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What Is It?
The Ministry of Sound official 'Anthems 1991- 2008' is a CD set which is a mixture of the best dance songs, mixed by the Ministry of Sound, over the last 17 years. This is a 3 CD box set which contains 63 famous dance anthems of the last 2 decades. This was released in the summer of 2008, in which an updated CD has now been released.
Why Buy It?
I bought this as I have always been a huge fan of the Ministry of Sound. I am not old enough to have heard the stuff before around 2000 as I only got into dance music in the last 5 years and am only 15 so it adds up. Anyway I had heard a lot of the material on this CD on the radio and really enjoyed it, but I wanted now to be able to listen to it in the space of my own home on my i-pod of CD player.
Also the adverts on TV as well, they really intrigued me and after listening to the snippets of songs. It made me want to listen to dance music and the advert had really good graphics as well.
The cover is a fantastic graphic of the famous Ministry of Sound logo. It is very stylish and modern and I really like it, along side the disco strobe background. On the back it has the full tracklist of each CD. The list of songs on the back are all in order of the date of when they were realesed which is a good idea so you can listen to example CD 3 if your wanting the more up-to-date songs played. Or CD 1 for the older 'classic' dance songs. When you take the CD's out of the cover slip you have pictures of part of the logo (corners etc) and unfolding it leaves you with the 3 CD's, nicely presented. Very funky!
Tracklist (Sorry about this, it is to make sure buyers know what song will be on the CD's)
1. Show Me Love - Robin S
2. Passion - Gat Decor
3. Make The World Go Round - Sandy B
4. Nakasaki (I Need A Lover Tonight) - Ken Doh
5. Break Of Dawn - Rhythm On The Loose
6. Alex Party (Saturday Night Party) - Alex Party
7. Two Can Play That Game - Bobby Brown
8. Push The Feeling On - Nightcrawlers
9. Where Love Lies - Alison Limerick
10. Hideaway - De'Lacy
11. One Night In Heaven - M People
12. U Sure Do - Strike
13. Keep Warm - Jinny
14. I Believe - Happy Clappers
15. I Luv U Baby - Original
16. Key The Secret - Urban Cookie Collective
17. Don't You Want Me - Felix
18. Plastic Dreams - Jaydee
19. Higher State Of Consciousness - Wink, Josh
20. Ebeneezer Goode - Shamen
21. Everybody In The Place - Prodigy
1. You Don't Know Me - Van Helden, Armand & Duane Harden
2. Trouble With Me - Black Legend
3. So In Love With You - Duke
4. Bomb - Gonzalez, Kenny 'Dope' & The Bucketheads
5. Everybody Be Somebody - Ruffneck & Yavahn
6. Who Keeps Changing Your Mind - South Street Player
7. Spin Spin Sugar - Sneaker Pimps
8. Rip Groove - Double 99
9. Dreaming - Ruff Driverz & Arrola
10. It's Not Over Yet - Grace
11. Greece 2000 - Three Drives
12. Salt Water - Chicane
13. God Is A DJ - Faithless
14. Born Slippy - Underworld
15. Kernkraft 400 - Zombie Nation
16. Time To Burn - Storm
17. Sandstorm - Darude
18. Castles In The Sky - Ian Van Dahl
19. Silence - Delerium
20. Out Of The Blue - System F
21. 9pm (Til I Come) - ATB
1. One More Time - Daft Punk
2. Needin' U - Morales, David & Face
3. Get Get Down - Johnson Paul
4. Sing It Back - Moloko
5. Another Chance - Roger Sanchez
6. Praise You - Fatboy Slim
7. Red Alert - Basement Jaxx
8. Intro - Braxe, Alan & Fred Falke
9. Touch Me - Da Silva, Rui & Cassandra
10. Lovestory - Layo & Bushwacka
11. Lazy - X-Press 2 & David Byrne
12. At Night - Shakedown
13. Love Generation - Bob Sinclar & Gary Nesta Pine
14. It Just Won't Do - Tim Deluxe
15. American Dream - Jakatta
16. Rapture - iio
17. Put 'Em High - Stonebridge & Therese
18. Call On Me - Eric Prydz
19. Loneliness - Tomcraft
20. Satisfaction - Benassi, Benny & The Biz
21. Put Your Hands Up For Detroit - Fedde Le Grand
Well, it's a tough one as I really like a lot of music on the CD's. However I have chosen Kernkraft 400 - Zombie Nation as I cannot listen to it enough. I love it and usually have it blaring on my i-pod at max volume!
