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Euphoria - Total Euphoria
Euphoria - Total Euphoria
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Price: £14.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Another great classic Trance mix., 27 Jan. 2014
There have been a lot of reviews already for this album so why bother writing another one more than 10 years later? With EDM dominating the market place today, so many experienced trance listeners are having to dig into their achieves in order to quench their trance fix needs. Most fans will know that Trance has evolved through the years and rich deep base lines have always been top of the list when putting compilations together. This particular mix along with Ibiza Euphoria have been part of my collection for many years and they both represent an era of Trance music which didn't last very long where the emphasis was not for deep baselines but more for high pitched melodies and synths. CD 1 features some great classics tunes but the tracks are a little noisy towards the end of the mix and may not tickle everyone's ears. It does however give the listener a great insight as to what it is ( was ) like to be in an Ibiza nightclub at sunrise during this era ( or any era ). CD 2 is much more focused and features some cracking tunes including some of my favourites, James Holden - One for You, Tukan - Light a Rainbow & Lange - Drifting Away. So, what's so special....? Firstly, every track has been treated with the same amount of love and care and the entire compilation is carefully put together where no track really stands out. There are a couple of rough edges but not many and whilst this may sound like a bit of a contradiction to what I just said, the placement of Bartezz - On the Move is nothing short of absolutely 'Perfect'. High pitched notes which echo the many electronic sounds of today flow smoothly with rhythm through the entire mix and I would recommend CD 2 as being playable along side any of todays modern releases. I think that it is worth mentioning that this is the first of my older CDs that threw an absolute tantrum when played on MP3. Conversion was done using iTunes at 192kbps and playback was on an iPhone with Sennheiser CX300 headphones. Playback was very enjoyable but I would argue that this mix sounds 10 times better when played on a stereo in full CD uncompressed format. An essential listen.... and possibly a fine example that compressed music is definitely not the future.


A State Of Trance 2012
A State Of Trance 2012
Price: £18.50

4.0 out of 5 stars A Mix with Purpose!!, 12 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: A State Of Trance 2012 (Audio CD)
There was a time when all DJ's had to do was play the tunes. This progressed very quickly into lots of areas such as production, sound engineering, marketing, branding, re-inventing and of course perspective. I personally have never been able to keep up with Armin van Buuren's hungry appetite for producing such a vast array of music productions, but the one thing that I have always liked is his simple approach of just playing the tunes. It is only in recent years that the question of CD v's Vinyl has started to be questioned. Lots of defining factors prevail and it may be a few years before the preference for CD starts to dwindle but one thing is for sure... there are a lot of Trance fans out there who prefer the 'older' sound and there are probably just as many who prefer the 'newer' sound. My personal opinion is that the time that was spent cueing vinyl needs to be questioned. Anyways, what does Armin van Burren have to say about all this?? CD 1 spins up a slightly more laid back pace of quality signature sounds and the entire mix revolves around two very contrasting tracks - Alex M.O.R.P.H. & Protoculture - Waking Up The Stars & Susana & Max Graham - Down To Nothing. Modern electronic beats gently tip-toe their way around the set and some fine examples of time spent producing rather than turning dials include Nash & Pepper - Ushuaia Memories and Mike Foyle & ReFeel - Universal Language. A good modern mix that will appeal to a broad range of listeners. CD 2 is more full on and instead of reflecting the underground club scene that so many of us can relate to, AVB paints a much more modern large arena atmosphere where sound acoustics play such an important role. Electronic sounds are far more dominant and this explodes with Armin van Buuren presents Gaia - J'ai Envie De Toi, a controversial track which I am sure will cause a few debates amongst seasoned trance listeners. Things progress to a much deeper sound towards the end of the set as AVB paves the way for the next act. All in all, this isn't one of his better productions but I feel that the way the entire set is compiled signals that this is one definitely worth listening to.


Sirens of the Sea
Sirens of the Sea

5.0 out of 5 stars Another great essential!!, 11 Dec. 2013
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Hard work, meticulous attention to detail, passion, talent, a wealth of experience, a dedicated production team and a determination to produce something special all combined with the beautiful and stunning voice of Justine Suissa. Not many releases can be classed as absolute essentials, even fewer can be categorised as being the top of those. No point in me trying to describe the tracks, apart from pointing out that this is proper grown up dance music at it's absolute best, a refreshing listen and I think that Above and Beyond have produced something way beyond their expectations. As much as I trust this label / artist, I have no intention of buying the remixed version of this album. A must have for anyone who enjoys to listen to vocal trance.


