I remember hearing this new (at the time) type of dance music with its Euphoric riffs and angelic vocals, and thinking "surely dance music will never sound happier than this?". Well, it's been more than a decade, but I think I was right. No subsequent styles of dance music have lifted my spirits to quite the same heights.
Unfortunately (and typically for most dance music styles), over the last ten years or so the British charts have been bombarded with an endless stream of sound-alike pop-trance hits, the majority of them so heavily commercialised that they should be heard only at kids' parties. Thankfully the tracks on this compilation are not like that; they're the real thing. This is the original euphoric trance sound.
The tracklisting almost reads like a "greatest hits" of the classics of this genre: Paul Van Dyk's 'For An Angel', Planet Perfecto's 'Bullet In The Gun', Alena's 'Turn It Around', Agnelli & Nelson's 'El Nino', 3 Drives' 'Greece 2000', Veracocha's 'Carte Blanche'...
Commercial tunes have their place in this mix, but they're well-chosen and do not dominate the tracklising (a remix of Mansun's 'Wide Open Space' is a surprise choice, but certainly not out of place).
All in all, this is simply one of the best of the "mixed" dance compilations ever produced, and if you want a true taste of the trance music scene of the end of the 90s, I would definitely recommend this album. There have been many volumes in the series of Breakdown compilations, but for me the original is the best.