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MINISTRY OF SOUND; âGARAGE CLASSICSâ

MINISTRY OF SOUND; GARAGE CLASSICS

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UK release date 31.03.2008

With the resurgence of Garage in the shape of T2 âHeartbrokenâ and HâtwoâO âWhatâs It Gonna Beâ B&S was glad to get itâs sticky mits on some unadulterated Garage in the shape of âGarage Classicsâ by The Ministry Of Sound and mixed by The Wideboysâ.

To say this is a quality album is an understatement as The Wideboys take you from classic to classic with effortless and cheeky precision. Their prominence in recent years came to a head last year with the major commercial success of Maximum Bass, after having underground acclaim for the last 10 years DJing on the scene. The greatness of this album is not just in the track selection but indeed by the order of which each track merges, as it goes deep in to the history of any essential Garage enthusiast or indeed anyone who has the intonation for a dalliance/flirtation with the genre.

The first CD (Old Skool 2 Step) in this 3 CD set kicks off with âRe-Rewind (The Crowd Say Bo)â Artful Dodger Feat. Craig David (of course it does ;-)) and rapidly climbs the staircase of great tunes with âStraight From The Heartâ Doolally. Encompasses tracks like âMy Loveâ 10 Below & Kelly Le Roc, âMoving To Fastâ Artful Dodger & Romina Johnson and anthem âlittle Bit Of Luckâ DJ Luck & MC Neat, phew! And thatâs just a selection of a few tunes from the first CD.

On the track selection process, The Wideboys will probably tell you the tunes picked themselves as they have all affected the Garage scene at some point and in turn peoples lives. But as you listen you canât help but be enthused by all things Garage. CD two album (Old Skool 4X4 and Classics) picks up where CD one finishes with âI Refuse (Want You Want)â Somore, then travels to the shores of greats including âTo Be In Loveâ Masters At Work and âRip Grooveâ Double 99. We donât even mind that over used classic tracks (we love them but they seem to be on every album) âPlastic Dreamsâ Jaydee and âPutâEm Highâ Stone Bridge Feat. Therese are mixed in with other classics as they provide perfect balance on this CD.

Lastly the third album in the set (New & Old Skool) comes out of the blocks with a bang using âWhatâs It Gonna Beâ HâTwoâO to set the pace, then taking in âMissing Youâ (Sorry Part 2) Denzee Feat. Danielle and completing the full set of truly greats with âSo In Love With You (Wideboys Baseline Mix)â Duke. Special mention has to go to the bonus track as this term is banded about to much with too little in return. In this case the track âHeartbrokenâ DJ Arnie does what it says on the tin, a real bonus. Did we like The Ministryâs âGarage Classicsâ album? Well, what do you think?!
Words LEE TYLER

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