The Orb ‎– A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld

Big Life ‎– BLR 27OT, Big Life ‎– BLR 270T, WAU! Mr. Modo Recordings ‎– BLR 27OT, WAU! Mr. Modo Recordings ‎– BLR 270T
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Reissue

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Cat# on labels: BLR 270T
Cat# on back cover & spine: BLR 27OT

Durations not printed on release. The A-side is identical to the mix on BLR 270CD, just mastered with a ~1 second longer fade-in and a fraction of a second shorter fade-out.

8000 copies pressed, according to an article in Record Collector #168.

Info on sleeve:
recorded live at trancentral
℗ 1990 wau! mr modo/big life © 1990 wau! mr modo/big life. the copyright in this sound recording is owned by wau! mr modo. made in england. wau! mr modo po box 483 sheffield s1 2by

Info on labels:
℗ 1990 wau! mr modo/big life
© 1990 wau! mr modo/big life
the copyright in this sound recording is owned by wau! mr modo

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 5016721215277
  • Barcode (Text): 5 016721 215277
  • Matrix / Runout (A): BLR 270T A2 A PORKY PRIME CUT. M̶W̶S̶ ̶0̶1̶7̶T̶ ̶A̶2̶ DAMONT
  • Matrix / Runout (B): BLR 270T B1 L̶Y̶N̶ ̶2̶4̶0̶0̶5̶ M̶W̶S̶ ̶0̶1̶7̶ ̶T̶ ̶B̶1̶ MWS 0̶1̶6̶ ̶T̶ ̶B̶1̶ M̶W̶S̶ ̶0̶1̶7̶6̶T̶ ̶B̶-̶1̶ [possibly a script K, R, or 12]


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August 13, 2017

Classic....Back in the day 1990-1994 almost every festival had this track played at one point. I remember ORB on the top of most festival flyers & many clubs having chill out rooms just for ambient. The club scene was better back then; no V.I.P. bullshit & the DJ was hidden & not like a show. People would really get lost in the music. MDMA was becoming more available during this time & w/ over 8000 copies of this record pressed it's save to say many people melted their faces off to this one at some point. Just bought a (Mint) copy to replace my old one!


October 13, 2003
Ever wondered about the origins of that absurdly long title? Well, being devotees of the ever-useful BBC Sounds Effects series of LPs, they pinched it from the tracklisting on the album "Science Fiction Sound Effects No.26" (BBC REC 420, as if you're interested). It refers to a bit of F/X wizardry by Elizabeth Parker heard in the cult TV series "Blake's 7". The Orb may have made this particular title their own, but "Machine Monster With A Black Sense Of Humour (Who Chases Our Heroes Around, Winking)" remains up for grabs.


April 11, 2003
edited about 1 year ago

I must say that I was suprised to see that this record had a FIVE prior to my rating it. It's a classic to be sure, but it's not a FIVE in my mind. I have been collecting the Orb's music since 1991 when someone popped in a U.F.Orb cassette(!) on the way home from a rave. What disappoints me most about the Orb is that their popularity has been slowly dwindling for years, while they have continued to release music of a much higher quality than their ealier releases. It just makes no sense. So in my mind, the Orbs earlier releases must be looked at in the context of their entire catalogue, which is vast to say the least.

Having said all that, I am fully aware that this record usually has the term "classic" applied to it. If I look at it as being from 1990, I can see where it could be viewed as original and groundbreaking, I'm just not sure it's worthy of the "classic" moniker.

The Side A track was very innovative at the time of it's release. 20 minutes in length with long passages of "ambience" (i.e. - no beats). The ne-ne-ne-ne-ne-ne-ne-ne-ne swirling keyboard riff that repeats at different tempos through out the track can be very calming or, very annoying, depending on your mood. The Minnie Ripperton "Loving You" sample that used to bring a little smile to my face now just makes me want to hear the Minnie Ripperton song. I do still quite enjoy the use of the helicopter like beat and the horse hooves as percussion.

The B-side mixes sound equally dated to me, but as with the A-side, they are still enjoyable in the context of early Orb and early ambient house music. I believe that these mixes are still exlusive to this 12" (could be wrong) which may be a good enough reason for collectors to hunt this down (but again, be careful as I am fairly certain it was released more than once with the same packaging). However, AHEPBTRFTCOTU has been released MANY times on CD. Most of the mixes don't get too far away from the original A-side included on this 12" release. So for casual listeners, hunting down a CD will be much easier and usaully (unless you get the CD5) allow you to listen to some other Orb songs as well.

I should add that I recall enjoying one of the B-side mixes much more that the other, but I cannot remember which one. Looking at the song titles is not helping so I will just say that one of the B-side mixes in considerably better than the other. It's very up and danceable.