Oakenfold Cream 21
Oakenfold Cream 21
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Price: £10.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lessons in Trance..., 11 Dec. 2013
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One thing is for certain... anyone who is familiar with Oakenfolds style and portfolio of releases will know that when he has something to say, the whole world gets to know about it. This latest release echo's some of Oakenfolds past experiences and moments and combines them together with a blast of modern tracks. The compilation is split in two - Disk 1 focuses on the newer sounds of the dance scene while disk 2 focuses on sounds from a little further back in a bang up to date but harder and deeper mix. Straight off, on disk 1 the first 5 tracks are effortlessly mixed. After track 6, Oakenfolds sheer determination and skills are tested to the max as he pushes and shoves his way though a stomper of electro sounds which I am sure a lot of younger listeners will enjoy on their MP3 players. Some classic tunes are dropped through the entire set as the direction and mode continuously shifts. Disk 2 combines a few of these contemporary elements with some subtle sounds from the past and again, tracks 1 - 9 are effortlessly combined in a manner that has now become part of this DJ's signature sound and contains some cracking remixes. The rest of the mix is a combination of deep and dark trance like sounds with some spooky memorable twists for the more discerning listener. It may be argued that the 2 disks reflect each other in matters of opinions but I get a feeling that the more times you listen to disk 2, the more you will get to fall in love with it...


Cream Club Classics
Cream Club Classics
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Price: £4.15

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stamped, signed, sealed & delivered!!, 1 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Cream Club Classics (Audio CD)
If you are looking for a well mixed collection of classic tunes, put this compilation on your 'Must Have' list. I have never been to a cream gig or festival but disc 1 paints a pretty good picture. Tracks are more commercial & full on, the set is well mixed and the track selection is spot on. Things get a little more serious on discs 2 & 3. Disc 2 concentrates on the more house and hip hop influenced early 90's and contrasts well with disc 1. Disc 3 spins up some of the more electronic 'trance' sounds reminiscent of the late 90's and early 00's and blends them beautifully with some of the earlier sounds from disc 2. So what's so special about this release?? Well, simple really. Every track has been perfectly positioned and the entire mix is under laid, intertwined, signed and stamped with Cream's signature sound. Arrangement and mixing is meticulous, production is perfect but the most important factor is that it is crammed full of emotion. Transitions from Robert Miles - Children & Cygnus X's - The Orange Team are far from coincidental and the highlight for me is SuReal's - You Take my Breath Away which basically makes us all remember why we fell in love with dance music in the first place. If you were there, buy it... if you weren't, this is what you missed. My only criticism is that I couldn't find a credit for who mixed the compilation... guess it must have been a team effort. Absolutely brilliant!!! Can't believe I only picked this up recently for 7...
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Anthems Trance
Anthems Trance
Price: £5.00

31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missed Opportunity, 27 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Anthems Trance (Audio CD)
Firstly, lets get something straight. Whilst 99 was known as the year of trance, this does not mean that this was the year that the best trance was produced ( Very best of Euphoric Breakdown 2001, Transparance 004 2002, Beyond Euphoria 2005 are fine examples to name but a few ). This CD flicks back more than a decade and showcases some of the finer tracks and some of the not so finer tracks that have all made it to the dance floor and club scene. Mixing is average and someone thought it would be a good idea to include the non vocal version of Thrillseekers feat Sheryl Deane and stick it in before Mauro Picotto's Lizard. Yorks On the Beach is also the non vocal version. Arrangement is poor and I feel that a lot of fresh listeners would listen to this and feel that they didn't miss much. Well... you did and if you think this mix is good there are far better mixes out there. Sorry MOS, but this seems like a pointless release and a bit of a missed opportunity really. If you are a seasoned trance listener this release doesn't offer anything extra in terms of sound production and I'd bang on some of the older CD's sitting in your collection instead... which is what I'm going to do!
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Progressive Equation
Progressive Equation
Price: £11.55

2.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Album Art but....., 20 Nov. 2013
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Seriously, if you want to listen to how bad dance music can get, buy this CD... I made it to track 4, all tracks pre-programmed with the same tempo and I really couldn't be bothered describing any more technical data because it doesn't deserve any technical criticism. How this release made it to such a high end production studio is beyond me. If I could get my money back I would ask for it but I'd rather save some buyers a few quid than try and resell this. Sorry, but if a label puts a release such as this to market, it deserves to be hammered.


