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5.0 out of 5 stars simply the best mix album of all time,
This review is from: Renaissance: The Mix Collection (10th Anniversary Edition) (Audio CD)Even though a few of the tracks have changed in the re-release, still an amazing mix.
If you haven't heard this groud breaking album before, buy, beg or borrow a copy and be prepared to be blown away.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic,
This review is from: Renaissance: The Mix Collection (10th Anniversary Edition) (Audio CD)This was and Is the definitive Mix of house and trance of all time. I am proud to have been able to have attended the Renaissance events that culminated in this album. If you were there, you understand. Big Love to all. xxx Rawhide xxx
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic,
This review is from: Renaissance: The Mix Collection (10th Anniversary Edition) (Audio CD)I'm a big fan of Sasha and Digweed. Digweeds Essential Mix on R1 in 1995 was the first time I'd ever really liked club music, up until then I'd been subjected to the nasty pop-club pap like C&C Music Factory etc. It was progressive house, and I loved it.
This mix is the must-have that everyone raved about, but at £50 or whatever on Ebay I was prepared to wait.
I heard this for the first time this week. Because I wasn't really there the first time round, and I've never heard it before, I can cast a critical 2008 view on it. I can see why it's a classic, but I'm also slightly disappointed. Mainly with the sound quality. This is remastered? It sounds like it was recorded straight from record to a happy shopper C90 cassette, then left to rot in an old attic. Where's the crisp treble? It sounds pretty bad in my opinion.
I've checked the track listings and all that's changed is that the M People tracks have gone, to be replaced with O.M.D. - Stand Above Me on disc 1 and Anthony White - I Can't Forget You on disc 3. Why is this? Is it licensing troubles?
On the plus side, it was released in 1994 and is streets ahead of what anyone else was doing at the time. Who at the time could have forseen 200 featureless mixes being released every week? Most mix albums are the Telstar collections of the 2000s. The Global Underground series excepted.
Check out the Northern Exposure series (1 and 2, maybe not 3) if you like this.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dated but delightful....,
This review is from: Renaissance: The Mix Collection (10th Anniversary Edition) (Audio CD)This was an almost incomprehensible amount of music back in the day, particularly for anyone who came at it from the world of forty minute rock albums. And of a uniformly high quality. It opens brilliantly and seamlessly, with three consecutive versions of the same track, as you might recall, Leftfield slowly drawing you in before the tempo builds. It finally ends, three discs later with Lemon Interupt (Underworld, really) doing the dirty on you. Betwen point A and point B? An embarrasement of riches. There was simply nothing to compare that to at the time. Well, I seem to recall my copy deteriorating before getting lost somewhere or other, and the very mention of it on Digweed's website had me itching for more info. I'm sure I'm not alone. How does it hold up ten years on? Well, how nostalgic do you want to get, really? It does, to be fair, sound a little dated, and when you consider there are tracks with titles like 'Let's Get This Party Started', it's a little bright and breezy in places for ears that have followed the same DJs to darker grooves in the intervening years. But you really can't argue with the return of something that's been out of circulation for so long, and been selling for stupid prices. If you didn't have it first time out, find out for yourself what the fuss is all about,. But be prepared to discover that what stood for sophistication, slick mixing and (incoming cliche) "the journey by DJ" ten years ago does have moments every bit as cheesy as Digweed dropping Paul Van Dyk into his otherwise rattling mix at the end of Global Underground Sydney (another nod to nostalgia). Will I wear it out like I did the first time? Probaably not. But if there's one document of the music that changed everything I thought I liked about music, this could be it. So I'm glad to buy it back again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best and now cheaper!,
This review is from: Renaissance: The Mix Collection (10th Anniversary Edition) (Audio CD)Forget MOS, Cream and all other substandard mix collections, the best is back and still sounds as good. This turned me from long haired student into dance music fanatic within the first 5 minutes of listening when originally released. Now after 10 years I've got a CD version to replace the original tapes. Don't spend £70+ on auction sites, buy a new copy instead for £12.99, which is less than it cost last time!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the original recording (for those wondering),
This review is from: Renaissance: The Mix Collection (10th Anniversary Edition) (Audio CD)Does this album need an introduction? It was only the first mixed dance album, and the first dance compilation to go Gold in sales. If you want a full review, then obviously I suggest reading the reviews from the original album (one I did) but to answer a few queries, this album has indeed been re-mixed sadly, meaning it's not the 'original' version. This is because Sasha and Digweed wanted to remake the album using modern production techniques that weren't present back in 1994.
The result can be partly seen as a positive one - the 3 CD's sound clear and crisp, the beatmatching is alot tighter, and various effects in songs have been brought out more.
Another change, due to Copyright issues, is that 2 tracks have been replaced, those being 'How Can I Love You More' and Renaissance, both by M-People. Again, this is because instead of simply cleaning up the album, the re-production means the Dj's need new rights to release the songs again, which weren't obtainable.
Obviously, i'm going to suggest getting the original not just for the missing songs, but because that was the original, and owning such a beautifully presented album with Michealangello paintings on it, and the Renaissance story written up is far more special than this modern re-make. It's expensive, but owning the original; a piece of music history, feels incredible, and hearing every crackle and vinyl sound is just nice every now and again.
Which you buy depends on how seriously you take this album. Buy this version if you're carrying it around alot, but keep the original for Sunday afternoons!
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5.0 out of 5 stars get it,
This review is from: Renaissance: The Mix Collection (10th Anniversary Edition) (Audio CD)excellent. up there with the cream oakenfold/warren/lavelle set. 5 stars just for disc two. there you go...
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Mix CD, but different to the original.,
This review is from: Renaissance: The Mix Collection (10th Anniversary Edition) (Audio CD)I have the original version of this CD and still play it often so thought it would not be worth buying this CD. However, I have for two reasons. First, to keep my original in mint condition. Second, because it is slightly different! The M-People tracks on the original disc one (track 15) and disc three (track 1) have strangely been replaced with other tracks.
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Renaissance: The Mix Collection (10th Anniversary Edition) by Sasha & John Digweed (Audio CD - 2004)