UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
Release date
23 Jun 2008
Running length
21 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Delta Mk II 7:01 13,433
2 Ubiquity 6:14 18,365
3 Asylum 5:20 20,680
4 Bedouin 4:32 17,046
5 Molten Love 6:40 14,984
6 Pi ((Part 1) / LP Version) 1:05 227
7 S.A.L.T. 7:55 9,772
8 Toxygene 5:20 42,023
9 Log Of Deadwood 1:14 14,442
10 Secrets 5:32 16,207
11 Passing Of Time 9:28 14,112
12 72 11:45 7,600
1 Delta Mk II (Love Bites Mix) 14:22 441
2 Bedouin (The Sheik's Film Mix) 10:05 424
3 Log Of Deadwood (Implanting Machines Mix) 1:24 430
4 Secrets (I Love A Woman In Uniform Mix) 8:26 461
5 Passing Of Time (Ambient Mix) 9:04 389
6 Molten Love (Orbits of Venus Mix) 12:25 553
7 S.A.L.T. (Snow Mix) 9:20 364
8 Toxygene (Kris Needs Up For A Fortnight Mix Edit) 7:15 167
9 Asylum (The Soul Catcher Mix) 7:30 271

About this album

Orblivion is the fourth studio album by The Orb released by Island Records. The Orb, reunited with Andy Hughes and Steve Hillage, returned to their spacy sounds typical of U.F.Orb. The album reached #19 on the UK Album Chart and #174 on the Billboard 200. Though Orblivion was recorded in May , it was not released until almost a year later, due to Island Records’ desire to promote it as a follow up to U2’s techno-rock album Pop. Orblivion sold very well in Europe as well as the United States, where it reached the Billboard Top 200. The first Orblivion single, “Toxygene”, was the highest charting single by The Orb, reaching #4 in the UK on 8 February . Despite high sales, Orblivion received a lukewarm reception from UK critics. Similarly to the case of Orbus Terrarum, Orblivion received better praise from American critics, including Rolling Stone who called it a “scintillating contrast of chaos and euphony”. To support the album, The Orb embarked on the Organic Tour with Orbital, Meat Beat Manifesto, Underworld and The Chemical Brothers. The Village Voice described The Orb as “on its way down” and the stresses of touring sat heavily on Paterson, but The Orb decided not to “pack it in” and instead continued touring and producing. The Orb then released the second Orblivion single, “Asylum”.

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  • stillinertia

    Absolute inspirational album that helped spark so much creativity. And still remains one of their best albums in their discography, in my opinion. It was also a nice blessing to hear the hidden song tucked away on the end of the CD. (My copy is the US version - from the day it came out in stores!)

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  • ketax

    extraordinary, psychedelic. My favorite album made by the orb.

    5 Mar 2009 Reply
  • jhyog

    takes a while to fully appreciate, very special sounding Orb.. gotta LOVE that hidden track

    20 Jan 2009 Reply
  • isitalot

    or masterpiece :)

    18 Jul 2008 Reply
  • isitalot

    a masterpeace

    18 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Jahnzilla

    re-listened to this album after watching the mike leigh film 'naked' which the track s.a.l.t. samples the lead character Johnnys musings. Excellent film and excellent album!

    29 Apr 2008 Reply
  • rakshasa07

    It's for all ambient fans

    16 Nov 2007 Reply
  • JuodasPK

    yes, must have!

    5 Oct 2007 Reply
  • JuodasPK

    If this is apocalypse, then i would like to experience it! Perfect sonic novel!

    30 Jan 2007 Reply
  • 000101010

    i've forgotten what an absolute important record this is. A must have!

    21 Jan 2007 Reply

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