ORBITAL to reissue their seminal self-titled 1991 debut album, known as ‘The Green Album’

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ORBITAL are to reissue their seminal self-titled 1991 debut album, known to fans as ‘The Green Album’, on 19th April via London Records. Formats include a 4LP Box Set, 4CD Box Set, Black and Coloured 2LP, 2CD, and Cassette, pre-order here. Phil and Paul Hartnoll have fully remastered all tracks for the very first time.

The news arrives as the duo confirms details for ‘The Green + Brown Tour’ this Spring, in which they will revisit ‘The Green Album’ and its legendary successor ‘The Brown Album’ at their upcoming UK + Ireland dates in April and May. Tickets are on sale now here.

Originally released on 30th September 1991, ‘The Green Album’ contains landmark Orbital tracks, including their breakthrough 1990 single “Chime” and the evergreen comedown classic “Belfast”. The comprehensive reissue package also includes early Orbital favourites like “Satan” plus previously unavailable tracks, making it a must-have for fans of the pioneering electronic music duo.

Additionally, Orbital will also be revisiting their pre-’The Green Album’ EPs with a series of ‘Orbital LED’s’ (Limited Edition Drops). Again, these will be fully remastered versions of the duo’s original 12” EP series with brand new artwork. Fans will be alerted to these extremely limited releases on the day of release.

Following the success of “Chime”, Pete Tong signed Orbital to London/ffrr Records, and Tong allowed the Hartnolls the freedom to record the album they wanted to make. Where their contemporaries on the rave circuit would knock out ten formulaic 4/4 piano bangers with guest vocalists and call it an album, for their debut, Orbital wanted to explore wider textures, different rhythms, and stranger mind spaces. “Our heroes were always Kraftwerk, Cabaret Voltaire, the Severed Heads – people who made proper, satisfying, full albums,” explains Paul, “and we were like, yeah, that’s what we want to do.”

It was this ambition that led to Orbital becoming giants of electronic music. The Hartnoll brothers would go on to redefine what dance music could do and the place it took within popular culture itself. Their music has influenced and inspired artists from Björk to Bicep and they have collaborated with minds as diverse as Madonna, Kraftwerk and Professor Brian Cox.

Following ‘The Green Album’, their second self-titled album – aka ‘The Brown Album’ – cemented Orbital’s position as musical visionaries. A career of creative leaps quite unlike those usually seen in the fast turnover world of dance music followed, including creating soundtracks for Hollywood films, including 1997’s Event Horizon, and most recently for Mike Myers’s Netflix series The Pentaverate.

Alongside their boundary-pushing work in the recording studio, Orbital earned a reputation as one of the best live acts on the planet. This year marks the 30th anniversary of their legendary 1994 Glastonbury performance, often cited as converting the festival to dance music.

33 years after its initial release and over ten years since last pressed on vinyl, the remastered ‘The Green Album’ arrives ahead of the recently updated ‘The Green + Brown Album Tour’, which will see the legendary electronic music duo revisit and reinterpret both albums in their entirety, including performing several of the tracks live for the very first time. The tour will start in New York in March and Orbital will appear at Coachella Festival in California on April 13th and 20th before returning for the UK and Ireland leg. Dates can be found below.

Since reuniting with London Records, Orbital has released the 2022 compilation ’30 Something’, which contained reworks, remakes, remixes and re-imaginings of their landmark tracks, and last year’s critically acclaimed new studio album ‘Optical Delusion’, which gave Orbital their UK Album Chart Top 10 album since 1999’s ‘Middle Of Nowhere’.

ORBITAL – ‘THE GREEN + BROWN ALBUM TOUR’ – LIVE – 2024

UK + Ireland Dates

April 24 Exeter, The Great Hall

April 25 Southampton, O2 Southampton Guildhall

April 26 Birmingham, O2 Institute Birmingham

April 27 London, Troxy

April 28 Nottingham, Rock City

May 2 Bristol, Bristol Beacon

May 3 Glasgow, The Barrowland Ballroom

May 4 Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse

May 5 Dublin, Vicar Street

Tickets from: https://www.orbitalofficial.com/live/

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ORBITAL – ‘THE GREEN ALBUM’ (REISSUE) – OUT 19 APRIL, VIA LONDON RECORDS.
FORMATS / TRACKLISTING – ALL WITH FULLY REMASTERED AUDIO AS FOLLOWS:

VINYL

LP1
A1 The Moebius
A2 Speed Freak
A3 Macro Head
B1 Oolaa
B2 Desert Storm

LP2
C1 Fahrenheit 303
C2 Steel Cube Idolatry
C3 High Rise
D1 Chime (Live)
D2 Midnight (Live)
D3 Belfast

LP3 [Deluxe Boxset Only]
A1 Torpedo town (PKA ‘untitled’)
A2 Satan
B1 L.C.1
B2 Belfast / Wasted (Wasted Vocal Mix)
B3 Crime

LP4 [Deluxe Boxset Only]
C1 Fahrenheit 3D3
C2 Open Mind Jam*
C3 The Other One *
D1 Satan (Rhyme and Reason Vocal Mix)
D2 Midnight (Sasha Remix)

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CD FORMATS
CD 1
01 The Moebius
02 Speed Freak
03 Oolaa
04 Desert Storm
05 Fahrenheit 303
06 Steel Cube Idolatry
07 High Rise
08 Chime (Live)
09 Midnight (Live)
10. Belfast
11 I Think Its Disgusting

CD 2
01 Torpedo town (PKA ‘untitled’)
02 Macro Head
03 Satan
04 L.C.1
05 Belfast / Wasted (Wasted Vocal Mix)
06 Crime
07 Fahrenheit 3D3
08 Open Mind Jam *
09 The Other One*
10 Satan (Rhyme and Reason Vocal Mix)
11 Midnight (Sasha Remix)

CD 3 [Deluxe Box Set Only]
1 Chime 12”
2 Deeper 12”
3 Omen – The Fool
4 Omen – The Tower
5 2 Deep
6 Open Mind
7 Midnight
8 Choice
9 Analogue Test Feb ’90
10 Choice (Eye and I Mix)

CD 4 [Deluxe Box Set Only]*
1 Synergy (Live)
1.1 Satan
1.2 LC1
1.3 Chime
1.4 Son of Chime

2 Mystery Gig 1991 (Live)
2.1 Choice
2.2 Fahrenheit 303
2.3 Chime / Crime
2.4 BIT
2.5 Oolaa
2.6 Speed Freak

* Indicates previously unreleased content

 

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