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As soon as the trance scene in the UK kicked off in a big way at the start of 1999 it was inevitable that the Ministry would capitalise on this fact and put together a compilation of the tunes that would make somebody's summer complete. Whereas their Ibiza compilations are a mix of house, trance, garage and whatever else they can fit in - generally bad cd's, this one was new and different. MoS's two first trance-devoted albums, this, and "the clubber's guide to..trance" both fitted the bill perfectly. Neither were too commercial but yet included what was really the sound of the clubs. Trance Nation 1 is the only TN I would advise getting as this series has just unfortunately got more and more commercial as it goes on. But the original, this classic was new and innovative at the time and remains so to this day.
This is the first in the Trance Nation series from the Ministry of Sound, and is mixed by Ferry Corsten (part of System F who did the excellent Out Of The Blue). The songs mixed here are absolute anthems, and great mixes of those at times as well. It has a great sound and you will love it all the way through. From the start with Robert Miles Children, on into Underworlds Dark & Long which is fantastic. From there he takes you on a journey through Slacker, and Tilt tracks, finishing at last with the brilliant Lost Witness's Happiness Happening (Lange Mix). CD2 features another myriad of superb tracks including Chicane, Oakenfolds excellent mix of Wide Open Space by Mansun, Faithless, Cafe Del Mar, Paul van Dyk (all bow down to the god...) For an Angel, BT, Way Out West and ATB. If you're into the trance scene then you should buy this. It is a little cheesy but you can't help but love it all from start to finish, as it never strays from having tracks that are real Trance hits, rather than duff remixes like the Essential Selections have sometimes. Corsten has delivered an excellent summary of the Trance scene with this album, and it won't fail to disappoint most!
Trance Nation is by no means a bad compilation, its just it isnt the greatest either. I get the impression not alot of thought has gone into the tracklisting, just a few guys in an office have said 'stick down 40 of the best selling trance tunes ever'. So the CD is fine if thats all your looking for, the mixing by Ferry Corsten (aka System F, Moonman, Albion, Verecocha, Gouriella....the list of puesediums is endless) is efficient but again, lacks thought and inovation. If you want a more intelligent collections of 'choons' I would recomend somthing like the 'Gobal Underground' series of CDs, if however your just looking for some Trance Anthems to liten to on the wakman on the train to work go for this! Mike Ford - www.dance-radio.co.uk (show thursdays, 9pm!)
You NEED this album! This is one of my favourite albums of all time - it combines some of the greatest dance and trance ever made, and you simply won't find a better collection. This album has all the classics (well, nearly) from the early days of trance, and I could easily tell you all of them. Theres, Cafe Del Mar, Storm, For an Angel, Seven Days and One Week, and the unbelievable I can't help myself by Lucid. This was the first trance album I ever heard, and it had a massive effect on me. The mixing by System F's Ferry Corsten is spot on, and the tunes just merge into two fantastic mixes. You cannot get a better trance album - pity that the price is still at £11.99 - see the Ministy of Sound website to but it. Elsewhere shops are charging upto £15
An excellent collection of the best trance anthems of late '98 and early '99. Even today you'll recognize all the classics on there - Paul Van Dyk, Robert Miles, Energy 52, ATB, BBE.... Ferry Corsten could have done no harm to his already glowing reputation - his seamless blending makes this album a flawless listen. The inclusion of lesser-known tracks such as X-Cabs, Airwave and Origin adds to the mystique. Ferry Corsten includes several of his own collaborations - System F, Moonman, and Pulp Victim, along with the fantastic Cream by Blank & Jones and the absolutely fantastic Pearl River! This is the best Trance Nation out of the series - if you are looking for something representative of the genre then you've found your album!