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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Hardcore 100 Best Of The Best (1997)

Updated: Sep 28, 2023

I know many will hate me and be very judgmental, but I simply do not give a toss. To me this is the greatest Hardcore album ever. Why, you might ask? Good question, and I will happily answer it. Thunderdome has been a good compilation, and has given us excellent tunes, but truth be told, some of the albums were a bit shit. With this compilation, also by ID&T, they literally delivered a CD containing only the best of the best! 100 tracks on 4 albums. Did they had to compromise to make this album? Well, yes, but we'll talk about that later.

This is actually one of the first CDs I've played until I couldn't anymore. So many scratches on each CD, it became painful to listen to it (most records would just skip). The power of Hardcore music can be felt throughout this wonderful album. This brings back so many good memories, and ID&T did splash out on this album. No shite records, only those records that demolished speakers all over the world.

If you are too young and do not understand what gabber means and what the 'oldskool' sound is, you need to get this album. This is a must-have for ALL Hardcore lovers. Yes, support the present day scene too, but never forget the roots. Never forget where it all started, and who were the pioneers of this majestic scene. So many have come and gone, and only a handful have stayed. Commemorate those heroes, who might have decided to quit and do something else. Or sadly passed away. We honour those with a fabulous album! Check out the tracklist, it's the best one you will EVER see. And I do mean it.

CD 1:

01. Disreaction - Jiiieehaaa

02. Nasty Django - Hardcore Muthafucka

03. Bertocucci Feranzano - XTC Love (Original Mix)

04. Neophyte vs Stunned Guys - Get This Motherfucker

05. DJ Paul - Play My Game

06. Baba Nation - Jesus Words

07. DJ Weirdo & Dr. Phil Omanski - Young Birds (Original Mix)

08. Joe Inferno - Hysteria

09. DJ Darkraver & DJ Vince - Intelligent Hardcore

10. Jones & Stephenson - The First Rebirth

11. Rotterdam Terror Corps - The Horror

12. Darrien Kelly & Scott Brown - Geleihoofd

13. Masters Of Ceremony - Hardcore To Da Bone

14. Vanugenth The 5th - Here We Go Again

15. DJ Francois & Jeremy - Guns, Smoke & Fire

16. The Prophet - All Right Now Here We Go

17. Tellurian - Guyver

18. Mauriccio Braccagni - Mosquito

19. French Connection - French Connection

20. The Nightraver - So

21. Technohead - I Wanna Be A Hippy

22. DJ Delirium & Guitar Rob - The Way That We Rocked It (Live In NYC Shortcut)

23. Juggernaut - Don't Fuck With A Ruffneck

24. DJ Lancinhouse meets Stunned Guys - We Are The Dynacore

25. Bodylotion - Happy Is Voor Hobo's

CD 2:

01. Chosen Few - The Name Of The DJ

02. Predator - Mind Of A Lunatic

03. Party Animals - Used & Abused (Amnesia Mix)

04. Human Resource - Fuck Them

05. Masoko Solo - Pessa Pessa (DJ Cerla's 172 BPM Rave Mix)

06. Juggernaut - The World Of The LSD User

07. Tellurian - Bloody Fucking Hardcore

08. DJ Distortion & MC R.A.W. vs Bass-D & King Matthew - Raveworld

09. The Prophet - Big Boys Don't Cry (Original Mix)

10. DJ Delirium & DJ Buzz Fuzz - Immortality

11. DJ Weirdo & DJ Sim - Go Get Busy (Hardcore Edit)

12. Neophyte - Execute

13. Private Productions - Looped

14. Bounty Hunter - Demilitarized Zone

15. Ricci & MC Hair - Sgam Sgam

16. Da Beatblower - Fuck Your 'S Off (Stunned Guys Mix)

17. Crowd Control - Tranzformer (Frankfurt Mix)

18. Dr. Macabre - Poltergeist

19. Thunderball - Bonzai Channel One

20. DJ Rob & MC Joe - The Beat Is Flown

21. Mauricio Braccagni - Bass Solution

22. Duo Penotti - Addicted II Raves (Buzz Fuzz Mix)

23. Naked Steal - Vive La France

24. Miss Groovy - Jungle Sickness

25. Neophyte - Last Recall

CD 3:

01. Inferno Bros - Slaves To The Raves (PCP Mix)

02. Tony Salmonelli - Hey!! (Buzzy's Raggamix)

03. DJ Hooligan - B.O.T.T.R.O.P.

04. DJ Isaac - Bad Dreams

05. 6-Pack - Drunken Piece Of Shit (Mix 1)

