- 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)
|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)|
See all 12 tracks on this disc
|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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A Three star album because I think it would be better to go buy all their studio albums instead of just this.
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.
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.