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Thursday, 10 August 2023

Metallic Spheres In Colour - The Orb and David GilmourJust announced: the 2010 album Metallic Spheres by The Orb and David Gilmour has been reimagined and remixed as Metallic Spheres In Colour and will be released on 29th September, on LP, CD, and digital including Dolby Atmos and 360RA. You can pre-order now through the links given below.

Of this new reimagining, producer Youth said that "the idea for Metallic Spheres In Colour, was that Alex Paterson (founder of The Orb) could have done more on the first version, and he didn't really have the opportunity because we had a philosophy of making the music like the Blade Runner soundtrack meets Wish You Were Here. So, I asked him why don't we remix it and make it like an Orb classic? And in doing that, it's almost like a completely different album."

The original Metallic Spheres album initially released in 2010 was created almost by accident. In late Spring 2009 David Gilmour entered the studio to record the Graham Nash track Chicago/Change The World, originally by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, with all proceeds going to the campaign for the British hacker Gary McKinnon, who was facing extradition to the USA (later overturned and he faced no prosecution in the UK). The song also featured vocals from Chrissie Hynde, Bob Geldof and Gary himself and the campaign was also supported by Peter Gabriel, Sting and the actress Julie Christie. Ambient pioneers The Orb and producer Youth also lent their support to the campaign by remixing the track and they asked if David Gilmour would contribute further guitar parts at Youth's studio, The Dreaming Cave, in Wandsworth. Youth and Orb leader Alex Paterson turned this session into two ambient suites, the 28 minute 'Metallic' and the 20-minute 'Spheres' and released under the name Metallic Spheres, again with all proceeds going to Gary's campaign. The album was one of the first major releases to be issued in a version of surround sound called 3D60 Audio and remains a favourite among headphone aficionados.

The CD features two tracks, as does the LP (which, rather than Side A and B, has the Round Side and Flat Side!), as follows:
- Seamless Solar Spheres Of Affection Mix (20.07)
- Seamlessly Martian Spheres Of Reflection Mix (19.44).

For the digital, 360RA, Dolby Atmos and Streaming versions, the music is split as follows:
- Seamless Solar Spheres Of Affection Mix Movement 1 (11.29)
- Seamless Solar Spheres Of Affection Mix Movement 2 (8.52)
- Seamlessly Martian Spheres Of Reflection Mix Movement 1 (10.47)
- Seamlessly Martian Spheres Of Reflection Mix Movement 2 (09.16).

Ordering Information:
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METALLIC SPHERES IN COLOUR - LP:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain  HMV.com
METALLIC SPHERES IN COLOUR - CD:  Amazon.com  Amazon UK  Canada  Germany  France  Italy  Spain  HMV.com

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