Orb* ‎– Orbus Terrarum

Label:
Island Records ‎– 314-524 099-2
Format:
CD, Album
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Tracklist

1 Valley 7:36
2 Plateau 13:18
3 Oxbow Lakes 7:28
4 Montagne D'or (Der Gute Berg) 10:41
5 White River Junction 9:36
6 Occidental 13:54
7 Slug Dub 17:03

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Notes

In the title and track names for this album, the 'U's are written in 'Roman' style, as 'V's. Titles appear on all materials as follows (in all-caps):

Orbvs Terrarvm

Valley
Plateav
Oxbow Lakes
Montagne D’or (Der Gvte Berg)
White River Jvnction
Occidental
Slvg Dvb
Durations for Plateau and Slug Dub run longer than UK & European CD versions.

Island Records, Inc.
℗©1995 Island Records Ltd.
Printed in the U.S.A.

Track 1 published by Orb Music, Big Life Music Ltd. adm. by PolyGram International Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP).
Tracks 2, 3 & 5 published by Orb Music, Big Life Music Ltd. adm. by PolyGram International Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP) / Editions Bingen (GEMA).
Track 4 published by Orb Music, Big Life Music Ltd. adm. by PolyGram International Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP), Cole, Burton, Editions Bingen (GEMA).
Track 6 published by Orb Music, Big Life Music Ltd. adm. by PolyGram International Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP)/Burton/Chrysalis Music Ltd./Editions Bingen (GEMA).
Track 7 published by Orb Music, Big Life Music Ltd. adm. by PolyGram International Publishing, Inc., Buddha's Belly (ASCAP), Editions Bingen (GEMA).

Packaging:
Jewel case.
Front insert: 4-page bifold, color print exterior and interior.
Back insert: color print exterior and interior.
Disc tray: clear.
CD: black print.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 731452409928
  • Barcode (Text): 7 314-524099-2 8
  • Other (Molded in clamping ring, Variant 1, 2): MADE IN USA BY PMDC
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1, 2): 314 524 099-2 02@
  • Matrix / Runout (Mother/Stamper etching, Variant 1): I
  • Matrix / Runout (Mother/Stamper etching, Variant 2): N
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1, 2): IFPI L006
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 0331
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 0354
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: GEMA

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CIDX 8037, 524 099-2 Orb* Orbus Terrarum(CD, Album) Island Records, Island Records CIDX 8037, 524 099-2 UK 1995 Sell This Version
314-524 40874 Orb* Orbus Terrarum(Cass, Album) Island Records 314-524 40874 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
5306742, 530 674-2 The Orb Orbus Terrarum(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Comp, RM) Universal UMC, Island Records, Universal UMC, Island Records 5306742, 530 674-2 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
314-524 099-2 Orb* Orbus Terrarum(CD, Album) Island Records 314-524 099-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
314-524 099-4 Orb* Orbus Terrarum(Cass, Album) Island Records 314-524 099-4 US 1995 Sell This Version

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yanmac

yanmac

July 6, 2015
Just to balance the gushing reviews below, I have to say this album is so completely and utterly boring. Oxbow Lakes is the only saving grace. Meandering musical masterbation. Sorry folks.
ttooyyss

ttooyyss

October 8, 2014
Nice but not much more. All the tracks are accidentaly, nothing is thought-out. ORB is one of the begining of the random fashion in the music. Very primitive and amatheur studiowise in some ways and far not that complex as I rembered. No real "music" but soundscapes, atmospheres. Many waste sounds and moments but still OK. I know many will debate but I don't care. Music for mindless universed....
AWW

AWW

January 4, 2013

PERFECT ALBUM, MONSTER OF A THING, HEARING IS STILL NOT BELIEVING. IF YOU KNOW OF SOMETHING THAT IS EVEN REMOTELY SIMILARLY COMPLEX PLEASE TELL ME!!
TIM

TIM

February 11, 2012
edited over 5 years ago
Agreed with fabriknos. This is the deepest most thought provoking and spaced out Orb album. My reason for complimenting this release is the song Plateau. It's probably my favorite Orb track. Which as the opening track builds up to this one it really sets up the song for greatness. The rest of the album has moments too. If there was a second track like Plateau on this release this would be hands down their best release and up there with the best single albums in the ambient genre. Which is why the Orb are known for being of the elite ambient / chill out acts of all time but have no real defining moment on one release. Maybe it's because they have a few that stand out from 1990-1995. Either way though this still can go down as their best and you won't get too many arguments. This is a desert island disc and pre 1995 you won't find many ambient albums that can top this.
fabriknos

fabriknos

December 20, 2010
This is my favorite Orb release, because it is the most "flow of thought" album they did in the 90s - pure experimentation, totally psychedelic, a true masterpiece from one of the originators of modern ambient.
soundstorm

soundstorm

September 16, 2004
edited over 12 years ago

A tour de force! I was so excited when this album came out, because it was the first Orb album I was able to get on vinyl. This album is really the first album where you can appreciate the level of mastery that the guys had achieved in the studio. The album cover should clue you in to the sonic abstraction that lies within. I believe the object is called a Penrose square, named for the British mathematician Roger Penrose. You'll recall that an earlier Orb album quoted the British philosopher Sir Karl Popper. Intellectual references are always appreciated by Orb listeners. The album is wonderful and a necessary purchase for those who understand, but don't take my word for it, read Marijus' last sentence above. That's some of the funniest shit I've ever read!!....peace
Marijus

Marijus

September 28, 2003

I'd name it as the most serious work of The Orb. This album was one of a few that pushed me into the world of electronics. And it completely doesn't matter that more than five years have already passed - it doesn't loose its strength. Because it simply can't. Up till today I find and find new and new things in that music each time I listen.
And that's just a one side. The most easily seen one. There is also another side of the coin...And that is what astonished me completely. But that is a secret surprise for the ones that were born to hear... A MUST for those who can't live without MUSIC.
dexterfeng

dexterfeng

July 1, 2003
In the trajectory of the Orb and the concept behind the albums this is where the Orb find earth & a cow pasture, some things that grow in cow manure and they go hang out with slugs.
mas_cosas

mas_cosas

February 20, 2002

Hugely underrated album from Alex Patterson and co. Following the release of Pommes Fritz, everyone expected a return to the quirky ambient dance of Perpetual Dawn and ittle Fluffy Clouds. What they got was something darker and deeper. Fewer people got it (in both senses) but it's both interesting and absorbing.