Chris Fortier ‎– Bedrock: Compiled And Mixed By Chris Fortier

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Bedrock Records ‎– PEA-CD-6163-2
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PIO-CD-5177-2 Chris Fortier Bedrock: Compiled And Mixed By Chris Fortier(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Pioneer (3) PIO-CD-5177-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
PICP-5012 Chris Fortier Bedrock: Compiled And Mixed By Chris Fortier(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Pioneer (3) PICP-5012 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
PEA-CD-6163-2 Chris Fortier Bedrock: Compiled And Mixed By Chris Fortier(2xCD, Comp, Mixed, Unofficial) Bedrock Records (7) PEA-CD-6163-2 Russia 2002 Sell This Version

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AndyCroat

AndyCroat

August 25, 2017
edited over 2 years ago

This review has been sitting in a text file for some time now, left unsaid since I felt the more mixcomps I listen to from the era, the more average this one seems but after seeing how appreciated it recently became (e.g. the two reviews below, posted on the same day nonetheless) and confirming its value after a relisten, ultimately decided to make it public.

If you're seeking the "Deep Techno" side of Progressive House, I can guarantee you'll enjoy this. Whether you're the "sitting in the chair/lying on the bed" kind of feet-tapper, the next-to-the-stereo-dancer, this will surely put a smile on your face.

Genre-wise it's almost directionless (no point A to point B, etc.). The mood also stays more or less the same throughout. Deep but pumping. Choleric as well as melancholic, always with a feel-good energy.

For me its only weak points are that the first track of CD1 gives a false impression and I rather dislike the vocals that utter the "Babylon" stuff as well as the samples in Greyclouds 9 (the same as in God Within's Raincry and such a waste here). From then on it's just a smooth and groovy ride, reminding/showing you just how a quality night sounded like back then.

Otherwise an impeccable track selection and flow, and as irrelevant4 mentioned below, it makes every chosen instance 'better' (it's like they were made for this mix - which is what being a great DJ means) and the inclusion of Losing Wait at the end -to me- couldn't be further from self-promotion; it just fits here remarkably well as a closing track.

CD1 (4/5) is no doubt the darker and CD2 (5/5) the more vibrant one - an effortlessly steady rise from chilled out to hi-nrg territory and really shines when listening to it right after CD1.

Personally I think what makes it still enjoyable today (along with similar mixes that stand the test of time) is that certain quality in that it's not trying to be something it isn't, doesn't follow crowdpleasing trends or tries to prove anything by jumping and waving its hand (only to fail) like many other mixcomps. And what it is, is 140 minutes worth of progressive goodness, in which it excels at.
…also …it's Chris frickin' Fortier we're talking about. Who - with Balance 007 - came to compile one of the best mix albums of literally all time (certainly in my top 10 if not 5).
irrelevant4

irrelevant4

August 22, 2017
for some reason, this is one of those instances where the sum of the parts is greater than the individual tracks themselves. a lot of these would be boring/plodding/go-nowhere songs on their own, but on these 2 cds, they just make sense. highly recommended mix album
Tech_Life

Tech_Life

August 22, 2017

My favorite Bedrock comp from that era hands down. A fantastic mix of tribal, progressive, deep house that only Fortier could of pulled off. I miss those days more and more because they just don't do it like that now a days.
tonumaa

tonumaa

July 18, 2014
This mix is just brilliant - needs to be re-released as digital, including the separate tracks edition - they just don't make progressive sounds as good as these at the moment