Given the considerable scaling down of the UK trance scene in recent years, it's not often that we think way back to 1993 when Gatecrasher, a small town club in the UK's West Midlands, first opened its doors.
Responsible for the worldwide explosion of euphoric trance, the Sheffield club and dance music brand went on to go through an incredible period playing host to a sizeable chunk of the world's leading DJs and peaking in the late 90's with an endless stream of international events, tours, parties, festivals and every other form of clubbing experience known-to-man.
What goes up, must come down and of course Gatecrasher's glory days are well and truly a thing of the past; that period of rapid ascension and seemingly endless upward spiraling no longer the case, despite the occasional big party at gargantuan UK venues like the 10-20k capacity NEC arena.
Those of us who were once 'Crasher kids' and have now grown up but occasionally seek those nostalgic Gatecrasher days of old might be interested in re-living that period in dance music history again via the "Gatecrasher Classics" compilation, which has just been released.
Yeah...it is another classics album but given it's from the superclub and brand name that basically defined euphoric trance, created a whole new generation of dance music fans and brought new meaning to the word 'anthem', it has all the artists and E moments you'd expect.
Tracks from the 'big four' - PVD, Tiesto, Ferry & AVB - are of course on the album in addition to many of the tunes that literally brought hundreds of thousands of new clubbers to the dance music movement.
You can check out the trailer for Gatecrasher Classics here which, as well as flooding back those good ol' trance moments that you had long since forgotten, also has the voice-over master Pete Tong on the narration.
Gatecrasher Classics 3CD Tracklist Disc: 1
01. Y-Traxx Mystery Land - Original Mix
02. Tiësto - Suburban Train
03. Binary Finary - 1998 (Matt Darey Mix)
04. Liquid Child - Diving Faces
05. Nalin & Kane -Beachball
06. Cygnus X - The Orange Theme (Moonman’s Orange Juice Mix)
07. Art of Trance - Madagascar (Ferry Corsten Remix)
08. Push - Universal Nation (Ferry Corsten 99 Remix)
09. Ayla - Ayla (DJ Taucher Mix)
10. Tilt - Invisible (Lost Tribe Vocal Mix)
11. Three 'n One - Presents Serial Diva (Pearl River)
12. Lustral Everytime - Nalin & Kane (Remix)
13. Freefall - Skydive (I Feel Wonderful)
14. Quake Feat. Marcia Rae - The Day Will Come (Quake Vocal Mix)
15. Solar Stone - Seven Cities (Stone’s Atlantis Mix)
16. Balearic Bill - Destination Sunshine (DJ Tiësto Dub)
17. Katcha - Touched by God (Alfie Cohn Mix)
01. William Orbit - Barbers Adagio For Strings (Ferry Corsten Remix)
02. System F - Out Of The Blue (Original 12” Version)
03. Planet Perfecto - Bullet In The Gun (Saturday Remix)
04. Paul van Dyk - For An Angel (PvD E-werk Club Mix)
05. Armin Van Buuren - Communication
06. Humate - Love Stimulation (Paul Van Dyk's Love-Club-Mix)
07. BBE - 7 Days And 1 Week
08. Three Drives - Greece 2000
09. Delerium Feat. Sarah McLachlan - Silence (Sanctuary Mix)
10. Agnelli & Nelson - Everyday
11. Chicane - Offshore
12. Matt Darey Feat. Marcella Woods - Liberation (Fly Like an Angel) (Matt Darey 99 Mix)
13. The Thrillseekers - Synaesthesia (PvD Club Remix)
14. Lost Witness - Happiness Happening (Lange Remix)
15. Atlantis Vs Avatar Feat. Miriam Stockley - Fiji
16. Digger - Church of Ra
17. Space Manoeuvres - Stage One (Tilts Apollo 11 Mix)
01. Fatboy Slim - Sunset (Bird Of Prey)
02. Mansun - Wide Open Space (Perfecto Mix)
03. Olive - You’re Not Alone
04. David Morales Presents The Face - Needin' U (Original Mistake)
05. Basement Jaxx - Bingo Bango
06. A.T.F.C Presents Onephatdeeva - In And Out Of My Life (Original Vocal Mix)
07. De'Lacy - Hideaway (Deep Dish Mix)
08. Rui Da Silva Feat. Cassandra - Touch Me
09. Iio - Rapture
10. Cevin Fisher’s Big Freak - The Freaks Come Out (Sharp Freaks At Trade Mix)
11. Ruff Driverz Feat. Arrola - Dreaming
12. Hands Burn - Good Shot
13. Billy Hendrix - Body Shine
14. Bacon Popper - Free (Smoked Mix)
15. Jam & Spoon - Stella
16. Way Out West - The Gift
The Gatecrasher Classics CD was released earlier this week, Monday June 27, 2005.
Still, one final question remains...WillTheyAlwaysBeWithYou?