Compilations in general
compilations can be greatof course!) which have some of the harder to get songs and sound great when you listen to it at once. Also when buying compilations you may be introduced to previously unknown songs that you fall in love with. Its a great way to learn about different groups. Also advantages of getting compilations are ... that you don't have to fuss about buying singles. Also they're good value for money, (compared with buying 20 singles)
Disadvantages can be ending up with awful albums, or where u hate one CD. This has happened to me with 101% UK GARAGE (MASSIVE)
I also hate it when there's songs you really really hate alongside your favourites, check out The Best Dance Album In The World ...Ever Part II.
Although advantages of this album are that it is good for people who like both kinds of music(unlike me!)
I think there's different qualities in compilations just like normal albums and you have to find what's right for you!
This may involve some searching around, but you can't say all compilations are crap, or that all are fantastic.
Everyone has their own views about compilation albums. The good ones are often worth the buy and I have quite a few favourites. Any way thats enough waffle, here's my top ten compilations in reverse order:
10 The Ministry Of Sound Spring Summer 2001 Annual
Yes I know it isn't the best album out by far this year but it really has grown on me.
Disc 1 starts off with Jakatta and 'American Dream' then goes on to 'SalSoul Nugget', 'Touch Me' by Rui Da Silva and ends with Lexy & K-Paul's 'The Greatest DJ'.
The second CD has the excellent 'How U Like Bass?' by Norman Bass, Cosmic Gate's 'Fire Wire' and Public Domain with 'Operation Blade'.
My favourite tracks are 'Whoomp!... There It Is (The Club Mixes) and Push with 'Strange World'.
The reason I li ke this album could be because it is full of energy and I put it on when getting ready to go out.
9 'Turn On Tune In' the very best soul & jazz from the coolest TV commercials
Ahem another strange one I agree!!
There's a twist- instead of using music to sell things here's a CD that uses things to sell us music.
This double album has lots of tracks that make you scratch your head and wonder where you've heard it. It is good to put on and try to guess the product that it promoted (even though a lot of them are before my time!)
8 Clubbers Guide To 2001 - Tall Paul
Excellent double album with tracks by Rui Da Silva, Hatiras, Schiller and many more.
The second CD is brilliant starting off with Fatboy Slim and 'Star 69'. Other songs include 'Wack Ass M.F.' by the Rhythmkillaz, 'Feel The Beat' by Darude and the fantastic 'We Are Alive' by Paul Van Dyk.
7 The Annual Millenium Edition (ministry of sound)
This double album is still great to listen to two years since I got it. The first CD is mixed by Judge Jules and has fab tracks like 'Right Here Right Now' by Fat Boy Slim and 'You Don't Know Me' by Armand Van Helden.
The second CD is mixed by Tall Paul and has the excellent 'Toca Me' by Fragma, DJ Jean's 'The Launch' and '1999' by Binary Finary. Overall a great album to remember 1999!!
6 Hard House Nation 2
A bit commercial, a bit underground this album is a must for all dance lovers. It is a bit on the dark side (I loved happy hardcore a few years back so its great for me!).
First CD is mixed by Lisa Pin-Up and starts with 'Operation Blade'. Other pumping tracks include 'Feel So Good' by Ollie Jaye, 'Sonic Boom' and the brilliant 'Clap Your Hands' by Camisra. The second CD is equally good mixed by Andy Farley. It has wicked songs like 'Hold Up', 'Trippy', 'Wake Up The Funk' and 'The Dawn' by Tony De Vit.
5 Breakdown: The Very Best Euphoric Chillout Mixes
This is a great chilled dance album. Best to listen to postclubbing to drown out earringing and soothe you to sleep.
This album has been mixed well and the order and choice of songs is just right. Best tracks on the album are 'Higher than the Sun' by Primal Scream, 'Touch Me' by Rui Da Silva and 'Synaesthesia' by Thrillseekers and Sheryl Deane.
4 Rewind 2001 mixed by Artful Dodger
This is a fantastic album and features hits like 'All I Want' by Mis-Teeq, 'Booo!' by Sticky as well as songs by Jaheim, Mr Reds and Haifa K.
The second CD is my favourite with tracks by Mystery Men, Wideboys and United Groove Collective.
