The year is 2001, and things have changed for me personally. This bloke (me) saw the demise of Hardcore, and needed something to replace it full time. It was difficult and in the end it never happened, but I found a different kind of music that I could embrace, love, and cherish. That kind of music was Trance, and I absorbed it like a bloody sponge! And as the 90s was a decade where most of the albums I bought were released by ID&T, I continued that trend, as they made the decision to 'abandon' the Hardcore scene, and move toward something more lucrative?
Trance wasn't something new, it had already been around for a while. But the Millennium years, that's when things changed. I have listened to the early Trance anthems from back in they day, and they have never embraced me as much as the Millennium Trance anthems did. I think I joined it at the right time, when the music was emotional at its peak. It is Trance that we look back onto, and think about constantly. This is the era when the biggest anthems ever made, were created.
Did I personally abandon the Hardcore scene? No, never. But as it went a bit more underground, I needed a replacement style, a genre that could take me to places I've never been before. Trance fit the bill for me, and it's only from that moment that I have fallen in love with Trance, and it stuck with me for the rest of my life.
Early this morning, after waking up, I was in dire need of some Trance anthems. I did ask Alexa, and she played a playlist with some big anthems, which led me to this compilation. Back in the day, it was one of my most cherished albums in my possession, and has been destroyed due to the amount of plays. I was a huge ID&T fan, and nearly everything they released, I purchased.
They released 7 albums under this umbrella name, but faded into obscurity back in 2004. What a shame though.
DJ Tiesto - Flight 643
Sylver - Turn The Tide (Airscape Remix)
System F feat Marc Almond - Soul On Soul
Out Of Grace - Obscura
DJ Quicksilver - Ameno
Sister Bliss feat John Martin - Deliver Me
Coast 2 Coast feat Discovery - Home (DJ Tiesto Remix)
Digital Level - Basic Factory
Riva - Stringer
The Thrillseekers feat Sheryl Deane - Synaesthesia (Fly Away) (Paul van Dyk Remix)
Comonova - Wishful Thinking
Ultra - Free
ATB - Let U Go (Wippenberg Remix)
Mo'Hawk - Previous Years
Barthezz - On The Move (DuMonde Remix)
Mauro Picotto - Like This Like That (Megavoices Claxxix Mix)
Rank 1 feat Shanokee - Such Is Life (Marco V Remix)
Mario Piu a.ka. DJ Arabesque - The Vision
Collusion - Conspiracy
The Moon - Sushi
Nino Lopez Project - Experience
DuMonde - Never Look Back (DJ Tiesto Remix)
Lazy Jones - Let Me Tell You
Push - Strange World
Square - Nova (4 Strings Remix)
Shade On Grey - Moving On (DJ Astrid Mix)
Cosmic People - Time To Hold On (Pants & Corset Remix)
Clint Fabian - Panorama
Cherrymoon Trax - Needle Destruction
Stormtraxx - My Acid Dream
Yes, I am going to sound like an old man now, but they don't make 'em like they used to. These were the golden days of Trance music. And yes, I was a fan of Tiesto. When that first song on the first disc hits, it hits hard. Back in the day you couldn't go anywhere without this song being played over and over. It dominated the charts and the clubs/events all over the world. And yes, even I purchased it on CD-single.
It was a wide variety of anthems on these two discs. From your euphoric Trance to Hard Trance to Progressive Trance to whatever Trance you were looking for.. it was on here. The diversity I liked, but that doesn't mean every song was a hit in my books. 80% of the songs are, and then there are some songs on here, maybe space fillers? They are OK, but not great, and if they are forgotten about, that wouldn't be a bad thing.
Each disc had its own big anthem, and for me it is as follows: CD 1 has the biggest underrated track of all time, by Out Of Grace, and it's called 'Obscura'. The second disc has got obviously one of the biggest, if not the biggest, Trance anthem of ALL time: 'Strange World' by Push.
It was a great compilation, not the best out there, but good enough to enjoy. This edition and I think volume 2 were the only ones I purchased. Sony then came along and presented these top 100 albums for the same price or cheaper, and I went along with those, as you get more bang for your bucks. Yes, I'm cheap, but remember, I am Dutch.
A trip down memory lane, this certainly was. Trance from around 2001 can not be beaten by the present day Trance. Sorry, not sorry. This compilation is a great glimpse on what I listened to back in the day, but it's not the best of them all. Still a great one to listen to/
Artists: Various Artists
Genre/Style: Trance, Hard Trance,
CD Info: ID&T Trance Vol. 1
CD: 2 (two)
Length CDs: 02:27:22
Tracks: 30 (thirty)
Product Number: 7004262
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