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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Sensation White 2002

Back in 2002 I went to Sensation White with a few friends from the place I worked, NedCar. They were into Trance music, and were talking about this event like it was going to be the best night of our lives. Everyone dressed in white, and a night filled with Trance music, in the Amsterdam Arena. Well, I really wanted to go with them, but the tickets were sold out. To cut a long story short: I bought a train ticket, went with my friends to Amsterdam, walked around the Arena, trying to spot someone who sold a ticket, and as luck might have it, I found someone. Scared that it might be a fake ticket, I walked to the entrance (at the complete oppossite side of where my friends were), and got in! I was a happy bunny, but not happy when I realised that I would never be able to find my friends, if literally everyone was dressed in white. Took half an hour to find them, in this wonderful setting. But once the gang was complete, the party could start!

The line-up was impressive. And even though I was a full on raver (Hardcore/Gabber), I was digging the Trance and House scene. The names were: Armin van Buuren, Erick E, Jean, Johan Gielen and Marcello. What more do you need? And the wonderful thing is, that I just realised that this event took place nearly 16 years ago! My sweet Lord, time has flown by, but I can still remember the event like it was yesterday! So many good memories, even on the way back from Amsterdam to Heerlen. The train journey was even messy. To me this event holds a lot of memories, and it was a ground breaking event, and has set the bench mark for the whole Dance scene. Do this, or go home.

The CD that followed this event is still one amazing mix CD. I bought it when it became available, and have cherrished it since. Even took it to my holiday in Greece, and made the Greeks aware of this event. But what an epic event this was, and the CD holds memories of me in my bedroom with my first portable CD player which didn’t skip (but secretly did). Let me show you the beautiful tracklist!

CD 1  01. Sensation Intro – Fairytale 02. DJ Tiësto – Magik Journey 03. G-Spott – G-Licious 04. Perpetuous Dreamer – Dub Wav 05. 4 Strings – Diving 06. Tastexperience – Highlander (Ralphie B’s Massive Mix)  07. Midway – Monkey Forest 08. DJ Albert vs DJ Precision – Say Yes 09. Khemistry – Lights Of Fire 10. The Mystery – Devotion (Tatana Remix)  11. Aquanuts – Deep Sea (Martin Eyerer Remix)  12. Roger Goode – In The Beginning Again (Ferry Corsten Remix)  13. Project Medusa vs Exor – Moonshine (Symphony Of Strings Remix)  14. Driftwood – Freeloader 15. The Thrillseekers – Dreaming Of You (Svenson & Gielen Remix)  16. Shane – Too Late To Turn (Armin van Buuren Remix)  17. Sensation Outro – Do You Believe

CD 2  01. Sensation Intro – Rulerz Of The Empire 02. Trilithon – Dagio 03. Armin van Buuren – Sunburn 04. M.O.R.P.H. – Consequence (Benicio Remix)  05. Rank 1 – Awakening 06. Art Of Trance – Madagascar (Cygnus X Remix)  07. The Future Sound Of London – Papua New Guinea (Marco V Remix)  08. C.Rea.Tive – Josephine 2002 (Delirious Instrumental Mix)  09. Matanka – Lost In A Dream (Push Remix)  10. Sensation – The Anthem 2002 (Johan Gielen Remix)  11. Marco V – Simulated (Marco’s V.Ision Mix)  12. Energy 52 – Cafe Del Mar (Marco V Remix)  13. Signum – Second Wave 14. DJ Tiësto – In My Memory (Airwave Remix)  15. Mo’Hawk – Atlantic Stress 16. Pale-X – Beautiful Journey 17. Sensation Outro – Our Church

Even today, in 2018, I’m getting goosebumps. It’s a serious thrill, to hear these beautiful anthems again. Look at the quality of the tunes, and I reckon even the youngest of ravers knows the classic anthems like ‘Papua New Guinea’, ‘Cafe Del Mar’, ‘Freeloader’, ‘Consequence’ etc. They were ground breaking in 2002, and they still made the dancefloors tremble. These were, and still are, the biggest anthems of a generation!

This CD is one of those, if your house in on fire, I would run into it and save. This one and the following: Innercity 2001, Mysteryland 1998 Outdoor, Mysteryland 1994, Goldie – Inner City, Rielism 4, and the reason why is only known by me. These hold the most memories, and even though I lost the entry tickets, my memories last a life time.

The tracks on each disc are amazing! The only annoying thing is the remix by Johan Gielen of the Sensation Anthem. The original is way better, and still don’t understand why they used his version?

A tremendous party, and a wicked CD. Those were the days. Trance music dominated everything. ID&T were literally at the forefront of EDM, and they’ve left a good impression on me.

Best record? I can’t pick. They are all great.

Artist: Various Artists Genre/Style: Trance, Hard Trance, Progressive Trance Release Year: 2002 Album Info: Sensation White 2002 CDs: 2 (two) Length CDs: +/+ 2 hours Tracks: 34 (thirty-four) Label: ID&T Product Number: 7005262 More Information: Sensation – Official Website

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