Paul Oakenfold ‎– The Goa Mix

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
OTCD01 Paul Oakenfold The Goa Mix(2xCD, Mixed, Unofficial) Not On Label (Paul Oakenfold) OTCD01 UK 1995 Sell This Version
none Paul Oakenfold The Goa Mix(2xCass, Mixed, Unofficial) Not On Label (Paul Oakenfold) none UK 1994 Sell This Version
none Paul Oakenfold The Goa Mix(2xCD, Mixed) Cream Records none UK 1995 Sell This Version
none Paul Oakenfold The Goa Mix(2xCass, Mixed) Cream Records none UK 1995 Sell This Version
NEWCD9078 Paul Oakenfold The Goa Mix 2011(2xCD, Comp, Mixed, Promo) New State Music NEWCD9078 UK 2010 Sell This Version
NEWCD9078 Paul Oakenfold The Goa Mix 2011(2xCD, Comp, Mixed, Sli) New State Music NEWCD9078 UK 2010 Sell This Version

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Rich.C

Rich.C

February 16, 2017
referencing The Goa Mix, 2xCD, Mixed, Unofficial, OTCD01

Still sounds fresh as f**k 23 years on! this alongside Dj Vertigos - "Better Days" 1992 mix and Sasha and Digweed Northern Exposure 1 have to be my top three mixes of all time, what makes this mix so special?...the breadth of sound is awesome, alright the goa boys slate it for not being "100% goa" which is fair cop, para-dizer - song of liberation is definitely trance! but you find yourself gliding in and out of various sounds, the mix just seems to flow without loosing momentum, this was a good advert for the perfecto stable introducing many who hadn't heard of producers like Martin Freeland, Matt Darey (before he produced cheese)...remember you had to buy your records from record shops in them days.
Why this mix stands out for me is the way oakey breaks the tracks up with those ambient, chillout numbers...vangelis, dead can dance, wojciech kilar etc they just tease you for next big track which is on the way, the dead can dance track still sends a chiver down my spine, must sound immense live, (like dilemma - in spirit, alot of people so im told have this played at their funeral) Im slightly ambivalent about them re-releasing this one on vinyl as it was such a rarity back then.
After 1994 alot of producers (especially trance producers) started to incorporate ambient breakdowns/passages in their tracks...chicane - saltwater, fridge - paradise, pulp victim - the world are just a few which spring to mind but there's loads more, perhaps inspired by this mix? who knows?
On release this mix received mixed receptions; some people view it as a compilation as oppose to a mix citing the lack of perceived mixing, and what some deem as oakey just fudging a load of his favourite tracks together which i thinks harsh. Others (like myself) see this as a stroke of genius, a soundscape of the best sounds the world had to offer in 1994, i know its a cliche but it really is timeless, great driving music.
I paid £12 for this cd in the 1990s, look at the prices now! madness...but it does what it says on the tin "a journey you have never experienced before"
R4IND06

R4IND06

July 16, 2013
referencing The Goa Mix 2011, 2xCD, Comp, Mixed, Sli, NEWCD9078

The Cream release was before my time. Having thoroughly enjoyed for several years the original Goa Mix in it's less than CD quality bootleg mp3 form, I decided to purchase this 2011 version. I knew up front that it had additional tracks, but it didn't occur to me that Paul would have changed the entire mix. Disappointing. It's more than just a comparison between the two. The Goa Mix was a major milestone in Trance history. It's re-release should not have been tampered with to the degree that it was.

Given the choice, I'll be sticking with my my crappy 128 kbps version.
happyhippy

happyhippy

April 26, 2013
referencing The Goa Mix, 2xCD, Mixed, none
This double album is where trance music was born. This is the "official" version & comes without the Pete Tong voiceover & radio one jingles. Mighty hard to find but I got mine off E-bay for under £10, so there are some around The cover states " A journey you have never experienced before" He wasn't wrong. Buy at any cost..!
Sephiroth_X

Sephiroth_X

September 18, 2012
referencing The Goa Mix, 2xCass, Mixed, Unofficial, none

The best way to describe this mix is goa with trance sensibilities. And is exactly to the kind of people i would recommend it (trance lovers or someone who is starting with the genre).
Is not bad at all, i enjoyed it back then but is lightyears FAR AWAY from the true goa experience. Lots of the tunes dont even classify as that, which is fine.
This is kindergarden goa for the real thing listen xp voodoo trippy hippie.
Sephiroth_X

Sephiroth_X

September 18, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
referencing The Goa Mix 2011, 2xCD, Comp, Mixed, Sli, NEWCD9078
This is to Goa what Mcdonalds is to food.

Is not mediocre,but you can get 100000000 better mixes for free on the net.
With the HUGE amount of good goa tunes the dj choose to pretty much make a remake of the same 1994 set!

