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Transwave - Backfire: Best Of 1994-1996 (3D Vision 2007)

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Posted : Jun 6, 2007 17:13
Legendary Transwave, French leading Goa Trance project from the 90 is back after 10 years. Dado aka Synthetic, Deedrah, GBU, and Christof aka Absolum and 3D Vision label manager joined again forces in 2006 to produce a new fresh album due within the next few monthes. Before that, it was needed to introduce what they have done in the past to the new generation of Trancers, and this is the purpose of this Best Of.

1. Adoration To The Aum (142 bpm)
Starting slowly with relaxing ambient flow and bassline!....then coming drums part and brings more melodic transwave feeling!

2. Hypersphere (141 bpm)
Probably not my favorite track in this compil
but for those who like morning not agressive goa trance is must listen!

3. Anahata (140 bpm)
Beautiful melodic track with typical transwave flow! this track released in VA-The Chakra Journey (1996)

4. Arsonik (130 bpm)
Starting with tb303 distorted sequence and slowly move to multi-layered melody!
this track is quite different and one of the most psychedelic tracks in this compilation!

5. Cycles Of Life (139 bpm)
Classic track that released in many compilation and one of my favorites!
the second half of the track is so beatiful, more groovy, more layers !
perfect morning track!

6. Code S9 (145 bpm)
One of my favorites tracks ever!
although i dont like the distorted kick and the begining of the track!
im defenetly can say that the melodic part in the end is one of the most amazing and beautiful moments in goa trance!

7. Flamicogyre (147 bpm)
Very different track!
the begining reminds me astral projection but its very creative track!
high tempo, night feeling, many different sounds and melodies !

8. Bombay Night (120 bpm)
This track prooves me the variety in this compilation!
slow tempo, different sounds that perfectly describing bombay nights!
good track for those who like slow bpm and melodic goa trance!

9. Ulysse Voyage (119)
To be honest!....i didnt liked this track!
maybe because its repetative.....but,
as i said before , for those who like slow tempo and goa melodies this can be good choise!

Bottom line: for me this compilation worth buying because 2 tracks!
Cycles Of Life...and...Code S9

Dont get me wrong, each track in this compilation is classic and beautiful!
if you like goa trance....this compilation is must have!

Sorry for my bad English! I hope i was understandable!





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Posted : Jun 6, 2007 17:39

Every track is pure perfection but ANAHATA and FLAMYCOGIRE are two of the best ever!
Jon Cocco
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Posted : Jun 27, 2007 03:32

Track list:

1. Adoration To The Aum
2. Hypersphere
3. Anahata
4. Arsonik
5. Cycles Of Life
6. Code S9
7. Flamicogyre
8. Bombay Night
9. Ulysse Voyage 2

Astral Projection
Dimension 5
Green Nuns of the Revolution
Man With No Name

...and a handful of others.

These are just some of the greatest musically talented artists to enter the universe of goatrance.

I've often wondered what an album would sound like released by by an old classic goatrance artist today. The answer is often disappointing because when an old goatrance artist returns, they're often producing something completely different from the reason we loved their music to begin with. Often times, it isn't goatrance. It's something more mainstream friendly to the point it loses it's allure and dreamlike creation. With Backfire, a release that's sure to be one of the greatest album returns by a classic goatrance artist, Transwave releases 9 tracks made from 1994-1996. Several haven't been released until now and others are taken from rare comps most people haven't heard or know of anyway. Two song on this comp are from their first main album which sold least because the record label seems to have gone out of business before many fans could even secure a copy.

For most people who loved the earlier days of Goatrance, Transwave and all their fans, this is like a new album, with tracks many of you including myself had never heard before. In some ways it's like a dream come true. There's something very special about hearing such great songs by Transwave I never heard before. It's awesome. No further words. I'm greatful they didn't put such hit songs as Land of Freedom, Malaka Dance, Trashish (amongst others) on this disc because most Transwave fans and people own and have heard them before. They're on the main albums which were available the longest before going out-of-print so it's reassuring to see they gave us something totally new and yet old, the classic sound, combined.

