The Altogether

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The Altogether
Studio album by Orbital
Released 30 April 2001
Genre Techno
Acid house
Ambient techno
Label FFRR
London/Sire Records (US)
Producer Orbital
Orbital chronology
The Middle of Nowhere
(1999)
The Altogether
(2001)
Work 1989-2002
(2002)
US edition cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (5.2/10)[3]

The Altogether is Orbital's sixth studio album and was released in 2001. It features guest vocals by the Hartnolls' brother-in-law, David Gray, a sampled Ian Dury, a sample from 'Sober' by Tool and a version of the Doctor Who theme. It was Orbital's last album for FFRR and received a mixed critical reception.

Track listing[edit]

UK edition[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Tension"   5:53
2. "Funny Break (One Is Enough)"   4:55
3. "Oi!"   5:04
4. "Pay Per View"   5:11
5. "Tootled"   4:51
6. "Last Thing"   5:12
7. "Doctor?"   5:30
8. "Shadows"   5:48
9. "Waving Not Drowning"   4:31
10. "Illuminate" (featuring David Gray) 5:27
11. "Meltdown"   10:18

US edition[edit]

For the US release, the album was given a double-disc treatment, with many of the songs on the second disc being B-sides from various other releases. Despite being initially billed as a limited-edition release,[citation needed] this version remains the standard US release.

Disc 1
No. Title Length
1. "Tension"   5:53
2. "Funny Break (One Is Enough)"   4:55
3. "Oi!"   5:04
4. "Pay Per View"   5:11
5. "Tootled"   4:51
6. "Last Thing"   5:12
7. "Doctor?"   5:30
8. "Shadows"   5:48
9. "Waving Not Drowning"   4:31
10. "Illuminate"   5:27
11. "Meltdown"   10:18
Disc 2
No. Title Length
1. "Bigpipe Style"   5:16
2. "Monorail"   6:18
3. "Much Ado About Nothing Left"   5:13
4. "An Fhomhair"   6:59
5. "Doctor Look Out"   5:13
6. "Beelzebeat"   8:26
7. "Nothing Left Out"   6:04
8. "Old Style"   5:55
9. "Funny Break (Weekend Ravers Mix)"   8:28
10. "Mock Tudor"   7:38
11. "New Style"   4:56

DVD Version[edit]

Because the "Strongroom" (Orbital's London studio run by the unofficial "third member", their producer Mickey Mann) had capabilities for mixing surround audio they decided to make a DVD release of The Altogether. The DVD is very rich in content and has an extensive navigation that invites the viewer to explore and try out various things to find hidden features, for example in the Video to "Shadows" there are different angles available. The DVD features some fake commercials and an imaginary children's programme called "Play Factory" (also the video for "Waving Not Drowning"), is featured very prominently. The latter includes actor Brian Cant, in a similar role to that as presenter of Play School.

It features mixed audio in stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. The three hidden bonus tracks "Meltdown", "Doctor?" and "Monorail" (not mentioned on the cover) are Dolby Digital 5.1 only.

No. Title Length
1. "Tension"   6:19
2. "Funny Break (One Is Enough)"   3:57
3. "Oi!"   5:04
4. "Pay Per View"   5:09
5. "Tootled"   4:50
6. "Last Thing"   5:12
7. "Shadows" (multiple angles) 6:01
8. "Waving Not Drowning"   4:30
9. "Illuminate" (featuring David Gray) 5:27
Bonus tracks
No. Title Length
10. "Doctor?" (multiple angles) 5:32
11. "Meltdown" (extended) 22:00
12. "Monorail" (multiple angles) 6:37

'Tension'[edit]

"The track grew out of incidental music we were doing for this BBC Two film [by photographer Nick Waplington for the TX series]," Paul Hartnoll told Q. "We had this '50s vocal sample and then decided to put a sort of surf guitar thing on top. It gives it this Batman-type feel. We decided to call it techno-skiffle or something."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bush, John. "Orbital: The Altogether > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  2. ^ Blashill, Pat (11 October 2001). "Orbital: The Altogether". Rolling Stone (Straight Arrow) (RS 879). ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 28 April 2007. 
  3. ^ Dare, Christopher (11 December 2001). "Orbital: The Altogether". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Q, May 2001

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