And Least Favorite Song?
There is one song that irritates me and that is the Eric Pryz- Call On Me song which really irritates me. I think I have heard it to many times and I don't actually think it should be on the CD as it isn't really a classic Ministry of Sound song but other people might think otherwise.
Very, very good. Even though some of the music is around 10 years old it still is very good quality. The newer songs do have a little bit more of an edge to it, however the older songs are still very high quality. When you turn the songs up I have noticed that unlike some CD's, it doesn't crackle at the strain of high volume. But if you really want to take full advantage of the quality then turn up the bass (if you can) on your player, what amazing results.
Price/Where to Get It
I bought my CD at Woolworths (RIP) for £15.99. I thought this was a really good price and I had bought it about the week after it was released. Now when I had a look around the shops I have seen HMV sell it for £9.99 which is a really good price. Checking out other shops, Woolworths were also now selling them for £9.99 and online there was the same trend. The RRP is £15.99 so the shops are being very nice at the moment. Now as this is an older CD it will now be much cheaper which is great, so you can now get them of Ebay and Amazon for around £5.
What's Right With It?
If your a fan of dance music, or knows someone who is then this really is for you. I wasn't alive when some of this music was released but I really love a lot of the older music. I had heard some of it before on the radio sometimes but now I've taken the time to appreciate it. It has some really good music which is brilliant and has a bit of dance music for everyone. The cover is really stylish and 'cool' and since there are 3 CD's you can listen to different eras of dance. I put them all on my iPod however so I didn't have to take them all over the place so thats another advantage.
The music is really high quality and really good for discos or parties as you can put it really loud, and it won't crackle or skip parts of songs. I personally hadn't heard a lot of the music before so it was great to discover new dance music. I love the Ministry of Sound and this is a really good compilation of the best songs, it has to offer, that will have all the oldies on the dance floor.
What's Wrong With It?
There is a big problem with this CD. This will affect a lot of people. I already have a lot of the songs on this CD on other CDs! I actually have 3 different versions of some songs on this CD already so this is just another on to add. I already had about a quarter of the songs already on CD so had to delete the duplicates of my i-pod playlist which was annoying. So if you are someone with a lot of Ministry of Sound music already then you will find it a bit stupid to buy as you will probibly have most of it already. So I found that a huge disadvantage so making this CD really best for people who do not have any Ministry of Sound CD's at all.
I have always loved dance music and possibly always will. The music is great and very high quality however, having a lot of the music on this CD already is annoying. However don't let that stop you buying it as there is so absolutely brilliant music on it and it is a really good CD to buy, for a really good price.
Scotlandizdabest on Dooyoo.co.uk
Over the years, I have considered myself as being quite a big party animal, rolling in at the early hours of the morning. Although I do still like to go out and have a great time, I'm getting on abit now and can't keep up like I used to.
My taste in music over the years has been varied and I am at that stage where I like more or less everything these day, particularly Indie Rock, however I love it when albums like Ministry of Sound The Anthems 1991 - 2008 are released. I was in my first year at high school in 1991, so it is kind of my era. I get excited when I know I can listen to an album that going to take me back to parts of life and certain nights that always stick in mind.
To be honest when I first saw the album, I didn't actually read the track listings, it was on offer on HMV website for £9.99, bargain so I just added it to my cart and awaited its arrival.
The album itself consists of 63 of what Ministry of Sound must believe to be the best anthems over the past 18 years. These are all over 3 CD's and my honest opinion when I actually received it was quite disappointing as going through the CD's an actually listening to it, there were only several occasions where I thought in my head "Thats a Tune".
The CD's are in no particular order and I feel that they dedicate majority of the album to a certain period within the 18 years, with the odd song cropping up from a certain year. If I was too make the compilation myself I would choose a whole set of different tracks.
1. Robin S - Show Me Love
2. Gat Decor - Passion
I originally liked this when it was originally released and it was one of those tunes that did get me in the mood for going out however the one present on this album is the version with no lyrics, I would have preferred the version with lyrics as I thought it gave more to the song.
3. Sandy B - Make the World Go Round
Never liked this track and never will do, we have heard samples from this track go into others, but this song in general, i'm afraid I don't like it
4. Kendoh - Nakasaki
Again the version with no words. The was a llot of people that really liked this song in its day however again I was not one of them.