1. Adoration To The Aum ... Taken from Hypnorhythm EP, their first main album. I can understand why Transwave began Backfire with this. It's an intro, which is the most rare intro track they made I imagine. Okay, I love the beautiful melody notes and sound in the first 1:30 here. I love it. This is classic Transwave and it's awesome. They don't make music like this anymore! The hard, stomping beat kicks in and the melodies develop, faster. Half way into the song it gets a nice groove going. This is arguably the oldest sounding song here. It's also one of their first songs to my knowledge. At least they put this as the opening song. Many people into Transwave have heard this and the following track I presume. Placing it here on the album works. It brings the connection back to where it all began, what many of us missed even if we heard this song before. A-

2. HYPERSPHERE ... This is the second and final song taken from a main Transwave album, that being Hypnorhythm EP as well, their rarest and known album. I have it as a download and this is the first real great dance song (for its time especially) Transwave released to my knowledge. It's one of the, if not THE best song on their debut album. I understand why it's here considering they probably didn't have more great unreleased and rare tracks. Full of climax and one strong, catchy topping leading melody which rises above, capuring all sound and attention. This is the beginning of the big dance floor goatrance greatness that Transwave would later develop into some of their greatest songs ever. I may feel it's very good for our time now. Nonetheless, this must have been quite a song back then, especially to dance to. A-

3. ANAHATA is the first new (of old I never heard before) songs on Backfire. This is mainly why I bought this album. It has an interesting opening with a voice sample: "What you're about to hear..." before their sound and style begins. The melodies are good. As it progresses more is introduced as you'd imagine. I honestly didn't find this song great compared to what I'm about to hear but it's good to say the least. Once again, I have to remember this was made around 1994-1995 so compared to the stuff out then... This is almost the least positive and crtitical I can say about such an accomplished, talented group who made a song I don't consider great for myself today. B+

4. ARSONIK is the first song I hadn't heard before that is great. No, it's superb. Just raise the volume and listen to this piece. It's loaded with this powerful current of energy and rhythm. Sure the song seems to capitalize on this one direction but it's an excellent direction. This is one of the best songs on the album. Oh, and there's more! I mean it. A- / A

5. CYCLES OF LIFE is awesome. WOW!!!! Around 3:40 into this is one of the most beautiful building transitions Iíve ever heard. Yes, I love this emotion transition, build, lift-off. Itís richly rewarding full of positive emotion and energy, The melodies return and more layers pile on top of those. Echoed voice sounds, skipping, zipping along and within everything else. Itís great. No, itís superb. Donít confuse the two. This is a classic. A

6. CODE S9 is less emotionally capturing to me than the previous song. The song gets much better as it progresses. There is a great transition, build up, and climax around 4:40. The song hits greatness but ends so soon after. At 6:39 this song feels cut or shortened for some reaon. It's goes so high but seems to end too soon IMO. Really, a great, maybe excellent song in how it develops and more would have been better here as opposed to less is more for it's own good. B+

Jon Cocco
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Posted : Jun 27, 2007 03:34
7. FLAMICOGYRE is the first and last song on Backfire which sounds less original. 1:32 into the song is a melody that I swear has been used or so similar to Astral Projection from their earlier days. I don't know who did it first but AP relied heavily on such exact melodies. They later became associated to AP regardless of where they first began. Anyway, the song is most noted for having interesting, mysterious and peaceful transition at 3:55. It's very well done. Transwave is excellent with building and developing the foundation, interesting transitions, and returning the music to places further than it's ever traveled before. After the solid transition, the music returns at 4:55 bigger, better, more powerful than ever before. This includes fresh melodies, tempo, rhythm(s), build ups, and key changes! All are catchy and the sound fusion is different, more complex, involved, and catchy than the first act, before the transition. There is one final, sweet climax before coming to a close. B+

