Paul van Dyk ‎– Forbidden Fruit

MFS ‎– MFS 7106-0, MFS ‎– 7106-0, MFS ‎– 323.7106.0 18
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM

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  • Barcode (Printed): 6 10767 71060 1
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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DVNT18X Paul van Dyk Forbidden Fruit(12") Deviant Records DVNT18X UK 1997 Sell This Version
NEC 759564 Paul van Dyk Forbidden Fruit(CD, Single) NEC Records NEC 759564 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
MDJ 78 Paul van Dyk Forbidden Fruit(12") Made In DJ MDJ 78 Spain 1997 Sell This Version
DVNT18X Paul van Dyk Forbidden Fruit(Acetate, 12", Single) Tape To Tape DVNT18X UK 1997 Sell This Version
DVNT18XP Paul van Dyk Forbidden Fruit(2x12", Promo) Deviant Records DVNT18XP UK 1997 Sell This Version


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August 9, 2014
edited over 4 years ago
The previous two reviewers are both correct: this is one of Paul van Dyk's finest productions, and with "For an Angel" one of his two enduring 1990s classics. Even subsequent good work, e.g. on the "Reflections" and "Evolution" albums, doesn't have the same character or poignancy. The melody is brilliant, and instantly memorable.

The early versions of the track don't really feel like dance music to me - more a manifestation of the artistic, expressionistic side of trance music. The BT remix imbued it with full club power (not that I ever recall having heard it in any of PvD's DJ sets, however).

The promo video for Forbidden Fruit is also extremely moving, a meditation on memories and the pursuit of lost time. I sometimes wonder about whether or to what extent PvD (indeed all East Germans) harbours a nostalgia for the way things were in the DDR, even if objectively life was not good. "Die Wende" opened up Germany and the world to the East Germans, but also marked the end of a distinctive way of life.

P.S. many years later Giuseppe Ottaviani remixed the track to excellent effect.


March 25, 2009
This is, for me, Paul Van Dyk's best single by a long shot (taken from his best album by a long shot), and one of the very finest examples from the golden mid-90s era of progressive trance, just after the genre had developed from its classic German roots and just before it became overblown Euro-tosh.

The original version of Forbidden Fruit found on Seven Ways is a very nice trance record from the Cosmic Baby school of intertwining pretty melodies but this single release a year later really steps up the production side of things with three superb new mixes.

Of PVD's two new versions, the "Fruit Of Love" mix retains most of the original's melodies and uplifting mood, but boasts considerably more sophisticated percussion and synth programming. The "Forbidden Future" mix, in keeping with its name, takes the track in a darker and more futuristic direction with a pumping, synth-driven sound.

While these two versions are excellent in their own right, the collaboration with BT for the "Food Of Love" mix is the real highlight. Comparisons with the other big BT & PVD collaboration of 1997- Flaming June- are inevitable, but this is darker, harder and altogether more ferocious than that summery anthem. From the punchy breakbeat intro to BT's trademark classy piano chords in the breakdown via hair-rising acid riffs and devastatingly clear production, this is an absolute monster of a track.

This is a practically unrecognisable PVD from the one putting out pap such as White Lies today, and if you ever want to convince someone that he was once a great producer, these three mixes will speak volumes.


January 28, 2007
edited over 11 years ago

The 'BT & PVD's Food Of Love Mix' is essentially a sister record to 'Flaming June' by BT, and as such mix together harmoniously.

The original album version was very much in the older Paul Van Dyk style, i.e. in terms of sounds probably more interesting, but somewhat 'twee'. Here though the pair reinvent the track as a sure fire dance floor destroyer. A breaky intro gives way to whooshing gasses and then the meaty beat kick in. The real triumph though is on the enormous break down and teasing build up that surely must have caught many a raver and even DJ out. In particular, listen out for the warped sound fx that heralds the tracks escape from the break down and back into the pumping groove - it can only be described as similar to that which was used by 808 State back in the early 1990's.

To witness this track on the dancefloor is one of life's little marvels.