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    Solarstone - Seven Cities [1999]

    Hello there !

    After having read an article about Solarstone (which was very interesting, you can read it here.), I had the idea to share this classic with you, as it was part of the links at the end of the article. This song is the a perfect definition of Pure Trance.

    'Seven Cities' was first released in 1999 and received various remixes from big name DJs. Apart from the Original, Solarstone did 5 other versions : firstly, the Atlantis Dub/Mix and the Coastal Mix, which were featured in the first single, and then the Transatlantis Mix and the Pure Mix (which he does for almost all of his songs).

    Here's the original version :



    And here you have the Pure Mix (my favourite version) :



    Finally, my second favourite version, the AvB's remix :



    It's so pure I'm gonna die

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astral Point View Post
    Hello there !

    After having read an article about Solarstone (which was very interesting, you can read it here.), I had the idea to share this classic with you, as it was part of the links at the end of the article. This song is the a perfect definition of Pure Trance.

    'Seven Cities' was first released in 1999 and received various remixes from big name DJs. Apart from the Original, Solarstone did 5 other versions : firstly, the Atlantis Dub/Mix and the Coastal Mix, which were featured in the first single, and then the Transatlantis Mix and the Pure Mix (which he does for almost all of his songs).

    Here's the original version :

    [VIDEO=youtube;wPxoZbEA7sw]https://youtu.be/wPxoZbEA7sw]movie[/URL]

    And here you have the Pure Mix (my favourite version) :

    [VIDEO=youtube;rB9SaTnh41M]https://youtu.be/rB9SaTnh41M]movie[/URL]

    Finally, my second favourite version, the AvB's remix :

    [VIDEO=youtube;tcwjlNMPxMM]https://youtu.be/tcwjlNMPxMM]movie[/URL]

    It's so pure I'm gonna die

    i personally enjoy the armin mix the most.

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    Yep Armin's remix is excellent but I prefer the more balearic style of Solarstone's Pure Mix.

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    Love the original & Pure mixes the most, also enjoy the Coastal mix a lot. Great to end a set with.

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    Apparently, there is also the Armin van Buuren Vocal Mix:

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    Quote Originally Posted by MasterTuxx View Post
    [videyoutube;Lo_VcePkgiA]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo_VcePkgiA]movie[/URL]
    Thanks for posting it.

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    What is it with the pure mix and that serious amount of subbass? That really strips away the classic feel of the track.

    I have to say I only like the original, which imo is nearly perfect. The coastal mix is also nice but apart from that no other mix is consistent enough as they go against the original concept of the track. Never liked the V-one remix.

    The only faster version I think works is actually Armins Version, it reminds me of his Janeiro Remix.
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    One bpm faster barely qualifies as a "faster version." The AVB version is almost as chilled out as the original.


    I like the Atlantis (the "original mix") and Pure mixes about the same; the Pure is like a re-skin of the Atlantis with the main section of the V-One added on as a second climax. It's not very well-known but the Blugazer bootleg is a neat, slightly more chilled version.

    The AVB vocal mix is, of course, horrendous and unnecessary.

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    I like the Armin remix,its not one ive ever really listened to all the way through as the Atlantis version was the definitive one for me. But AvB's is very good all the same - which goes for everything he made in that era.

    I also like the Pure mix and how he put that V-one melody in,which i know he is a big fan of that remix by Laurent.

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    As far as modern reworks go, the Almar remix is my favourite. Comes across clean, crisp and punchy. And doesn't do anything too crazy or fancy with the main theme. The Pure mix doesnt sound bad but kinda repeats itself too much. Perhaps even slightly overrated as it's widely regarded as the track that kickstarted the new Pure era of trance.

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    Coastal Mix is stunning. I like it and the original; the rest (I've heard) are very nice but not as nice as the Coastal and Original mixes. They all center around the main melody but no other remix has the production to go with it. It's all one in these two mixes.
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    I have an incredible hard time appreciating and take in the remixes from the later remixers. The original remix package including coastal,atlantis mix, solaris heights,ambient dub ajust works so well while the later interpreations (modern) are pretty useless. Its about authenticity and following the original vibe of the track, and these modern ones fails on that matter for me. Although the "older" v-one, katcha and michael woods remixes are really filler remixes aswell and doesnt do the original package justice.

    Actually I think the the only remix that does it justice and plays right is the Armin remix. It feels like he really was in the right mindstate when he lay his hand on it.
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