Man With No Name ‎– Interstate Highway

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Dragonfly Records ‎– BFLCD63
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1 Axis Flip 7:25
2 Space Juice 7:44
3 Lights Out 5:57
4 Cocoon 7:26
5 Visit The Moon 7:53
6 Reincarnation 6:46
7 Broken Promise 7:15
8 East 98 Street 7:20
9 Pipeline 9:14

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Total time: 67:04

℗ 2003 Dragonfly Records © 2003 Dragonfly Records

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  • Barcode (String/Text): 5025055800639
  • Matrix / Runout: DGF BFLCD63
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LP76

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chimushi

chimushi

June 21, 2018
Read the reviews and then started listening to this CD with an open mind. I am an Old School devotee, but I am always interested in how Goa Trance evolved and how it did not, especially after the year 2000. Psy trance did not feel like a natural evolution of Classic Goa Trance to me...it felt like a different genre altogether, not really Goa Trance at all. As I am listening to the first cut here, this sounds like a smoothed out natural progression of classic Goa Trance.......something that uplifting trance fans would definitely feel was a major upgrade from the Status Quo trance world. Sure it's not as deep and complex as the best of Goa Trance is and was at it's peak, nor does this have the gritty, chunky, raw sounds of MWNN cuts from the mid 90's, but what artists were able to repeat the sounds of those times. Since there is not a lot of Classic Goa Trance coming after the year 2000 and only several amazing releases coming in 2002-2004, I am thankful that MWNN still had the creative capacity to offer one more gift of Classic Goa Trance to the near end of this era. Not an easy thing to do. If the mainstream was ever going to embrace Goa Trance, this release would have been a bridge, but alas, it seems that Classic Goa Trance was always going to remain Esoteric Dance music for the few and for the ready. MWNN tested the waters outside of Anjuna Beach with this 2003 release and maybe a few on the periphery of Goa Trance were touched and influenced by what he did here and traced it back into the heart of the movement. As I continue to listen to the CD, I like it quite a lot and definitely have to add this to my collection of Goa Trance. To me this is a must have if you are putting together a proper history of Classic Goa Trance or are a collector of Classic Goa Trance. Thank you Martin for channeling one more CD in the final chapter of Classic Goa Trance. Not many artists did this after the millennium and you are to be applauded for taking the time and effort to share your creative essence with us one last time in the final days of the Classic Goa Trance era.
Winter-Gray

Winter-Gray

August 10, 2015
Ah, that difficult third album. Opinions seem fairly divided on this one, some saying it has that true Man With No Name sound we know and love from Moment of Truth and Earth Moving The Sun, others complain it lacks punch or memorability. As a fan of Martin Freeland practically since day one, I'm quite happy to stay on the fence and say it's alright, not quite up there with Teleport for sure but nowhere near as bad as a lot of the psytrance that the years that followed brought with them.

Interstate Highway is essentially a progressive psytrance album; very well produced but lacking the memorable riffs that say, 'Floor-Essence' possessed. Many would say this is a good thing, but seeing as prog psy had pretty much been and gone by 2003, this album may have been more dated on release than its two elders. There's many lovely slices of punchy trance on here, mostly boasting tight, throbbing basslines, itchy percussion and tense structure. But bar the odd moment of climax, Freeland's trademark riffs and melodies are absent for much of the album.

It's a pleasant journey though. 'Cocoon' for example, with it's tight drum patterns and clean, frictionless glide, sounds almost like BT in his Ima-era, if he was to remix Killing Joke's 'Love Like Blood', such is the similarity between the two guitar riffs. 'East 98 Street' is a cheerful trance cut, while the opener, 'Axis Flip' would sound great through Blue Room monitors with its juicy bassline!

However, in the same way as 'Seratonin Sunrise' from 'Earth Moving The Sun' was later in instrumental form as 'Revenge', 'Reincarnation' is simply the MWNN remix of Elevate's Next Life, minus the vocals from Dominique 'Grace' Atkins. Seeing as this was originally written in 1999, the track has much more of that 90s 'morning trance' sound, so I feel it distracts from the flow of the album somewhat. Aside from this minor deviation, Interstate Highway is a far deeper, mesmerizing affair than other MWNN albums, and definitely a grower. It certainly stands up better today than a lot of his earlier stuff, so if you can find a copy, I'd recommend buying it. Just don't expect it to sound like 'Teleport'.
JangoF76

JangoF76

February 20, 2010

I've been a fan of MWNN from the beginning, but I must say I found this album slightly dull, certainly in comparison to 'Moment Of Truth' and 'Earth Moving The Sun'.

That's not to say that 'Interstate Highway' is a bad album. It's not at all. But it is lacking flow and imagination. I found 'Axis Flip' a very mediocre start, which contnues for the next few tracks. Things pick up around the middle with 'Cocoon', 'Visit The Moon' and 'Reincarnation' all good tracks and closer to the quality of previous albums. But these three were the only standout tracks for me - the rest of the album is filler. High quality, well-produced filler, but filler nonetheless.

It's almost as though Freeland has tried to branch into darker, more progressive territory, but somehow doesn't quite manage to pull it off (With the notable exception of 'East 98th Street' which is actually a very nice effort).

Having said all that, 'Interstate Highway' is definitely worth a listen, especially for the die hard MWNN fans. And hey, given the glowing reviews below, maybe I'm in the minority here. The best I can suggest is listen to it and decide for yourself.
fabriknos

fabriknos

March 15, 2007
edited over 12 years ago
Oh man, from the beginning of Axis Flip you know you are in for a heavy dose of patented MWNN goa trance. Listen to that huge kick drum and bass combo, even my 12" subwoofer gets a heavy workout from that one :) Like said by others previously, this is certainly not groundbreaking material. But it is very nice to hear his sound updated with better production values. Not much has changed, and that can be a reassuring thing. Great for a nostalgic trip through goa.
PKS

PKS

October 21, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
Finally we get a new album from Man With No Name (Martin Freeland)! He was one of the first UK artists to make psychedelic/goa trance in the beginning of the nineties, and has been one of the most well known psytrance acts out there. His first album Moment Of Truth (Concept In Dance 1996) made huge success, and he was signed over to the label of Paul Oakenfold, Perfecto Fluoro. He released an album on Perfecto called Earth Moving The Sun (1998), then he was signed over to Dragonfly Records and released an album of remixes and singles (Teleportation 2000). Now he is back with an album full of unreleased tracks. Martin Freeland has not forgotten the good old style, taken it with him, added a modern twist and it works really well! You get some of the typical MWNN vibes here, and it is less fluffy than the album on Perfecto, which had too much vocals in my opinion. Quite trippy, drifting vibe in most of the tracks. I saw him live at Samothraki Dance Festival 2003, and I can tell you for sure that these tracks work well on the dance floor. Nice one!
PaulWay

PaulWay

October 7, 2003

More of that classic Man With No Name sound on this album. While it might not be stunningly original, it's still a great album to listen to and to rave out on. Expect to hear this being spun by the big trance DJs this year. Definitely recommended.