3 Northern Exposure by Sasha and Digweed
The original in the Northern Exposure series- this is truly a classic. Its perfect to listen to on any occasion. My favourite tracks are 'These Waves' by Young American Prim, 'Obsession' by Fuzzy Logic and William Orbit's 'Water from a Vine leaf'.
2 The Chillout Session 2
The sequel to the original Chillout Session surpasses the first.
It has a well selected combination of remixes, classics and current hits.
The first CD kicks off with Dido's 'Here With Me' and other good tracks include 'At The River' by Groove Armada and 'Spellbound' bu Rae & Christian feat. Veba.
The second CD is my fave with Underworld, Faithless, Roger Sanchez and Delerium.
1 Desire David Seaman
This album is so brilliant that its impossible to put into words!
After Seamans outstanding past work he has a lot to live up to. I'm happy to say that this album will not let him down.
The album has funky tracks like the 'Breathe' by Science Dep artment (my personal fave!) and 'Mindcircus'.
This is an album you can dig out months later and still love. It's not like some compilations where there's a maximum of six songs you like and you skip the rest.
Anyway all I've attempted to prove is that there are some compilations worth their salt.
I know my taste in music is erm different to most but there we go!
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Well boys and gals, the summer season is upon us and we welcome back Ibiza and Ayia Napa for yet another season of dance music bliss!! We also welcome back the return of all those dodgy compliations "Ibiza Series 3", "The Sound Of Ibiza", "This What I Call Ibiza 48" "Ayia ... Napa - The Sound",
"Big It Up Ayia Napa",
"Ayia Napa - Garage Nation 14"
and all those other dodgy titles, terrible mixing and every CD with the same collection of tracks in a different order. If like last year Darude always after York, or York always after Darude. Storm after Zombie Nation or Zombie Nation after Storm. No wonder we got bored with the sound so quickly.
Then we have the superclubs bring out there own compilations, these are much more reliable and mixed by a studio engineer who actually knows what he is doing, but again they contain all the same tracks, with a few seperate tracks different.
You really have to look around and read the reviews (DJ Mag is normally most accurate and Mixmag do a good review too), check out the tracks on each CD and also go by the clubs past reputation of CDs.
Gatecrasher - every CD so far fantastic, normally a mixture of known and unknown tracks. Normally more unknown tracks-studio but excellently mixed and a very good selection which concentrates on the clubs style.
Ministry Of Sound - the big daddy of compliation CDs, excellent choice of tracks and superb mixing, they never seem to go round. An excellent selection of known and unknown tracks and they never seem to fail with their compilations. If you are after a good CD then always check out Ministry Of Sound will not let you down. Sadly, they have unfortunately decided to follow the other clubs fashion of not using the DJ and this is a sinciere disappointment. The mixing is still excellent and well done to Steve at Ministry Of Sound on carrying this on but it was someth ing different to all the normal compliations, actually mixed by a DJ and not by a computer and also getting a set from Judge Jules for £15 (his Clubbers Guide To 2000 will always be remembered as one of the finest)is something no other club could do and it is missed-bring back the DJ.
Cream - always bringing out and launching a lot of new tunes first. Where as the Ministry and Gatecrasher concentrate more on the underground, unknown tracks; Cream concentrates more on the unknown tracks which will make it big time and also a lot of already known tunes. The mixing is certainly variable and studio mixed. Worth checking out first.
Essential Collection - brought to by Pete Tong, normally top notch stuff, loads of new tunes and very well mixed by the man himself. Gets big sales and well worth checking out!! 'nough said!!
Nucleuz - if you like your hard house hard and you want a collection which concentrates on all levels of commercial and underground tracks AND mixed by a superb set of DJs, then Nucleuz is for you. Lets hope they don't stoop to a low level of commercialism and get too up on themselves because people are buying their CDs. Their much waited for Big Room DJs 2 was a flop and quite poor in standard compared to the first offering. Their last Hard House Anthems CD was massive and excellently mixed and this should continue.
Euphoria - the first selection of compliations back in 1998 was one of the finest I have ever listen to and unfortunately the standard declined rapidly during last year with mixes from Mr Cheese, Dave Pierce and unfortunately this has turned people off listening and this wasn't helped by the poor "breakdown" series either. Euphoria have made a big effort to get back on tracks by bringing in John "oo" Flemming for the "progressive" series, with a mix of old and new tunes, but it still isn't catching the eye of the original series. The mix of unknown tunes which w as pure energetic trance and mixed at it's best has long gone. But fortunately they continue the series mixed by DJs which is a refreshing change. The "breakdown" series, every commercial track or tune which has made it big, mixed by a studio engineer which could be better and a tracklisting which was quite poor with Santos - Camels and Modjo's "Lady" getting in on the mix. Euphoria are still trying to sort it out-carry on with the DJ, forget house and bring back the energetic tunes.
