Undeniably, Trax Records was a crucial artery and important footnote to the evolution and development of the Chicago house sound of the '80s. But as house started to diversify its sound, acid stood out as the more aggressive alternative to the piano-laden post-disco grooves of other artists. This collection contains several of the label's most important moments, including the epic "Acid Trax" from Phuture. While most enthusiasts will already own a good percentage of this material, there are some moments that sound wonderful courtesy of remastering (especially Maurice Joshua's "This Is Acid"). Some moments from Trax's less remarkable later years are included, but overall this isn't a bad supplement to Trax Records: 20th Anniversary Collection.
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AllMusic Review by Rob Theakston