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Audio CD (1998)
Original Release Date: 1998
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Virgin Records Us
Trance Atlantic Air Waves
Tracker - 5
Time - 27:25
1 [03:38] Trance Atlantic Air Waves - Chase (Radio Edit)
2 [06:45] Trance Atlantic Air Waves - Chase (Dj Quicksilver Remix)
3 [08:21] Trance Atlantic Air Waves - Chase (Nalin & Kane Remix)
4 [03:29] Trance Atlantic Air Waves - Chase (Dj Quicksilver Radio Edit)
5 [05:12] Trance Atlantic Air Waves - Chase (T.A.A.W. Remix)
Enigma's Michael Cretu and Jens Gad comprise Trance Atlantic Air Waves, an outlet in which the duo can give the light dance/new age treatment to their favorite songs from other bands. This album of covers includes remakes of the theme from Beverly Hills Cop ("Axel F."), Space's "Magic Fly," and even the Miami Vice theme ("Crockett's Theme") and the Alan Parsons Project's "Lucifer." A soft drum & bass sound underlies most of these compositions, along with Cretu's all-too-familiar trademark keyboard. Some of these tunes do work well. "Magic Fly" and "Pulstar" (the big Vangelis hit from way back when) are two of the more upbeat numbers, equally suitable background music for either dancing or relaxing. In the end the novelty starts to wear thin, but if the Propellerheads can show the influence of John Barry on their sleeves, why can't Enigma do the same with their favorite acts? --Jason Verlinde
Definitely not an Enigma album, but a must have for Enigma fans. It's great to hear some covers AND originals from Jens Gad and Michael Cretu.
An Excellent remix album, October 22, 2001 Reviewer: A music fan
I didn't listen to this album the first time I got it, but a few months later I was listening to it at a music store with a freind who makes techno music. I realized this CD was the best remix album of several obscure but probably the first few "new age" tracks ever made. Michael Cretu does in this album what he does best: add new sounds and beats to a piece of music (have you listened to the remixes of some of the work he has done as "Enigma"?). This is a great album that is not typical or generic techno, and that is what makes it so special. This is a great album for those who want to experiment in New Age/techno music fusion.
The Energy of Sound, September 30, 2001Reviewer: Daniel J. F. Siksay from Whitby, ON Canada
First and foremost - THIS IS NOT ENIGMA. That's why it's called 'Trance Atlantic Air Waves'. It's a side project by Michael Cretu and Jens Gad - and it's a definite buy. Two of the most prominent artists in the world have gotten together (once again) to create a masterful work that combines modern electronics with some electronic covers from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. This is an amazing piece of work. Buy it - buy it now.
Awesome Airwaves..., June 20, 2000Reviewer: Armando M. Mesa (Chandler, AZ)
To say that musicians,producers, and writers Michael Cretu and Jens Gad of Enigma fame have breathed new life into some of these instrumental pop classics is an understatement!While re-working other artists' tunes is not an original idea, Cretu and Gad pay quite an homage to the original artists with first rate renditions. Just imagine never hearing the originals and you would swear this is all new and innovative material for the first time; This is how Cretu and Gad operate. They're masters at not only creating original work but enhancing the work of other artists.
Also, it is not another cheap techno, ambient, dance club collection. Though the elements tend to give that impression for the re-writes, T.A.A.W goes beyond this by giving the listener actual visual mental images never before imagined with the originals.
This project can be looked at from two different angles. One is for those who were complaining that Cretu's Enigma project lacked any "energy or pizzazz". Two, this is not intended to be an Enigma album; It is just a side project! Yes, there are similar keyboard sounds and guitar riffs;Consider the source...
Two original tracks such as Twelve After Midnight and L-42 (Lullabye for Two, taken from Sandra Cretu's import Fading Shades album)have a very ethereal and haunting nature to them.
By the end of the c.d. you only wonder what another T.A.A.W. project with more re-vamped instrumentals would promise!
This cd is great, March 2, 2000 Reviewer: A music fan
All I GOT TO SAY IS,IF YOU DON'T LIKE THIS CD YOUR NOT A TRUE MICHAEL CRETU FAN,ITS LIKE ENIGMA MUSIC,AGAIN IF DON'T LIKE THIS CD YOUR NOT A TRUE FAN OF ENIGMA AND MICHAEL CRETU AND HIS WORK. ITS AMBIENT TRANCE LIKE MUSIC JUST LIKE ENIGMA.JENS GAD WROTE THE TUNES AND ANY TRUE ENIGMA FANS KNOW WHO SHE IS ( SHE CO WROTE ENIGMA TUNES ). BUY IT YOU WILL LOVE IT IF YOU LIKE ENIGMA..