Pure Garage/Ayia Napa - Ok there a few garage compliations about but I'm talking about the decent series which are mixed by DJs such as Mastersteps and Spoony. Recently they have turned to more commercial than keeping with the more known mix of underground. Turning to more garage remixes of Craig David and R'n'B artists. This is good but not what garage is all about; garage is much more than remixing r'n'b artists. Still mixed by DJs and good quality. If they can bring back the more underground garage, a compliation to look out for.
There are probably more available but this isn't really a guide more a moan about the quality of compliation CDs, we don't want all commercial, we want variety and we want the DJ. We don't want to hear a track shortened and fiddled about with, we won't the original or the mix as it is. We don't want to hear the mixes sound as smooth as smooth, because that isn't mixing, thats a computer taking out the bass and making everything matched and pitch perfect. We want originality and a CD mixed by a DJ without all the touching up.
WE WANT IT TO SOUND LIKE IT IS.
Check out the mix CDs by DJs. "Clubbed" mixed by Judge Jules, "Transport" mixed by Max Graham amongst others, these are mixed by DJs as they should be mixed and a good mix of tunes. Also look out for compliations mixed by DJs if you want originality and tunes how they should sound and mixed look for the DJ name.
WE WANT THE DJ!! The producers are most important part of the music, but the DJs play the music and not a studio engineer. BRING BACK THE DJ!!
Check out Clubbers Guide To Ibiza - brilliant selection of tunes, yes they have been messed around with and mixed in the studio but if you just want a brilliant selection tunes and good mixing - you must check this out.
Also check out Subliminal Sessions mixed by Erick Morillo - one word...SUPERB!! HOUSE MUSIC AT ITS BEST!! A MUST HAVE!! EXCELLENT!!
I would like to thank woody for letting me use this cheers mate!
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It seems that people are split down the middle on whether compilations are worth the money. Some people like to get all the latest hits on a couple of CD's, whilst others much prefer to buy the artists individual albums. Pluses: • Well you don't have to buy all those one hit wonders albums where all the ... album bar the singles are mediocre. Lets be honest there's nothing more depressing than when you get home with your brand new shrink wrapped album just to find that it is blandness incarnate, except for that single you heard on the radio the other week (exceptions may apply).
• You can get relatively good value, even in HMV, with two CD's at seventy minutes plus. After all they only cost around the same as three and a half singles these days.
• Generally they'll give you a good range of chart music of their specialist area of.
• You can find new artists. This is my personal reason for the acquisition of compilation albums, now whilst you are not likely to find anything great on the latest addition of the Now series, if you delve into the more obscure depths of the compilation rack your liable to find an album with a couple of artists that you know and a load you've never heard of, what opportunity for discovery. This really is the only way I discover new artists, as the kind of music I buy doesn't get played on the radio or TV (probably rarely even has a video). After all unless the mass media touch a song its never going to chart and never be played on the smaller radio stations.
• Some of the really bad ones make a rather attractive pair of coasters.
• Its got all those great hits on half of it and then it goes to the tracks where you have to grit your teeth to stop yourself fetching the axe and destroying your hi-fi.
• Can be an expensive way to buy those no longer published tracks, especially if you own the most of the album.
• You can have large overlaps on the track listings if you buy several released at around the same time.
• Seems to be a trend to include a lot of classic tracks on certain types of compilations, a lot of these your already going to own.
• Most of the major high street chains will only stock chart and dance compilations unless your really willing to go through the racks.
• Some have that annoying tendency to be mix compilations, which can really, really irritate if you absolutely loath a song.
• It is really annoying when every compiler decides to use exactly the same song by a band when you desperately want to find out if they have anything else of comparable quality.
• Why is it that the CD you manage to spill your beer/coffee/other beverage on your favourite compilation?
Well there are the main points about compilations I can think of at the moment, however if I come up with more I will add them. A lot of the same points – especially the plus section – can be applied to soundtrack albums.
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