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Man With No NameMoment Of Truth

Label:Concept In Dance – DICCD 125
Format:
CD, Album
Country:UK
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Genre:Electronic
Style:Goa Trance, Trance

Tracklist

1Moment Of Truth6:56
2Floor-Essence (Dayglo Mix)6:06
3Subterfuge5:52
4Evolution6:47
5Azymuth7:55
6Low Commotion6:52
7Skydiving6:05
8Dawn Chorus6:30
9Cairo7:07
10Sugar Rush (Refined Mix)6:08
11Cosmic Echoes6:45
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There also exists another version that has "Technicolor" written in the matrix.

Sleeve by mark_neal @ dusk.demon.co.uk
Email: mwnn @ dusk.demon.co.uk

All Songs Published by CityBeat / Momentum Music Ltd.
℗ 1996 XL-Recordings / Concept In Dance
© 1996 XL-Recordings / Concept In Dance
Made In England

Total duration: 73:30

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  • Barcode (Printed): 5 012093 712529 >
  • Barcode (String): 5012093712529
  • Matrix / Runout: C0151 DIC CD 125 · ⁞ : ◌ _MASTERED_ BY NIMBUS
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI L122
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): ifpi 2312
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L122
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): ifpi 2308

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Moment Of Truth (CD, Album, Promo)DelabelDE 3646France1995
Moment Of Truth (2×12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Album)Concept In DanceDICLP 125UK1996
Moment Of Truth (CD, Album)Concept In Dance, Concept In DanceINT 847.908, 7243 4 84309 2 2Germany1996
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Moment Of Truth (CD, Album)Avex TraxAVCD-11431Japan1996
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Moment Of Truth (CD, Album)Delabel, Concept In Dance7243 8 41416 2 2Netherlands1996
kaphula's avatar
kaphula
Edited one year ago
I agree with the other reviewer that Floor-Essence's intro is ridiculous although the song in its entirety is actually pretty decent. The beginning makes me raise my eyebrows every time I hear it, but then as the song progresses you get sucked in. It's still a night and day compared to something like Dawn Chorus or Low Commotion.

I think the composer's earlier trance background haunts this album for the better or worse. The songs of Moment of Truth may not be as unique sounding as many 90s pure Goa blasters are (like Transwave - Phototropic, for example), but they are very well structured when it comes to building up for the exciting and important melodic parts that stick with you. As much as I love the blender of crazy sounds and weird rhythms of 90s Goa, I think many artist are way too quick to throw too much on the listener's face without proper build-up and preparation, and that is when the whole song and it's elements may get too saturated and suddenly nothing sounds impactful anymore.

Moment of Truth is indeed a weird mix of 90s Goa and various trance elements that, at least to a modern listener, sound often very cheesy. I guess this quirk is one of the reasons why Moment of Truth stands out from the rest and is considered a classic by many people.
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negromanson
Edited one year ago
Just brilliant. One of the few artists to really understand Goa and how to utilize it to make art that transcends genre. Very interesting how he developed as a DJ. His early techno stuff was really goofy (not entirely terrible but not exactly great at all). Then he discovered Goa and took it to another level with that all time masterpiece "Teleport." This album doesn't quite reach those heights but still delivers an amazing consistency few can emulate.
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briandavison
Great album just sit down shut your eyes and drift back in time 25 years 😊
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chimushi
There is a nice balance of Yin and Yang in this music which I feel is lacking in todays Psy trance which is tilted to the yang. Goa Trance can open the heart when this balance of masculine and feminine is there and with the analog sound it hits you in the heart and the head. Some people don't like music which is emotionally and spiritually emotive. I have known Dj's to cut out the intro's and the breaks in the songs in their sets, not because it is cheesy, but rather that they have an uncomfortableness with their feminine or spiritual side. Yes, it can be a fine line sometimes in regards to a song being cheesy, but what some call cheesy can sometimes be an inability to connect or perceive the deeper, subtle, spiritual beauty within a song.
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lambdastorm
4 years ago Moment Of Truth blew me away with its purity and simplicity and today it still remains one of my favourite albums up 2 date.
Man With No Name in a nutshell:Maybe his tracks are not as dark and complex,but he shows u how genuine and effortless goa can be.Amazingly simple yet instantly intriguing are the two most important aspects of MWNN IMHO and most of his works are trance-friendly as they do not show typical psy groove or twist.
My favourite tracks here are Floor Essence & Sugar Rush,timeless masterpiece.
s3iyaintrance's avatar
For me this album is a real masterpiece of the trance music,maybe is no so fast and trippy like other producers of goa/psy music,
but that is not a problem, MWNN can prove that the real deal of make amazing tunes born in the melodies,for example Floor-Essence is a amazing tune the beat and the bass are mind blowing and is better if listening that tunes, when you are in a rave with a little bit of rain,
in a few words this is a masterclass album and one of my favorite´s
EFF38's avatar
EFF38
Edited 11 years ago
If you ever have searched for a soul or a deeper heart in trance and techno music: Here it is, unawakend, pure and without any side effects reported.

