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Ghost Canyon

Title - 'Club Life: Volume One Las Vegas'
Artist - Tiesto

I was pretty hardcore into the trance/house scene from 2001-2003 when I was wrapping up college. Back then deep progressive house reigned supreme with guys like John Digweed, Satoshi Tomiie, Danny Howells, Steve Lawler and many others. Back then I loved Tiesto's Magik and ISOS albums but the two times I saw him live were very underwhelming. After a 7 year lay-off I got back into the dance scene in 2010 only to see how dramatically the landscape has shifted.

When my friends and I heard Tiesto established a monthly residency at the Hard Rock in Vegas, I had to give him one last shot to hear him live. I'm so glad I gave him another chance as not only did he not disappoint but it may have been the best live performance I've seen in the last year topping even Armin and Markus Schulz! What I loved most about his set was that he know longer spun his usual trancy tracks but evolved into a whole new style of uplifting and beaty house.

This album does well in capturing the magic and energy I felt that night I saw him in Vegas. Much like his live set he mixes it up a bit with the happy vocal house tracks along with the some entertaining beat driving progressive tunes that set and sustain your mood throughout the evening. One thing I've noticed since returning to dance is the copious number of songs with uplifting and melodic piano and guitar riffs.

Indeed, this album has plenty of tracks that feature many insatiable piano melodies melded together with well produced electronic beats. I would highlight some of my favorite tracks but I would say overall it's just a magnificent mix.

While I truly appreciate dj's that go out on a limb and like to produce experimental mixes when they release cd's but what I enjoy above anything else is a album that brings me back to how it felt to hear and see that dj perform live. The tone, energy and overal quality of this album is exactly what you should expect when you see him live. Listening to this over and over just excites me to see him at EDC and hopefully one or two more trips to the Hard Rock before the year ends! [JC]