The Orb discography

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The Orb discography
Two men perform music using various mixing boards and turntables.
The Orb performing at Culture Box in Copenhagen in 2005
Releases
Studio albums 12
Live albums 1
Compilation albums 6
EPs 10
Singles 15
Video albums 2
Music videos 22
Remix albums 4
Mix albums 4

The discography of English electronic music group The Orb consists of twelve studio albums, one live album, six compilation albums, four remix albums, four mix albums, two video albums, ten extended plays, fifteen singles and twenty-two music videos. Founded by Alex Paterson and Jimmy Cauty in 1988,[1] the group's first release was the extended play Kiss EP, issued in May 1989.[2] The single "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld", which marked the group's first foray into the ambient house genre, was released in October 1989 on Paterson's record label WAU! Mr. Modo Recordings.[2] It was later re-issued by Big Life and peaked at number 78 in the United Kingdom despite sample clearance issues.[3] Following Cauty's departure from the group, The Orb signed a long-term recording contract with Big Life and released their debut studio album The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld in April 1991.[2][4] It peaked at number 29 in the United Kingdom and has since been recognized as a seminal album of the ambient house genre.[5] "Little Fluffy Clouds" and "Perpetual Dawn" were released as singles from the album.

The Orb's second studio album U.F.Orb was released in June 1992 and topped the United Kingdom albums chart.[6] The album's second single "Blue Room" – at a length of 39 minutes and 57 seconds – became the longest-running release to enter the United Kingdom singles chart, where it peaked at number eight.[3][7] Following the success of U.F.Orb, the group signed to Island Records and released the live album Live 93 on the label.[2] "Little Fluffy Clouds" and "Perpetual Dawn" were re-issued and became top 20 hits in the UK.[6] The Orb's third studio album Orbus Terrarum was released in April 1995, charting at number twenty in the UK and producing the single "Oxbow Lakes".[3][6] Orblivion followed in February 1997 and peaked at number nineteen in the United Kingdom; it also became the group's first album to chart in the United States, peaking at number 174 on the Billboard 200 chart.[6][8] "Toxygene" became their first UK top five single and also charted at number 23 in Ireland.[3][9]

The Orb's fifth studio album Cydonia was released in February 2001 following several delays, peaking at number 83 in the United Kingdom.[6] The group subsequently left Island Records and released several albums on assorted labels: Bicycles & Tricycles (2004) on Cooking Vinyl, Okie Dokie It's The Orb on Kompakt (2005) on Kompakt, The Dream (2007) on Liquid Sound Design and Baghdad Batteries (Orbsessions Volume III) (2010) on Malicious Damage.[2] Metallic Spheres, a collaboration with English musician David Gilmour, was released in October 2010. It gave the group their highest-charting album in the UK since U.F.Orb, peaking at number twelve on the country's albums chart.[6] Metallic Spheres also charted in several European countries, including Belgium, Greece and Ireland.[10][11][12][13] The Orb then collaborated with Jamaican reggae musician Lee "Scratch" Perry on the albums The Orbserver in the Star House (2012) and More Tales from the Orbservatory (2013).

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[6]
BEL
(FL)

[10]
BEL
(WA)

[11]
GER
[14]
GRC
[12]
IRL
[13]
NLD
[15]
US
[8]
US
Dance

[8]
US
Rock

[8]
The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld 29
U.F.Orb
  • Released: 29 June 1992 (UK)[17]
  • Label: Big Life, Mercury
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
1
Orbus Terrarum
  • Released: 4 April 1995 (UK)[18]
  • Label: Island
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
20
Orblivion
  • Released: 24 February 1997 (UK)[19]
  • Label: Island
  • Formats: CD, LP
19 174
Cydonia 83
Bicycles & Tricycles
  • Released: 3 May 2004 (UK)[21]
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
107 22
Okie Dokie It's The Orb on Kompakt
  • Released: 26 October 2005 (JPN)[22]
  • Label: Kompakt
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
The Dream
  • Released: 19 September 2007 (JPN)[23]
  • Label: Liquid Sound Design, Six Degrees, Traffic
  • Formats: CD, digital download
175
Baghdad Batteries (Orbsessions Volume III)
  • Released: 7 September 2009 (UK)[24]
  • Label: Malicious Damage
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
Metallic Spheres
(featuring David Gilmour)
  • Released: 11 October 2010 (UK)[25]
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
12 58 34 95 21 65 40 73 3 23
The Orbserver in the Star House
(featuring Lee "Scratch" Perry)
  • Released: 28 August 2012 (UK)[26]
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
93 134
More Tales from the Orbservatory
(featuring Lee "Scratch" Perry)
  • Released: 3 June 2013 (UK)[27]
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl, The End
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
191
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums[edit]

