on 16 June 2008
Any assumption that price is indicative of quality would suggest that this compilation, and indeed any other in the "no.1" dance music series, is sub-standard produce. This is very much not the case. This magical 4 CD set complies with few omissions almost every classic hardcore anthem of the post-2001 revival, right through from shamelessly cheesy chavcore to some of the edgier freeform productions.
This is quite definitely the best hardcore retrospective on offer. It's quality is inarguable even when money is no object, but the fact that it will set you back little over a fiver means that it is way ahead of the pack in every single way. Such is the quality of the track-listing that this album is perfect for everyone, whether first getting into the hardcore scene or already hooked, compiling a truly definitive selection of euphoric anthems.
Although an unmixed CD may at first seem like corner-cutting, it is in fact a wonderful blessing in a cheap disguise. It allows you to enjoy the tracks in their pure un-violated state, whilst also saving you from assault by the egos of hardcore, and relieving you from tracks that spend so much time beat-matching in from the previous that you are only allowed to enjoy 30 seconds of music before it starts to fade out again. Besides if you are the sort of cantankerous chump who worries about a seamless mix, you are probably slick enough to be wanting to mix it all together yourself anyway, so we all win.
In summary, 5 stars: Best compilation on the market. If you like hardcore but for some reason do not own every track on this flawless album, rectify the situation immediately.
on 10 November 2007
I saw this cheap and thought I would buy it and give it a listen. I wasn't expecting much with it being so cheap, but when I played it I was blown away by the quality of the production and the tracks chosen for the mix.
The only thing I have against it is that the songs are not mixed into each other but with well known songs on this that can be over looked.
There are 4 CD's of hardcore in this set including: POWER OF LOVE: Q - TEX, CRAZY LOVE: BRISK & HAM, NECK BREAKER: SCOTT BROWN, ELYSIUM: SCOTT BROWN, 24/7: ECLIPSE, TELL ME A STORY: DOUGAL & GAMMER, U R MY FANTASY: SY & UNKNOWN, ANGEL EYES: BRISK & HAM etc.
At this cheap price it's well worth buying and if you do buy it you will not be disappointed - like I said earlier the only problem is that the songs are not mixed into each other but that's a little nit pick that can be easily looked over.
So please buy it and enjoy.
on 24 June 2009
If you like your hardcore and dont want to pay over the odds for individual records, this is the album for you. Some tracks that are on this album cost £7.99- £24.99 as a vinyl. Some classic "proper" hardcore tracks can be found on all 4 CDs, in their original recording format. A good selection of Scott Browns earlier tunes that will give you fix your looking for. All 4 cds have banging tunes and defo 1 for a strong amplified sound system with a major BASSBOX.