This beautifully presented double CD set is an excellent guide to the dance music of 1999.
Each CD opens with a set of house tracks, before moving off into trance territory. It's interesting to see how each of the two DJs accomplish this. Judge Jules (CD1) starts off with the tougher end of the trance spectrum, blending 'Communication (Mas Mix)' (Mario Piu) into early-'99 classic 'Turn Around' (Phats & Small). It works well, the transition between the two is smooth and the mixing, of course, is spot on. My only complaint is that he uses the odd-sounding original mix of 'Turn Around', rather than the far superior Olav Basoski Mix.
Tall Paul merges house and trance with less success on CD2. The mix from Starfighters' 'Apache' to 'Everyday' (Agnelli & Nelson) is well-executed, but the two songs just don't belong together. Despite this, Tall Paul's trance set has slightly better content than that of Jules'. He throws in the brilliant 'Liberation (Ferry Corsten Mix)' (Matt Darey), DJ Jean's 'The Launch' (but he should have used the original mix, not the Yomanda version), '1999' by Binary Finary and Fragma's 'Toca Me' in its' original (and far better) non-vocal form. He also throws in some fancy mixing between 'Liberation' and 'Synth & Strings' (Yomanda) to keep everyone interested.
Perhaps fittingly then, Jules has the best of the house stuff with 'Right Here Right Now' (Fatboy Slim), 'Big Love' (Pete Heller), 'You Don't Know Me' (Armand Van Helden) and 'What You Need (Full Intention Power Mix)' (Powerhouse). He also seems to have suffered from the constraints of the CD, as the final two tracks (ATB '9pm Till I Come (Signum Remix)' and Dj Jurgen presents Alice Deejey 'Better Off Alone') are dealt with quickly and abruptly. It's not a very smooth ending.
I can't think of many songs which aren't on this compilation that really should be. Sasha's 'Xpander' and the excellent 'Saltwater' (Chicane featuring Marie Brennan of Clannad) are two which spring to mind. Perhaps they could have replaced 'Sanctuary' (Dejure) and the irritating 'In And Out Of My Life' (OnePhatDeeva).
This is an excellent compilation of the mainstream dance music of 1999, guaranteed to include almost all your favourites. It's not perfect - there are a few tracks worthy of dropping, and the mixing is occasionally dubious - but there is no better 1999 compilation on the market.
This is one of my favourite dance compilation CD’s which shows that it has lasted a long time. I may be biased as I am a huge fan of 90’s music, especially dance and hardcore. At first sight the cover and design of the album is quite sophisticated, and I really like the purple and silver cover. CD1 Track listing~ 1- Chemical Brothers 'Hey Boy Hey Girl' 2- Onephatdeeva 'In and out of my Life' 3- Fatboy slim 'Right Here Right Now' 4- Moloko 'Sing it Back' boris dlugosch musical mix 5- Powerhouse 'what you need' full intention power mix 6- Triple X 'Feel The Same' 7- Eclipse 'Makes Me Love You' 8- Big Time Charlie 'On the Run' 9- Pete Heller's Big Love 'Big Love' 10- Studio 45 'Freak It' 11- Cevin Fisher feat. Loleatta Holloway 'Burnin' Up' 12- Bob Marley 'Sun is Shining' 13- Chili Hi Fly 'Is it Love' 14- Armand Van Heldon 'You Don't Know Me' 15- MAW presents India 'To Be In Love' 16- Phats & Small 'Turn Around' 17- Mario Piu 'Communication' mas mix 18- HiGtae 'Pitchin'' 19- Lost Witness 'Happiness Happening' lange mix 20- York 'The Awakening' 21- System F 'Out of the Blue' 22- ATB '9PM(Till I Come) 23- DJ Jurgen presents Alice Deejay 'Better Off Alone' CD2 Track listing~ 1- Basement Jaxx 'Rendez-vu' 2- Soulsearcher 'Can't Get Enough' 3- Ashram 'Drop The Bass' 4- Paul Johnson 'Get Get Down' choo choo's digital pimp mix 5- Shaft '(Mucho Mambo) Sway' johan's toxic club mix 6- Dave Aude 'Push that Thing' 7- Planet Perfecto 'Bullet In The Gun' 8- Tall Paul 'Be There' tormentor mix 9- Underworld 'King of Snake' 10- Starfighter 'Apa
che' 11- Agnelli & Nelson 'Everyday' 12- Matt Darey presents Mash Up 'Liberation' ferry corsten mix 13- Yomanda 'Synth and strings' 14- DJ Jean 'The Launch' yomanda mix 15- ATB 'Don't Stop' quake mix 16- Fragma 'Toca Me' 17- Camisra 'Feel The Beat' Tall Paul remix 18- Binary Finary '1999' gouryella mix 19- Dejure 'Sanctuary' 20- Blockster 'Grooveline' matt darey mix It is a double CD album and the first CD is mixed by Judge Jules. The album kicks off with the excellent ‘Hey Boy Hey Girl’ by The Chemical Brothers. The Judge has an excellent balance on his CD of commercial House and Trance. My favourite tracks have to be Moloko’s ‘Sing It Back’, Armand Van Helden’s ‘You Don’t Know Me’ and the fabulous ‘9PM (Till I Come)’ by ATB. However I do feel that the order of the tracks could’ve been more effective. It seems strange to have DJ Jurgen’s ‘Better Off Alone’ as the last track. I do feel something by Chicane or Lost Witness would be nice to finish off the CD. Even if York’s ‘The Awakening’ was moved to the last track it would’ve been more satisfactory. I do also think the annoying ‘Communication’ by Mario Piu could’ve been left out of the listing. By the time you get to the eleventh track your blood will be pumping and with Cevin Fisher and Bob Marley vs. Funkster de luxe remix you’ll be dancing without a doubt. Tall Paul mixes the second CD, and I’m surprised at some of his choices. Again the music is of the House and Trance variety. This CD starts off with the excellent Basement Jaxx and ‘Rendez-vu’ and then we have Soulsearcher’s ‘Can’t Get Enough’. It’s unusual in that the tracks are largely better than the first CD, but the mix
ing and order on CD 2 is a little erratic at times. I think Shaft and ATB’s ‘Don’t Stop’ are out of place on the compilation and could’ve been replaced with something better (maybe a bit of Sasha and Digweed?). Planet Perfecto, Underworld and DJ Jean crop up on the CD as well. This CD has quite an Ibiza feel, especially the first five tracks. My favourite track on this CD is Fragma’s ‘Toca’s Miracle’, it reminds me of the summer and sounds fresh years after its release. Watch out for the inevitably cheesy dance moves to certain tracks, prime culprits are Moloko, Phats & Small, Paul Johnson and Planet Perfecto. Some songs get you 'acting out the words', smoooooooth (NOT!) The reason that this album has lasted so well is that it is definitely a grower. You may find yourself skipping the odd song depending on your preference between Trance and House. This is one of the better quality compilations of the late 90’s and there will certainly be a few tracks that’ll take you back in time. Overall an album that’s worth a listen if you are a dance fan.