List of live albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[6]
Live 93
  • Released: 22 November 1993 (UK)[28]
  • Label: Island
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
23

Compilation albums[edit]

List of compilation albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[6]
U.F.Off: The Best of The Orb
  • Released: 2 October 1998 (UK)[30]
  • Label: Island
  • Formats: CD, LP
38
Orbsessions Volume One
  • Released: 18 October 2005 (UK)[31]
  • Label: Malicious Damage
  • Formats: CD, LP
Orbsessions Volume Two
  • Released: 4 June 2007 (UK)[32]
  • Label: Malicious Damage
  • Formats: CD, LP
The BBC Sessions 1989–2001
  • Released: 10 September 2008 (UK)[33]
  • Label: Island
  • Formats: CD
Impossible Oddities from Underground to Overground: The Story of Wau! Mr. Modo
(with Youth)
  • Released: 25 October 2010 (UK)[34]
  • Label: Year Zero
  • Formats: CD, LP
History of the Future
  • Released: 7 October 2013 (UK)[35]
  • Label: Island
  • Formats: CD/DVD
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Remix albums[edit]

List of remix albums
Title Album details
Aubrey Mixes: The Ultraworld Excursions
  • Released: 27 December 1991 (UK)[36]
  • Label: Big Life
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Auntie Aubrey's Excursions Beyond the Call of Duty
  • Released: 13 August 1996 (UK)[37]
  • Label: Deviant
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
Auntie Aubrey's Excursions Beyond the Call of Duty Part 2
  • Released: 4 September 2001 (UK)[38]
  • Label: Deviant
  • Formats: CD
Orbserving the Star House in Dub
(featuring Lee "Scratch" Perry)
  • Released: 13 May 2013 (UK)[39]
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Mix albums[edit]

List of mix albums
Title Album details
Back to Mine
  • Released: 27 January 2003 (UK)[40]
  • Label: DMC
  • Formats: CD, LP
I'll Be Black
  • Released: 15 October 2007 (UK)[41]
  • Label: Trojan
  • Formats: CD
Tundra and Sunflakes Vol. 1
  • Released: 20 May 2011 (UK)[42]
  • Label: Ketama
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Tundra and Sunflakes Vol. 2
  • Released: 9 September 2011 (UK)[43]
  • Label: Ketama
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Video albums[edit]

List of video albums
Title Album details
The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld: Patterns and Textures
  • Released: 1992 (UK)[44]
  • Label: Big Life
  • Formats: VHS
C Batter C
  • Released: 11 November 2011 (UK)[45]
  • Label: Malicious Damage
  • Formats: DVD

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[6]
Kiss EP
In Dub
  • Released: 1991 (UK)[46]
  • Label: Big Life
  • Formats: 12"
Peel Sessions
Pomme Fritz
  • Released: 13 June 1994 (UK)[48]
  • Label: Island
  • Formats: CD, cassette, 12"
6
The Peel Sessions
  • Released: 28 March 1996 (UK)[49]
  • Label: Strange Fruit
  • Formats: CD, LP
Daleth of Elphame
Kompassion
  • Released: 6 January 2003 (UK)[51]
  • Label: Kompakt
  • Formats: 12"
Komplott
  • Released: 15 November 2004 (UK)[52]
  • Label: Kompakt
  • Formats: 12"
Battersea Shield
(with Meat Beat Manifesto)
  • Released: 22 November 2004 (UK)[53]
  • Label: Malicious Damage
  • Formats: CD
Komfort
  • Released: 7 June 2005 (UK)[54]
  • Label: Kompakt
  • Formats: 12"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[3]
IRL
[9]
US
Dance

