Looking back at this landmark collaboration between prototypical trance producer BT and alternative rock diva Tori Amos in 1996 before each rose to mainstream acceptance, it's no surprise that trance became such a phenomenon by the end of the decade. Pushed in Europe by the Paul Oakenfold-affiliated powerhouse trance label Perfecto and in America by the then unknown label Kinetic, "Blue Skies" never became the breakthrough American single that Kinetic would have liked, but it did raise more than a few eyebrows. After hearing the creative heights of producer Brian Transeau's debut album as BT, Ima, Kinetic had the Washington D.C.-raised artist turn in a few different versions that ranged from radio-friendly, rock-style mixes to the epic dancefloor mixes featured on this promo record. In addition to the multiple versions by BT -- which sound nothing alike one another except for Amos' sampled voice -- Kinetic also had Transeau's old pals from Washington D.C., Deep Dish, produce two progressive house mixes. Furthermore, they even went as far as to license two remixes from Paul van Dyk, arguably the most in-demand dance remixer of the mid- to late '90s. After listening to the double pack of mixes it's clear why Kinetic pressed up enough white labels to get played in every club in America: not only are Amos' vocals as salacious and heart-bleeding as ever, but this stable of talented producers turn in nothing but anthems. And judging by Kinetic's ambitious move and the mind-blowing results, it's clear why they went on to lead the trance invasion of America.
AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier
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