Marbella Sessions
Marbella Sessions
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Price: £8.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who is this CD for??, 2 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Marbella Sessions (Audio CD)
Having read so many varied reviews on this release, I asked myself the question... Who is this CD intended for?? I bought this CD as I trust the label and was curious to listen to MOS offering of many modern and contemporary tracks. By track 4 I was asking myself... oh why did I buy this?? It's just a collection of MTV Electro which I have really grown to detest. Well, thank you MOS for helping me to appreciate some of the newer sounds appearing everywhere on the dance scene. To put this simply... I haven't stopped playing this CD for weeks. It takes modern commercial House and Electro sounds and beautifully blends them together with some deeper Progressive House and some cracking Garage / R&B. Most importantly though, I think what this CD deserves full credit for is the absolutely amazing arrangement of each track. One of the best arrangements I have listened to for a while and it is what makes this compilation so addictive. So, who is it for. Well, if like me.. you prefer to listen to progressive / deeper sounds, but still like to tune into MTV, believe me... this mix will not disappoint. Cracking range of mixing styles, great tracks, some top notch tunes and another fine offering of perspective from MOS. I usually like to keep reviews self contained but if you refer to progressive, groovy & deep house sounds as old sounds, and refer to Garage as R&B and Classic Tunes as fillers, then you should not be writing reviews, you should be reading them instead. 5 stars for the mixing and 7 stars for the arrangement... Brilliant!!!


Anjunadeep 05 - Mixed by Jody Wisternoff and James Grant
Anjunadeep 05 - Mixed by Jody Wisternoff and James Grant
Price: £14.67

5.0 out of 5 stars Time Out!!!, 2 Sept. 2013
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There is always a first CD for any party, a CD that creates and stimulates an atmosphere rather than dominate it, a subtle mix of groovy base-lines mixed with some up-tempo beats and a few uplifting vocals for good measure. My personnel favourite has always been for house, e.g. Journeys by DJ, Late Night Sessions and Nite Life to name but a few. There are many mixes across many genres and when it comes to Trance, I have always refrained from playing Trance to early, but hey... that's me, everyone is different. However, I would happily play Disc 2 on this release as a first CD at any party. Rare mixes and hard to find, this one will sit happily amongst the many few that I have found through out the years. Disc 1 is more suited to a lazy evening, well laid back and slow paced ( even my parents would like it as another reviewer presented ). I would expect that many a listener would be well pleased to hear this release, especially from such a well established label. It's far from ground-breaking and it does have its moments and whilst this may seem like a biased review rather than a technical one, all I will say is that this is proper grown up dance music and well worth the purchase.


Renissance: The Master Series - Dave Seaman
Renissance: The Master Series - Dave Seaman
Price: £8.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Blowing, 3 Aug. 2013
To put it simply, if this CD were a mountain it would be Mount Everest. The highest peak on Earth and a place that very few people have ever been. Sit back, put on a decent set of headphones and be prepared for a mind boggling display of technical craftsmanship. After a few tracks it soon becomes clear that this mix is all about control.... every twist, every corner, every beat is controlled to a level that many DJ's can only aspire to. Seriously, if you played this mix on a plastic MP3 player with software that leaves gaps between the tracks during playback, I reckon you still wouldn't hear the changes... ( joke ). Bearing that in mind though, this mix really does showcase a wealth of sound engineering skills and if you do not listen to it on a decent set of headphones or decent sound system it will absolutely punish you. A deep, soulful, rhythmic artistic display of controlled base that is sure to please a lot of hungry dance music fans. If you do not like the sound on this compilation then I am afraid it's not the mix, it's your sound system. I can't wait to listen to it again... WOW, seriously, What a ... mix!!! I don't know whether to dance or cry.


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