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Gatecrasher's Trance Anthems: 1993-2009

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Gatecrasher's Trance Anthems: 1993-2009 is a triple-disc collection of trance that includes many classics from the stated time frame, though unfortunately they're often represented by remixes rather than the original or best-known versions. The three discs are mixed by Scott Bond, Matt Hardwick, and Judge Jules, respectively. Some of the classics here are Libra Presents Taylor's "Anomaly (Calling Your Name)," Binary Finary's "1998," Cygnus X's "The Orange Theme," Paul Van Dyk's "For an Angel," William Orbit's "Barber's Adagio for Strings," Timo Maas' "Ubik," Ayla's "Ayla," and Art of Trance's "Madagascar" -- most of which are represented by remixes such as the Filo & Peri remix of "For an Angel" from 2009. Purists will likely bemoan the inclusion of so many remixes, and indeed, it seems beside the point to release a compilation of trance anthems that doesn't include the true anthems but rather second-rate remixes. If you're particular about hearing the proper versions of these songs, study the track listing carefully. It's likely not the fault of the DJs but rather Gatecrasher, which was responsible for licensing the compilation material. Nevertheless, the remixes are often good and similar to the original or best-known version, so those listeners who are less particular about such matters should have no problem with Gatecrasher's Trance Anthems: 1993-2009. While there's no shortage of trance albums in the marketplace, Gatecrasher's Trance Anthems: 1993-2009 is one of the better releases, even if it's not ideal. Anyone interested in this album should also consider Gatecrasher's Club Anthems: 1993-2009, a similar release that includes a broader range of dance music.