5. Rythmn of the Loose - Break of Dawn
Really like the beat on this track, takes me back to my high school days and is one of those so called "rave" tracks that was always played at nappy night - the under 18's night at the local club. Featured on many compilations over the years.
6. Alex Party - Alex Party
If I was going to put any Alex Party track on this album, I would have put Wrap Me Up or Don't Give Me Your Life. Another I don't like.
7. Bobby Brown - Two Can Play That Game
Only compilation i think this deserve to be in is the NOW compilation at the time it was in the charts.
8. The Nightcrawlers - Push the Feeling On
I did like the Nightcrawlers and did have their album, however again anthem, don't think so.
9. Alison Limerick - Where Love Lives
No this is a great track, but on the album they have put a version on that we would not associate with the song. If they had put the one on that was played in the clubs during it time then I would have really liked it.
10. De'Lacy - Hideaway
Still featured in compilations to this day and much deserved I would say. Loved this track back in the day and still like it now.
11. M People - One Night in Heaven
M People - Anthem, they did produce some good tracks however I don't feel that the song is worthy of a anthem on a compilation.
12. Strike - U Sure Do
This takes me back and was on of my favourites in its day. You see it featured on a lot of the Old Skool CD's that Ministry bring out. Great track.
13. Jinny - Keep Warm
14. Happy Clappers - I Believe
15 - The original - I Luv U Baby
Not a bad track, but not one of my favourites. Not a lot of variation in the track apart from different versions of the words I Luv U Baby.
16. Urban Cookie Collective - The Key, The Secret
17 - Felix - Don't You Want Me
Now this the first track that I thought now this is a tune, I have always loved this track and I always will do. There is nothing thats I don't like about this track, great variation in the beat and just one of those all rounders that gets you in the mood for going out.
18 - Jaydee - Plastic Dreams
19 - Wink - HIgher State of Consciousness
A classic in its own right, however I think we have heard it that many times now, surely it has died its death, however last year, a completely different version was around. SHould be dead and buried now but much deserved place within the album.
20 - Shamen - Ebenezer Goode
21 - The Prodigy - Everybody in the Place
Should be much more of the Prodigy on this album, would have been nice to see No Good Start The Dance on here.
1 - Arman Van Helden - You Don't KNow Me
Not the best Armand Van Helden but the track that takes us back in the day.
2 - Black Legend - The Trouble With Me
I thought this track was great. Much deserved on the compilation.
3 - Duke - So In Love With You
4 - Kenny "Dope" Buckets Heads - The Bomb
6 - Ruffneck - Everybody Be Somebody
Big Big NO NO i'm afriad on this one
7 - Sneaker Pimps - Spin Spin Sugar
I alway thought this track was a little bit strange and could never get to grips with it, I ner liked it to be honest, but I never disliked it either.
8 - Double 99 - Rip Groove
9 - Ruff - Dreaming
10 - Grace - Its Not Over Yet
Great tune, one of the best in its year. Not too dancy however there is definitely something about that track that makes it a success.
11 - Three Drives - Greece 2000
12 - Chicane - Saltwater
13 - Faithless - God is a DJ
Would have been better with Insomnia, I feel that is the better from Faithless that people associate with more, however much deserved presence.
14 - Underworld - Born Slippy
The track that takes us back to Trainspotting. Excellent Tune.
15 - Zombie Nation - Kern Craft 400
16 - Storm - Time To Burn
Again one of those tracks that you listen to on Friday afternoon on your way home in the car and it gives you that Friday feeling and you just want to go out.
17 - Darude - Sandstorm
18 - Ian Van Dahl - Castles in the Sky
19 - Delirium - Silence
20 - System F - Out of the Blue
21 - ATB - 9pm Til I Come
1 - Daft Punk - One More Time
2 - David Morales - Needin You
3 - Paul Johnson - Get Get Down
4 - Moloko - Sing It Back
Never liked it and still don't now. Thought it was pretty boring and pointless.
5 - Roger Sanchez - Another Chance
Love it and again for me this is one of the best tracks on the album. A somewhat mellow dance track that takes me back.
6 - Fatboy Slim - Praise You
7 - Basement Jaxx - Red Alert
8 - Alan Braxe - INtro
9 - Rui Da Silva - Touch Me
10 - Layo & Bushwacko - Love Story
11 - X Press 2 - Lazy
Another pointless track that to me did not make any sense. Anthem - definitely not.