06. Robert Armani - Hit Hard

07. Yves De Ruyter - Rave City

08. Wasting Program - Bring That Shit Back

09. Vitamin - Muffin' In Mokum

10. Technohead - Number One Contender

11. Smash - Korrekte Atmosphere

12. DJ Sim - Cartoons In Progress (Original Mix)

13. Wayward - Hardcore Hijacked Me

14. Lenny Dee & The Darkraver - To Da Rhythm

15. Technohead - Stay Down With The Hardcore

16. Buzz Fuzz - Frequencies

17. DJ Lancinhouse meets The Stunned Guys - Fuckin' Sweat

18. DJ Rob - DJ Rob's 20 Seconds

19. Rotterdam Terror Corps - Hardcore Slam

20. Pino D'Ambini feat Beasty Boys - Do It Again (Hektic)

21. DJ Nation - Pump It (Straight Mix)

22. 3 Steps Ahead - Drop It (Original Mix)

23. Paradox - My DJ Cutz

24. Rotterdam Terror Corps - You're Dealing With

25. DJ Gizmo - End Of The Beginning

CD 4:

01. Marshall Masters - Stereo Murder

02. Bodylotion - Make You Dance

03. Kuadra - La Onda (La Onda De Einstein Mix)

04. Wedlock - I'm The Fuck You Man

05. The Prophet - Dominatin'

06. Prezioso - Raise Your Power (Hardcore Version)

07. Final Analysis - El Punto Final (Power Mix)

08. Rave Creator & The Mover - Atmos-Fear

09. DJ Dano - Welcome To The Thunderdome

10. Too Fast For Mellow - We Gonna Get This Place

11. MC Raw - We Who Are Opressed (Rob Gee, Repete & Damon Wild Mix)

12. Rexanthony - For You Marlene (New Deutschland Version)

13. Technohead - The Passion (#3)

14. Hardsequencer - Brain Crash

15. Rave Creator - A New Mind (Cold Rush Phuture Mix)

16. Knightvision - Who Is It

17. The Prophet - Dream Theme

18. Turbulance 'N Terrorist - Six Million Ways To Die

19. Manga Corps - The Hunter

20. DJ Rob - Boy's Interface (Uh....Mix)

21. Vitamin - The Point

22. Tellurian - Squash The Floor

23. Square Dimension - Brand New Dance (Buzz Fuzz '95 Remix)

24. DJ Buzz Fuzz - Drop The Pressure

25. Rob Gee - Ecstacy You Got What I Need

Now, didn't I tell you that this had everything you wanted? Seeing a tracklist like this one brings a tear to my eye. This is my childhood in a nutshell. No joke, I raved to each and every tune until my feet were covered in blisters.

Someone on Discogs commented, saying that this compilation did nothing for him, because you could find all these records on the Thunderdome collection already. He has got a point, fair and square, but I don't want to sive through 20 albums to find all these wicked records: they are all on one. This was way before they started to milk the concept of 100 records on 4 CDs, or 'best of' compilations.

You cannot argue with me about the tunes! These are Hardcore classics, and some are cemented in our minds forever. Be it Hardcore from Holland, Belgium, Germany, The US, The UK, or anywhere else, Hardcore was up and coming, and stood the test of time. Even in 2019 the raves are still visited, and 'oldskool' parties are hip,and hot. The music has never left us, and has haunted us.

Does that mean this compilation is the best? Well, yes and no. As I mentioned before, they had to compromise. Some records are short edits of the original, and some are only highlighting the best sections of a record. Taking for example the climatic moments out of it, or only playing the climactic bits. And the mixing wasn't smooth either. This was in a way disappointing, but hey, it was the late 90s, and we were still expanding our knowledge.

But even with the negative bits and bobs the compilation still offers me a lot. And has the most memories of them all. Yes, sure, Thunderdome cannot be beaten, but this comes really close, and can be considered to be sometimes even better than the mighty Thunderdome CDs. Be honest, there were shitloads of shite records on them. This 'Best Of' has only got the finest. No joking about, no fucking about, just pure Hardcore. Hell yeah.

Artist: Various Artists

Genre/Style: Hardcore, Happy Hardcore, Gabber, Techno, Hard Trance, Acid

CD Info: Hardcore 100 - Best Of The Best (1997)

CDs: 4 (four)

Length CDs: 04:58:42

Tracks: 100 (hundred)

Label: Arcade/ID&T

Product Number: 9902325

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