Another World

Another World

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by Paul Oakenfold
     
 

U.K. trance DJ Paul Oakenfold must never rest. How else could you explain Perfecto Presents Another World, released mere months after he contributed a full mix CD to Pete Tong's two-part Essential Selection Vol. 1 (the other disc is from Fatboy Slim)? OnSee more details below

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U.K. trance DJ Paul Oakenfold must never rest. How else could you explain Perfecto Presents Another World, released mere months after he contributed a full mix CD to Pete Tong's two-part Essential Selection Vol. 1 (the other disc is from Fatboy Slim)? On the two CDs comprising Another World, "Oakie" offers a more contemplative mix than the wall-to-wall, cotton candy euphoria of his past releases, such as Tranceport. Although he includes some of the best new progressive house and trance, the DJ also features goth diva Lisa Gerrard and her band Dead Can Dance, as well as atmospheric moments from Vangelis's Blade Runner score. These orchestral segments contribute to the emotive quality of this thoughtful, yet booty-shakin' mix. Case in point: On disc one, the eerie desolation of Dead Can Dance's "Sanvean" lends a hint of desperation to the driving trance mix of "No Way Out" by Highland that follows. Oakenfold follows this pattern of building and deconstructing tempo and emotion throughout, and still manages to sneak in a surprise or two. The biggest one is Robert Plant's vocals -- and just a hint of the original Zeppelin song -- mingling with a four-four drum kick on a stunning dance floor makeover of "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You." Throw in tracks from the likes of Rabbit in the Moon and U.K. up-and-comer Timo Maas, and you've got another can't-miss effort by Oakenfold.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Perhaps realizing that the market for progressive trance mix albums was fast approaching saturation amidst a raft of inferior products, Paul Oakenfold displayed a touch more variety with his 2000 edition, Perfecto Presents Another World. Scattered all over this collection are the usual trance producers (Timo Maas, Salt Tank, Tone Depth, LSG) and signings to his Perfecto label one would expect, but Oakenfold also incorporates snippets from more atmospheric sources, including Dead Can Dance and Vangelis' soundtrack classic, Blade Runner. And he even tapped Perfecto stalwart Quivver to apply the trance treatment to Led Zeppelin's "Baby I'm Gonna Leave You," a process that doesn't transform the song as much as it applies a sleek backing to a few of Robert Plant's bluesier vocal lines. Except for these stylistic detours (two tracks from Blade Runner, with one each from Dead Can Dance and the group's vocalist Lisa Gerrard), Another World is the same old trance album. There are a few intriguing anthems that manage to wear out their welcome over the course of seven minutes and up, plenty of breakdowns to maintain attention on the dancefloor, and an overall pleasant sound that simply floats by without making much of a positive impact. Oakenfold is probably treading dangerous ground here, considering that nods to traditional non-dance artists fly right over the heads of his core audience, even while they seem like calculated gestures to those who recognize the references.
Rolling Stone - Barry Walters
Bigger than the two-and-a-half-hour sum of its substantial parts, Another World takes you to a spectral sphere where New Age talks to old rock via the universal language of soothing, steady, stimulating beats.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/03/2000
Label:
Sire / London/Rhino
UPC:
0643443103527
catalogNumber:
31035
Rank:
13666

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. The Host of the Seraphim  -  Dead Can Dance
  2. Majestic  -  Tone Depth
  3. Take Me Away  -  Chilled Eskimos
  4. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You  -  Led Zeppelin
  5. Ubik  - Timo Maas
  6. Into Deep  -  L.S.G.
  7. Airtight
  8. Bullet In A Gun  -  Planet Perfecto
  9. Darker  -  Brancaccio & Aisher
  10. Sanvean  -  Dead Can Dance
  11. No Way Out  -  Highland
  12. Bar None
  13. Tears In Rain  -  Vangelis
  14. Piledriver  -  Amoebassassin

Disc 2

  1. Music  -  Tatoine
  2. Eugina 2000  -  Salt Tank
  3. Song to the Siren (Did I Dream)  -  Lost Witness
  4. Back and Front  -  Skope
  5. Flesh
  6. Rachel's Song  -  Vangelis
  7. Sacrifice  - Lisa Gerrard
  8. Animal  -  Lost It.Com
  9. North Sky  -  Blackwatch
  10. Silence  -  Delerium

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Oakenfold   Primary Artist
Dead Can Dance   Track Performer
Lisa Gerrard   Track Performer
Jan Johnston   Track Performer
Salt Tank   Track Performer
Planet Perfecto   Track Performer
Lost Witness   Track Performer
Merle Forbes   Vocals
Lost It.Com   Track Performer
Bruce Aisher   Track Performer
Chilled Eskimos   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jimmy Page   Composer
Robert Plant   Composer
Anne Bredon   Composer
Paul Oakenfold   Producer
Kevin Griffiths   Arranger,Producer
Vangelis   Composer
Oliver Lieb   Producer
Scott Richmond   Executive Producer
Martin Buttrich   Producer
Max Graham   Producer
Paul Davis   Remixing
Andy Gray   Producer

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