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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Classic Trance 50 Volume 1 (2022)

Let me start this review by saying that normally I don't listen to mixes that are 5 1/2 hours long. Well, I do, but never write reviews about them. My attention span is limited to a max of maybe 2 hours. And most of the time I am just doing my normal daily job, so I literally have to find an hour or two to find time to listen (if it's a day filled with TEAMS meetings, it becomes very hard, hence why I'm every so often not reviewing, because I'm just too damn busy). So these long mixes are an exception to the standard rule. But I could not let this one go by. A mix filled with 50 trance anthems? Who doesn't want to hear that?

Someone contacted me via Facebook, and notified me of a few mixes he's done over the years. One of them you are about to listen to, or already have. His channel is called johnnydavison, and you can find plenty of mixes on his page. The top one has to be his Classic Trance 50 series. He's done 10 of them so far, and a special one called Classic Trance: Anthems. So plenty of music for you music lovers. But I'll stick to the first one for now.

Before we delve deeper into the music, let's focus on the actual mix and the tracks selected. It's going to be a difficult one: can't just copy-paste the tracklist. Thanks johnnydavison... Nah, it ain't going to be bad, as long as the mix itself is worth it. And if you quickly look at the actual list below, you know that it's going to be a freaking good mix.

  1. Solar Stone - Solarcoaster (Original Mix)

  2. Mark Otten - Tranquillity (Original Mix)

  3. Probspot - Blueberry (Original Mix)

  4. Sasha - Wavy Gravy (Terry Bones Remix)

  5. Katana - Tribal Shock (Perry O'Neil Remix)

  6. Ridgewalker - Find (Andy Moor Remix)

  7. Young Parisians - U Write The Rules (Solarstone Remix)

  8. Holden & Thompson - Nothing (93 Returning Mix)

  9. Nalin & Kane - Beachball (Gabriel & Dresden Mix)

  10. Mr. Sam & Fred Baker - Forever Waiting (Original Mix)

  11. Veit - Sky (Magik Muzik Remix)

  12. Hydra - Affinity (The Thrillseekers Remix)

  13. St. John vs Locust - Mind Circles (Perry O'Neil Remix)

  14. Sasha - Xpander (12'' Remastered Version)

  15. Motorcycle - As The Rush Comes (Gabriel & Dresden Sweeping Strings Mix)

  16. Oceanlab feat Justine Suissa - Satellite (Markus Schulz Remix)

  17. Annie Lennox - A Thousand Beautiful Things (Gabriel & Dresden Unplugged Mix)

  18. Karen Overton - Your Loving Arms (Markus Schulz vs Elevation Intro Mix)

  19. Roland Klinkenberg - Monday Groove (Original Mix)

  20. Chable & Bonnici - Ride (Original Mix)

  21. Solar Stone - Release (Original Mix)

  22. Way Out West - Mindcircus (Gabriel & Dresden Remix)

  23. Sholan - What Do You Feel? (Thrillseekers Remix)

  24. Perry O'Neil - Wave Force (Original Mix)

  25. Whirlpool - Under The Sun (Solarstone Remix)

  26. Sirocco - Destination (Original Mix)

  27. Sarah Mclachlan - Fallen (Gabriel & Dresden Remix)

  28. Hammer & Bennet - Language (Santiago Nino Tech Dub)

  29. Super8 vs DJ Tab - Helsinki Scorchin' (Original Mix)

  30. Whiteroom - The White Room (Original Mix)

  31. Ferry Corsten - Punk (Original Mix)

  32. Thrillseekers - New Life (Original Mix)

  33. Firewall - Kilimanjaro (Original Mix)

  34. The Gift - The Seventh Day (Main Mix)

  35. Second Sun - Empire (Paul van Dyk Remix)

  36. Exposure - Magic Impulse (Original Mix)

  37. Tiesto - Urban Train (Original Mix)

  38. Solarstone vs Scott Bond - 3rd Earth (Original Mix)

  39. Kansai - Rococco (Original Mix)

  40. Rapid Eye - Circa Forever (Aly & Fila Mix)

  41. M.I.K.E. - Turn Out The Lights (Original Version)

  42. Eon - Pocket Damage (Original Mix)

  43. Agnelli & Nelson - Holding onto Nothing (Original Mix)

  44. Firewall - Sincere (Pulser Remix)

  45. POS - Remember (Summer Sun) (Original Mix)

  46. Solar Factor - Urban Shakedown (Original Mix)

  47. Solid Globe - North Pole (Original Mix)

  48. Nu NRG - Free Fall (Original Mix)

  49. Plastic Boy - Silver Bath (Original Mix)

  50. Push - Strange World (2000 Remake)

Wow. What a tracklist, and what a mix! I've been sitting here for hours, just listening to one mix, and that's unheard of. I normally play at least 5 mixes, or thousands of records on their own. But never do I sit here, absorbing one mix. That's not me! But I've done it. And doing it again!

It's a glorious mix, and the length speaks for itself. Some DJs cram in 50 records in an hour, or even in 30 minutes, but not this DJ. He took his time, and let the tracks just play out for as long as possible. No radio edits, just full tracks.

And that's the reason why I jumped on this mix. I sometimes detest those radio edits. Some tracks are just ruined by their short versions. Some just need to be played for minutes on end, and never need to end. Radio edits can take away the climatic moment from a track. And there's plenty of tracks in here that need to be played for as long as the original track is. So no short edits. I detest those. Unless it is suitable (in a megamix, which this isn't).

It's been 5 1/2 hours of pure bliss. I've thoroughly enjoyed myself, hearing these classics in this mix. There were also a few I've not heard before, but that didn't spoil the fun. johnnydavison's mix is a really great one. And if you've got 5 1/2 hours spare, I would suggest you to give this mix a go. It's also downloadable, if you are into that.

There are too many great anthems in here, but one of them has to be such an underrated classic. Chable & Bonnici's 'Ride'. What a pure track. Nothing comes close to this track. It's just perfection. That's what it is!

I'll jump on other mixes made by this DJ soon, but for now I need something else... any suggestions? And not Trance music. I've been listening to it for hours now, I need something different!

DJ: johnnydavison

Genre/Style: Trance, Progressive Trance, Melodic Trance, Uplifting Trance

Mix Info: Classic Trance 50 Volume 1

Length Mix: 05:28:40

Tracks: 50 (fifty)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): CLICK HERE

File Size: 752 MB

File Type: mp3

Audio: Stereo

Bit Rate: 320kbps

Release Year: 2022

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