Some people remember him as the absolute,infallible trance god of the 90's,whereas others know him as another great mainstream progressive-dance dj.His change in musical style during the years 2000-2001(and still going) has caused mixed reactions from his fans,turning even some of his biggest "followers" into bitter enemies(Literally).
What does all this have to do with this album you might wonder??
In general,this CD is simply OUTSTANDING.The track selection is expertly made and even though the mixing isn't as skillful as it could(or should)have been,both sets flow really nicely.
CD1 shows the funkier,more "progressive" side of Oaky,or in other words the 21st cenury style.From Mystica's atmospheric,beautiful 'Bliss' to Greece 2000's legendary '3 Drives on Vinyl',this CD is packed with sheer quality tunes that will exhilarate and make you dance through the whole night in equal measure.Effortlessly satisfying and one of the best GU sets,even with today's standards.
CD2 is a set that will appeal more to Oakenfold's older,trance-loving fans,but this in no way means that erst of you should steer clear.The tracks in this one have harder,faster,trancier "character" than those of the previous set,but still have a melodic,melancholic feel to them,with CM's'Dream Universe',Paul's personal mix of Amoeba Assassin's'Rollercoaster' and Albion's 'Air' being the best examples.Another awesome set which everyone should get to know,even if trance or electronica isn't your thing.
Overall,this is a superb compilation that not only exhibits Oakenfold's different-yet-amazing styles making it ideal for those who want to know the big man himself but also guarantees that every single fan will find(and remember)exactly what he wishes for by one of the world's most influential DJs.
And remember,don't take life too seriously!!