Various Artists

Trance Party, Vol. 1

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This fine collection of trance classics is a must for casual listener and serious dance aficionado alike. Featuring such gems as Miss Jane's disembodied ingenue vocals on "It's a Fine Day" and Ian Van Dahl's ethereal "Castles in the Sky," TRANCE PARTY VOL.1 will recall the heady days of '90s warehouse raves for some and last weekend's hangover for others. It provides an irresistible dance beat sugar-coated with rarified instrumental concepts limited only by the imaginations of their creators.

Zombie Nation's motorik "Kernkraft 400" recalls both Kraftwerk and Nine Inch Nails, while So Real's "You Take My Breath Away" is pure pop confection over a throbbing trance beat that finds an echo in Kate Ryan's timeless "Scream For More." Both party collection and musical artifact, TRANCE PARTY VOL.1 is a fascinating document of a decade-long party that--while it lasted--seemed as if it could go on forever.

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