There are certain names in the field of dance music that just stand alone, such as Fatboy Slim, Paul Oakenfold, and Goldie. Another stalwart that belongs in that pantheon is Paul Van Dyk, as his new CD, Global proves time and time again. All of his trance hits are captured on the CD, from the stellar "We Are Alive," to "Words" and "Tell Me Why (The Riddle)." There are even two previously unreleased songs, "My World" and the Mexican film soundtrack number "Animacion," from Zudro. The true quality of Van Dyk's songs is just that: they are SONGS. He doesn't provide merely faceless dance music; his tunes are equally at home on the car stereo or in your living room as on the dancefloor. This career retrospective CD is packaged with a stunning companion DVD, which is comprised of a 74-minute seamless mix of 13 tracks, all with accompanying video footage of the German DJ spinning live across the globe in venues in San Francisco, Seoul, New York City, Ibiza, and his hometown of Berlin. The DVD also contains five music videos, as well as fan interviews, movie trailers and interviews with the man himself, a perfect way to further familiarize yourself with his bounty of work. This dual package is quite amazing and must be seen to be believed, or actually HEARD, as the DVD mix was recorded in Dolby 5.1 Surround. Breathtaking.
JEREMY P. GOLDSTEIN