Martin Freeland is the rare kind of guy who invites you not only to ride his electronic fury, he gives you an honest hug at the same time. His messages are "All is full of fluff", "Be not afraid in the dark, I'm with you" and "Where is the beast? I'll kill you, pigwang!".

Yep, this is no stuff for the real tough guys out there who think about coolness all day. Freeland does not fear the simple melody, the bigger emotion, the 4-to-the-floor thing. He burns down all the barriers between music genres within an arpeggio. Who cares about EBM, Club Techno, Dance Pop or Trance, if you get all of them together?

This is an album you can listen to whereever you want - it just works fine. The club tunes don't yank your chain at home and a title like "Floor-essence" defines the functional blueprint for itself. The version of "Sugar rush" invites you straight to the fast-lane on an never-ending motorway. On the other side, "Azymuth" introduces me to a sort of Psybient stuff that seems to be totally new when I heard it for the first time back in '97. And it works in a club environment, too - as I've spot a few months later.

A lot of people say "Dance music sounds all the same to me, cheesy and monotone". They're right most of the time maybe, but this one here is different.

Man with no Name is an artist who has it's very own signature in composing music. His song structures are assembled very clever, always with the thought of prolonging the climax. His kickdrum is a special one, hitting hard and melting soft. His melodies and sequences come from another world, so simple, pretty and unforgettable.

Believe me: No other Psytrance album has got the qualities of this one - and I've heard a lot of them through the years. Freeland never ever has been so fresh and intense as on this. His other work is still outstanding and unique, but that looks quite like another story to tell. Do I really recommend you his dozens of remixes which he'd produced during the nineties?

Here you go.
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JangoF76
Edited 12 years ago
Firstly, in reference to the previous couple of reviewers - accessible trance doesn't always mean 'cheesy' or 'fluff'. Just because MWNN's music isn't as dark or trippy as the likes of Hallucinogen or Total Eclipse (both of whom I also love), doesn't mean that it cannot be enjoyed for the more 'feel-good' side of goa/psy-trance that it represents.
This album, and indeed MWNN's music in general, is something you can enjoy no matter what mood you're in. Give the guy a break. There's no rule saying that psytrance can't have chord changes.
Plus, 'Azymuth' is one of the best downtempo tracks I've heard, floating and lilting, it takes you on a journey from start to finish.
If it's a good slice of upbeat, uplifting, non-monotonous goa/psy you're looking for, this album will not steer you wrong.
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Wotzenknecht
Edited 12 years ago
In my humble opinion, Man With No Name suffers from the same disease as Astral Projection : it sounds just like bubblegum. Although I prefer MWNN to the latter, it still makes me wonder how can people not realize how chubby and childish the melodies and the rhythms are; I mean, can you really listen to the second track without wondering how on earth can we compose such a lame intro ? It reminds me of times when I used to compose with "Rave eJay" softwares, trying my best in creating the next trance masterpiece. They all sounded the same at the end : terrible intros with ultra-predictable development and inevitable 16/4 patterns with snare breaks at the 16th measure.

Although 'Moment of Truth' fortunately places itself way above these long forgotten disasters, it is still very predictable and ear-candy. No psychotropic violence nor hyperspace travel, just sweet rhythm and synth with its good moments (the full-on 'Low Commotion' outstanding the whole album). As for the remaining tracks, they're a bit stuck with highly melodic and all-audience friendly eurotrance textures that just didn't match my tastes.
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RebeL9
Edited 15 years ago
Bought this album back in the 1997 and it instantly became one of my most played trance albums. There is something special about every track. The retro feeling in Sugar Rush, the hard hitting tribal sound of Subterfuge and the ever so epic Floor Essence. It's all there in one album. Essential!