Why you should listen to pre-1995 trance (+ some pointers)

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Microwave Prince - Cyclic Evolution (1993)

Earlier this year was a "Best Of" album of 'Microwave Prince' released on vinyl and also as digital release. 'Cyclic Evolution' is also there:


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Early 'Hard Trance' from 'Ralph Fridge', released in 1994 via 'Influence Recordings'.

Influid III - We're Always Behind You
 

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I am slowly but surely going through the links on this thread. Of course, many tracks have been lost in time like tears in rain, but this era gives so many stellar tracks. I'd go even as far as to say that 1994 is one of my favourite years in trance. I'd say it is possibly due to the combination of still having the charm of early hypnotic trance and already emerging melodic side with the advances of technology.

Some tracks from the pre-1995 era just for fun.

Blue Planet Corporation - Overbloody Flood (1993) (Okay, this is remastered version)

Earth Nation - Alienated (Earth Mix) (1994)

Odyssee Of Noises - Firedance (The Sunrise) (1994)

And when not thinkling their later sins and stupid (but sometimes damn catchy) pop dance music they are mostly known for, Scooter's 1994 Rhapsody In E is a magnificent trance with stunningly good piano melody.
 

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These are great, highly recommended:

Planet Love: Early Transmissions showcases the roots and formative years of trance via 13 loved-up, psychedelic, colourful, melodious and surprisingly varied dancefloor experiments from Europe, Australia and the United States.

Planet Love Vol. 1 - Early Transmissions 1991-95:

Hawke - 3 Nudes In A Purple Garden
Mindgear - Don't Panic (Transpanic Mix)
Glam - My Mother Said (Cosmic Trance Mix)
Young American Primitive - These Waves
Holy Ghost - Mad Monks On Zinc
Morgan Wild - Dionysian Dream Sacrament
Epsilon Nine - Life Formation
Spooky - Orange Coloured Liquid
Extasia - Alegrya (Virtual Mix)
Humate - Love Stimulation (Love Mix)
Oneiric Vortex - Oasi
Human Beings - The Matrx
L.S.G. - Lonely Casseopaya (Club Mix)

Planet Love Vol. 2 - Early Transmissions 1990-95:

Lazer Worshippers - Free Flight
Sven Väth - L'Esperanza (Single Edit)
Dance 2 Trance - We Came In Peace (Desert Mix)
Innertales - Odyssee
Alien Signal - Deep Sky Delights
Revelation - First Power (Domination Dub)
The Deep - X O Surf
The Moody Boys - Pygmy Song (Nocturnal Version)
Obsession Project - Untitled Part 3
Redeye - A Source
Moodswings - Time Warp
T.E.W. - Double Int
 
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I love the Planet Love comps! They're pretty well put together for casual listening too, flow kinda nicely as albums themselves.
 
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Propeller

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^ First floor deadlock is from 1999!

I'd say a more appropriate cut off point for this thread is 1996. That's really the year when trance in the 90s becomes predominantly more orderly in structure and less experimental compared to the previous years.

Goa trance from the first half of the 90s was especially good, arguably the golden age for that sub-genre.

From 1994:

 
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Fantastic track from the legendary 'Labworks' label, released in 1993.

S.D.L. - Space Traveller
Oh man that is so good. It's not often I get flabbergasted by a track but this is the real deal. Got that rawness and high creativity of early 90s trance, plus the emotional impact. Well produced too.

Available to purchase on bandcamp:
 

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Renegade Legion - Weeping Waste (1993) - Couldn't believe this one was released in 1993. Remastered in 2021:

Forgotten classic.. in the Germany, 'Weeping Waste' was the peak time bomb... played by all key players of the time: Sven Väth, Mark Spoon, Laurent Garnier etcetc

Here a 'Harthouse' classic from 1992:

Overboust - Tribal Interphase
 
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vinyl reissue alert!!

Reissue from 1995, outstanding techno/trance EP by Harmon Eyes.

Superbly multifaceted nocturnal sound journey by prolific Swedish producer Peter Benisch, known under the name “Harmon Eyes”. Beautiful synth melodies, powerful drums: three techno/trance tracks from out of space. All tracks freshly remastered. Powerful, unique and must-have EP!

release: December 12, 2022
I have a copy of the original 1995 release at home.)

Harmon Eyes - Through The Tunnel
 

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'Robert Miles' before he started to be 'Robert Miles', released in 1994 via 'Metrotraxx'.

Roberto Milani - Ghost
 

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The legend himself 'Wolfgang Voigt' aka 'Mike Ink' and his 'Jingle Bells', released in 1993 as the first release on his 'Profan' record label (still active).

Mike Ink - Jingle Bells
 

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an old favourite from 'Metropolitan Music' released in 1995

Razor's Edge - Exquisite Sin (Exquisite Dream Mix)
 

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Pete Lazonby - Wave Speech (Oliver Lieb Remix)
Lieb has so many good tracks and remixes, this is an interesting one from 1995. A lot of unique sounds in this uptempo prog beaut.

 
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Julian Del Agranda

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Not sure if there is a better topic for this.

But I came across this track from... 1982 or something. A remix of I Feel Love. But it has a great early trance feeling to it. A lot of experimental sounds going on here.

 

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a new vinyl reissue is out via 'Transmigration' label:
Ultra rare techno trance from the UK’s Alan Hill. Elliptical Headz was a once off project that flawlessly blends lush synthesis with tasteful exotic sampling and robust drum programming.
Originally released on Junkanoo Recordings in 1993, all tracks have been faithfully remastered for modern use and licensed in collaboration with the artists family.

Elliptical Headz - The Scenic Root