Midway ‎– Monkey Forest

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In Trance We Trust ‎– ITWT 333-5 12"
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Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, 45 RPM
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Tracklist

A Monkey Forest 10:59
B Travelling 8:47

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Notes

True running time for track A is 9.57

Published by Media Marketing Publishing.
Under exclusive license of AMP International.

Side A Plays At 33 RPM.
Side B Plays At 45 RPM.

Artwork for Crazy Creations.

The copyright in this sound recording and artwork is owned by Black Hole Recordings.

Made in Holland.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (String): 8715197033350
  • Barcode (Text): 8 715197 033350
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side): 08 48783 20 1A1 ITWT 333-5
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side): 08 48783 20 1B1 ITWT 333-5
  • Rights Society: BIEM/STEMRA

Other Versions (5 of 15) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ITWT333-5 Midway Monkey Forest / Travelling(2xFile, WAV) In Trance We Trust ITWT333-5 Netherlands 2002
ITWT 402-0, ITWT402 Midway Monkey Forest(2xFile, WAV) In Trance We Trust, In Trance We Trust ITWT 402-0, ITWT402 Netherlands 2008
LOST024 Midway Monkey Forest(12", Dis) Lost Language LOST024 UK 2003 Sell This Version
ITWT4210 Midway Monkey Forest (Jonas Stenberg Remix)(File, WAV) In Trance We Trust ITWT4210 Netherlands 2008
LOST024 Midway Monkey Forest(4xFile, MP3, 320) Lost Language LOST024 UK 2003

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Clackers

January 5, 2009

It is worth noting that there is about 62 seconds of blank space at the end of track 1 on the vinyl, which elongates its true running time to 10.59. This is not the correct running time. The correct time is 9.57.

Anyway, many people have spoken many things about Monkey Forest so there is no need to repeat the obvious. I will just give my opinions on what is undoubtedly Ralph Barendse's most famous production. Even now, some 7 years after its initial release, remixes are still being commissioned which proves the track's popularity beyind any doubt.

The problem I have with Monkey Forest is that it replaces melody with electronica. At 3.37 for example, I dislike the track's change of direction. This was the first instance I heard of a track building up to something (often with strings) and then have an anti-climatic non-euphoric conclusion. I was left bewildered and disappointed, and age has not reconciled. I much prefer melodic trance personally, although I can admire from afar what Barendse has achieved here. At 6.40, what could be called the track's main platitude arrives and this wishing for a traditional trancey highpoint are left disillusioned, for there is no such thing here. In fact, a foreign flavour is present. Obvbiously there are no monkey forests in Barendse's home country of Netherlands, so he is trying to take us on a journey to somewhere we hadn't been before; not just aesthetically, but also in terms of musical structure. His influence in this regard is still be practiced today.

The B-Side is called Travelling and is much less known and less appreciated. It is a couple of minutes shorter than Monkey Forest, although it re-uses many of the sounds present its parent track. Travelling is much more energetic, especially from 1.42, where the pace picks up to something of rare Midway grandeur. Then there is a short string excerpt inserted at around the 3.00 mark, which leads the listener to the direction of the breakdown at 4.00. The remainder of the track plods along graciously without ever hitting the heights desired of the listener.

For me, Inca (ITWT 346-5), Amazon (ITWT 359-5), and even the much-maligned Cobra (ITWT 386-5) are more satisfying Midway releases, although I suppose it's all down to personal taste!