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State of Trance Yearmix 2007
State of Trance Yearmix 2007
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent mixing skills, January 6, 2008
Once again Armin van Buuren regales us with his superb ability to select and mix tracks that go together as an organic whole. I give this CD 5 stars for exposing so skillfully many tracks in a relatively short compilation. It really gives you an appreciation for the variety of electronic music released this past year. While some people may be turned off by the hyperactive nature of mixing on the CDs - tracks change every 1.5 to 2 minutes - anything longer would probably be too overwhelming to be released as a CD compilation. CD 1 really comes to a climax initiated by Maor Levi's "Shapes" and brought to an apex at Cape Town's "Metaphorique (Ferry Tale Neverending Story Mix)", only to be brought back into a progressive mood with Sander Van Doorn's mix of "King of My Castle". After the high point, Purple Mood's "One Night in Tokyo" creates a mood of reflection, a slight step back to a calming yet driving beat. Finally CD 1 is wrapped up by a section bookended by two of Breakfast's instantly classic euphoric progressive tracks "The Horizon" and "Sunlight". CD 2 continues on a similar roller coaster of emotional release, maybe with less vigor than CD 1 brought us through, but all the same an immensely satisfying listen.

This compilation is a reminder that epic progressive trance still has a significant place in the seemingly minimalist electro-house dominated EDM (Electronic Dance Music) scene, despite its regression from the limelight since the early 2000's. The EDM DJ's really practice an art form by creating music from disparate trakcs to make all of these parts into one living track. Get this compilation if you appreciate trance for all that it is and more so if you miss that great age of epic and euphoric trance.

Same Man
Same Man
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Old School style electronica, August 21, 2006
This review is from: Same Man (Audio CD)
This is a definite must for any DJ on the dance floors this summer. I heard it being played in Ibiza, Barcelona, and the UK. Definitely a crowd shaker, the ladies love it. Even I love it. It has a minor chord set, but amazingly well put together. The build ups are great, a sure inclusion in any Summer 06 mix.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good track, not great, August 20, 2006
This review is from: Borderline (Audio CD)
This tune really is a mover on the dance floor, more so than an actual quality piece. But it does have a funky house beat that is reminiscent of Gray's "The Weekend". It is more mature in that the repeated lines are not so annoying this time around. Still the vocal repetition is boring, and the instrumentals and bass line are what keep the trancy-house interesting. Check out the music video, pushes the "borderline" more than "The Weekend" does. Well I guess you could figure that out from the cover image (hint: Youtube).

Move It
Move It
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A preview of Morillo's greatness, August 18, 2006
This review is from: Move It (Audio CD)
Definitely one of those techno hits to get everyone moving, came out in 1994, has been a hit ever since. Reel 2 Real had a hit, but one hit wonders only last so long, right? Well now, look at Erick Morillo (formerly from Reel 2 Real) head of Subliminal Records with the hottest party in Ibiza @ Pacha and the part owner of Pacha NYC...

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid title showcasing the musical talents of these DJ's...key word musical, May 2, 2006
This review is from: Tri-State (Audio CD)
This CD really shows how great music can be made in trance. How come it has not really caught on in the US? Well it is inexplicable given quality albums like this. If you want a preview of all the tracks download, their preview podcast on iTunes, it is quite good. Something like the audio version of a DVD movie with commentary, and it is a full 25 minutes long! The podcast really gives you the idea of the motivation behind each song, that each song is not just a bunch of random words thrown to a danceable beat. The trance beats and vocals are inspired by emotions that a lot of music is inspired by: lost love, fear, despair, hope. My favorite tracks are "World on Fire", "Alone Tonight", and "Hey You", which the group helpfully says hey can be replaced by any four letter word you wish to substitute. Also "Air for Life", which won at the Miami WMC Global Trance Awards this year, and was rated as the best track on Armin Van Buuren's State of Trance radio broadcasts last year. A quality purchase for anyone new to trance and any experienced trance addicts who want a very diverse album.

