Thursday, 2 October 2008

The Orb - Various Mix's [Dec 21, 1993]

Another interesting eBay purchase, this time in the form of a CDr. Here is the blurb from the seller:

"The Orb, Various Mix's. A superb original Orb rarity from 1993. Exclusive mix & track listing which includes a handwritten message inside.

Demo for "Johnny Menomic" movie soundtrack to a script by William Gibson - 1/6 made

Recorded 21st December 1993
Track listing:
Spanish Castles in Space - Orb
Satellite Serenade (Suzuki)
Towers of Dub - Orb
Waterford - Remix (YMO)
Robinson Crusoe (Art of Noise)
U.F.Orb - Orb
Orbular Bells - Remix (M Oldfield)

A very rare item as only 6 were produced and this is the only one I've ever come across"

This is another strange one purely because I already own a CDr from "Chop Em Out" called "The Orb - Various Mixes '90-'93" [Promo 274] and this includes exactly the same track listing as the CDr above! This new CDr includes an inlay which features the Metropolis Mastering header and The Power House address. To muddy the waters still further, there is a third version of the same mix called "Radio Orb - Orb mixes, remixes & choice dub reggae cuts" so the jury is out on this one too... unless somebody can provide any details on the set and from where it originated...

The Orb - unreleased "Transient"

I found this item being sold on eBay so took the plunge. Here was the blurb along with additional info supplied by the seller obtained via email:

"The ORB Transient - an unreleased white label double LP. One white, one yellow record. I bought these at a record fair. The guy I bought them off said he was a DJ and the radio station he was working at were clearing their archives. He had a lot of stuff including lots of 80s and 90s promo's. I bought a number of other deleted items from him on cd (blue room, sabres of paradise, planet dog etc)had a brief chat and told him I was interested in 90's ambient and he recommended the LP's as unreleased promos. Since then I've had a bit of a clear out and never bought the decks I had in mind for vinyl so put them on ebay. Unfortunately I don't have any more info."

Well... I've had a listen to all four sides and am not entirely convinced of its legitimacy. Having said that, or perhaps its wishful thinking, there are bits of it that are very Orb-like. I did speak with Kris Weston last week and although he is still very much anti all things Orb, he did say that he cannot remember any recordings using this name. Before anybody asks, there is very little stamped on the vinyl, apart from "LP TOT 16A" and "*-JTS-". The only difference between the four sides is 16A, 16B, 16C and 16D. I am going to get the material professionally transferred from vinyl to CD so more news soon...

In the meantime, if anybody is able to throw any light on this, please do let us know!

Do Robots Dream? [session 054]