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A great budget collection of lesser known Trance!!
on 15 May 2013
I may be a bit too old and bald to show my face in a club any more, but I do love my Trance, so I bought this budget collection at £1.79 on MP3, thinking that if I found half a dozen tracks that I liked, it would still be a bargain. What a surprise I had, the artists may have been new to me (no surprise there), but there is some good Trance music in this collection, with surprisingly few tracks that had me reaching for the skip button on the MP3 player. Just don't go expecting Armin Van Buuren and the like, for this price!! This is the latest offering in a series of MP3 albums with this title, which start off at £1.79 and then creep up to the £7.50 level. Reviewers of previous albums have commented that they get to feel a bit 'mass produced and samey' after a while and this is true to a certain extent, with just a few really stand out tracks in each compilation. However, if you are looking for a reasonable background music experience whilst at the gym or whatever, they do work well.
The shortest track is around 5 minutes and the longest around 9.5 minutes (plus track 49 is a 1 hour remix), so you don't get short changed with nasty chopped edits and the bit rate is 'acceptable' at around 220 to 256 kbps. (Why Amazon doesn't just do everything at 320 kbps these days is beyond me). FLAC quality would be nice, but I am not holding my breath on that one. Also, how about including a pdf booklet in the download, instead of the rubbish low res. single jpeg that we get now.
I am not going to pick out my favourites, because what I love, someone else will hate, but I am sure that any Trance fans will find something of interest on this compilation and how can you go wrong at the price? This is not just quantity over quality though,and I would suggest you try it before Amazon realise that this collection is just too good a bargain at the price. It made me go and look for other tracks by a few of the artists! You get nearly 13 hours of Trance in this compilation and I was surprised at how much of it I enjoyed, because these collections usually contain a huge amount of dross, not so with this one. My biggest dilemma has been deciding which tracks to leave out when I write it to a CD for playing in the car, as I do not want to drop the bit rate to squeeze it all on to 1 CD. If I have one criticism, it is that too many of the tracks have an irritatingly similar intro in the first 15-30 seconds, it is just a shame that the artists could not think of an interesting and fresh way to bring their tracks to life from the start - still, I can't write or play music so perhaps I should stop moaning about that!!
**** Take note - there are 3 compilations with this name - I have reviewed the one with a release date of 02/01/2013. Amazon are using reviews from all 3 compilations as one review item (which is a little bit naughty I think!!)
I have bought the other two compilations with release dates of 19/08/2011 and 30/11/2012 and have to say that they too contain a reasonable number of decent tracks from lesser known artists, but the price on these has gone up , so be warned!! Check which release you are buying as the 2011 compilation does not have an extended mix on it (well not that I have noticed so far). I have still found plenty of tracks on these two earlier compilations that I like, so I don't regret buying them and would still be happy to give them 5* . If anything, I think that the two earlier compilations do not suffer in quite the same way from 'samey' intros to the tracks.
UPDATE - There are another three compilations available in this series, dated 02/08/2012, 12/05/2012 and 17/12/2012, which I have not heard yet, so my review still only covers the first three that I have mentioned.
Hope you try it and enjoy!!