When I first got this CD a couple of days ago I was initially blown away by the first song and the last one from Tall Paul. "Common Ground" is an outstanding introduction to the CD and you can almost feel that you are in the Gallery when listening to it. As someone that has many CD's from Van Burren, Van Dyk, Tiesto, and Oakenfold I have begun to look for other artists that can move me in a similar way as they can. While Tall Paul doesnt really mix in the same style as the above mentioned artists I really enjoyed the CD after listening to it a couple of times.
The first song represents a lush and energetic introduction to the CD and while there are some ebbs and flows in the middle he caps it off nicely with tracks 10-12, with 12 finishing really strong. I would definitely recommend this CD if only for Tall Paul's contribution. As for the second CD mixed by Benny Benassi, I have never heard of him before and felt that he did a fair job with his mix. The CD starts off really slow and doesnt start to get into a good beat until the 4th or 5th song, way to long for me to wait. Once again, Benny's style is a little different than the big 3 or 4 that most trance fans are used to.
If you want to see a good live set, check out Armin Van Burren any chance you get. After seeing Oakenfold, Van Dyk and Tiesto live previously Van Burren definitely was the most exciting and provided nonstop energy throughout the mix.