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U.F. Off: The Best of Orb Best of, Import, Limited Edition


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Nov. 3 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Best of, Import, Limited Edition
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B00000DD0Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

Disc: 1
1. A Huge Evergrowing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld (Orbital Dance Mix)
2. Little Fluffy Clouds (Dance Mix 2)
3. Perpetual Dawn (Solar Youth Mix)
4. Blue Room (7'' Mix)
5. Assassin (7'' Mix)
6. Pomme Fritz (Meat 'N' Veg)
7. Toxygene (7'' Mix)
8. Outlands (LP Version)
9. DJ Asylum (7'' Edit)
10. Mickey Mars (7''Edit)
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Disc: 2
1. Little Fluffy Clouds (Live From Washington DC '97)
2. Perpetual Dawn (Ultrabass II)
3. Pomme Fritz (Orb Remix)
4. Toxygene (Ganja Kru Remix)
5. DJ Asylum (The Soulcatchers Mix)
6. Assassin (Chocolate Hills Of Bohol Mix)
7. O.O.B.E. (Pool Mix)
8. A Huge Evergrowing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld (Radio Version)
9. Blue Room (Ambient Mix)
10. Mickey Mars (Red X Mix)
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This celebration of the British ambient-dance group's first 10 years is one for all electronic tastes. Whether you like your beats hard and fast or slow and gentle, U.F. Off has something for everyone, with each of the album's 12 compositions wrapped generously in the Orb's uniquely dubbed-out style. Orb aficionados will enjoy some new mixes of old favorites, such as "Little Fluffy Clouds" by LFC and "A Huge Ever Growing Brain..." by Orbital, while newcomers will be drawn by the timeless sunrise aura of "Blue Room" and "Pi (Part 1)." However, it is during the pulsating reggae throb of "Perpetual Dawn (Solar Youth Mix)" and the metronomic trance-floor classic "Assassin" that the Orb's richest identity shines. The first 15,000 copies come with a 12-song bonus disc containing further riches, rarities, and previously unreleased recordings. --Steffan Chirazi

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By David Booth on April 16 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is the best of The Orb. It is an essential collectible for fans new and old. Since purchasing this CD in 1999 I have collected most of the main Orb releases, including the classic (unfortunately deleted) full version of Blue Room. I still come back to this CD often.
Here The Orb offers up its best; mixed perfectly. The CD includes rare tracks such as Assassin, Huge Evergrowing Brain, Blue Room, and Perpetual Dawn. The unreleased (and underrated) track Mickey Mars is only available here. The hidden Oxbow Lakes remix, at the end of CD1, is excellent.
The double CD offers music unavailable elsewhere including a 1997 live version of Little Fluffy Clouds and the Mickey Mars Red X remix. There are also rare gems including the fantastic Soul Catchers remix of Asylum. Side two is mixed well and is presented symmetrically to the first CD and makes the collection nearly complete.
Older fans may want more. The "Chocolate Hills" remix of Assassin is trimmed down to a minute and a half from fourteen. The edits of Blue Room are good, but fail to catch the majesty of the original that sent the standard for Ambient House music. Still, this album is a good representation of the group's body of work up to 1997. If are new to the Orb fan this CD might be the place the start and finish with The Orb.
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I love techno music. I have been a techno fanatic for some time now. It really irritates me when people who don't like techno music has to criticize the music and try to shove their music down other dance fans like myself. A reviewer here wrote that he didn't understand why people listened to this sort of music. Well I like it because I love listening to music that doesn't get played on the radio. I also love to dance to this sort of music. I will pass on Pink Floyd and Eric Clapton. That sort of music bores me to death.
Back in college I had a roommate who was even a bigger techno fan than I was. He helped shape my taste in music by unwittingly introducing me to Moby, Orbital, Leftfield and Delerium. Another techno act he exposed me to was The Orb. Their music was nothing that I haven't heard before. It was a good mixture of techno and reggae, especially on "Perpetual Dawn" (my personal favorite song by The Orb). I bought "U.F.Off: The Best of The Orb" to familiarize myself with their music. It was definitely different from Moby, Orbital, and Leftfield to say the very least. Another favorite song of mine by The Orb is "A Huge Evergrowing Pulsating..." which takes a sample from the old Minnie Ripperton song "Loving You". Good use of sampling as opposed to any song by Poofy (my nickname for the former Puffy/P.Diddy). All the songs on both disc one and two are cool. I more akin to the first disc though. For people who want to check out The Orb's music but never have, I strongly suggest checking out their best of cd. It is a good introduction.
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By Chris Bray on Jan. 22 2003
Format: Audio CD
I had heard of the Orb before, basically from the "Hackers" second soundtrack, and I finally got the guts to pick up an Orb CD. Fortunately, I picked this one, for it is the perfect introductory album. I listen to a lot of techno, and it was great to once again find a quality group. Although the first few tracks seem very dancy (and they are), they are still very well done. Blue room is absolutely gorgeous. A few tracks later, toxygen and asylum provide more wonderful songs. And of course, mickey mars and towers of dub provide a different aspect of the Orb's skill. I now own Orblivion and Cydonia, both great albums (orblivion being one of the greatest techno albums ever). This is a good CD for anyone interested in the Orb or techo, or someone trying to discover new aspects of music. I give it a solid 90 percent.
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The first CD was all the 7" edits you could want and some rare tracks. Towers of Dub ambient mix is only available elsewhere on 12" and the mix of Oxbow lakes at the end is also quite rare.
The best part about this CD is the bonus disc where a bunch of hard to get and unreleased Orb songs reside. The Pomme Fritz, OOBE, LFC, and Montagne D'or mixes aren't available elsewhere. The mix of Blue Room is only available on vinyl and bootlegs. Most of the other songs were only available on OOP singles. The only bad part is that they decided to only give 1 minute apiece to Assassin and Huge..Brain. When these songs are much longer.
If you like this cd you have to buy all their albums!
PS the orbital mix is an (orb)ital mix. They attached that name to the mix back in 1989!...
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By A Customer on Dec 21 1999
Format: Audio CD
I have always 'liked' The Orb but did not love them. I saw them in concert once and LOVED the music. I didn't like their release stuff because it felt over-sampled for my taste- too much voice and cacophony, not enough beat.
This album solves that problem, starting with Huge Evergrowing.... and bumping along to the end.I like to listen to techno/trance/ambient while I work (IC Engineer) and I need something with an orderly flow and constant beat. Excellent dance tracks, taking the best and most memorable samples of The Orb and remixing along the lines of Orbital, Underworld, Sasha/Digweed, etc. Underworld actually remixed the first track. If you like Orbital, Underworld, etc but could never warm up to the more ambient sound of The Orb, then GET THIS ALBUM.
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