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© Blank & JonesThis time of year can bring back many pleasant memories and in a life of music it can remind you of a particular moment in time when one album stood out, here is mine…


What piece of music do you have in mind when you think of this time of year? The busy weekend shopping trips to town centers full of festive present hunting maniacs looking for the perfect gift. The music that I’m going to dig out is one I discovered in my teenage years back in very early 2000’s when my musical taste was only just taking shape. I can remember the moment standing in a Virgin Megastores queue with this particular CD in hand waiting to pay.


The memories before and after that are a little vague but for those of you in the UK, Virgin used to have a network of the biggest entertainment shops in the UK. They were the place to go for your music, games, VHS takes and DVD’s back in the day. It was in the music section of one of those stores in Nottingham where I think I first discovered Blank & Jones. The German trance duo that were making a name for themselves back in the 90’s for their high energy pumping sound. The album that I had my eye on was the simply superb ‘Nightclubbing’.


It’s one that as I write this I have sat on the desk, the original copy which I think I purchased around middle December 2001. I’d like to think I was pretty trendy back then swopping over hard earned cash for some quality import German trance material. It was an album that I played to death over the festive period and had on rotation when playing Grand Theft Auto 3. The tracks on there are some of my all time favourite trance tracks like ‘Beyond Time’, ‘Electric Circus’ and ‘DJ’s Fans and Freaks’.


It’s still an album I never get tired of putting on even today. The CD is still mint as it was when I first took it out the case over 22 years ago. The memories an album can bring of a certain period of time are great, even if they could be sad, it’s good to look back and think about this things that made you happy. Blank & Jones were one such thing and although this album reminds me of the shopping trips I despise to take these days it sits a reminder some good can come of them.


Do you have a musical memory of this time of year? If you do I’d love to read about it.


 

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