28. The Orb, 'The BBC Sessions 1991-2001' (Island, 2008)
The Orb, a shifting conglomerate circling around mainstay DJ-producer-player-prankster Alex Paterson, looked back with a longing smirk at Seventies prog-rock pretensions while fully indulging in them – epic track lengths, cloud-kissing whimsy, indulgent live albums. (The sheep on the cover of Live 93 even parodied Pink Floyd's Animals.) This double-CD of their complete recordings for British radio veers from the crystalline 21-minute "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From the Centre of the Ultraworld (Loving You)" to the mischievous bass roll of "Towers of Dub." There's even a percussion extravaganza called "EDM," recorded years before anyone started saying EDM. Visionary!
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