When I really started getting into music in 1994, it was the Happy Hardcore style that grabbed my attention - I loved the massive amount of energy that came out of every highly melodic track. So, when I purchased this album, it was a very welcome return to my past...
I have to say first of all that listening to this compilation has made me realise that happy hardcore tunes are enjoying a massive revival at the moment - Scooter have made a successful comeback (although they never really disappeared in many European countries), and many of the tracks on this album are being remade to become hits all over again ("Shooting Star" by Bang/Flip 'n' Fill, "Heart Of Gold" by Force & Styles/Kelly Llorenna, and the recent hit for N-Trance "Forever" is actually a remake of "Stay Here Forever" by Brisk & Fade).
There are just too many tracks to review them all individually, so I will highlight a few choice cuts from both CDs...
- "Freedom" by QFX ~ these guys have always been massive in Scotland, and this was one of their first (and best) hits - wispy vocals, and dreamy synths make this a hands-in-the-air stormer!!
- "Forever Young" by Interactive ~ another classic hardcore tune that's enjoyed a recent revival, this has always been one of alltime favourite songs - the chorus is massive and the frantic beats are infectious!
- "Fly Away" by Visa ~ Visa are actually the producers behind Clock (remember them???), but fear not, they make fantastic melodic hardcore tunes - this one is without a doubt their best, with fantastic vocals and cute synth hook!
- "You're Shining" by Breeze & Styles ~ imagine a cross between PPK and Ian Van Dahl/Milk Inc/Lasgo, only much faster, and you have this little gem!
- "Power Of Love" by Q-Tex ~ another hardcore classic from another veteran Scottish act - this version is a great remix which brings the tune bang up-to-date!
CD 2(a lot more melodic vocal tunes):
- "Shooting Star" by Bang ~ franctic piano interludes and synth passages support the euphoric vocal line, made famous all over again in the recent remake by Flip 'n' Fill.
- "Bring Me Round To Love" by Sy & Unknown ~ a dreamy piano arpeggio intro leads on to the simple, yet unbelievably catchy vocal passage - this is sure to get you moving!
- "Elysium Plus" by Scott Brown ~ the mastermind behind Q-Tex produces an amazing hardcore trance instrumental, with a gorgeous piano section and excellent bass.
- "Braveheart" by Joining Of The Clans ~ utterly breathtaking hardcore reworking of the theme from "Braveheart" - the beginning lulls you into a relaxed state before the frantic synths take over - by the time the beat kicks in, you're in heaven!!!
- "The Chase" by Sy & Unknown ~ this is a very quirky instrumental with excellent orchestration (I love the brass sound!)
That's just a small selection of the best tunes from this compilation - the compilers have really excelled themselves because when listening to the whole CD, there is a real feeling of progression throughout, meaning that each track compliments the next perfectly. Turn this classic collection up VERY LOUD!!!