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This is honestly the most outstanding mix that I have ever heard. Oakenfold is scrutinized for his supposed lack of mixing skills, but I beg to differ. Track selections like "El Nino" and "Words" and "Cafe Del Mar" each evoke a different tone. This kind of melodic trance, unlike Sasha's or Christopher Lawrence's, is difficult to mix because of each track's distinct tone and energy. For those critics of Oakey's mixing, ask yourself, "How difficult is it to mix some of the most popular and melodic tracks of the 90's without making it seem like a cheesy Ibiza mix?" I know that the mixing is not on par with Sasha's or Lawrence's, but you have to judge mixing in context of the tracks. What always set Oakenfold apart, in my opinion, is the diversity of his track selection. For example, anyone who compares the New York Global Underground to any other GU will find it very difficult because he spins trance, ambient, drum and bass, and melodies all on the NY CD. This fact may help explain why his mixing seems subpar.
Tranceport I deserves 5 STARS because of the tone each track creates. In the end, the sum of the several distinct tones on this CD creates an uplifting mood. I used to listen to this CD while I worked in an Espresso Bar, and it not only kept me moving on my feet, but it also got me through long days.Read more ›
Now, that said, please do take one bit of advice from me. DO NOT let Tranceport be your first exposure to trance music, or Paul Oakenfold for that matter. If you had never eaten food, would you begin with french pastry? If you had never driven a car, would you begin by racing grand prix? If you had never made love, would you first lay down with Sophia Loren? No, No, No a thousand times No!!
You see, I made that mistake. I busted my trance cherry with Tranceport, and now every other effort is just so much sand on the beach. Okay between your toes, yes, but nowhere near that crashing wave slapping cold refreshment upon sunbaked skin. It's all ruined to some degree and all I have left is one CD of solace. Paul Oakenfold - Tranceport.
Please, if you are new to trance, whatever you do, pass on this CD for now. Go browse Tiesto, Van Dyk, Lawrence, and even Kimball Collins. Only then will you be properly prepared for Tranceport.
Not many people know the background of the man who is known in the UK clubland as 'GOD'. He has spent a life time in music and in his first role in A&R was responsible for signing artistes in the US such as Will Smith, Salt N Pepa and U2. Not a bad selection of artistes on your CV!
For those of you who pay homage to the god known as "Oakie" then this will be another addition to an increasing collection of quality trance cd's.
Oakie is the number one DJ on the planet and is far and away streets ahead in his ability to recognise what spins a clubber's whistle.
In this compilation, Tranceport will take you on a relatively commercial journey from popular tunes such as Greece 2000 and El Nino to the acid trance killers of Words by Paul Van Dyk and Gamemaster by Lost Tribe.
There is key to making good quality trance compilation albums, especially when they are of the single disc variety like Tranceport and Oakenfold demonstrates very clearly that he always delivers the goods.
It would be very easy for a DJ of Oakenfold's reputation to sell out and put his name to any cheese that a record company wanted to promote and this is where Tranceport differs.
The acid test is to buy a dance compilation offering the best trance tracks and listen to it and then immediately slap on an Oakenfold CD.
There is no comparison, Oakenfold is the son the Satan where dance music is concerned. He canes and extracts energy from tunes like no other.
On Tranceport we begin with easy going, fluffy, warm tunes which capture the essence of mainstream dance music that most will appreciate.Read more ›
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There are only a handful of albums I can listen to from beginning to end without skipping a song. Tranceport is one such cd. Read morePublished 13 days ago by someguy
I used to always love techno songs that we'd hear on the radio, Sandstorm, ATB stuff and then in 2002 my brother's stoner friend gives him this CD and since then Trance has been... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mazaher A Haji
Absolutely a must have for anybody who enjoys trance/electronic music. Each track is seamlessly mixed to the next, while keeping the appropriate intensity level. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Tim Daleiden