The History of Trance 1993-2004

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
There's so many compilations that claim to be the "Best of Trance," "Greatest Trance CD Ever!," or "The Story of Trance" that it's easy to be suspect of this one, especially with its plain cover art a tribute to New Order's Substance perhaps?. But George Acosta is a name worth knowing, and Ultra Records have gone all out with their licensing on this one. Sure there are tracks that could have been on here, but this is a top-notch selection, no doubt about it. Acosta chooses the right mixes, the flow is almost perfect, and the liner notes go as far as to give you all of the producer's aliases in case you want to explore further. There's no grandiose story in the liners, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
There's so many compilations that claim to be the "Best of Trance," "Greatest Trance CD Ever!," or "The Story of Trance" that it's easy to be suspect of this one, especially with its plain cover art a tribute to New Order's Substance perhaps?. But George Acosta is a name worth knowing, and Ultra Records have gone all out with their licensing on this one. Sure there are tracks that could have been on here, but this is a top-notch selection, no doubt about it. Acosta chooses the right mixes, the flow is almost perfect, and the liner notes go as far as to give you all of the producer's aliases in case you want to explore further. There's no grandiose story in the liners, which is fine since trance isn't old enough -- or important enough, some would say -- to take a Rhino Records-styled, academic point of view. The text story of trance is still on Internet message boards, but when it's written, History of Trance could be its soundtrack, at least up to 2004. The Robert Miles, Sasha, Energy 52, Delerium, and System F tracks are all defining moments for the genre. Acosta gains more credibility by remembering the cuts by Three Drives, Matt Darey, and his own mix of Jon Secada, all classics that aren't necessarily on the tip of everyone's tongue. He doesn't partake in much DJ showiness, and tracks are pretty much left alone, just slightly mixed together. It's his sequencing that matters, and both discs build up nicely to dramatic finishes. There's more to the genre than two CDs can hold, even if music snobs tell you otherwise, but History of Trance is a great overview, worthy primer, and an exhilarating listen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2004
  • Label: Ultra Records
  • UPC: 617465120824
  • Catalog Number: 1208
  • Sales rank: 181,987

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Anomaly... Calling Your Name - Libra (5:01)
  2. 2 Xpander - Sasha (5:52)
  3. 3 Everytime - Lustral (4:28)
  4. 4 Greece 2000 - Three Drives on a Vinyl (6:46)
  5. 5 Another Way - Paul van Dyk (6:01)
  6. 6 Synaesthesia (Fly Away) - Sheryl Deane (8:16)
  7. 7 Beautiful - Marcella Woods (5:34)
  8. 8 Café del Mar - Energy 52 (7:30)
  9. 9 Seven Cities - Solar Stone (6:38)
  10. 10 Silence - Delerium (9:12)
  11. 11 Lizard - Mauro Picotto (3:51)
  12. 12 Universal Nation - Push-A-Lone (5:01)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Children - Robert Miles (5:37)
  2. 2 Tranzy State of Mind - Push-A-Lone (6:29)
  3. 3 7 Days and One Week - B.B.E. (6:14)
  4. 4 Madagascar - Art of Trance (4:59)
  5. 5 Out of the Blue ... - System F (4:01)
  6. 6 For an Angel '98 - Paul van Dyk (5:53)
  7. 7 One Minute in Heaven - Sunbeam (5:52)
  8. 8 See the Light - Dumonde (7:01)
  9. 9 Exploration of Space - Cosmic Gate (6:50)
  10. 10 Wave - Sosa (8:04)
  11. 11 The First Rebirth - Trance Allstars (9:42)
  12. 12 Just Another Day - Jon Secada (3:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Acosta Primary Artist
Sarah McLachlan Vocals
Tracie Ackerman Vocals
Jan Johnston Vocals, Guest Appearance
Marcella Woods Vocals
Steve Helstrip Vocals
Sheryl Deane Track Performer
Technical Credits
Delerium Producer
Sarah McLachlan Composer
Cosmic Baby Composer
Gianfranco Bortolotti Composer, Producer
Michel Dierickx Composer
Rhys Fulber Composer
Paul Newton Composer
Bruno Sanchioni Composer
Brian Transeau Composer, Producer
Simon Berry Composer
Adrienne Coe Composer
Emmanuel Top Producer
Mike Koglin Producer, Remixing
Stephen Jones Composer
George Acosta Producer, Dance Arrangement
Paul van Dyk Composer, Producer, Remixing
Paul M. Composer
Miguel Morejon Composer
Tiësto Producer, Remixing
Taucher Producer, Remixing
Mauro Picotto Composer, Producer
Roberto Concina Composer
Matt Darey Composer
Uwe Wagenknecht Producer, Dance Arrangement
A. Stephenson Composer
Andrew Remondini Composer
Rev. F. Jones Composer
Ferry Corsten Composer, Producer, Remixing
Ton TB Composer, Producer
R Ferri Composer
Laurent Veronnez Producer, Remixing
S.T. Jones Producer
DeLeon Producer
M. Gerlach Composer, Producer
Florian Preis Composer, Producer
Steve Helstrip Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jürgen Mutschall Composer
Claus Ter Hoeven Composer
M.I.K.E. Composer
Rich Mowatt Composer
Andy Perring Producer, Remixing
Andy Bury Composer
D.A. Forbes Composer
Stefan Bossems Composer
Rick Simmonds Composer
Dominik De León Composer
Jam X Producer
Libra Contributor
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