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Album Review

Choo Choo Records, Vol. 1 finds Anthony Pappa piecing together a set composed strictly of tracks from the label of the same name. Granted, Choo Choo Records is a leading progressive trance label in the U.K., but it's definitely no Bedrock or Hooj Choons. In short, there just isn't enough variety here to make the mix a rewarding listen, even if Pappa tries his best. All but two of the tracks are produced or remixed by label owner Barry Gilbey under the monikers Mara, Pappa and Gilbey, Praxis, Hyperion, and Red Devil — quite a self-indulgent venture of his, hiring Pappa to mix an album of nothing but his productions on his label. Still, if you can forgive Gilbey for his vanity, it's hard to forgive him for his lackluster production work. "Always" and "One" are impressive, but the rest of the tracks are relatively bland, with the exception of the album's high point, Revolt's "Dive Into the Deep," ironically one of the two tracks not produced by Gilbey. If you do enjoy the relentless, numbing Choo Choo style of progressive trance, there's plenty of it here. However, anyone looking to this album because of Pappa's reputation for being one of the up-and-coming progressive DJs out there in the early 2000s will probably walk away disappointed. Whether you like it or not, Pappa is merely a tool for Gilbey's self-indulgence here. No right-minded DJ would spin a set of tracks all from the same label, and surely none would spin a set of just one producer's tracks. And there's a reason why no right-minded DJ would: it results in redundancy.

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I bought this album almost ten years ago just a few weeks after it came out. I was still new to the whole trance and electronic house genre, but I knew from the first listen this album was a keeper. All the tracks are well mixed, and are must to be replaid over. It's not your typical trance...this makes you envision, steam, machinery, flying, buttons lighting up, and ancient ruins. Yes...all over the place...but I know! Buy this album!

Track 1 starts off smooth, cloudy and dark...gradually progressing to a pounding Track 5. Things die down a bit after that, but the beat is still driving without being repetitious. All throughout the album, riffs and melodies are well placed over driving bass. Yes, Mara and Praxis are aliases for the same artist, so alot of people think it was biased of Anthony to put so many of the same artist's work together, but who's great music!

This album got me into trance, and every other year or two I buy a fresh copy of it!


Born: November 15, 1973 in Melbourne, Australia

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Though Anthony Pappa had already made the rounds at many of England's top clubs such as Renaissance, Cream, Bedrock, and Ministry of Sound, it wasn't until he was awarded the first volume in Global Underground's ambitious Nu Breed series that many really gave him a close look. Ever since he won Australia's D.M.C. DJ championship at the tender age of 15, there has always been something special about Pappa. Since those late-teen years DJing in Australia, he left for the electronic music utopia of England,...
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