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Best of Rave [Westwood]

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A crucial box set for any fan of the style, Best of Rave includes essential rave tracks like the Prodigy's "Everybody in the Place," the Shamen's "Ebeneezer Goode," SL2's "On a Ragga Tip" and Acen's "Trip II the Moon." Though it leans a bit too close to the cartoonish side of rave-pop -- "Sesames Street" by the Smart E's and an unbelievable four tracks by Altern 8 -- they're balanced by the presence of several proto-jungle tracks like "Mr. Kirk's Nightmare" by 4 Hero, "Music Takes You" by Blame, plus other by 2 Bad Mice and Sonz of a Loop Da Loop Era. Though The Best of Rave doesn't have every single rave classic, there are more here than anywhere else.

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