This double CD compilation it is modern DJ'ing at its best. Judge Jules and Tall Paul mix these two CD's to the very highest standard and it captures the atomphere of the summer with tracks from across the world. My personal favorites are 'Warrior', 'Delerium' and 'Zombie Nation', These tunes all have an excellent beat and a top class tune to it. These are among the best tunes around, or have been for as long as I can remember, last summer actually. If anybody begs to differ then please do so, But once you've heard it Im sure you'll agree, it is simply the best CD around. Both CD's have a good mix of dance and house music, these CD's are among the best in my collection, all of my mates have the very same CD and they are all agreed that this CD is the cream of the dance floor crop and is an absolute must have for any young person interested in the best music of the moment. It has an amount of 'Feel good tunes' on it, that make you just feel good abput life and everything in it. All of my friends share the same opinion as myself and all appriciate the finer points of these two CD's which are probably the best on the market. If you only buy 1 dance CD this year, I suggest you make it this one it. It is a from two very reputable DJ's and they did not dissapoint on this occasion, nor have they ever before. The reputation of the Ministry of Sound annuals have become a very well known name and its reputation has grown as being a brilliant mix of the best music around at the time. I own four other Ministry of Sound annuals and they are all very well listened to by me and my friends when they come around. Let me know if your opinions are anything like mine, Im sure they will be simelar, Thanks.
This is the Ministry of Sounds album that is supposed to sum up the year of dance from the year 1999 and into 2000. It is also of course MOS's attempt to cash in a little on the Millenium angle whilst still possible. But, none the less it is actually quite a good album. The album focuses on the big tunes of the last year or two, and includes absolute gems such as the Chemical Brothers' Hey Boy Hey Girl, Fatboy Slims Right Here Right Now, ATB's 9PM Till I Come and numerous others of the massive hit nature. What it doesn't include is naff poppy tracks masquerading as dance songs which is a relief. If you like Ministrys style of music then you won't be disappointed with this one.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Chemical Brothers - Hey boy hey girl
2 Onephatdeeva - In and out of my life
3 Fatboy Slim - Right here right now
4 Moloko - Sing it back (Boris Dlugosch mix)
5 Powerhouse - What you need (full int.power mix)
6 Triple X - Feel the same (extended)
7 Eclipse - Makes me love you (Sunset mix)
8 Big Time Charlie - On the run (Big Ron mix)
9 Peter Heller's Big Love - Big love (The Dronez mix)
10 Studio 45 - Freak it (Original mix)
11 Cevin Fisher feat.Loleatte Holloway - Burnin'up (Oueen St.orchestral vocal)
12 Bob Marley vs Funkstar De Luxe - Sun is shining (Club mix)
13 Chilli Hi Fly - Is it love
14 Armand Van Helden feat.Duane Harden - You don't know me
15 Masters at work pres.India - To be in love (Full intention dub)
16 Phats & Small Presents Mutant Disco - Turn around
17 Mario Piu - Communication (Mas mix)
18 Hi Gate - Pitchin'
19 Lost Witness - Happiness happening (Lange mix)
20 York - The Awakening
21 System F - Out of the blue
22 ATB - 9pm 'Till I come (Signum mix)
23 DJ Jurgen presents Alice Deejay - Better off alone (Signum mix)
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 Basement Jaxx - Rendez-Vu
2 Soulsearcher - Can't get enough (vocal dub mix)
3 Ashram - Drop the bass
4 Paul Johnson - Get get down (Choo choo's digital)
5 Shaft - Mucho mambo (sway)
6 Dave Aude - Push that thing
7 Perfecto All Stars - Bullet in the gun (Saturday mix)
8 Tall Paul - Be there (Tormentor mix)
9 Underworld - King of snake
10 Starfighter - Apache
11 Agnelli & Nelson - Everyday
12 Matt Darey presents Mash Up - Liberation (Ferry Corsten mix)
13 Yomanda - Synth & strings
14 DJ Jean - The Launch (Yomanda mix)
15 Don't stop (Quake mix)
16 Fragma - Toca me (Dub mix)
17 Camisra - Feel the beat (Tall Paul remix)
18 Binary Finary - 1999 (Gouryella mix)
19 Dejure - Sanctuary
20 Blockster - Grooveline (Matt Darey mix)