Orbital ‎– Halcyon

FFRR ‎– 162 350 009-1, FFRR ‎– 162-350 009-1
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM

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A Halcyon
Written-By – E. Barton*
B The Naked And The Dub 11:51

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Mastered at The Townhouse (sleeve credit).
Mastered at Frankford Wayne Mastering Labs (etchings credit).

Dimensionally enhanced with BASE.

A: Sample/extract from "It's A Fine Day" performed by Opus III written by E. Barton, published by Complete Music.

℗ 1992 FFRR.
© 1992 FFRR.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 162-350009-1 3
  • Barcode (String): 016235000913
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched, Side A): F/W RCE 162-350-009-1-AS-HS HUBTV
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched, Side B): 162-350 009-1-BS-HS-1 HUBTV F/W RCE

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

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


July 17, 2009
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!



December 11, 2007
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.


April 2, 2004

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?!?! :)


April 16, 2003

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).