- Audio CD (May 16, 2000)
- Original Release Date: May 16, 2000
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Sire / London/Rhino
- ASIN: B00004S7LD
- Average Customer Review: 53 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,754 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Essential Selection, Vol. 1
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Fatboy Slim and Paul Oakenfold, two of the most famous DJs in the world and kings of big beat and house, respectively, are supremely showcased in this double-CD collection. The Essential Selection, Vol. 1 glorifies each mixmaster's equal, yet mutually exclusive talents in roof raising. The back-to-back discs are an enlightening example of the yin and yang of club music; Fatboy Slim's grounded, drier, giddier expressions of overlapping funk and disco juxtapose Oakenfold's spatial, entrancing continuum supplemented with buzzing, flatulent bass lines, and celestial synths. Both DJs are experts in flow, building beats seamlessly into climactic moments of frenzied, adrenaline-fueled euphoria, then swinging the vibe down again with the subtlety and patience of a free-falling feather. No doubt Fatboy Slim is known for his deliberate lack of subtlety stylistically, but when placed in this context, immediately compared to Oakenfold's ethereal grooves, it's evident that Stormin' Norman possesses copious finesse. Because of their stylistic polarity, like platinum and gold, these DJs shine with matched but multihued brilliance, and like soil and sun, are indispensable components of a diverse dance music ecology. --Beth Massa
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By itself, the Oakenfold mix is 4.5 stars. Its a great flow from one track to another and finishes with Moogwai, the best track to finish with. Also by itself, the Fatboy Slim tracks are pretty good, maybe 3.5 stars on its own. Each track is different but logically placed with regards to the previous track.
The main trouble with this set is that the two CDs should not be played one after another. The styles are completely different in treatment of this genre of "DJ". I prefer disk 2 by far, and this alone would be worth buying, even at the 2 disk price. But that is the problem, its buying 2 disks when afterwards I really only needed 1.
Like I mentioned above, Paul Oakenfold's mix on disc two was just something 'extra' to me when I first purchased this jewel-cased joy. Then I put it into my Sony CD Boombox and mashed 'go'. The LA weather report with brooding synth bass in its 'neath introduction was a rather awkward introduction to Oakenfold and what his plans were, but I decided as the second track dropped that I wanted to go for the ride. The tracks sound a little older now than they did back then, but for the time, this defined Trance for me and made it possible for me to make links with the candy kids that were disappearing on the weekends to attend these weird-sounding events called 'raves.' The tracks are classic and Oakenfold plays his perennial favorite, Flesh by Jan Johnston. This beaut of a mix takes about seventy-seven minutes to play end-to-end and the final song, Viola, still gives me the chills it did the first time I heard it.
This set is for people who can enjoy where electronic music has been and serves as a milestone on both the Big-Beat/House/whatever-FBS-became trail as well as the one for Trance. The past meets the future here. Perhaps not a must-buy but you won't regret a minute of it if you do!
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Certainly Oakenfold's finest trance CD, with Tranceport in second place.Read more