- Audio CD (April 25, 2000)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Import
- Label: Musicrama/Koch
- ASIN: B00004UAJK
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,591,225 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Essential Selection Import
Top Customer Reviews
Like the old Ronco Greatest hits that we used to buy at Kmart when we were kids (remember all the best songs, no hidden gems) Tong does the exact same here, taking the life away from some great songs. His track listing is a Greatist Techno Hits (as he has always done) and peices them together for our listening enjoyment. To make matters even worse his mixing is not the least bit inspiring.
Such current house hits like (well every track) Koochy, Time is Now, Tell me Why are throw together just so Pete can make a quick buck. Do yourself a favor, just say no, and find some techno that will challenge you, but also move you...unless N'sync really are your hero's.
Tong comes up short here. The tunes are great ("Woman Trouble," "Koochy," "Must Be the Music"....) but it's like he's trying to cover too much ground. So many styles to capture...garage, trance, house...Following tradition, Disc One is house, and disc two is more trancey.
Pete Tong's always been more of a cultural mover/shaker than a DJ. The man's got skills, but his compilations don't always show it. Check out the 1999 Essential Spring Collection - it follows more of a groove with the soul-house-thing going on.
Tongey just played a show here in Seattle as well...will club culture ever catch on in America? Only time will tell.
This double CD "Essential Selection Spring 2000" is the latest in an ongoing series of Essential Selection recordings. This set is absolutely turntable-ready. It is subtitled "the soundtrack to your weekend", and this is quite appropriate. Just pop it in and hit the nearest dance floor. Considering it contains more than two and a half hours of music (about the length of a typical disc jockey's set), and includes just about every white-hot name in dance music, it is well worth the money.
The Chemical Brothers' "Music Response", Artful Dodger's "Woman Trouble", Moloko's "Time is Now" and "Pure Shores" by All Saint's are just a few of the gem/jams on Disc One. "Koochy", by Armand Van Helden (also included) opens with a loop of Gary Numan's "Cars") - but behind it, of course, is a standard big beat drum sample, which makes it infectiously danceable. Also, a version of the Bob Marley vs. Funkstar De Luxe smash hit "Rainbow Country" makes an appearance here.
Standout selections from Disc 2: "Don't Give Up" by Chicane; "Cry", System F; "Tell Me Why (the Riddle) ", Paul Van Dyk and Ondar's "Tuva Groove". This last one is interesting in that Tuva is a Siberian vocalist whose style (Tuvan Throat Music) is extremely unique and something from the past. Think the late Wolfman Jack or Tom Waits on a humming bender backed by a fierce dance feel.
The booklet has a photomontage of young partiers, looking beautiful primping, laughing and flirting, and probably feeling beautiful. The pictures are accompanied by a stream of consciousness narration of the evening's events. ("Bars, dancing, snogging, drinking, dropping. Get to club, huge queue's ...")
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased a "new" CD. Unfortunately, the CD that arrived doesn't have the sealed plastic cover which we usually see when buying a new product. Read morePublished on November 10, 2008 by Frrrancis EDV
I find it hard to take disc one of this set off my cd player. I had never heard of this dj before and I must say I am impressed. It's a rave party in a box.Published on June 28, 2000 by email@example.com