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Union Jack - There Will Be No Armegeddon

smaug


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Posted : Jun 8, 2002 04:56
Heres the track list:

1. Red Herring
2. Cactus
3. Water Drums
4. Two Full Moons And A Trout (14" Mix)
5. No Life Can Survive Here
6. Fromage Frais
7. Lollipop Man
8. There Will Be No Armageddon
9. Toucan
10. Epilogue

An absolute classic. All songs are worth listening to except #5 "No Life Can Survive Here" which is a bit repetitive. Song #3 "Water Drums" alone is enough to own this album. Amazing! What gets me is that this album came out in 1995 and I can still listen to it and be utterly amazed. Has anybody heard what has happened to Union Jack? All I know is that he has put one album out and thats it. I want more.
Again "Water Drums" alone is worth owning this album. Be prepared to be amazed.

[ This Message was edited by: Mike A on 2002-06-08 14:05 ]
Kaz
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Posted : Jun 8, 2002 12:54
Since I believe a question was asked (and this should be in the DJs/Artists section), I'll answer it.

Union Jack are Simon Berry (The Art of Trance) and Claudio Guissani, both of the founders of Platipus Records. Union Jack is the "flagship" act of this label, bringing us some of the most classic tracks in melodic trance. The label has since moved to high quality clubtrance, but on their compilations you can still find some melodic psychedelic trance by Union Jack, The Art of Trance and MWNN. But something of their music is lost nowadays - their music is much less freeform in it's attitude IMO.

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Kaz
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Posted : Jun 8, 2002 13:49
OK, since I bought this album (3 times, since I lost it or my friends lost it a couple of times), and I just LOVE it, I'll give a more in depth review.

1995, Platipus Records are one of the leading labels in melodic trance. When this album came out - it was a new league in combining elements of melodic ambient with a very psy attitude - sometimes as trance, and some times as ambient.

Red Herring was the biggest hit from this album, being a revolutionary track in melodic psy, the production may seem out of date today, but the track is still mindblowing. Cactus was one of the more influential tracks in the trance scene - many of the elements in modern house/club music can be found in this track - and lately they are returning back into the trance scene. Wonderful melodies, great groove. Water Drums is a classic ambient track - where there are samples of water being hit and waves crashing as part of the percussion of the track. A chillout masterpiece. Two Full Moons and a Trout is yet another classic track, very nicely done, but isn't as much of a classic. No Life Can Survive Here, well, this is the one track that aged the worst here in this album. Great and relevant at the time, but not anymore. Fromage Frais... Well, a melodic surprise, chord theory at it's best. Lollipop Man is my personal favorite here, being a deep psychedelic track with a flow to it that hasn't been achieved by many other artists. One of the most brilliant stories in a track, ever (if not the most brilliant, IMO), as well as a wide range of emotions. There Will Be No Armageddon is yet another excellent ambient track, with a great depth of emotions to it... It is funny to hear the vocal about the come of the millenium though. Toucan is one of the less memorable tracks here, but well done all the same, and the Epilogue closes this CD properly.

One of the classic CDs of trance - this CD is in my opinion the perfect example of psychedelia in trance as known up to 1995 (the pre Twisted days). Brilliant melodies, amazing emotions, stories that really make you go with them to far away realms, and classic tracks that will forever be remembered as groundbreaking in their melodic perspective.

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smaug


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Posted : Jun 8, 2002 14:27
I guess another question Kaz would be, do you or anybody else know of any other groups that are similar to Union Jack's sound? I'm really big on the Melody stuff.           Got any magic mushrooms? No, but I've got some dwarf mush, its gonna really blow your head off. Look at this, last time I took it, I saw fairies for three days! Haha! Nicee nice! Roll us a Giant
Kaz
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Posted : Jun 8, 2002 14:30
The Art of Trance (Simon Berry, half of Union Jack) has a similar style, also quietman, and to a lesser extent Man With No Name.           http://www.myspace.com/Hooloovoo222
Pavel
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Posted : Jun 8, 2002 21:06
Well for all the ppl who seek to hear some great Platipus oldies i'd recommend to purchase The Best of Platypus CD mixed by Antony Papa {great Australian DJ by the way}. It has all the essential tracks this great label released {maybe with exception of their biggest commercial success, Children, by Robert Miles}. Some very very early Goa tunes. And another half consists of labels' newer tracks that become later what we define now Club Trance.
Unforgettable tracks like: Poltergeist - Vicious Circles and Quietman - Sleeper (Man With No Name Remix).
A must purchase!           Everyone in the world is doing something without me
tom anteater
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Posted : Jun 10, 2002 01:45
this album is an undeniable classic!
it is also worth checking the original platipus compilations.. platipus 1, 2 and to a lesser extent 3 were state of the art melodic trance at the time (though not really psy, especially by 3...)

ps: try and ignore track one on platipus 2 (its robert miles for those of you that are curious)


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Rabbitalien




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Posted: Jun 10, 2002
Magnificent Album !
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Posted : Jun 13, 2002 12:43
union jack had two amazing sets in israel at 1996
shahar
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Posted : Jun 13, 2002 16:43
This is for me the ultimate introduction to trance to people that has no clue about what it is all about- there is so much feel and so much music iside this album that it's impossible not to fall in love with it (open mind is still required of course).           ---------------------------------------------
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Pavel
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Posted : Jun 14, 2002 00:38
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ps: try and ignore track one on platipus 2 (its robert miles for those of you that are curious)




Naaa it's a great track, one of the greatest tracks i've ever heard!
BTW i was in Robert Miles' DJ gig and let me tell you he left the melodies in home! He gave such a great set of banging techno. And even played one Delta track near the end. The man deserves a respect.


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Mike A
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Posted : Apr 26, 2004 16:40
Just had a listen to it again...
Each and every track is a masterpiece
woutski
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Posted : Apr 26, 2004 19:57
Yeah wonderfull album and truly a milestone. Two full moons...now that's what psychedelic trance is all about (the 12" version)
I must have played it thousands of times and I still love it today.
pearl


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Posted : Apr 26, 2004 22:32

I also love the older Union Jack album, specially Water drums is a real classic. Though I checked out their newer stuff and didn't like it.
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Posted : Apr 28, 2004 01:53
for sure one of the best that been release in this sections.
so nostalgic
i saw them live many years ago and they are amazing...
try to put now even of thier track in your set and you will see that still it will move around the people :-]           Check out my music page - free music , new style and more :)
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