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As good as Gatecrasher gets,
This review is from: Gatecrasher Disco-tech (Audio CD)
This is kinda hard to get hold of these days. I’ve hard a few of the Gatecrasher albums and this quite simply is the daddy of them all. This was released right at the end of 1999 when Gatecrasher was quite simply the hottest thing across the whole board of UK youth culture. And it shows. That said if you don’t like trance at all then you probably won’t like this as there’s not much else. But don’t be misled by the poorly produced and unimaginative rubbish that’s been foisted on the charts in recent years in imagining that all trance is the same.
This is the sound of tech-trance and, in my humble opinion, marks the high point in the music’s evolution before degenerating into today’s high octane commercially driven pap. Maybe I sound like an old timer who’s no longer down with what the kids listen to, maybe its true but I don’t care. This is the best example of this type of music out there.
The first CD is pretty good but its the second (less commercial) one that really shines. Gatecrasher have eschewed well known tunes or a big name DJ (in fact a named DJ at all, possibly even a DJ at all, computer mixed anyone?) but this doesn’t matter at all and just allows the music to really stand out. The whole mix is amazing and varied but its on the last three tracks that things really come together. The breakdown in Solaarstone is one of my favourite pieces of music ever and still takes me back to standing on the dance floor of the Republic with a big silly smile on my face.
This is a document to one of the great periods in the history of dance music and even if you weren’t there its good enough to take you with it.
As I say you may have fun and games tracking this down but I guarantee it’ll be worth it.
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Initial post: 24 Jul 2011 21:23:03 BDT
Matthue Trikx says:
scott bond mixed all the early albums, it was decided to focus on the brand and not name djs. considering he was resident, co-promoter and responsible for programming the music and booking pvd, tiesto, taucher etc, he was the driving force behind the club. he left in 2004 and they've been a pathetic joke ever since, FOUR times re-releasing classic compilations. he tried to bring trance back to sheffield with the ahead project, but trance was past the glory days by then.
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