Orbital ‎– Halcyon

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Halcyon 11:05
The Naked And The Dead 6:23
The Naked And The Dub 11:51
Sunday 7:10
Chime (Radio Edit) 3:15

Versions (4)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
162 350 009-2 Orbital Halcyon(CD, Maxi) FFRR 162 350 009-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
162 350 009-1, 162-350 009-1 Orbital Halcyon(12") FFRR, FFRR 162 350 009-1, 162-350 009-1 US 1992 Sell This Version
162-350 009-1DJ, 162 350 009-1 Orbital Halcyon(12", Promo) FFRR, FFRR 162-350 009-1DJ, 162 350 009-1 US 1992 Sell This Version
162 350 009-4 Orbital Halcyon(Cass, Maxi) FFRR 162 350 009-4 US 1992 Sell This Version

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Booj1Boy

Booj1Boy

February 21, 2019
referencing Halcyon, 12", 162 350 009-1, 162-350 009-1
Interesting that these command such high price, considering they're almost identical to the Radiccio EP with the same tracks, just a different name and slightly different cover
TIM

TIM

October 4, 2014
referencing Halcyon, CD, Maxi, 162 350 009-2
Would like to comment on The Naked and the Dub. First heard this on Trancefusion 1 compilations in 1993. You cannot categorize this. One of my favorite dubs. All you can say is its tribal. Sample from Street Fighter of course. Orbital 1990-1993 was excellent. Perhaps my favorite techno act then. Enjoy a perfect balance of what emotional perfect music is in halycron on + on then you go deeper with the Naked and the Dead. Great memories. Trance was a feeling not a genre...
digipop

digipop

October 14, 2012
referencing Halcyon, CD, Maxi, 162 350 009-2
original VOX by: Jane - It's a Fine Day
massagista

massagista

July 8, 2012
referencing Halcyon, 12", 162 350 009-1, 162-350 009-1
Countless come-downs. Just listening to this again on a quiet Sunday afternoon. Memories. Sadness. Deep Breath. Special track.
kaizersoze

kaizersoze

July 29, 2009
referencing Halcyon, 12", Promo, 162-350 009-1DJ, 162 350 009-1
I never actually realised until this arrived in the post this morning that this track is remarkably different to the album version accredited as 'Halcyon +on+on+on' on the album.

This version doesnt have any epic intro & even though it was made before the album version. This is almost a stripped down progressive dub version. If you happen to own both versions its actually amazing to mix both together.

I personally prefer the 'epic intro' album version but all the reviews say Halcyon was used in hackers film etc... but its actually Halcyon+ON+ON+ON that was used in all the films not this one.
kaizersoze

kaizersoze

July 17, 2009
referencing Halcyon, 12", 162 350 009-1, 162-350 009-1
I first heard this quite late on in summer of 1998 in Ibiza. An unknown DJ in Pacha played it on the terrace at 5am. It is one of the most perfect songs you could ever hear. I wrongly assumed it was new at the time, I frantically wrote the name down as '+ on + on + on' but the DJ said it was on an album & he said he didnt know the artist.

Im sure he didnt want me to to know the full name of it!

Alas, a year later i found it on the Orbital Album. I've just found a mint copy today for $25 off discogs as being pressed onto a full side of vinyl, it will sound better than the Album version i have. I cant wait to listen to it again!

JodanZuki

JodanZuki

December 11, 2007
referencing Halcyon, 12", 162 350 009-1, 162-350 009-1
Also the Opus 3 vocal sample is played in reverse on this track, another example of P&P's genius at vocal samples, i even tried playing the original Opus 3 backwards (to test this theory)and sure enough i got the exact same vocal as Halcyon.

This track has also been in a lot of films - Mortal Kombat, Hackers, and Shopping just to name a few, probably due to the beautiful ambient-like opening, the 12" vinyl is a very rare find, there was 1 copy for sale at $60 US, which sounds about right for such a rare & desirable piece.
RIPassion

RIPassion

April 2, 2004
referencing Halcyon, 12", 162 350 009-1, 162-350 009-1

If you haven't heard this track, then you are either new to the scene or don't know your roots :)

As the guy mentioned, this song really is eternal in its ebbs and flows. 11 minutes of pure bliss and genius. It is arranged in what was probably the biggest genre-setting way back in 1992.

Countless people have performed this live (bon jovi, etc.), and they ought to have. Without records like these, the modern amibent and trance genres would not exist in as strong of form. This record is considered pretty rare now, but it's really worth it to find it. If you haven't heard this, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?!?! :)
swk24

swk24

April 16, 2003
referencing Halcyon, 12", 162 350 009-1, 162-350 009-1

No one should have to be reminded of what a fantastic song this is. Instantly catchy, ethereal and hypnotic in its ebbs and flows. Later remixed and re-released on their "Orbital 2" album as "Halcyon + On + On", this song does the job and no mistake. The infamous vocal sample, by the way, is from Kirsty Hawkshaw's voice on Opus III's "It's A Fine Day" (later re-released as a pop-trance tune under the name Miss Jane).