The Complete BBC Sessions

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All Music Guide - John Bush
It's fair to say that the Orb never would have reached the British pop Top 40 without the influence and promotion of John Peel, who sponsored three sessions between 1989 and 1995. There have also been two additional dates for other presenters. Peel, a veteran of the late-'60s British music scene, appreciated the Orb's blend of futurism and folky traditionalism, seeing them not just as dance saviors but another dot in the line that connected pixilated popsters like T. Rex and the Incredible String Band both of which Peel had been closely associated with. The Orb's first session was recorded in 1989, well before they had released an album, and it boosted the popularity of both ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
It's fair to say that the Orb never would have reached the British pop Top 40 without the influence and promotion of John Peel, who sponsored three sessions between 1989 and 1995. There have also been two additional dates for other presenters. Peel, a veteran of the late-'60s British music scene, appreciated the Orb's blend of futurism and folky traditionalism, seeing them not just as dance saviors but another dot in the line that connected pixilated popsters like T. Rex and the Incredible String Band both of which Peel had been closely associated with. The Orb's first session was recorded in 1989, well before they had released an album, and it boosted the popularity of both the group and the ambient house phenomenon immeasurably. Although Peel's attention helped, a lot of excitement surrounded the music itself, a gorgeous tableau of music laced with samples taken from Dr. Alex Paterson's immense kit bag of records, including sound effects and obscure instructional records. The only "track" recorded at the first session was the 20-minute "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Underworld" mixed live on the fly in the studio by then-Orbster Jimmy Cauty, and it became one of the most requested Peel Sessions of the time as well as reaching the Top Ten of Peel's annual Festive 50 countdown. The Orb were back several times, including one year later with versions of debut LP material like "Back Side of the Moon" and "Into the 4th Dimension," and in 1993 with a version of the U.F.Orb classic "O.O.B.E." plus a wild cover of the Stooges' "No Fun" with a traditional band lineup. The second disc of this extensive program covers a 1995 session with Mark Radcliffe featuring Orbus Terrarum material, as well as a longer live set from 1998, first played on Steve Lamacq's program. Although everything after the first track provides a bit of anticlimax, the Orb in session with John Peel are just as vitally important as most of their "studio" recordings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2008
  • Label: Ume Imports
  • UPC: 600753115169
  • Catalog Number: 5311516

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Orb Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Steve Hillage Composer
Rickie Lee Jones Composer
Minnie Riperton Composer
Steve Reich Composer
Ron Asheton Composer
Scott Asheton Composer
Jimmy Cauty Composer
B.J. Cole Composer
Andy Falconer Composer
Miquette Giraudy Composer
Tom Green Composer
Trevor Horn Composer
Steve Lipson Composer
Ennio Morricone Composer
Dr. Alex Paterson Composer
Richard Rudolph Composer
Simon Darlow Composer
Thomas Fehlmann Composer
Kris Needs Sleeve Notes
Phillipe Le Gonidec Composer
Mike Coles Cover Design
Jeffrey Nelson Composer
Martin Glover Composer
James Osterberg Composer
Simon Phillips Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Live from the BBC!

    "The Orb- BBC Sessions 1989- 2001" is an essential listen if you're an Orb fan. Even if you're not an Orb fan, it might be a good palce to start.
    This is of course, as the title suggests, a compilation of some of The Orb's live performances at the BBC studios over just a little more than a decades time. The first track is perhaps the most essential, although not as rare as it used to be. I'm speaking of "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld.(John Peel Session)" which, now that I've heard it, is the definitive version of the song, which appeared on their debut CD in an altered mix without the Pink Floyd samples.
    Also, is a fantastic cover of "No Fun" by The Stooges with Dr. Alex Patterson on lead vocals. It actually come off sounding more like a Sex Pistols bootleg.
    Speaking of bootlegs, the sound quality is excellent! The recordings coming straight off of the BBC tapes directly from thier mixing boards and subsequently being remastered as well. Everything sounds as clear as if it were a studio recording; but then again that's kinda what it is. It just also happens to have been a live studio recording.
    So, it you want some fresh live remixes of The Orb, look no further.

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