Home Sweet Home Orb Remix) 11:29
08 Marathon - Movin (Ambientappella Live Mix) 8:42
09 Zodiac Youth - Fast Forward The Future (Bucket And Bong Mix) 7:34

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Following up the lengthy Orb remix retrospective Auntie Aubrey's Excursions Beyond the Call of Duty from 1996 hardly seems necessary. After all, that double-disc set seemingly included all the best (if not all) Orb remixes, brilliant post-productions like Material's "Mantra," Primal Scream's "Higher Than the Sun," Sun Electric's "O'Locco," and Maurizio's "Ploy," many of which bested their original versions. The second volume is another double-disc set; surprisingly, it's only slightly less solid, due to its collection of a few neglected masterpieces -- highlights being the Grid's "Crystal Clear" and System 7's "Sunburst" -- and the addition of more recent remixes like Can's "Halleluwah." Though contemporary work by the Orb had been neglected a bit with all the hundreds of producers flooding the scene, Auntie Aubrey's Excursions are worth the while..

Auntie Aubrey's Excursions Beyond The Call Of Duty II - 1 (flac 474mb)

101 KLF - 3am Eternal (Blue Danube Orbital Mix) 7:40
102 Primal Scream - Higher Than The Sun (Battersea Shield Mix) 6:20
103 Wendy And Lisa - Staring At The Sun (Blinding Mix) 8:34
104 Robbie Williams v. The Orb - I Started A Joke (I Started An Orb Mix) 4:27
105 The Orb - Once More (FT Explore Satan Mix) 4:46
106 Lisa Stansfield - Time To Make You Mine (In My Dreams Mix) 9:58
107 Rick Wright - Runaway (Leggit Dub) 13:38
108 Art Of Noise - Art Of Love (Youth & Orb Mix) 4:26
109 Tubeway Army - Jo The Waiter (Bon Apètit Mix) 9:32
110 Penguin Cafè Orchestra - Music For A Found Harmonium (Pandaharmoniumorb Mix) 4:56 


Auntie Aubrey's Excursions Beyond The Call Of Duty II - 2 (flac 501mb)

201 Oldfield* v. The Orb - Sentinel (Nobel Prize Mix) 14:24
202 System 7 - Miracle (Orb Remix) 6:10
203 Can - Halleluwa (Halleluwa Orbus II) 9:09
204 The Grid - Crystal Clear (Crystal Clear Water Revival Mix) 7:17
205 Meat Beat Manifesto - Radio Babylon (Beach Blanket Bimboland Mix) 12:38
206 Tangerine Dream - Towards The Evening Star (Mandarin Cream Mix) 8:23
207 Witchman - Angel Art (The Tale Of The Orb Remix) 6:17
208 The Damage Manual - Sunset Gun (Full Monty Sunny Orb Up Mix) 5:05
209 Yasuaki Shimizu - Morocco Mole 6:46
210 Mindless Drug Hoover - The Reefer Song (Grass Garden Of Child's Mix) 3:04

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previously (Rhotation 31) re upped
Orb - The Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld ( ^ 199mb )
Orb - Orbus Terrarum (95 ^ 162mb)
Orb - Okie Dokie It's The Orb On Kompakt (05, 61min ^ 143mb)

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Anonymous said...

Thanks alot for all the Orb! I especially enjoy the descriptions/info/factoids. Great blog!

Robin said...

Great Article ! Enjoyed reading it, i searched transit kings end up in your page, and i so wish you could re-uploud the Auntie Aubrey's Excursions Beyond The Call Of Duty I&II flac, I used to have those CDs, i remember the beautiful covers, and lots of time of listening when chilling out of a party back to the days i used to living Brisbane, but my mate moved his house and couldn't find it anymore, now im living in Melbourne and I saw the Orb's live last year. sorry, I don't have a blog but here is my sound could I'm also making some music, you can check my live on the page, the beginning ambient track, i definitely got the influence from the Orb ; ) nice blog! keep on !

Rho said...

Hello Robin good to hear you doing your own thing (musically). As for re uploading Excursions Beyond The Call Of Duty I & II that's almost 2 gig, if I have time i will, could take a week though.

Rho said...

Well Robin you're in luck Excursions Beyond The Call Of Duty I & II have been re-upped now. N'Joy

robin said...

Thank you so much my friend, you made my day~ God bless you! sorry i was late to check back here, i've been pretty busy those days, and i got the news from my friend that Orb are coming to do a gig again on January, it instantly remind me to check your page, then i really appreciate for the share, Thank you ; )

Robin said...

I've got it downloaded mate, guess what, it doesn't sound familiar to me at all, so I checked online, turns out yours are US version, songs in mix are different, the KLF, Primal Scream and some others work which mentioned in your blog is missing in US version. But those track are also quite nice, and my DJ friend has find my UK version in his mess of CDs in Brisbane, I shall have my UK lossless soon, I will share it you, just be patient, may take a while. the Uk version is definitely worth to hear ; )

Inertia from Oz said...

Hey Rho, would love re-ups of the Auntie Aubrey Excursion lps and the Pomme Fritz remixes.

Cheers again

Inertia from Oz

Rev. Dr. Moller. MDMA, THC and BAR. said...

Thanks for the Re-Up but the first part of Call of Duty II is no longer available. Any chance of a Re-Re-Up if you get the time?

Rho said...

Well doctor XTC you might have tried earlier but hey im not unreasonable. It's live again 'n Joy

Hayhook said...

any chance of a re-up for part II?
thanks muchly

Hayhook said...

or I guess that would be a re-re-reup?

Hayhook said...

nice one. thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey there Rho. I have The Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld on vinyl (Special Classical Pressing), but it would be great to have a good quality digital copy.

Any chance you could re-up this classic album in FLAC format? (I think it's been well over 12 months since the original ogg file was posted.)

Thanks, as always! ;-)

Rev Strange

Rho said...

We Rev of cause i can but only after you request is send from the page i posted it, only last week i made it clear again that previously listings don't work for me as it makes re-upping more bothersome and i can expect from someone wanting something that the request is placed from the right page.

Anonymous said...

Hello Rho. When you get the time could you please reup the 2 disc's set Auntie Aubrey's Excursions Beyond The Call Of Duty Vol 1? Many Thanks in advance, and a nod and wink for all the other great posts here.

Metagnathous said...

Hi Rho-

looks like the second disc of the first set and the first disc of the second set are the same file. Don't know if that can still be fixed after all this time (downloaded it all twice to make sure I wasn't mistaken) but there's still much great music to be enjoyed there, so no tragedy of course.

Many thanks for all the work you put in. Very bet to you.

Rho said...

Hello Meta, yes that was a mistake there, meanwhile i've re-upped the right second disc to the first compilation , thanks for the warning.

Metagnathous said...

Excellent, Rho-

Thank you very much.