The Best (and the Most Ground-Breaking) Mix Albums Of All Time
updated over 2 years ago
So what constitutes "ground-breaking"? Here's a nice quote, "choice tune selection is vital, of course, but the durable mix goes way beyond that. It will evolve and mutate sonically within its own identifiable idiom. It will also, in its sympathetic tapestry of tracks, evoke quite specific moods, atmospheres, places and memories. It will make a definite musical statement....."
In deference to the DJs who really put in the hours and the effort to go beyond simply 'showing up' and 'playing a few tunes'; those artists who sweat blood; "those game-changers who either catalyze, or encapsulate, fundamental musical shifts"; those dedicated professionals (who are really the most obsessive fans) who are probably going blind from toiling in bad light every night into the early hours to find that faultless combination of tracks - that exact match of tempo and pitch to create the most unique and perfect build to crown that particular 'one in a million' mix - and in so doing reminding us all how much we rely on music to access and express our internal capacities for joy and freedom of spirit.
To celebrate these glorious artisans I have compiled a collection of undeniably-fine, first-rate, "topper-most-of-the-popper-most" lists of DJ mix albums, whose mixes come exploding out of the ether to shake us to the very core with their unbelievable quality; proving beyond any shadow of doubt that it is possible to make something that is greater than the sum of its parts.
(Incidentally, this list is by no means definitive. It is both growing and evolving at regular intervals. Thanks to those from whose reviews I have taken abridged sections. It was meant as a compliment and I would hope you would take it as such if you happen to come across this list and recognize your contribution).