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Baghdad Batteries (Orbsessions Volume 3)

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Styrofoam Meltdown
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Chocolate Fingers
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Baghdad Batteries
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Raven's Reprise
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Dolly Unit
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Super Soakers
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Suburban Smog
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Orban Tumbleweed
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Pebbles
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Woodlarking
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Oopa
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 53:38

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Peter Shapiro

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09.07.09
The Orb, Baghdad Batteries (Orbsessions Volume 3)
2009 | Label: Malicious Damage / The Orchard

It's been 20 years (!!) since Dr. Alex Patterson started playing Mike Oldfield tracks to acid-fried ravers at Land of Oz's White Room and gave birth to ambient house. The tone deaf will tell you that, with The Orb, Patterson has been making the same record over and over. However, as Baghdad Batteries, the Orb's ninth album, demonstrates, the group's ever growing pulsating sound has mutated in new directions. Since 2004, the Orb has been… read more »

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eh, its okay...

the_real_drucifer

nothing can top the double album masterpiece--the orb's adventures beyond the ultraworld. if you want classic orb...find it and download it.

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Trippy

Technohippybiker

Most of this album makes me feel like I am shopping in some astrology store or head shop or something. Not all that great. Some songs finally meander to a decent beat, or interesting progression, but nothing too original. This isn't the danceable Orb of ages past but it's still well produced...if not a little boring.

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ambient orb

Supernaut

This is one of the better Orb albums of this decade. It looks like Dr.Alex Patterson is back in form, but it also has a newer feel (compared to previous work) and sounds as Thomas Fehlmann has had a bit more input in this album(which is good). If you are stuck in the 90's and want a rehash of UFO.R.B... this is not going to do it for you. Pleasantly suprised. It massages my brain. If you like Kompakt, Ambient Brian Eno, and Gas... you should love this.

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Well, it ain't the OLD Orb...

Tunedelicious

I like ambient, but this collection of meandering noises and studio puttering has little of the creativity and imagination of classic Orb. It's more of the same from Patterson's private label experiments of five years ago (when they released limited-edition vinyl to registered fans from their UK web site). The Orb of today needs more grooves and less clicks. Then it'll be worth buying again.

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Listen to the sample of "Woodlarking"...

Andromeda303

...And smile as you remember how unique and fabulous the Orb have always been :)

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Hmmm.... Is it me or?

gdyork

Okay, maybe it's because I've been a fan of the Orb since "Little Fluffy Clouds" but... this really isn't doing much for me. I guess I need to try to give it a chance but none of the tracks really stand out at the moment. If you liked "Okie Dokie...", then this might be your cup of tea. I didn't and I won't use my significantly reduced download credits on the Orb again.

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Excellent return to form

marcusjm

While this is more a collection of tracks than the kind of album-length masterpiece The Orb excelled at back in their prime, this album does contain some of the best and most interesting work The Orb's released in a really long time. Especially check out tracks 4-6! They're wonderful!

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Back to its winning ways

Shoestore

The first thing that strikes you is the sumptuous sound of the album. It'™s a rich and creamy delight. For an Orb album, Baghdad Batteries is surprisingly even-tempered and warm. And compared to The Dream, a much more consistent and fluid collection. It's satisfying, complete and very much of the moment. It's great to see The Orb back to its winning ways. For the complete review, to to: http://tigon.typepad.com.

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