The Orb

Auntie Aubrey's Excursions Beyond the Call of Duty, Pt. 2: The Orb Remix Project

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Following up the lengthy Orb remix retrospective Auntie Aubrey's Excursions Beyond the Call of Duty from 1996 hardly seems necessary. After all, that double-disc set seemingly included all the best (if not all) Orb remixes, brilliant post-productions like Material's "Mantra," Primal Scream's "Higher Than the Sun," Sun Electric's "O'Locco," and Maurizio's "Ploy," many of which bested their original versions. The second volume is another double-disc set; surprisingly, it's only slightly less solid, due to its collection of a few neglected masterpieces -- highlights being the Grid's "Crystal Clear" and System 7's "Sunburst" -- and the addition of more recent remixes like Can's "Halleluwah." Though contemporary work by the Orb had been neglected a bit with all the hundreds of producers flooding the scene, Auntie Aubrey's Excursions Beyond the Call of Duty, Pt. 2 is a solid display of what made the group so great.

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