Trance 101: A Tranzy State of Mind

This thread is for all the electonica and trance fans out there or those who are looking to explore trance music or the various sub-genres of electronic music. The focus of this thread will be Trance music, in its various flavors.

Here's the link to the ongoing thread playlist

The first portion of the thread will cover some of the early groundbreaking trance music, ranging from around 1993 until 2004. I'll be heavily modelling the first portion after George Acosta's History of Trance album, but I will be trying to stick with original mixes for some of the tracks. After that, it will be a free-for-all!

Anywho, here goes . . .

George Acosta's History of Trance (CD #1) part #1:

Playlist for folks that want to listen to the full thing.

Libra presents Taylor feat. Jan Johnston - "Anomaly . . . Calling Your Name" (1993)

Sasha - "Xpander (Original mix)" (1999)

Lustral - "Everytime (Original mix)" (1997)

Three Drives - "Greece 2000 (Original mix)" (1997)

Paul van Dyk - "Another Way (Club mix)" (1999)

The Thrillseekers - Synaesthesia (En Motion mix) (1999)

Part #2 is next . . .


George Acosta's History of Trance (CD #1) part #2:

Playlist for folks that want to listen to the full thing.

Matt Darey feat. Marcella Woods - "Beautiful (Original mix)" (2000)

Energy 52 - "Cafe del Mar (DJ Kid Paul mix)" (1993)

Solarstone - "Seven Cities (V-One's 'Living Cities' Remix)" (1999)
A HUGE track. One of my all-time favorite trance classics.

Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlin - "Silence (Sanctuary mix)" (1998)

Mauro Picotto - "Lizard (Picotto Mix)" (1998)

Push - "Universal Nation (Original Mix)" (1998)

George Acosta's History of Trance (CD #2) part #1:

Playlist for folks that want to listen to the full thing.

Robert Miles - "Children (Original Mix)" (1995)
This is an important track in the history of trance. Robert Miles wrote the track as a chilled-out melody to end the traditional high-energy sets at raves and clubs in an attempt to prevent hyped up fans from getting into car accidents on long drives home after shows (there had been a rash of deaths due to auto collisions after shows at the time). Many clubs picked up the track and played it as a standard track to end shows.

Push - "Tranzy State of Mind (Club mix)" (2002)

B.B.E. - "Seven Days And One Week (Original mix)" (1996)

Art of Trance - "Madagascar (Original mix)" (1998)

System F - "Out of the Blue (album version)" (2000)

Paul van Dyk - For an Angel (Original mix)" (1998)

Stay tuned for disc #2 part #2 . . .

George Acosta's History of Trance (CD #2) part #2:

Playlist for folks that want to listen to the full thing.

Sunbeam - "One Minute in Heaven (Club mix)" (2001)

Dumonde - "See the Light (Original mix)" (1999)

Cosmic Gate - "Exploration of Space (Club mix)" (2001)

Sosa - "Wave (Megamind mix)" (1997)

Trance Allstars - "The First Rebirth (Sunbeam mix)" (1999)

Jon Secada - "Just Another Day (George Acosta mix)" (1992, 2004)

Now for some more trance goodness:

Ferry Corsten - "Mixed Live: Spundae @ Circus, Los Angeles" (2003)

Standout tracks:
Mesh - "Purple Haze" (2003)

Solid Globe - "North Pole (Original mix)" (2003)
Amazing beat. Another of my favorites.

Matti Laamanen - "Flakes (Original mix)" (2003)

Macro V - "C:/del*.mp3 (Original Mix)" (2001)

We're talkin' trance now, eh?

Here are a few tracks from none other than HEXcellerate himself. :D

Ah, shameless self-promotion.

I'm also gonna replace the artwork for "Stargazer" and "Immerse".


Another classic trance album:

Johan Gielen - "For You" (2005)

Standout tracks:
Ridgewalkers - "Find feat. El (Andy Moor Mix)" (2004)

P.O.S. - "Gravity (Original mix)" (2005)

Vadik - "Mission 7 (Vadim Zhukov Mix)" (2005)

Re:Locate - "Absoluum" (2005)

Airscape - "Sosei (Original mix)" (2004)

Markus Schulz - "Miami '05" (2005)

Standout tracks:
Kalafut & Fygle - "3579 KM"

Keo Nozari - "Close Enough (Noel Sanger Remix)" (2005)

Jose Amnesia Presents Tiffany (4) - "Heaven Drops" (2005)

Lens - "Let the Light In (Original mix)"

was waiting for you to show up :D

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Armin van Buuren - "A State Of Trance 2004" (2004)

Standout tracks:
Mark Otten - "Tranquility (Original mix)" (2004)

Robert Nickson - "Spiral (Original Mix)" (2004)

Michael Burns - "The Ambiance" (2004)

Peter Martin presents Anthanasia - "Perfect Wave (Original)" (2004)

Mono - "Rise (Original mix)" (2004)

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JUst to trow a couple of trance classics in here.


Armin van Buuren - "A State of Trance 2006" (2006)

CD #2 of the album makes it my favorite ASoT album. 2007 was a great year.

Standout tracks:
Arksun - "Arisen (Original mix)" (2006)
Amazing track.

O'Callaghan & Kearney - "Exactly (Original mix)" (2006)

Kyau & Albert - "Kiksu (Original mix)" (2006)

Hiroyuki Oda - "Transmigration (Original mix)" (2006)

Thomas Bronzwaer - "Shadow World (Original mix)" (2006)

Kuffdam & Plant ‎– "Dream Makers (Original mix)" (2006)

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ah wait this topic is about certain state of trance discs.

nope this is a free-for-all of any trance music. I was just posting some of my favorite compilation albums and my favorite tracks from those albums :D I'm planning to post a lot of singles, etc later.

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Yeah trance is nice, i also have allot of that stuff.

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Just passing through.

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One of my favorite tracks.

My favorite tracks from ASoT 2007. Some great melodic slow-downs in these ones:

Albert Vorne - "Formentera (Gareth Emery Remix)" (2007)

Michael Dow - "Ascent (Original mix)" (2007)

Lost Witness vs Sassot - "Whatever (Aly And Fila Remix)" (2007)

Sophie Sugar - "Day Seven" (2007)

Logistic ‎– "One More Night Out (Original mix)" (2007)

Sunbeam - Outside World

Still my favourite after all these years.

Age of Love - Age of Love (Jam & Spoon mix)

Chicane - Saltwater

Motorcycle - As the Rush Comes

Dutch Force - Deadline

Kai Tracid - 4 Just 1 Day

Energy 52 - Café Del Mar