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I took this one out again last night for a session straight through both sets. I definitely think both the recording and the performance itself was better during the 1991 set than in 2001, but there's a greater variety of instruments and songs from across their catalog in the latter.
CD1 of GU024 is the (mostly) ambient one, right? You could possibly search for some of Nick Warren's Renaissance mixes. I think a couple of them have first discs that sound similar. John Digweed also has a live album with an ambient disc, though I can't recall which one (try checking discogs and cross-ref with youtube). Other than that, maybe Bedrock's old Layered Sounds offerings, or some of DMC's Back To Mine series.
Finding something similar to Phil K's Breakbeat mix for Balance will prove harder. I don't think there are any modern breakbeat mixes that sound like that one. The closest you can get are probably the old Bedrock Breaks series with offerings from DJ Hype and Meat Katie, but even those are a far cry from Phil K's style. I saw Phil live in Oz a few times at the turn of the millennium, and no one can mix breaks like he does. Closest would be Luke Chable, but I don't think he's ever done a pure breaks mix on CD before. One possibility might be the Renaissance Presents The Therapy Sessions Volumes 1 & 2, featuring Dave Seaman, Phil K (Vol 1) & Luke Chable (Vol 2).
The old progressive house/breaks style is basically dead. The mixers that championed it have moved on to different sounds, for better or worse. All the new stuff that gets classified as "progressive" is basically cheesy trance played at slightly reduced bpm. There's none of the layering or texture or seamlessness you'd find in old prog.
Thankyou very much for the reply.
Disc1 of GU024 is indeed the downtempo/ambientmix. Hopefully Nick Warren's Renaissance offerings have not been deleted; if so they might be available online somewhere I suppose.
It is more the mood and melancholic nature of Warren and Phil K's mixes I am after. Phil K is an absolute genius in creating composite sketches with tracks. One would be very hard pressed indeed to find a DJ whose mixing style and prowess is of a similar nature.
I shall certainly investigate the other recommendations as well.
The direction that prog took, towards bass heavy minimal tripe, really put me off electronica altogether after 2006-7. It was a sound that was never destined to stand the test of time.
Also in search of a James Zabiela live set from 2001 or 2003. It opens with the sound of seagulls which is evidently given the CDJ treatment. Danged if I can find it though.
Meanwhile, Ocean Machine / Biomech by Devin Townsend has been a consistent in my repertoire lately. The SE846 really sing with this album.
Even those who are not metalheads can appreciate this:
Edited by Black Label - 6/9/14 at 3:26pm
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No problem. I completely forgot Phil's Y4K offering; http://www.discogs.com/Phil-K-Y4K/master/119062
Regarding that Zabiela live set, I think everything he did back then started with CDJ/Effects frankenvoodoo. If it's on CD, then I recommend you check out the release he did for Hooj Choons (great label, R.I.P) back in 2003; http://www.discogs.com/James-Zabiela-Sound-In-Motion/master/33605
Btw, if you want some truly melancholic house, this is what I was listening to just now. I've posted it before on this thread though. Just got re-issued on CD.
Edited by kurochin - 6/9/14 at 6:20pm
I must have seen Zabs live more than any other international Dj and would happily witness him perform again even though my musical tastes have radically moved on. Well, not moved on entirely. As is self evident, electronica is still there off to the periphery.
Edit: The Zabiela live set in question was over three hours in duration
, and I believe it was recorded in Brighton. I shall certainly check out his Hooj mix though. Tis rather sad to learn of the label's demise.
My brother had the chance to see Phil K in Melbourne back in 2006. Says he was literally sat there with three decks, his hands never ceasing. The end result being something to behold. Dayamn! Now that I am in Melbourne myself I am wondering if a similar opportunity will present itself.
Edited by Black Label - 6/9/14 at 4:07pm
111 years of Deutsche Grammophon Collection: Listening to Vivaldi CD
320KBPS on Spotify Premium: 111 Years of Deutsche Grammophon
I am not sure they have any good masters to pull from, every version I have heard, and I am a huge Zep fan so I own most every version released, has the same sound quality issues, they are harsh and distorted. I think the bands idea at the time was "turn it up loud and you won't notice how poorly these were recorded".
All 3 new remasters deluxe edition are on Spotify at 44/16 and for premium members at 320KBPS (ogg vorbis). Just recently Spotify picked up Zeppelin as artists after not having them for the longest time, looks like they were privy to the new stuff as well . Not buying the other two from HDTracks and now can reference the HDtracks on Zep II vs Spotify's Zep II
If you don't have Spotify premium it'll be 160KBPS but here are the links chronologically:
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin (Remastered Deluxe Edition)
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II (Remastered Deluxe Edition)
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin III (Remastered Deluxe Edition)
Edited by Soundsgoodtome - 6/9/14 at 5:59pm