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  • Audio CD (24 July 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Mondo
  • ASIN: B000GCGAHE
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306,164 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alan on 5 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I admire Darren Tate for all of the songs that he has created over the years, particularly as Jurgen Vries and then DT8 Project. Under the latter alias, and with the wicked combination of Koglin, he also shows off his mixing skills by providing us with this wonderful collection of songs that express the fantastic diversity and class that trance in the 21st Century has to offer. CD1 is almost trance gone chilled, as the sea breeze flows through the album, metephorically of course, but it feels real. Some of the tracks, I feel, lack that little bit of bite, but the whole point of CD1 is to let you float away with that hot summer feeling, and the sense of passion and warmth. With the addition of the likes of Mike Koglin and Zirenz's efforts towards the conclusion of this CD, it then begins to turn darker as the sun sets.

CD2 is tremendous. This is for the club no doubt, into the early hours, adding to the passion but this time it is an exploding sphere of energy and feeling. Naturally there are some great tracks from the aces, such as The Thrillseekers, Kyau vs Albert and Lange, but some new efforts from the likes of Nimmo & Bayer, Will Holland and the beautiful Sophie Sugar are outstanding. My ultimate favourite has to be 'Puma' by Sunny Lax, which lifts you up so high your feet don't touch the ground. Darren and Koglin have shown us the talent that exists under the surface of the music industry, in a genre that gets shamefully mocked. The energy and desire that has gone into making these tracks and the subsequent mix does, however, fill even the trance-hater with admiration.

A fantastic compilation, I would recommend it to any fans of trance music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Sykes on 13 Aug. 2007
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The music flows and your journey gets better and better with the guidance of the excellent Darren Tate & Mike Koglin. You will be immersed from the very start of CD 1, fantastic tracks delivered with a style you will want more, more, again and again.

I liked Darren Tate as Jurgen Vries, just as much when he was DT8 Project but this incarnation as himself is his highest peak so far. At this rate Mr Corsten will be checking his rear view mirror as he overtakes Oakey and gets ready to race Mr Tate.
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Amazon.com: 3 reviews
Another great release this year 12 Oct. 2006
By large farva - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
So Darren Tate partners with Mike Koglin to bring us some sunny vibes and beach anthems. Can't be too bad huh? Both discs are packed full of top cuts, the first being labeled Daybreakers, the second, Sunsetters.

Disc one works its moniker excellently, kicking off with some great laid-back tracks that still have a solid drive to them (the house-like bass in "DT8 - Reflections" and dance 4/4 rhythm injected with ethnic percussion on "Brian Laruso - Song of the Ocean" are incredible). Things stay sunny, but get a bit more dramatic as the disc progresses (with the exception of :Eluna - Severance", which seems awkwardly out of place in sequence). Anjunabeats delivers some mid-set grooves giving you some contrast to the uber-bright beach tunes, setting the mood for the second half of the disc. Things really blow up on Alone and Summer Dream as we are treated to Andy Moor's signature sound with a couple of Whiteroom remixes late in the mix. However, on 1:1.618, the vibe become decidedly dark and spacey, followed by the epic Zirenz - Edge of Space (with more Andy Moor!). Darren Tate finishes with one of his own productions delivering an epic swell to conclude a great mix. The mixing on this disc in some places leaves a bit to desire as far as seamlessness of transitions (perhaps owing to odd track ordering in a few spots) but overall, does not detract from the experience.

Disco two picks up pretty much where disc one terminates. My main complain is that the disc has little progression because while there are a good variety of sounds to be heard, they don't mesh well with each other, or are nearly indistinguishable. And I really like the sugar-sweet Sunny Lax - Puma, having collected quite a bit of Anjunabeats material, but this song is horribly out of place here, especially interjected in the middle two pounding hard tracks. The latter half the disc starts to shine, though with Will Holland v. Activa - Amensia and its dramatic string synths and restrained but bouncing rhythm section. Kiksu seems to be somewhat a shameless plug, but that momentum is gained right back with the excellent Haylon - Starfighter which has already seen so much play this year. You can't mess up with this one unless you try really hard - the immense, throbbing synth strings and coarse bass are absolutely hypnotizing and well, entrancing. The last two tracks aren't nearly as spacey or deep, a bit of a let down.

Overall, I give this a solid 4 - a near 5 and big props to Darren Tate for experimenting with a bit of a different sound, especially on the former half of disc one. Disc two, is a bit more generic, but solid nonetheless, maybe getting 3.5. Overall, the disc simply falls short of other efforts released this year, like The Thrillseekers - Nightmusic V.1 and especially Solarstone - Destinations, which to me, has been a benchmark this year. I'm also highly anticipating Will Holland - Digitally Enhanced in the coming weeks.

A great two disc roll in the hay to be sure, that you absolutely can't complain a whole lot about, but still leaves room for improvement.
Pure trance 9 Mar. 2008
By Clay G - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I've waited... to see if this two disc set is as great as I thought it was out of the wrapper... and I keep coming back and queing this up consistently over the last 18 months. I can safely say now this two disc set is definitely under rated and has gone unnoticed. You gotta like trance though... if you are a house fan, this is not a pick for you. I've gifted this to friends who I know like trance and everyone gives it thumbs up. This is a club style "mix", no gaps between tracks.

The first disc features many Darren Tate productions and tracks similar to what you'd hear on his Mondo Sessions radio broadcast. One track worth noting is a one of a kind mix of Hold Me Till The End (Deeply Truly Mix) that is my favorite second only to the 12" club mix.

The second disc is classic club style trance, very consistent from beginning to end. The last track, North Dakota (another Darren Tate alias) Superstring 2.6 (Festival Mix) is a perfect 5am closer... liken it alot.

Overall a few "vocal trance" tracks, some progressive and many classic style euphoric trance selections and no guitars, but plents of symphonic and electronic elements throughout.
Not bad, but buy it only if you can't wait for DT8 releases... 15 Nov. 2006
By Alberto Berardi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The entire selection it's not bad, especially on disc one, where it features 3 examples of that sort of "new-style trance" typical of Darren Tate production (Reflections,Hold me till the end,Tomorrow never comes) as well as other big anthems like Super 8 vs.Dj Tab's Helsinki Scorching or Alone from Above & Beyond - but I strongly reccomand the purchase of Tri-State if you are A&B fan...-. On the second disc only a track is worthwhile, that is alex Morph remix of Nautical Imagery's Distant Dreams. I'm not a big fan of Mike Koglin, to be sincere...In the end, if you can't wait for the release of DT8 album's Perfect World (where there will be all the mentioned track plus Winter and other, it should be released on January, according to latest news...)you can buy it, otherwise there are others better trance selections around.
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