Orbital ‎– The Middle Of Nowhere

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The vocal sample at the beginning of "I Don't Know You People" is from the film "The Legend Of Hell House" (1973).

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556 076-2, 07314 556 076-2(8), 556 076-1 Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(CD, Album, Car) FFRR, FFRR, FFRR 556 076-2, 07314 556 076-2(8), 556 076-1 UK & Europe 1999 Sell This Version
31065-1 Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(2xLP, Album) FFRR 31065-1 US 1999 Sell This Version
3984-27194-1 Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(2xLP, Album) FFRR 3984-27194-1 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
556 076-1, 07314 556 076-1(1) Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(2xLP, Album) FFRR, FFRR 556 076-1, 07314 556 076-1(1) UK 1999 Sell This Version
3984-27194-2 Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(CD, Album) FFRR 3984-27194-2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
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3984271942, 3984 27194 2 Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(CD, Album) FFRR, FFRR 3984271942, 3984 27194 2 Australia 1999 Sell This Version
31065-2 Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(CD, Album) FFRR 31065-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
3984-27194-2, 556 076-2, 07314 556 076-2(8) Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(CD, Album) FFRR, FFRR, FFRR 3984-27194-2, 556 076-2, 07314 556 076-2(8) South Korea 1999 Sell This Version
556 076-2, 07314 556 076-2(8) Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(CD, Album) FFRR, FFRR 556 076-2, 07314 556 076-2(8) UK & Europe 1999 Sell This Version
398427194-2 Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(CD, Album) FFRR 398427194-2 Brazil 1999 Sell This Version
31065-2 Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(CD, Album) FFRR 31065-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
POCD-1295 Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(CD, Album) FFRR, London Records POCD-1295 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
3984-27194-2 Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(CD, Album) FFRR 3984-27194-2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
2 27194 Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(CD, Album) FFRR 2 27194 Canada 1999 Sell This Version
31065-2P Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(CD, Album, Promo) FFRR 31065-2P US 1999 Sell This Version
3984271942 Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(CD, Album, Promo, sli) FFRR, London Records 3984271942 Australia 1999 Sell This Version
556 076-2, 07314 556 076-2(8) Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(CD, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Orbital), Not On Label (Orbital) 556 076-2, 07314 556 076-2(8) Russia 1999 Sell This Version
none Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(CDr, Album, Promo) FFRR none US 1999 Sell This Version
none Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(CDr, Album, Promo) FFRR none US 1999 Sell This Version
none Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(CDr, Album, Promo) FFRR, London Records none UK 1999 Sell This Version
27194-4, 3984-27194-4 Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(Cass, Album) Warner Music Thailand, FFRR, London Records 27194-4, 3984-27194-4 Thailand 1999 Sell This Version
556 076-4, 07314 556 076-4(2) Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(Cass, Album) FFRR, FFRR 556 076-4, 07314 556 076-4(2) UK & Europe 1999 Sell This Version
none Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(Cass, Album) FFRR, Союз none Ukraine 1999 Sell This Version
3984-27194-4 Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(Cass, Album) FFRR 3984-27194-4 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
3984-27194-4 Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(Cass, Album) FFRR, Warner Music Philippines 3984-27194-4 Philippines 1999 Sell This Version
3984-27194-4 Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(Cass, Album) FFRR 3984-27194-4 Bulgaria 1999 Sell This Version
27194-4 Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(Cass, Album) Warner Music Korea 27194-4 South Korea 1999 Sell This Version
3145-56076-4, 556 076-4, 07314 556 076-4(2) Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(Cass, Album) FFRR, FFRR, FFRR 3145-56076-4, 556 076-4, 07314 556 076-4(2) Poland 1999 Sell This Version
3984-27194-4 Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(Cass, Album) FFRR, Союз 3984-27194-4 Russia 1999 Sell This Version
none Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(Cass, Album, Promo) London Records none Japan 1999 Sell This Version
OR1352-99 Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Odeon Records (3), FFRR (2) OR1352-99 Russia 1999 Sell This Version
DIGITAL Z 087 Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Muzik DIGITAL Z 087 Russia 1999 Sell This Version
4670001542142 Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(CD, Album) Фирма Грамзаписи Никитин 4670001542142 Russia 2007 Sell This Version
none Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(CD, Album, Unofficial) Warner Music Manufacturing Europe (2) none Bulgaria Unknown Sell This Version
3984-27194-2 Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(CD, Album, Unofficial) FFRR (2) 3984-27194-2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
MTL-142 Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(CD, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Orbital) MTL-142 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
556 076-2, 07314 556 076-2(8) Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(CD, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Orbital), Not On Label (Orbital) 556 076-2, 07314 556 076-2(8) Russia Unknown Sell This Version
3984-27194-2 Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(CD, Album, Unofficial) FFRR (2) 3984-27194-2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
3984-27194-2 Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(CD, Album, Unofficial) FFRR (2) 3984-27194-2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
3984-27194-2 Orbital The Middle Of Nowhere(CD, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Orbital) 3984-27194-2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version

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BassBytesRecords

BassBytesRecords

November 13, 2018
referencing The Middle Of Nowhere, CD, Album, Car, 556 076-2, 07314 556 076-2(8), 556 076-1
For me, this was the point at which Orbital went bad. From this release onwards, the sound is too clean and over produced, too much going on at the same time. The passion seems to have somewhat gone and is replaced with technical perfection, leaving me with a cold feeling.
The beauty of Orbital at their best was brilliant simplicity with emotion and soul. Their first four albums still blow my mind to this day.
Expansive09

