Gatecrasher

Red

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The Red addition to the Gatecrasher series really doesn't offer anything that one cannot find on the numerous other trance DJ mixes flooding the market at the end of the 20th century. In fact, this album will considerably disappoint anyone accustomed to the highly premeditated and inventive track selections of the Global Underground albums, the texturally rich Northern Exposure albums, or the breathtaking abandonment of the Tranceport albums. Though not quite as predictable as many of the Ministry of Sound albums, Gatecrasher Red simply suffers from a dull assortment of tracks and an overall ability to incite little more than a yawn or a sense of boredom in the listener. The album begins on a rather accessible note with Fatboy Slim's big 1999 commercial hit "Praise You" and Danny Tenaglia's lulling remix of Garbage's "When I Grow Up" before dropping soon after a version of Jam & Spoon's timeless "Stella" with all of its sensual tranquility. After this somewhat stalling beginning, the first set never takes off and grows increasingly boring as the listener's attention span quickly dwindles. The second set picks up the pace, integrating plenty of pedestrian crowd-pleasing breakdowns and elating snare rolls, but not even these generic staples of commercial trance can save this equally dull set. What Gatecrasher needed was either a creative DJ to mix this album or they needed to invest a little more money into some better tracks by proven producers such as Oliver Lieb or Tilt. In the end, the English superclub's stellar job of building a brand image -- through the glamorous enclosed booklet rather than through the music -- can be considered the only thing successful about this poor excuse for an album.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Garbage
3:17
2 1:46
3 1:55
4
feat: Fatboy Slim
1:51
5
feat: Orkidea
3:45
6
feat: Jam & Spoon
3:41
7
feat: HH
3:27
8
feat: Dave Kane
3:13
9
feat: Origin
3:26
10
feat: ATB
3:38
11 3:27
12 3:12
13
3:24
14
feat: Robert Miles
5:13
15
feat: Ron Hagen
3:37
16
feat: Solange
4:39
17 4:12
18
feat: Green Court
3:51
19 2:29
20
feat: Cascade
3:39
21
feat: Humate
3:13
22
feat: Pulp Victim
3:29
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