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  • Summary: This greatest hits/mix disc by the German DJ/producer includes two previously unreleased tracks. The accompanying DVD, culled from over 40 hours of footage, is part travelogue and part behind-the-scenes documentary of Van Dyk in action.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Few DJs of the last decade have made club beats shimmer and glisten the way he has. [28 Feb 2003, p.80]
  2. An essential experience for hardcore fans and those still not convinced of van Dyk's power.
  3. 80
    Despite the fresh reworking, tracks like "For An Angel" and "Another Way" retain the heartfelt with synthetic, catchy cores that made them such beloved trance anthems in the first place. [Mar 2003, p.99]
  4. The songs range from interesting and cool to blah and by-the-numbers, the footage hops from self-aggrandizing and boring to beautiful and big-hearted. It's all very precise and perfectly done, if you like that sort of thing.
  5. A document only for the hardcore fans.
  6. Though most of his career highlights also appear here, a parade of Paul Van Dyk productions is not what most listeners need to stave off boredom; his productions all work from a similar framework, and work best in the context of a broader mix set.
  7. 20
    A far cry from the sequencing prowess evidenced on his 1998 release, Vorsprung Dyk Technik, and a dismally inadequate way of showcasing the music that he's unleashed on the trance scene, this Greatest Hits package is an exercise in frustration.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Greg...
    Dec 14, 2004
    10
    if god was a dj, he'd be paul van dyk! he will blow your mind to another dimension!
  2. brettl
    May 22, 2003
    10
    I give this album a 10 because it takes you to a place that PVD creates and turns it into reality. Anamacion is by far his best peace, yet!
  3. elainee
    Apr 20, 2003
    8
    Wonderful compilation that gives a peak into PVD's genius

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