Various ‎– Pendragon: 10 Years Of Mystical Mayhem

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Millennium Records ‎– MILL 106-DCD
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2 × CD, Compilation, Mixed
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Tracks 1.08 and 2.07 are exclusive to this compilation.

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December 9, 2003

Renowned London-based underground/hippy trance promoters Pendragon marked their tenth anniversary with this 2CD album, both discs being mixed by the chief of the Pendragon clan, Mark Sinclair. The tracklist includes a range of trance tunes including some of the hardish uplifting variety for which Pendragon is best known, my favourites here being <i>First Strike</i>, <i>Maximum Overdrive</i>, <i>My Own Kind Of Style</i> and <i>Sweet Asylum</i>. In a few places however the set does descend into the annoying whinings of generic hard-dance (e.g. <i>Successful Enter</i> and <i>The Human Form</i>) and also included is an unimaginative (and sacrilegious!) hard-house rip-off of Tim Taylor's hardcore classic <i>The Horn Track</i>. Despite that, the music is pretty good overall and smoothly mixed by Mark, maintaining a reasonably lively 150bpm throughout the album. To me, though, the best bit is the packaging because the typical Pendragon fluoro celtic knot designs are supplemented by photographs from their ten-year history ...including a crowd-shot from the 1997 Brighton Dance Parade featuring my mate Ben and I. :)