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The Clubber's Guide To Trance: Mixed By Atb - ATB

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Genre: Dance & Electronic - Techno & Trance / Artist: ATB / Audio CD released 1999-07-26 at Ministry of Sound

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      10.04.2001 04:07
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      Clubber’s Guide to Trance celebrates the year when trance came of age…. 1999. It features all the tunes that after many years of trying to break the charts have finally succeeded and this CD is based on the tracks that succeeded that year. To mark the breakthrough Ministry of Sound released this CD which subsequently went to no1 in the compilation charts, as all Ministry compilations tend to do. Both CD’s are mixed by Andre Tanneberger or as he’s known to us ATB. I have to say it’s mixed quite badly. Some tracks don’t have the beats matching and some fade out with the next tune fading in. In one instance there is actually no mix!!…It just stops and goes into the next tune after a second or two, unbelievable!! The selection of 100% trance anthems is good, ranging to the darker sounds of ‘Salt Tanks Dimension’ to the cheesier sounds of hmm…there’s nothing outstandingly cheesy on it!. It also includes one of my favorite tunes of all time ‘Sasha- Xpander’. It is a good album for the money I paid for it (£10.00) I saw it in a sale for £5.00. So look around and you’ll find yourself a bargain. The CD was released in 99 which suggests it’s price today. I still listen to it in a nostalgic way…the year trance conquered earth.

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      25.01.2001 04:20
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      Believe it or not, there was once a time where the Ministry Of Sound's "Clubber's Guide To.." series was actually quite good. Rather than the more recent outings of "2000", "2001", and the "UK Garage" edition; back in the glorious summer of 1999, and still now to a certain degree, this was actually considered pretty good. Although capitalising on the big-name draw that was ATB, after his number one chart hit "9pm..", he actually does a pretty good job, and rather than looking like every other "Ibiza"/"Trance" compilation around the time, this may have put some people off with it's lack of commercial appeal, rather than fill it with poorly mixed tunes that we'd only heard a million times before on every other CD. I actually only got this mid-way through last year and it still really appealed to me just as much as before. It's quite refreshing to see a compilation like this; which does include some true trance music rather than pop/trance crossovers and the like. Not saying there's anything wrong with that type of music, but essentially (obviously, even) this is purely meant to be a trance mix. CD One however, does kick off with some bigger name tunes to attract some mainstream buyers; but credible tunes that fit this requirement (Agnelli & Nelson, Matt Darey, System F, etc) don't do any harm at all - some of these are classics anyway, so must really be put on a "guide" to this genre of music. The 1999 Perfecto working of Grace's 1995 hit "Not Over Yet" would certainly not be regarded as a conventional way to open a set, but this does the job well enough, and leads us through a choice few more well-known tunes, such as "Red Sun Rising", "Liberation" and "Out Of The Blue". But then things get all a bit deeper, more progressive on us and great atmospheric tu
      nes such as the reworking of "Dimension" and Vimana's superb "We Came" lead the listener into an almighty climax with N-Fluence and Imajica rounding things off nicely, leaving us anticipating CD2. Again, the CD begins with some more commercial-type tunes, "Saltwater", "Gouryella" etc, but these are classics anyway, and regardless, as the mix kicks off with the haunting "Finished Symphony", you soon realise that this won't be a chart-fest of well-known tunes. The excellent original version of "Gouryella" begins the proceeding, as in CD One, for a deeper, darker, prog-type voyage and tunes such as the speedy Tall Paul mix of "Lizard" and the mesmerising full vocal mix of Lange's "I Believe" merge (again) into an epic set-ending with the classic, almost anthemic "Carte Blanche"'s spine-tingling synths ending things perfectly. Sure, trance may have moved on from the days of 1999, and indeed these weren't all the essential tunes that started the trance scene in a big way, but this, for a trance fan, or for somebody looking for a decent beginning album, this is recommended.

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        18.10.2000 19:17

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        Well this album is very good, if you want typical trance hits, and tunes, mixed in a standard fashion. If you're looking for something inspirational then look elsewhere. It isn't the best album in the world ever, but if you need something that you can listen to and hear the kind of trance you'd hear on the radio then this could be it. Thus choose this wisely, as if you do want the kind of stuff you'd find in the Global Underground collections, or similar then this won't satisfy you. Also, check the track listings to make sure you don't already own 90% of the songs on here, as it is a distinct possibility.

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Not Over Yet - Planet Perfecto & Grace
      2 Everyday - Agnelli & Nelson
      3 Red Sun Rising - Lost Witness
      4 Cream - Blank & Jones
      5 Out Of The Blue - System F
      6 Liberation - Darey, Matt
      7 Nomansland (David's Song) - DJ Sakin & Friends
      8 Wonderer - Vernon's World
      9 Dimension - Salt Tank
      10 Way - Sea, Lars
      11 We Came - Vimana
      12 Endless Wave - Kamaya Painters
      13 Lost In Love - Legend B
      14 Hypnotic - UKW
      15 Implode - Cassidy (2)
      16 Sweet Substance - N-Fluence
      17 Sol - Imajica

      Disc #2 Tracklisting
      1 Finished Symphony - Hybrid
      2 Xpander - Sasha (2)
      3 Salt Water - Chicane & Maire Brennan
      4 Toca Me - Fragma
      5 9pm (Till I Come) - ATB
      6 Grooveline - Blockster
      7 Gouryella - Gouryella
      8 Brightness '99 - Aquaplex
      9 Universal Nation - Push (2)
      10 I Believe - Lange
      11 Twilo Thunder - Breeder (1)
      12 Lizard - Picotto, Mauro
      13 Soundpiercing - Prototype
      14 Minddrive - Soundcheck
      15 Let Me Know - Night & Day (2)
      16 Dreams Last For Long - Digital Control
      17 Carte Blanche - Veracocha