The Orb ‎– Orbus Terrarum

Universal UMC ‎– 5306742, Island Records ‎– 5306742, Universal UMC ‎– 530 674-2, Island Records ‎– 530 674-2
CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
CD, Remastered

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Orbus Terrarum
1-1 Valley
Written-By – Paterson*, Weston*, Phillips*, Green*
1-2 Plateau
Written-By – Paterson*, Weston*, Fehlmann*
1-3 Oxbow Lakes
Written-By – Paterson*, Weston*, Fehlmann*
1-4 Montagne D'Or (Der Gute Berg)
Written-By – Paterson*, Hughes*, BJ Cole, Weston*, Burton*, Fehlmann*
1-5 White River Junction
Written-By – Paterson*, Weston*, Fehlmann*
1-6 Occidental
Written-By – Paterson*, Hughes*, Needs*, Weston*, Burton*, Phillips*, Fehlmann*
1-7 Slug Dub
Written-By – Paterson*, Weston*, Ferguson*, Fehlmann*
The Remixes
2-1 Plateau (All Hands On Deck Mix - 2AM) 15:45
2-2 Slug Dub (Dumpy Dub) 12:30
2-3 Valley (Mix 3 Dubby) 10:55
2-4 White River Junction (Zoom Vinegar Mix) 13:05
2-5 Oxbow Lakes (Andy's Space Mix)
Remix – Andy*
2-6 Peace Pudding (Occidental) 13:31

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Digitally remastered with a second disc of 6 rare & previously unreleased mixes plus enhanced packaging. Tracks 2-1, 2-2, 2-3, 2-4 & 2-6 are previously unreleased.

Published by Orb Music, Big Life Music Ltd. Edition Bingen (GEMA), Chrysalis Music Ltd., Buddha's Belly, Polygram Music Pub. Ltd. & Copyright Control.

Mastered at Universal Mastering, London.

This compilation: ℗ 2008 Universal/Island Records Ltd. © 2008 Universal/Island Records Ltd., A Universal Music Company. Made in the EU.

Set Catalog #: 5306742 on spine | on sticker on jewel case : 530 674-2

Actual track times (entered in the tracklisting) differ slightly from the ones printed.
As original, in album title and track names the letter 'U' is written in Roman style as 'V'. So that the album appears as 'ORBVS TERRARVM'

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 00753 06742 0
  • Barcode: 600753067420
  • Rights Society: BIEM/SABAM
  • Label Code: LC00309
  • Other (Disc One Cat#): 5306743
  • Other (Disc Two Cat#): 5306744
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc One): [4 Universal logos] 06007 530 674-3 01 * 52128863
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc Two): [4 Universal logos] 06007 530 674-4 01 * 52128865
  • Mastering SID Code (Both Discs): IFPI LV26
  • Mould SID Code (Disc One): IFPI 0147
  • Mould SID Code (Disc Two): IFPI 0130

Other Versions (5 of 25) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CIDX 8037, 524 099-2 Orb* Orbus Terrarum(CD, Album) Island Records, Island Records CIDX 8037, 524 099-2 UK 1995 Sell This Version
314-524 40874 Orb* Orbus Terrarum(Cass, Album) Island Records 314-524 40874 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
314-524 099-2 Orb* Orbus Terrarum(CD, Album) Island Records 314-524 099-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
314-524 099-4 Orb* Orbus Terrarum(Cass, Album) Island Records 314-524 099-4 US 1995 Sell This Version
I2 24099 Orb* Orbus Terrarum(CD, Album, Club) Island Records I2 24099 US 1995 Sell This Version


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August 7, 2018
Much as I love Orbus Terrarum, I prefer the original American release. "Plateau" is 30 seconds longer on that release, and more "Plateau" is better. I'd enjoy an hourlong mix of that track. "Slug Dub" on the American release is more than a minute longer, and the European release, remastered here, fades out before the satisfying conclusion to the story of the slugs. On the other hand, "Occidental" on the European release is about 20 seconds longer. Not sure where those seconds are squeezed in.

There may be some other subtle differences, but it might be hard to identify and quantify them because so much of the album is deeply layered. The remastered sound isn't dramatically different, however. The main advantage of this two disc remaster is the inclusion of a number of unreleased mixes, none of which exceed the originals but all of which are worth hearing.

Fun fact: David Sinclair of The Times derided "Orbus Terrarum" in a 1995 review as "generic ambient music." No easier way to telegraph to your audience that you didn't actually listen to the record you're reviewing! Love it or hate it, there's nothing generic about this nonpareil album.


June 2, 2018
This album simply gets better and better over time. Oddly, it didn't resonate with my when I first heard it, it took years for it to fully sink its hooks into my brain. It's altogether more subtle and deeper than "Ultraworld", and more earthy and grounded (intentionally so, looking at the album title, obviously) than "U.F.Orb" was. The tracks have more subtle melodies and layers, and it feels somehow more geological, sedimentary in construction. There are moments of great, tranquil beauty that build imperceptibly into noisy assaults, dubby wanderings in moist mornings through a soggy garden, aerial flights along a verdant valley. The second disc of remixes on the 2CD reissue is fantastic, as well, though it's more a dessert than a main course. When I'm in a certain mood, "Orbus Terrarum" is a full repast.