The Ultimate Rave (EMI / Virgin / Polygram, 1991)

Ultimate Rave

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The Ultimate Rave [catalogue number CDEVP 2] was released at the end of 1991, the second in a sequence of six compilations from the master Ashley Abram. It was preceded by Awesome!! 2. The tagline is “21 mindblowing mixes” and it documents the era so well.

“To the bridge, to the bridge”.
The KLF drive off with Justified And Ancient. It’s the All Bound For Mu Mu Land version with Maxine Harvey on vocals. Glorious. Next are Bassheads and the spacey beats of Is There Anybody Out There? And in a Russian doll twisting melon comes Youth-mentored Blue Pearl and (Can You) Feel The Passion and its absolutely mental chorus. Oh, and it samples Bizarre Inc’s Playing With Knives which pops up later on. Time for some extreme noise terror from Altern-8 and the Hardcore Holocaust Mix of Activ-8 (Come With Me).

All of us are one people: The Prodigy remix The Art Of Noise’s aptly-named Instruments Of Darkness. Molten head-melting. Rozalla’s Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good) and East Side Beat’s Ride Like The Wind are like Reversi pieces while Rhythm Is A Mystery is piano perfection; K-Klass’ concoction keeping it real 24 years on. One for the stereos in the petrol station after the night has been danced away. Meanwhile the rush continues with Oceanic Insanity’s and the aforementioned Bizarre Inc tune. One to keep the body moving. It’s followed by The Prodigy’s blinding Charly, the Alley Cat Mix 7″ Edit.

The twisted grooves continue with Dutch acid house classic Dominator by Human Resource. And ZTT’s Shades Of Rhythm give us the sweeping euphoria of Extacy while Shaft’s Roobarb and Custard lets fly with its secret weapon. After 2 Unlimited, Moby appears in U.H.F. guise. A shimmering synth monster. SL2 and DJs Take Control: ruff style. Bizarre Inc and Rozalla both appear for a second time with the mega bassline epic Such A Feeling and a minimalistic Faith (In The Power Of Love). The righteous vibe is extended on Sabrina Johnston’s Peace (Brothers In Rhythm Edit). And take the last drive home to the sound of Seal’s Killer (William Orbit Mix). This compilation is a treat.

Favourite tracks
K-Klass – Rhythm Is A Mystery (Remix Edit)

Bassheads – Is There Anybody Out There?

Shades Of Rhythm – Extacy

Lest we forget
Bizarre Inc. – Such A Feeling

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