[8]
"A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld" 1989 78 The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld
"Little Fluffy Clouds" 1990 10 17 13
"Perpetual Dawn" 1991 18 16 13
"Blue Room" 1992 8 28 46 U.F.Orb
"Assassin" 12 Non-album single
"Oxbow Lakes" 1995 38 Orbus Terrarum
"Toxygene" 1997 4 23 Orblivion
"Asylum" 20
"Once More" 2001 38 50 Cydonia
"Aftermath" 2004 104 Bicycles & Tricycles
"Vuja De"[55] 2007 The Dream
"DDD (Dirty Disco Dub)"[56] 2009
"Golden Clouds"[57]
(featuring Lee "Scratch" Perry)
2012 The Orbserver in the Star House
"Soulman"[58]
(featuring Lee "Scratch" Perry)
"Ball of Fire"[59]
(featuring Lee "Scratch" Perry)
2013
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Remix work[edit]

List of remixes produced by The Orb for other artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Money $" (Orb Clubmix)[60] 1989 Fischerman's Friend "Money $" single
"3 a.m. Eternal" (Blue Danube Orbital)[61] The KLF "3 a.m. Eternal" single
"Love Park (We Got Love)" (Orbital Remix)[62] Marathon "Love Park" single
"Love Park Pianopella" (Orbital Remix)[62]
"Lily Was Here" (Space Centre Medical Unit Hum)[63] David A. Stewart, Candy Dulfer "Lily Was Here" single
"Lily Was Here" (Orbital Space Lab Mix)[63]
"Superjack" (Orbital Infusion 2000)[64] 1990 Delkom "Superjack" single
"Happiest Girl" (The Pulsating Orbital Vocal Mix)[65] Depeche Mode "World in My Eyes" single
"Ship of Fools" (Orbital Southsea Isles of Holy Beats Mix)[66] Erasure "Who Needs Love Like That" single
"Hotel California" (Orb in Cali Mix 1)[67] Jam on the Mutha "Hotel California" single
"Hotel California" (Orbitally Ambient Mix)[67]
"Movin'" (Orbital Ambientapella Live Mix)[68] Marathon "Movin'" single
"O'locco" (Orbital Therapy Parts 1–4)[69] Sun Electric "O'locco" single
"Sirtaki on Mars" (The Orb vs. High Frequency Bandwidth Remix)[70] 2011 OMFO "Sirtaki on Mars" single
1991
1992
1993
1994
  • Saxophonettes - "Secret Squirrel"
1995
  • Innersphere - "Out of Body"
  • Pop Will Eat Itself - "Home"
  • Spectre - "Spectre Overseas"
  • Yello - "You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess"
1996
1997
1998
  • Anaesthesia - "Dirty Kiss"
  • Mindless Drug Hoover - "The Reefer Song"
1999
  • D-Kiku - "Primitive..."
  • One True Parker - "Singing Ringing Tune"
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
  • Headcount - "Die Monkey Die"
2008
2009
  • Transmission - "Dance Alone"
2010

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and director
title Year Director(s)
"Little Fluffy Clouds" 1992 Simon Maxwell, Marion Waldorf[71][72]
"Earth (Gaia)"
"Towers of Dub"
"Perpetual Dawn"
"Star 6 & 7 8 9"
"Outlands"
"Outro"
"Blue Room"
"Assassin"
"Pomme Fritz (Meat 'N Veg)" 1994 Tony Hill[73]
"Oxbow Lakes" 1995 Ian Bryers, Mike Lipscombe[72]
"Toxygene" 1997 Benjamin Stokes[74][75]
"Asylum"
"Once More" 2001 Vito Rocco[76]
"From a Distance (Blast Master v. The Corpral)"
(featuring The Corpral)
2004 Ukawa Naohiro[77]
"Vuja De" (version 1) 2007 Katsura Moshino[78]
"Vuja De" (version 2)
"Hymns to the Sun" (version 1)
(featuring David Gilmour)
2010 Gavin Elder[79]
"Hymns to the Sun" (version 2)
(featuring David Gilmour)
Stylorouge[79]
"Hold Me Upsetter"
(featuring Lee "Scratch" Perry)
2012 N/A[80]
"Golden Clouds"
(featuring Lee "Scratch" Perry)
Volker Schaner[81][82]
"Soulman"
(featuring Lee "Scratch" Perry)

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