8. BOMBAY NIGHT is to my knowledge, the one or main song that was never released on any rare comp or single. I was most intrigued by this song initially from reading about it on here. I have also not been really impressed yet. Don't get me wrong. To each their own. This is ineresting and different. I'll leave it open to potentially appreciate more on further listens of course. This song reminds me of a strong, yet somewhat different reoccuring visual I'd get while listening to the opening in Sandmans Witchcraft album. The visual is fairly dark and mysterious, like entering a magical castle before or close to a time of war. Yes, war. I'm not sure what the goal was behind this but it definitely seems visual based on the atmosphere or strong introduction created. The strange thing is that the introduction doesn't have atmosphere sounds (wind, rain, water drops, battle field, etc) of any kind I noticed, but much emphasis has been put into this unique developing build and tone throughout. Not much momentum or energy seems to take place in the first half. It's slow, collective, curious. The song maintains this comfortable rhythm for quite some time before a gentle transition. At around 5:47 into the song it lifts off. Not that this isn't a climax filled dance floor song IMO. It is interesting to say the least, different from what I'm used to from Transwave. I believe there is more to this song than I currently perceive or know. B+ / A-

9. ULYSSE VOYAGE 2 would be the closest song that could have been an intro like the first. There are nice melodies. Some strength is injected 4:00 in. I found unique the voice hymms. They add a unique touch and several new sounds and melodies accentuate them. The songs short, at around 5:29. Clearly the best songs have passed and this is a gentle soft closing. B


Is this better than Helium or Phototropic I have no idea. Maybe. Maybe not. Who cares. That's a debate I have no interest debating. Backfire will go down in history as one of the best releases of 2007, period. Try one of the best Goatrance albums for multiple reasons and easily the greatest album I've ever had the pleasure listening to from an old Goatrance artists return, regardless that these songs were made in the mid 90's. Goatrance fans have a new gem in that old, nostalgic sound that can never be completely truly recreated ever because of the time. The time was [as if] preserved in this capsule to the year of its 2007 release. After the first two tracks (which I heard before) the following songs are like goatrance classics held in a vault for over 10 years! Sure music can be perceived as timeless. And of course the production, digital software, hardware and other various forms of equipment existent to creating such work have improved drastically since 1994-1996. However, this was then. The more dated (at times) production in a sense compliments the authenticity, the fact that this is a non-replaceable gem. After all, it isn't the equipment but how you use it. Transwave built buildings out of sand, metaphorically speaking. As with other great goatrance artists back then, they created so much with so little. It was as if they had no choice but to travel deeper into the mind to obtain more creative, imaginative, and unique ideas that will later see the light. The light, result here is Backfire. It includes the best Transwave songs ever released to rare comps, singles, and never released too. Expect the old-school classic sound of goatrance. Expect the whole reason why people once loved this music and still do, in a time when GOA seemed as if it would never be replaced by a more mainstream, generally infinitely less deep and aware sound. Transwave's Backfire is worth owning. Let it savor over time in your body, mind, heart, and soul. Add it to your collection of awesome classics. Thank you Dado and Chris. Thank you Transwave!!!!

9.5/10 or 4.75/5 = A (range)


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Posted : Jun 27, 2007 19:13
coco, your long links fuck up the layout for people with small window-width, and that link is broken anyway. maybe you could try tinyurl
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Posted : Jul 7, 2007 08:15
I really enjoyed this trip. This is awesome Goa Trance! I really enjoyed the more obscure tracks as they are not as readily available. So far my favorite release of 2007

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Posted : Jul 10, 2007 17:03
My review:
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Posted : Jul 13, 2007 16:21
jon cocco...what a review man.....
my review is sucks

nice to see that some ppl really appreciating....true psytrance!


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Posted : Jul 17, 2007 23:42
Classic Goatrance at its best!
Thanks a zillion 3D Vision



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Posted : Sep 20, 2007 15:08
back in time!! gOOd dope
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