11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A vast collection - a lot of old classics and some great new hits,
This review is from: Trance Nation: The Collection (Audio CD)
For fans of the more melodic, euphoric style of Trance it's a bit of a flat album - it's a vast album but in amongst the classics you probably already have if you're a big trance fan are lots of very very long tunes that rely largely upon just `decent' repetitive rythms and beats.
Luckily, it's saved by a few gleaming jewels. Veracocha's stunning `Carte Blanche' is in there, along with the gorgeous but manic `Til Tears Do Us Part' from Heaven's Cry, which feels like yet another different mix from the usual Flash Harry's mix, and Art Of Trance's always breathtaking `Madagascar' - practically a bible entry for Trance fans.
A lot of old and justifiable classics share space, which among others include Darude's `Sandstorm', William Orbit's `Barber's Adagio for Strings', Faithless' `God is a DJ' and Delerium's `Silence'. In terms of the occasional new mixes, there's only one mis-step - a horrendous vocal edit of Chicane's old classic `Offshore' which I found trashed the memory of the original.
Personally I went in hoping this had some brilliant old or new tunes I'd missed. I wasn't disappointed, as there are some sparklers in there. The standouts for me were DT8's exciting `Destination'. After long intro warm-ups, Ralph Fridge's `Angel' and the Sean Tyas mix of `Sanctuary' were also amazing, along with Ummet Ozcan's `Arcadia', Oakenfold's `Deepest Blue' reminiscent `Firefly', L'esperanza and Coming Home from Armin Van Buuren.
Along with these, there's Tim Berg's amazing stadium-buster `Bromance' in all it's glory. For fans of the more aggressive tunes you also get the nicely updated Operation Blade, now with a more rounded Trance backing and updated beats and Voodoo and Serano's fantastically punchy `Blood is Pumping'. It'll be a disappointment if you're a dedicated fan expecting continuous excellence. But if you've somehow not purchased these big tune classics before and want an album that also throws in some modern dancefloor genius, it's well worth getting. It certainly filled many long journeys with tons of entertainment, which was what I bought it for, with it's 80 main tracks, and 4 club-mixes.