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

The Orb Audio CD
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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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Product Description


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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3.0 out of 5 stars Greatest hits May 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is your typical greatest hits album. It didn't show me anything wonderful or new, but it has a bunch of 7" edits, which are great for mix cds. I like "Evergrowing..." much more when it is a straight ambient track, like it is on the album, but the mix is cool too. "Mickey Mars" is cool too, and the "Towers of Dub" mix is great. The second disc is a collection of remixes and rare mixes and stuff, great but not a must have.
A Three star album because I think it would be better to go buy all their studio albums instead of just this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Orb 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to The Orb April 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars PI + 4:48 (Tr. 12) is THE reason for this comp. May 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
A mix that covers -very lightly- a catalogue of tracks formented from the Land of OZ & beyond, it spectacularly hits the mark at 'PI'- Four minutes & Fourty-Eight seconds after the track fades, mind. It's a piano swimming through the ozone... or something. Whatever, it makes this compilation absolute.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Discovering the Orb Jan. 23 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Work. Dec 27 2000
Format:Audio CD
Its a great piece of work. Very nice to listen to in the background. Well thought out pieces.
The only downside was a few of the tracks tend to be too repetetive like the fluffy clouds track.
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1.0 out of 5 stars who to f... off? Dec 20 2000
Format:Audio CD
why don't the orb just f... off themselves and leave us alone... what is the point of their music? is somewhere there a hidden message? 'cause i don't seem to notice it anywhere... i just can't understand why would somebody want to listen to this crap. haven't you heard of the floyd, people? waters, gilmour and that stuff... bowie... queen... clapton... waits... there are so much opportunities...
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