Orb* ‎– Asylum

Island Records ‎– CID 657, Island Records ‎– 854 963-2
CD, Single, CD1

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Released in a thin jewel case, to accompany Part Two that has a special case to house both CDs. Mastered at The Townhouse.

It is a bit fuzzy which release is Part One and which Part Two. The sticker on the front states this being Part Two, but the info on the back side of the other release has the tracklisting for this one credited as Part One.

℗ © 1997 Island Records Ltd. A Polygram Company.

2: Remixed for Blood Sugar Production.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 042285496321
  • Rights Society: BIEM/MCPS
  • Label Code: LC 0407
  • Matrix / Runout: CID657 10464991 01 %
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L132
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 0470
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 0453
  • Other (Mould Inscription): MADE IN THE UK BY PMDC

Other Versions (5 of 8) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CIDDJ 657 Orb* Asylum(CD, Single, Promo) Island Records CIDDJ 657 UK 1997 Sell This Version
CID 657, 854 963-2 Orb* Asylum(CD, Single, CD1) Island Records, Island Records CID 657, 854 963-2 UK 1997 Sell This Version
none Orb* Asylum(CDr, TP) Island Records none UK 1997 Sell This Version
none The Orb Asylum(VHS, Promo, PAL) Island Records none UK 1997 Sell This Version
none Orb* Asylum(CDr, TP) Island Records none UK 1997 Sell This Version


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November 7, 2007
Ok. Let’s be honest; Asylum isn’t one of the Orb’s finest tunes, but it meanders along quite nicely with typical spacey ness and has rather a catchy melody.
The intro is typical Orb; layers of ambient bleeps supplemented with voice samples-instantly recognizable. Although the slightly Orbital-esque main tune is pleasant on the ear, the rather staccato, eighties sounding keyboards ruin it a bit. Overall though, not a bad listen.
Andrew Weatherall’s minimalistic Blood Sugar Mix (1) is a real letdown. In my view he has always been overrated as both a remixer and artist in his own right. Sabresonic wasn’t that great, though the critics raved about it, and Wilmot was catchy but tedious after a few listens.
I don’t see where he gets his lofty reputation from, but I digress. He proceeds to dissect Dr Paterson and co’s work here, stripping it down to a monotonous lecture given by some crusty old professor. Cue yawning. Once again I marvel at the choice of remixer. Mr. Weatherall is more suited to heavy machinery and factory grime-nothing like the Orb at all.
Andrea Parker’s mad house mix is an improvement, bringing back some of the Orb sound at least and incorporating some effective bass and percussion work. It’s still rather stark, though its rhythm keeps us mostly involved throughout. It reminds me a bit of an Air Liquide tune.
So, a bit disappointing on the remix front, but worth picking up if only for the splendid cover and sleeve artwork-a must for any true Orb fan.