Friday, 7 December 2007


I have now started to replace my collection of music CDs, starting with some of my favourite electronic albums from when I first got into dance music. This begins with two compilations, one of which I have been told by friends is one of the most consistently good collections of trance they have listened to, and I have mentioned previously (here is a link): it is 2000's Ibiza Euphoria compilation. I'm glad to have this back again, as I cannot imagine that my listening tastes would have developed in the same way without it. It is also my preferred collection for playing while doing a fairly intense piece of revision or coursework, and I would not want to do any serious studying without some trance in the background, so I had to get it back. I have also re-purchased the sequel from 2001; this was mixed by Dave Pearce and is not as good, but is still far more impressive than the other electronic compilations I've heard since.

As for proper albums, I have replaced Chicane's first two CDs, Far from the Maddening Crowds and Behind the Sun, while also buying his latest, Somersault. The former two were the first artist albums based entirely around dance and electronic music I owned, and I could not do without them either. I have once again had to search carefully for the various versions of BT's first three albums: I prefer the American version of Ima, British of Escm, and a rare special edition of Movement in Still Life and needed to use eBay and Amazon's US sites the first time round. These are equally important, and are particularly good at taking me back into my memories of the summers I enjoyed between 2001 and 2004.

Next I will have to start on the albums by Queen, Faithless and Kosheen, which are my favourite 'proper' bands, if there is such a thing. Then I'll have to go to the earliest music I liked; Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Erasure. Without all these my collection has none of its best songs, so all are essential.

I think that I probably indulge my nostalgia too much for a young man, but I do not care. I was highly annoyed at having these foci for my memories taken away, and will remain displeased until they're all mine again. I will probably mention all of the above artists again soon, to reveal why I like them all so much in more detail. Otherwise, this weblog may remain fairly barren for now.

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