I started clubbing in 1992 at the age of 17 and it was a truly amazing and awesome experience, the music produced had such a majestic quality and it really shook my soul, but my journey carried me thru 99 and into the new millennium. I was out on a very sweaty night back January 1999 when i first heard Gouryella and the experience was just as magical and profound. While trance did essentially de-evolve towards the end of the 90s into a commercial mess of cookie cutter sounds and productions, there were still many a great time to be had. Gouryella was meant to give cheap thrills over the course of 10 min and while it isn't on par with Beethoven or Bach, it still offered thrills nonetheless.
OK, fair enough. I wasn't trying to convince you it's a good record, I don't care whether you like it or not, honest. As to who the trendy snobs who liked the music when it came out and would now claim not to (or indeed claim not to even just ten years ago, never mind now) read some back issues of Mixmag magazine, you'll find a few there.
I just mentioned Jam and Spoon because you mentioned Age of Love, I know their mixes aren't the original but they're usually the ones people enthuse about, aren't they? As far as first trance records, what about the KLF Pure Trance series?
Trance was good from 1991 to 1994 (if that). Then it went downhill and those that went clubbing during the absolutely amazing 1992 year know exactly what I am talking about. The A side is a typical example of pastiche-run-of-the-mill trance shite. Now the B side is actually passable.
Superb first entry of the Gouryella project. Epic trance with a very atmospheric melody. A different version of this track can be found on Magik 3 mixcd by Tiesto, there its called Tiesto ft Sidewinder (demo version?)
What always intrigued me is the build-up of this track (before main melody kicks in). It sounds soo similar to VDM - Night Express 2000. Check it out if you got the chance.
Gorella is pretty nice as well, banging tech stef..
Such a great track, This is a track that I will always love because it just holds alot of nostalgic value for me!
also when I saw Ferry Corsten play in Melbourne, australia last year i was lucky enough to get him to play MY copy of this for his encore in his set.
I also later found out that he mentioned it on a website.
"Last but not the least Melbourne was a good way to end the tour…It was a warm scene and I’m glad one guy gave me the Gouryella track to sign…I didn’t bring a copy in my record bag so thanks to the guy who gave it to me if you are reading this note. It was great song to play as an encore." - Ferry Corsten