World Hold on
World Hold on
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot house track for summer 06, April 26, 2006
This review is from: World Hold on (Audio CD)
I first heard this track while at a small house club, Gigi's, in Philadelphia. It had a real good beat, very danceable. Later learned the name of the track after downloading the Release Yourself podcast by Roger Sanchez. When I heard it in its full glory I was hooked. It has the suave 90's feel of Modjo's "Lady Hear Me Tonight" with a more driving, but still chilled out pulse. This is classic house, with similar buildups of a trance song. The lyrics are not bad either, maybe some message to them. One day you will have to answer to the children of the sky.

Ministry of Sound Presents: Annual 2005
Ministry of Sound Presents: Annual 2005
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great compilation, one of the best in years, January 21, 2005
I have previously been turned off by Ministry of Sound Annual releases because of the recycled garbage that was usually put on the CD's. This compilation is very fresh I mean a single that was just released in Europe (Winter by DT8 Project) on December 20th 2004 was on this CD. I bought the box on December 30th. Also if you live near a Virgin Records Megastore, buy the CD there. It is much cheaper, as Virgin has a huge import collection ($24.99 vs. $36.99). Yes a few of the tracks are recycled such as "Silence" by Delirium, but they are good nevertheless. Some of my favorites are Depeche Mode "Enjoy the Silence", Deepest Blue "Give It Away", "My My My" by Armand Van Helden and "Winter" by DT8. Most of the tracks are very good, akin to the Wild Gold series. Sorry no Tiesto, but hey his new CD was not that great.

Another bonus is the DVD. Yes it is not in region code 1, but it can be played on any computer DVD drive. If you want to watch it on the big screen just get a S-video cable and converter and hook it up. Has a lot of good videos, mostly geared to the male viewer, be forewarned any female purchasers. I didn't mind, but hey I'm a guy...hint the opening video "call on me" is a good gage of the target audience. Overall the compilation is a good buy, the tracks seamlessly mixed together in what sounds like one long playlist, almost at the level of Stéphane Pompougnac's Hotel Costes streaming sound.

Balance Of Power
Balance Of Power
by Richard North Patterson
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent political commentary through believable dialogue, December 18, 2004
This review is from: Balance Of Power (Hardcover)
This is the first book of Patterson's that I have read, and my first impression of his style is very good. Apparently this is supposed to be part of a Kerry Kilcanon series, but I was able to pick this up without having read any of the prior books. This book addresses the issue of gun control, as the editorial review details. The main issue is the loopholes that allow people to obtain guns at gun shows without a liscence. More of the meat of the novel is after the intial drag of the first 100 pgs or so. After the main turning point of this novel, which I will save for the reader to find out, there is an array of legal proceedings and preparations. They apparently are based on actual challenges to tort reform that have happened over the past few years. But the dialogue in these proceedings is amazing and believable. The depositions of the so-called Sons of the Second Amendment head and other witnesses to the case make you feel as if you are right in there with the lawyers pressing the special interest heads and sorrowful victims. While this is happening a bill on tort reform is on the floor in Congress (that is to limit civil liabilities of companies such as gun manufacturers). The final pages are a bit disappointing, but that does not take away from this fictional work that manages to be a social commentary, a great example of crafted dialogue, and a thriller all in one (not in the traditional sense). It definitely opened my eyes to some of the problems with gun control in this nation, although admittedly it does exaggerate some of the flaws of our system. A definite must read even if you are a NRA member. Will provoke your thoughts on the subject for sure.

Wild Gold
Wild Gold
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great compilation, December 18, 2004
This review is from: Wild Gold (Audio CD)
This is a great compilation of club/dance/electronica songs of the past few years. A lot better than a lot of the recycled garbage that appears on the Greatest Ibiza Dance Hits Albums and the ilk. The opening track Rapture by Iio is one of my favorite clubbing songs of all time. The first and second CD's are my favorites, while the third has a few good tracks, but mostly sounds the same. Also featured are Modjo "Lady Hear Me Tonight", another great single, Madison Avenue "Don't Call Me Baby", "The Launch", "Zombie Nation", definitely a must have if you are a big dance/club music fan. Just pop the CD in and you have your own personal club playlist ready to go.

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