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Orbital 1
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Orbital 1
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
 
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In the late 1980s, as American house and techno imports flooded Britain and the Acid House movement was sweeping the nation, brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll were busy building Britain's own interpretation of the sound. Nam...  more »

      
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All Artists: Orbital
Title: Orbital 1
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino / Wea
Release Date: 10/12/1992
Album Type: Original recording reissued
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
Styles: Ambient, Electronica, Techno, Dance Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 643443503228

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In the late 1980s, as American house and techno imports flooded Britain and the Acid House movement was sweeping the nation, brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll were busy building Britain's own interpretation of the sound. Named for the illegal "Orbital" raves taking place on London's M1, they dragged their equipment from party to party, playing live PAs of their homegrown dance music to enthusiastic crowds of revelers. Their 1990 single "Chime" was (and still is) the anthem of many a British raver, and their self-titled 1991 debut remains a classic. Opening with the exquisite mid-tempo anthem "Belfast," and containing the "Chime," "Satan," and "Fahrenheit 303" singles, this album captures the innocence and energy of the nascent rave scene. --Matthew Corwine

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CD Reviews

Orbital's debut album and very patchy
Jay M | Dublin, Ireland | 08/15/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)

"It can be superb in parts, for example the classic 'Chime' and the superb 'Belfast' but the majority of the other tracks show a group in its early phase, forming new and better ideas to come.For fans of the group it is a must have. I wouldn't recommend it for an introduction to the music of Orbital for new listeners. Try 'Insides' and 'Snivilisation' first."
Very good
Tracher | Skopje, Macedonia | 04/28/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It's just not the Orbital I'm used to. The album, also known as the 'Green Album', is actually a collection of singles and tracks made from 1989 to 1991. I don't want to be taken wrongly - this is a good album. There are 'Satan', 'Chime', 'Belfast' and 'Midnight'. These are great songs that are "carrying" the Orbital trademark that the latter albums have. And taking a closer listen, well... it doesn't have the emotions and the "atmospheric landscape sound" of like, let's say 'In-Sides' and 'Orbital 2'.If you're an Orbital fan and don't have the 'Green Album', than don't hesitate for a minute - this is a must have, so you'll be able to listen to the early sound (late 80's/early 90's) of Orbital's work. But not a good place for a start; rather than this get the two albums I mentioned earlier ('I-S' and 'O2') to get the full listening pleasure of the ethereal music of the Hartnoll brothers."
Time for Re-evaluation
Mons | Norrpan | 06/26/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The popular view among electronic hipsters seems to be that Orbital's golden period was Orbital 2, Snivilisation and In-Sides, a time during which the duo did indeed add remarkable depth to their sound. The time is ripe to re-evaluate this view, however. While I agree that the last two releases - Middle of Nowhere and the Altogether - veer more towards "serious" music and fail to capture the excitement of Orbital 2, the inventiveness of Snivilisation or the sheer scope of In-Sides, Orbital 1 towers above them all in terms of sheer musical power. Don't believe me? Just listen to it with fresh ears. In 10 years time, the 'Green' album will be regarded as Orbital's best album, with the brown album (Orbital 2) and In-Sides jostling for second place.
There's a musical sheen and homogeniety to this album that is comparable to Beatles' Sgt. Pepper. And like that record can be enjoyed in a single listen from start to finish, which, in my opinion, just isn't possible with the sprawling Snivilisation or In-Sides. In short Orbital 1's strength lies in its homogeneity, purity and excitement. Not just a cult rave album, then, but a must in any CD collection."