Expansive09

October 15, 2018
edited about 1 month ago
referencing The Middle Of Nowhere, CD, Album, Car, 556 076-2, 07314 556 076-2(8), 556 076-1
An unspoken gem of pale English whitey funk-tronica wrapped up in a fine Berber rug of sheer genius. Hook laden electro pumping rhythmic intensity, rubbery synthy bass-lines, Kraftwerkian percussion will bob the head and hips into oblivion.. Really the Hartnoll brother 1 upped their ante when they unleashed from the production cages The Middle of Nowhere as this cd represents what true electronica maestros are capable of. In 2018 this album is head and shoulders above the cheap overly hyped and produced electronica.
Down10

Down10

July 4, 2014
referencing The Middle Of Nowhere, CD, Album, Car, 556 076-2, 07314 556 076-2(8), 556 076-1
At the brink of Y2K, Orbital expanded upon their foreboding concepts of “In Sides” with a follow-up record that plunged into Millennial anxiety in a way that few other electronic artists at the time were capable of expressing.

While Orbital retain the propulsive breakbeats and sharp chords in their music that keep people dancing, they also speak of a dystopian future in the album’s theme of a society that has rapidly lost its sense of purpose. In “Way Out,” jazzy music samples that may have been intended to inspire romance and adventure are sent into loops that seem to get left behind as we zoom into synthy hyperspace. The album continues through this maelstrom with flourish (“I Don’t Know You People” features a roaring Prodigy-style electric guitar; “Nothing Left” includes the luscious siren calls of Alison Goldfrapp) up until “Style,” which seems to step away from the flurry and put a few light whimsical finishing touches on a busy painting of an album.

To further this tension in their famous live act, they jolted audiences with huge screens projecting crackling waveforms and rapid-fire video clips that overwhelmed the eyes and ears.

The cover of “The Middle of Nowhere” is nothing but a blurry silhouette walking into a void, with a glossy orbital circle looming over the blankness like an all-seeing eye. The interior artwork of the liner notes is but a scattered collection of snapshots of anonymous people in a busy urban setting, only to be enclosed at the back cover by more emptiness.

It turns out that Nowhere is right where we all are, in our frantic and restless existence. If we don’t stop rushing around in circles, we’ll never get anywhere. With “The Middle of Nowhere,” Orbital implores us to find our “Way Out,” before it’s too late.
simonpreston

simonpreston

March 25, 2010
referencing The Middle Of Nowhere, CD, Album, 556 076-2, 07314 556 076-2(8)
A hugely underrated album by the Hartnoll brothers. It's not one that instantly draws you in. The sounds may seem slightly strange at first but after the 3rd, 4th, maybe even the 5th listen you begin to appreciate just how well crafted this LP is. Sounds from all kinds of influences are seamlessly woven in to this melodic tapestry (for a prime example, check the Newsround sample on "Spare Parts Express"). The tracks are so well put together and so full of life that you can be totally drawn in to another world listening to it. Stereo is brilliantly realised and vibrant.
The whole album should be taken as a story though. There's no Chime or Belfast on here. It's not about any one track. It's about listening to the thing as a whole and being immersed in the world Orbital have created. Style's probably the only track that doesn't seem to fit the album. It's not a bad track but it seems tacked on compared to the rest.
Give it a chance and you will love it.
charles_howarth

charles_howarth

January 21, 2009
referencing The Middle Of Nowhere, 2xLP, Album, 3984-27194-1
Just a small snippet of trivia. The track "I Don't Know You People" samples the 1973 movie "The Legend of Hell House" extensively, especially at the beginning of the track. The vocal and the eerie droning sound are taken from a scene where a psychic medium is possessed by a spirit. The drones were produced by electronic music pioneers Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson, who were heavily involved with the Doctor Who theme that Orbital also covered !
the_psychologist

the_psychologist

October 13, 2008
referencing The Middle Of Nowhere, CD, Album, 556 076-2, 07314 556 076-2(8)
I can't really agree with the other review... Not really a great Orbital album, unfortunately. It has beautiful moments, but I think the tracks are too long and they rely too much on discordant sounds. What makes it even more difficult on the ears is that the discord seems to dominate the beauty. I just listened to it, and I think a few tracks (ie #2) would be far better with some edits made to trim the fat.
SabiFromMars

SabiFromMars

April 2, 2008
referencing The Middle Of Nowhere, CD, Album, 556 076-2, 07314 556 076-2(8)

For me this LP is one of the all time favourites!
It sounds sophisticated and is brilliantly produced.
A fantastic ride with wicked beats and a whole lotta soul, a beautiful, paranoid, relieving and warm composition that will give you goosebumps!
Listening to it almost 10 years after it's release the message is still valid, just open your heart and mind.
Just pop it in the player and the first 30 seconds will make you want more!
This album truly is a timeless classic!

March 15, 2008
referencing The Middle Of Nowhere, CD, Album, 556 076-2, 07314 556 076-2(8)
I'm going to give this one a neutral rating, seeing that its not good nor is it bad. It's good breakbeat music with nice classic Orbital sampling, but at the same time it feels as if there's no message, no soul, in the music. It's just music for the sake of being music, and its happy tone makes it seem very unserious. But this shouldn't stop you from giving this album a chance, because it still has the production talent we've come to expect from one of the major pioneers of electronic music.