You got to admit it, Norman Cook has done more for dance music than most. I can't think of any other DJ who could pull off such an event, of such quality. I couldn't make it to this one, although I was present at the Big Beach Boutique 2..... a mammoth event of historical proportions methinks.
His last studio album marked a changing point in the Fatboy's musical stylings. Moving away from the big boozy beats of yesteryear (beats that I still adore.... moreso than his recent platters) Norman is now a man of house music pure and simple. If you don't believe me, then check out this live mix. Slamming 4/4 beats aplenty, culminating in breaks crescendo at the end, with an excellent remix of Leftfield's Phat Planet and the Slimster's Bird of Prey.
As if thats not all, to add to the 'liveness' of this mix comes an announcement from the concerned security, advising revellers to move away from the sea, that was rapidly closing in. This does disrupt the listener a little, but what could be done? Nothing, and as I said, it merely adds to the live feeling you get off this CD when listening to it in the comfort of your own home.
This ain't On the Floor at the Big Beat Boutique, but Mr Cook has moved on these days, whether thats towards bigger and better things, you decide. This CD is worth buying gang. Serious.