Orb* ‎– Pomme Fritz

Island Red Label ‎– 162-535 007-2
CD, Mini-Album

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Recorded in Berlin & London 93/94
Mixed at Sun Electric G.E.C. & No Name Studio

Published by Absorbing Music/Big Life Music Ltd
Admin. by Polygram International Publishing Inc. (ASCAP)/Editions Bingen (GEMA). Illustration Celebration, Madark, London.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 162-535007-2 3
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 0301
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 0354
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 0368
  • Matrix / Runout (Partially etched): 162 535 007-2 02% J
  • Other (Mould): MADE IN USA BY PMDC
  • Rights Society: ASCAP/GEMA

Other Versions (5 of 22) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ORBCD1, 524013-2 Orb* Pomme Fritz(CD, MiniAlbum) Island Records, Island Records, Inter-Modo, Inter-Modo ORBCD1, 524013-2 UK 1994 Sell This Version
ORBMC 1, 524013-4 Orb* Pomme Fritz(Cass, MiniAlbum) Island Records, Island Records, Inter-Modo, Inter-Modo ORBMC 1, 524013-4 UK 1994 Sell This Version
none Orb* Pomme Fritz(Cass, MiniAlbum, Unofficial) Moon Records (2) none Ukraine 1998 Sell This Version
DE 39789, DE 7243 8 39789 2 2 Orb* Pomme Fritz(CD, MiniAlbum) Delabel, Delabel, Island Records, Inter-Modo DE 39789, DE 7243 8 39789 2 2 France 1994 Sell This Version
5306751, 530 675-1 The Orb Pomme Fritz(CD, Album, RM + CD) Universal UMC, Island Records, Universal UMC, Island Records 5306751, 530 675-1 Europe 2008 Sell This Version


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May 20, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
For me, the most notable part of this album is that it serves as a clear divider between a great body of work (all those albums that came before it), and a collection of work that was really quite poor (every album from this one on).
The Orb really produced some inspired work, but they seemed to reject everything that had gone before and decided they could get away with releasing just about any old s*** (point to dissenters - the sales figures agree with me not you).
Perhaps they felt they could move away from their earlier content towards the space occupied by Eno and other experimentalists. Perhaps they thought they could do their own "Music for Airports" in a modern context ? I think what is clear is that they had an exceptional ear for picking out and mixing great music that others had created. No more.


January 2, 2011
I interviewed Alex back in '08, he had some interesting things to say about Pomme Fritz:

"Everyone was expecting Pomme Fritz to be another ‘Little Fluffy Clouds’ or another UFOrb album and Pomme Fritz was nothing like that and they got called short big time. But don’t forget that the Pomme Fritz album still went to number six which was such a fine achievement for me because it’s still such a weird album! Nothing makes any sense on that album! It’s all pads and Punk and aggression and passive nonsense. But at the same time it’s repetitive, dare I say it! But there’s the Godlike little synth sound all the way through… What we let the world know after Pomme Fritz is that was basically an album made out of one track remixed six times. Nobody got that until we told them that was that so they were all a bit miffed, the journalists. It wasn’t like one-upmanship but it was pretty close to that."


January 28, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

I love how the cover art parodies Pink Floyd's "Relics" album.

But other than that, there's not much to love about the Orb's "little album" - many of the sounds come off as half-baked ideas; the record feels like a collection of leftovers & failed recipies.


September 5, 2004
edited over 14 years ago

I agree with everything said about this album in it's first review above, but I have a couple of things to add. When this album first came the Orb were well known for the hugeness of their abient, dubbed-out house tracks. U.F.Orb was a mega-album that pushed them into the world arena. Live '93 cemented the fact that they were one of "the" electronic acts to see. And believe me, they were awesome.

Pomme Fritz was released as a teaser E.P. to hold you over until the next L.P. (Orbus Terrarum) was ready for release. The album is very experimental but is also very rich in the different sound textures that the Orb were messing around with in the studio. This album is a goldmine to anyone interested in sampling and sound manipulation technologies. Lots of bouncy basslines and sound washes.

For anyone just getting into the Orb, you will eventually buy this album and it will be worth it. For all of the other people out there.....well, not everyone needs to know how cool we are.......keep listening..


September 30, 2002

this is one of the most psychedelic recordings i have ever heard, and it drifts through both good and bad trips. it's actually more like an ep or even a single, with radically remixed versions of essentially two tracks, plus a short outro. we start with a blissed out sleepy abstract dub with noodly guitar ("pomme fritz (meat 'n veg")), and then plunge into a sonic sound processing nightmare in which the "songs" ("more gills less fishcakes" and we're pastie to be grill you") break down and erupt with many weirdly distorted and processed sounds and vocals. this portion of the disc is hard to take, because it is distinctly "listener unfriendly." eventually, we move on to a more coherent bubbly track "bang'er 'n chips," which is then expanded on in sublime bliss out fashion on "alles ist schoen." the last track is a short, humorous swirl of sound ("his immortal logness"). the danceable sound of previous orb material is completely dispensed with, and there is a huge leap in terms of compositional and rhythmic sophistication. to the unitiated, however, the album can seem impenetrable, and on the second and third tracks, chaotic and annoying. the central theme of the album is defined by a repeated voice sample from an american television program called "saturday night live." the voice intones, "you've just had a heavy session of electroshock therapy, and you're more relaxed than you've been in weeks. all those childhood traumas, magically wiped away...along with most of your personality."