The History of Trance 1993-2004

The History of Trance 1993-2004

by George Acosta


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The History of Trance 1993-2004

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/04/2004
Label: Ultra Records
UPC: 0617465120824
catalogNumber: 1208

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
BT   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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