What pains me is that this will sell much more than real goa artists just because of the fame.

hoode

hoode

May 17, 2012
referencing The Goa Mix 2011, 2xCD, Comp, Mixed, Sli, NEWCD9078

Oakenfold got himself in bad situation if the original mix was so good, because it would be hard to top it. Maybe not as good as the original, but if it wasnt there I would hardly got to listen to neither new one nor original because I'm new around. So, at least, it had done something good. :)
jiggawhat

jiggawhat

January 26, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
referencing The Goa Mix, 2xCD, Mixed, Unofficial, OTCD01

At first I thought people were just being stuck up - OMG they dared edit this mix - blasphemy! - but it really was made worse. The addition of Infected Mushroom ruins the momentum, the mood, that they had spent so long building up. Southern Sun is a good song but doesn't belong in this mix.

They definitely did blow it. Please, Oakenfold, Perfecto, please re-release a re-mastered copy of the original.
vinylparadise

vinylparadise

February 22, 2011
edited over 8 years ago
referencing The Goa Mix 2011, 2xCD, Comp, Mixed, Sli, NEWCD9078
I do agree with the jist of what previous reviewers have said about this.

However if we just take this 'as is' and not compare it to the '94 mix its actually OK, especially compared to alot of crap that comes out these days.

Theres some proper classics on here! Good for home listening anyway.

Goa purists might not dig this so much but if you are an oldskool trance lover with slightly eclectic tastes then you will probably enjoy this!

Tripperettes

Tripperettes

February 17, 2011
referencing The Goa Mix, 2xCD, Mixed, Unofficial, OTCD01

Guys, thanks for the reviews on the new Goa mix; from what I’m reading I'll stick to the original. One point I want to make is that the 'Cream' issue of the Goa Mix CD in 1995 is not actually a bookleg. Even though you get the impression it is the release was exclusively licensed and sold via cream in full knowledge of Paul Oakenfold and this was advertised to people who were close to this scene. As you know the 'Cream' club was very much at the forefront (of clubs) during the mid nineties and this was sold legitimately through them. If you have this actual release you will be able to tell from the production that this was not just ‘knocked-off’ from the live mix in Dec 94.
CheefRoberts

CheefRoberts

February 4, 2011
edited over 8 years ago
referencing The Goa Mix 2011, 2xCD, Comp, Mixed, Sli, NEWCD9078

BOTTOM LINE: OAKENFOLD "RAPES" THE CLASSIC GOA MIX

I was amazed to see this CD when I was performing some random searches on Discogs today. The Oakenfold Goa Mix from 18th December 1994 is my all time favourite DJ mix ever so I was intrigued when I saw the CD title of "The Goa Mix 2011" and found out that it had been given the official treatment after so long. After listening to it and finding out how BAD this mix is I felt compelled to write a review straight away. Please read on to find out why it is bad. I did not swear during the review but I was very close to as this release has really angered me!

On first look I was shocked to see that the track list has been tempered with and on listening to the whole mix I was bitterly disappointed to find that it has been completely re-editted from scratch. Some tracks are now played longer and the mixing is completely different. The whole mix has been started again from scratch and is COMPLERTELY DIFFERENT from the original 1994 version that we have all loved for many, many years.

Oakenfold has also made it longer than the original 2 hours that an Essential mix fills (he is able to do this as a CD can contain 80 mins + of course). The tracks that he has added make no sence at all. Resurrection by PPK? I mean come on! That track just ruins the whole mix for me and why he decided to add it is beyond me. It's on Perfecto, yes, but it is a cheesey track that doesn't fit in here (it wasn't any good when it first came out let alone now in my opinion). The other tracks add nothing as well and why they have been added baffles me. Adagio for Strings is a great track in it's original form but why change a legendary mix?

Some of the mixing and sequencing is really bad (worse than his 1994 effort). Just listen how Man With No Name's Floor Essence is mixed in. It is as though he forgot to have the fader up and brought it up late as if he had forgotten! It is not a live mix so why he couldn't just do that part again is strange. Back in 1994 he just hit play on Floor Essence and looped the beginning a bit and looped the end of Vangelis' Main Titles and there you go - simple and effective.

That is not all though - the mixing throughout just doesn't have the same feel to it and on some occassions he has over done it, leaving tracks playing together for too long that they clash and spoil the sound. Sometimes leaving it simple works best. The original way he mixed it was far superior all those years ago without all the digital technology of today.

And to top it off some of the tracks change pitch at the beginning of the track after they have been mixed in (they are sped up so that their bpm increases). Check out how Electrotete - Alcatraz mixes in for example. This was also harmonically mixed in the same key back in 1994 with the Vampire Hunters track, but not this time. Sounds terrible now. It's all very confusing.

I do not see the point why tracks have been added and the way the mix has been sequenced and mixed has been changed. This is not the Goa Mix I have come to know and love from the past 17 years. If I was you I would purchase the bootleg Cream CD or download it for free off one of the many torrent sites and P2P programs that have it. Stay well away from this Official release that is AWFUL!

Here is the original - it is an unofficial bootleg manufactured by Cream. Expensive to buy on here but you can easily find torrents and P2P programs with it on (in FLAC as well):

http://www.discogs.com/Paul-Oakenfold-The-Goa-Mix/release/201325

You can also find the original radio broadcast to download if you do your research.