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Posted by DJ Vyb on October 08, 2000 at 18:55:33:

In Reply to: OT: My Paul Oakenfold Review (long) posted by Seth H. on October 07, 2000 at 03:57:07:

I've only had the opportunity to listen to P.O. a couple of times. Once was live here at Firestone back in the day, 94. And I own an incredible mixtape from a promoter girlfriend of mine. Live at cream, 1997. I agree his taste is somewhat on the commercial tip, but then again you don't get to be in the Guinness book of world records for being the worlds highest paid DJ by playing the deeper stuff.

Seth has the right idea though. You can't judge a mix by the songs played. A mixtape, CD, or live session is a whole piece. The songs are simply the tools as are different colors of paint in a painting. Paul has an evident talent of creating a musical journey which sends a message. I haven't heard any of his recent CD's but from what I've heard to date, he has a knack for presenting fresh new sounds even though it may be geared towards pleasing the masses. ANother great thing about Paul's style is his divetsity. The mixtape I have live from Cream has everything from funky breaks to progressive to hard, deep trance, and all well done.

The most important thing to me as a DJ is A) The Journey and B) Creating new musical experiences, astonishing the crowd with that tranced out voice or synth progression that seems to be from another galaxy. And of course playing tracks that are multidimensional (Non-repetative) and heavy emotional content, weather it be pleasure, enchantment, or raw energy.

From Seths description it seems like a good production. My fav's are still Older Sasha (Renaissance I and prior), Paul Van Dyk, Oliver Lieb, Timo Maas, Joshua Ryan and Hardkiss to name a few you all mite recognize. Just wanted to let Seth know that his comments were appreciated. And you all be careful out there ...the magic's not in the party favors.

Hey and Tampa Nick ...you need to come see me next time I spin up there (The Rubb, Budious Maximus, Ampatheater, Club Empire???)

Peace from the South East,

DJ Vyb
   Before I begin, to those that post "this shouldn't be here," there are a few people on this board who'd disagree. People showed some interest in my last post, and this is why I'm posting. If you don't want to read it, click your back button.

   I just got my Perfecto Presents Another World, the new one from Paul Oakenfold, and thought I'd post my "review" for those that are interested. I popped in the first disc, this is a two disc set as are most trance releases, and was turned off. I personally loved Tranceport, Global Underground New York: Paul Oakenfold, and Two years resident at Cream, and this disc is MUCH different. Gone are the electronic tunes that Oakie is so known for, but instead this disc has a lot of "snare and hi-hat" type percussion beats. (It reminded me of Danny Tenaglia.) It was alright to listen to, but personally not my taste. Besides this, my second major gripe is on the layout of this disc. I loved Oakenfold's earlier releases because they literally took you on a ride. They started off soft, built up to a crazy level, kept you there for a while, then let you down begging for more. This disc has lots of ups and downs, and doesn't tend to stay up for too long. If you're enjoying your "club kid" drug of choice, this may be appealing, but listening to it sober is just frustrating.

   So at this point it's 3:30 in the morning, I've just finished racing a few people on Jericho Turnpike when the occasional up song was playing on disc one, and I'm ready to go home. I have about five minutes to get home, so I pop in disc two. Yeeeesssssss. This is the Oakenfold we all know and love. No more monotonous drum beats, but instead he brings in the electronic tunes that made his earlier releases so great. This disc starts off at a mid level, builds up to a feverish frenzy, tames down, builds up again even stronger, then just stops. It's now 4:30, as I could not possible go home without finishing it, and I'm ready to turn the car around and go to Sound Factory because it's open late. (I know that Factory sucks, but it's the only club opened past 4) Instead I decide to go in tomorrow, because I still have a cold and my girlfriend would kill me if I went without her.

   And now to the conclusions. 1) Don't put this CD in after 2AM. Trust me, you'll regret it. 2)This collection seems to be compiled of tunes of Oakie trying to change his style, but then regaining his senses and offering a sick finish. 3) Don't give up on a set until you hear all of the discs. This album, Perfecto Presents Another World, is without a doubt worth the purchase price, even if you use the first disc as a coaster on your nice wooden tables. Definite buy rating from me. Also check out DJ Taucher Live at Webster Hall. It just came out last week and also sounds pretty good.
--Seth





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