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Old Skool Revival in a foolish yellow box!,
This review is from: The Ultimate Hardcore Album: Mixed By Sy & Unknown (Audio CD)
Don't be put off by the dodgy artwork!
First off if your new to the hardcore scene and are looking for another trancey type mix cd as seems to be the trend at the moment (the last few volumes in the bonkers series are a great example), you're gonna be disappointed. This is for the most part pure old skool hardcore, mixed by the 'scratchmaster' Sy, and Unknown.
The first three cd's are mixed, the last three aren't, but that doesn't detract from the track selection in any way.
There are a few anthems that seem to be included with every hardcore release these days; such as "Pretty Green Eyes," "Heart Of Gold" and "Shooting Star," but thats fine, they're great tracks afterall. Less well known and older classics include "Cape Fear" Sy & Unkownn, "Midnight Express" Hopskotch, "Airhead" DJ Brisk, and "Bass Nation" Bass X.
Included are tracks from hardcore veterans Ham, Red Alert & Mike Slammer, DJ Demo, and Force & Styles. There were a couple of tunes I was less familiar with but pleasantly surprised by, chiefly "Fanfare" Paul Shardcore on Disc 6; it's different but definately recommended.
Unfortunately there's always a duff cd included with these box sets, and it's got to be Disc 5. It kicks off with Scooter, followed by that incredibly irritating technohead track from a few years ago, then a tune that wouldn't be out of place on one of those Ibiza compilations, then a remix of a tune lifted off the Braveheart soundtrack! Where's the connection?? This cd is completely out of place and just doesn't work with the rest of the box set. The one saving grace is the inclusion of Sy & Demo's "Sensation" towards the end of the cd (a brief return to the format).
So yes, to the beginner a lot of the music does sound similar but as I said this collection focuses on the purer mid to late 90's sound, way before the experimentation into trancecore that we have today. Five good cd's (out of six) charting hardcores' inception.