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on 18 August 2013
Can you remember hearing house music for the first time in the late 80s or early 90s? Can you remember waiting for the next big gathering to happen? Can you remember dancing all night with wild abandon, without a care how you looked or if you could dance or not? Can you remember trying to dodge the plod while getting to the next venue, field, warehouse, hanger? Can you remember the excitement in your belly as the traffic got more dense with more ravers heading to the same destination?

Then you might like this album, very, very much.

For those young enough not to have experienced the halcyon days of the second summer of love, let me enlighten you.

Basically we were bored, bored with being skint, bored of being repressed, bored of chintzy nightclubs and stuffy rules, bored of the same old humdrum, but then ecstasy reached our shores, and along with ecstasy and LSD, and some amazing house music coming from the states and at home, and some revolutionaries, a whole new scene was born, Acid House, which evolved into the rave scene, and the rest is history.

We partied until the next day, not just til 6am, but through the next day as well sometimes, remember White Waltham Airfield? Emerging from the darkness all wide eyed and spaced out, and we were very spaced out, drugs were a massive part of the scene, everyone took them, there were casualties inevitably, but most of us came through it unscathed thankfully.

BUt if it wasn't for the music, there would never have been a scene in the first place, the beats were intensified by the ecstasy, and the 303s were warped by the Acid. Vocals of peace, love, togetherness, unity, they were the themes of the day, sweet singalong vocals infused with a musical juxtaposition, with breakbeats being recycled from old, almost forgotten tracks, such as the Amen break from Amen Brother, the seminal piece by The Winstons.

Listening to these tracks now, it is evident that no drugs are needed to enjoy these sounds, i dont take anything like that anymore but i still adore classic house music, and i always will, it was the sound of my youth, in 1988 i was 14 years old and very clued up with acid house music already, thrilled by the emergence of detroit techno, electro infused wizardry which seemed to encapsulate the very essence of LSD perfectly, deep, deep house music.

There wont be many tracks on here that you wont know of, almost all are classics, from Hardcore Uproar, the northern anthem from Together, to that Hacianda classic The Theme - Unique 3, there are just so many tunes here that you will remember fondly, and some you almost forgotten about.

It is now exactly 25 years since that revolution began, twentyfive years! The music has not aged one bit, it still sounds fresh, it still sounds new, it still sounds relevant, and it still moves you, it still jacks your body and makes you do the wriggly worm. Never again will we see such a revolution take place, those unique circumstances during that crucial moment in time were responsible for changing the way we lived, a new generation got wise and desired to seek the truth out for themselves.

There has never been a better time to reflect upon this magical era, now lost to the past but with a flame still flickering in the eyes of everyone who ever went to an all night illegal party and danced and loved and shared and didnt give a toot about what our superiors thought, we were having it large!

Peace - Love - Unity - Respect ☺
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on 6 September 2017
Good compilation but part mixed.
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on 28 October 2014
Some really great tunes. Takes you back to the secret meet ups in and around M25 and then onto the warehouse party.
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on 16 March 2015
This is a fantastic collection, really good selection, no idea who picked them, but someone with a real knowledge of what tunes were really underground hits, not just the usual.

If you've never heard Dionne Come get my lovin, or Richie Rich Salsa House..buy this just for those 2, absolutely excellent, segued together instead of mixed which works really well on this diverse mix of tunes.

Really really good.
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on 31 August 2013
Its a really good CD some good tracks to better than the KISSTORY CD where you get the same songs on almost all albums.
Its mixed OK to.
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on 1 November 2013
I bought this album on recommendation and it has not left the cd player in my car since. Some excellent tracks from the old warehouse party days. I have even got my 6 and 9 year old sons into it (better than the rubbish they listen to). Their favourite is Mr Lee - Get busy!
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on 24 August 2013
This is a very good album, thou im not such a fan of house music, Late 80s and Early 90s music (im more early 80s) but i would recommend this album features Inner City, 49ers, Adventures of Stevie V, Black Box, Royal House etc.
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on 25 August 2013
Takes me back to my raving days! Some really good tunes on this album. Highly recommended you really wont be disappointed by this album. Would love to see a follow up to this!
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on 21 November 2015
It arrived on time and in good order. It was great to hear some old tunes that bought back some great memories. If you lived the old skool music you will love this album.
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on 3 March 2014
I have all the floorfillers cds and this wont disappoint I would recommend this 100%
Another great party album as always
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