THE ORB WEEK (5)

Today we have untypically uptempo and chart bothering single “Toxygene”from 1997.

Youth’s other commitments made it impossible for him to become a permanent member of the Orb, so Paterson decided to recruit Kris Weston (nicknamed Thrash for his punk/metal roots), a young studio engineer who worked on “Little Fluffy Clouds” and had recently left his previous band, Fortran 5. The Orb performed live for the first time just after the pairing, early in 1991 at London’s Town & Country 2 with Steve Hillage on guitar. The group’s live dates soon became their forte, breaking down the boundaries which had previously separated electronic music from rock. An Orb show encompassed the best elements of performance hall and club, with colorful light shows and visuals, and a relaxed, positive groove rarely found in electronic circles.

All this was fine and good, but the Orb had not yet released an album, the vehicle which virtually all modern musicians use to make artistic statements. Finally, in April 1991, The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld was released in England to considerable critical acclaim. Its popularity extended to the general public as well, pushing the double album into Great Britain’s Top 30 LP charts. By mid-1991, the Orb had signed a deal to release Ultraworld in the States, but were forced to edit the album down to one disc. (The full double-disc version was later released in the U.S. by Island.) Paterson and Thrash toured Europe during 1991, and compiled the Orb’s first two Peel Sessions in November 1991. One month later, the duo released The Aubrey Mixes as a Christmas special. The album, a remix compilation with reworkings by Steve Hillage, Youth, and Jimi Cauty, was deleted on the day of its release, but still managed to place in the U.K. Top 50.

The Orb – Toxygene (Fila Brazillia Mix)
The Orb – Toxygene (Kris Needs Up For A Fortnight Mix)
The Orb – Toxygene (Way Out West Begbie Mix)

~ by acidted on October 20, 2009.

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