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The Shamen Collection - The Shamen

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Genre: Dance & Electronic - House & Garage / Artist: The Shamen / Double CD / Audio CD released 1999-10-18 at One Little Indian

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      05.04.2009 15:39
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      trippy dance

      The Shamen. The name suggests druid type men walking around in gowns, acting mysterious and all knowing. Don't let the name fool you, they are infact a couple of blokes who make solid dance music.

      Who are they?

      Colin, who provides most of the synths and keyboard sounds and rapper Mr C. Mr C has bleached blonde hair and gapped teeth. They were at the height of their fame in the mid nineties. Mr C now works as a nightclub DJ.

      Highlights:

      This is a best of album, comprising a hits CD and a bonus CD. The bonus disc has four sections of remixes on it.

      On the first disc, head for the trippy 'Move Any Mountain' with a summery vibe, which makes you think of days spent lying on rocks in tropic heats. A punchy rap sits well with the nagging synths. It is nostalgic yet still sounds fresh.

      'Ebeneezer Goode' may or may not be a song about drugs, but it is a fun piece of dance music, with some knowing lyrics and a chanty chorus which will get under the skin. Mr C seems to be enjoying himself here and the track flows at a great pace.

      'LSI' is one of my faves, a bold female vocal with plenty of soul drives the song and it is one of their most accessible. The song would have equally suited Culture Beat or perhaps even The Real McCoy. The female vocals compliment the rap, which isn't overused here.

      'Phorever People' is much in the same mould as 'LSI.' The same female vocalist pins it down and nails the song brilliantly. Plenty of resonance on the vocals give it power and the vocals have conviction and presence. It is an accessible poppy trance song with an acid groove!

      'Comin' On Strong' is one of their earlier efforts and has a rather slumberous pace. It would be best suited as a warm up or a wind down song at the end of a heavy club night. This track is quite trippy and enigmatic and the chanty vocals in it have Indian undertones. It is rightly placed towards the end of the first disc.

      The bonus CD would be recommended for hardcore Shamen fans only. The CD is split into 'alternative', 'house' 'acid' and 'drum and bass' remixes, so you can cherry pick which ever mix set you're in the mood for. The artwork is in line with most of their previous releases, a lack of band shots and quite computer generated.

      Overall:

      The package gives good value for money, all the hits and some rarer mixes. Their music does not sound too dated , though some of the raps can get annoying.

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    • Product Details

      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Pro Gen
      2 Omega Omigo
      3 Move Any Mountain
      4 Make It Mine
      5 Hypereal
      6 LSI Love Sex Intelligence
      7 Ebeneezer Good
      8 Boss Drum
      9 Phorever People
      10 Re Evolution
      11 Comin' On Strong
      12 Possible Worlds
      13 Destination Eschaton
      14 Transamazonia
      15 Heal (Seperation)
      16 MK2A
      17 Indica
      18 Hyperreal Selector
      19 Boss Drum (2)
      20 Human NRG
      21 Move Any Mountain (2)
      22 Lightspan Soundwave
      23 Hear Me
      24 Make It Mine (2)
      25 Make It Mine (3)
      26 Phorever People (2)
      27 Transamazonia (2)
      28 MK2A (2)
      29 Re Evolution (2)
      30 Ebeneezer Goode (2)
      31 Ebeneezer Goode (3)
      32 Possible Worlds (2)
      33 Destination Eschaton (2)
      34 Comin' On
      35 LSI Love Sex Intelligence (2)
      36 Heal
      37 Cannabeo
      38 Transmazonia (2)
      39 Heal (2)
      40 MK2A (3)