12 - Shakedown - At Night
13 - Bob Sinclair - Love Generation
Bob Sinclair has made some great tracks over the years and is extremely successful, which I am sure not everyone knows. I think this is the main track that people would associate with Bob Sinclair. Extremely catchy and nice to see some of the later years music on there.
14 - Tim Deluxe - It Just Won't Do
15 - Jakatta - American Dream
16 - iiO - Rapture
17 - Stonebridge - Put em High
This song reminds me of when I become single again after 8 years and always puts a smile back on my face.
18 - Eric Prydz - Call on Me
Again fond memories of this track and great remix of what was an old song, even though I do like the 80's version probably just as much.
19 - Tomcraft - Loneliness
20 - Benny Benassi - Satisfaction
21 - Fedde Le Grande - Put Your Hands up for Detroit
It's got to be on there, the song that was played so much during 2006 and probably annoyed everyone as much as it annoyed me. I liked it to start off woth however was played way too much.
Now you have had a quide through the actual CD, you will probably agree with me that there are lot more songs that are justifiably worthy of being on this album, probably more so that 80% of what is actually on it. I would have thought a little bit of Robert Miles, Children and Livin Joy, Dreamer would have been on there and what has happened to the later years, two of three tracks which have covered a couple of years.
£9.99, not bad but if I am going to buy decent compilations, I think I am going to stick to Gate Crasher. I never seem to go wrong with them.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Show Me Love - Robin S
2 Passion - Gat Decor
3 Make The World Go Round - Sandy B
4 Nakasaki (I Need A Lover Tonight) - Ken Doh
5 Break Of Dawn - Rhythm On The Loose
6 Alex Party (Saturday Night Party) - Alex Party
7 Two Can Play That Game - Brown, Bobby (1)
8 Push The Feeling On - Nightcrawlers (1)
9 Where Love Lies - Limerick, Alison
10 Hideaway - De'Lacy
11 One Night In Heaven - M People
12 U Sure Do - Strike (3)
13 Keep Warm - Jinny
14 I Believe - Happy Clappers
15 I Luv U Baby - Original
16 Key The Secret - Urban Cookie Collective
17 Don't You Want Me - Felix
18 Plastic Dreams - Jaydee (1)
19 Higher State Of Consciousness - Wink, Josh
20 Ebeneezer Goode - Shamen (1)
21 Everybody In The Place - Prodigy (1)
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 You Don't Know Me - Van Helden, Armand & Duane Harden
2 Trouble With Me - Black Legend
3 So In Love With You - Duke (3)
4 Bomb - Gonzalez, Kenny 'Dope' & The Bucketheads
5 Everybody Be Somebody - Ruffneck & Yavahn
6 Who Keeps Changing Your Mind - South Street Player
7 Spin Spin Sugar - Sneaker Pimps
8 Rip Groove - Double 99
9 Dreaming - Ruff Driverz & Arrola
10 It's Not Over Yet - Grace (2)
11 Greece 2000 - Three Drives
12 Salt Water - Chicane (2)
13 God Is A DJ - Faithless
14 Born Slippy - Underworld (1)
15 Kernkraft 400 - Zombie Nation
16 Time To Burn - Storm (4)
17 Sandstorm - Darude
18 Castles In The Sky - Ian Van Dahl
19 Silence - Delerium & Sarah McLachlan
20 Out Of The Blue - System F
21 9pm (Til I Come) - ATB
Disc #3 Tracklisting
1 One More Time - Daft Punk
2 Needin' U - Morales, David & Face
3 Get Get Down - Johnson, Paul (3)
4 Sing It Back - Moloko
5 Another Chance - Sanchez, Roger
6 Praise You - Fatboy Slim
7 Red Alert - Basement Jaxx
8 Intro - Braxe, Alan & Fred Falke
9 Touch Me - Da Silva, Rui & Cassandra
10 Lovestory - Layo & Bushwacka
11 Lazy - X-Press 2 & David Byrne
12 At Night - Shakedown
13 Love Generation - Bob Sinclar & Gary 'Nesta' Pine
14 It Just Won't Do - Tim Deluxe
15 American Dream - Jakatta
16 Rapture - Iio
17 Put 'Em High - Stonebridge & Therese
18 Call On Me - Prydz, Eric
19 Loneliness - Tomcraft
20 Satisfaction - Benassi, Benny & The Biz
21 Put Your Hands Up For Detroit - Fedde Le Grand