Dave Pearce: The Dance Years 1993 - 1997

Dave Pearce: The Dance Years 1993 - 1997

This summer Ministry Of Sound’s most comprehensive dance compilation series continues. The ‘Dance Years’ is a collection of the biggest dance anthems 1988 – 2008.

Each of the 20 albums is dedicated to a particular year, and the individual albums will be released in five chronological batches across 2009.

The second batch, covering 1993 – 1997, is available from 25 May and represents the period when dance music first took over the mainstream - the birth of the superclub, the superstar DJ, and the moment when the Top 10 became inundated with major crossover dance anthems.

Musically, we’re talking The Prodigy, Underworld, House Of Pain, Strike, Nightcrawlers, Armand van Helden, Goldie, Fatboy Slim, The Chemical Brothers, Blue Boy, and many more.

BBC 6 Music’s Dave Pearce has put together the entire series. Pearce, renowned for his long-running radio show, Dance Anthems, was the perfect candidate for such a mammoth task. As a radio and club DJ, he was instrumental in dance music’s dominance throughout the 1990’s, helping the scene grow from a thriving sub-culture into the worldwide phenomenon it is today.

Pearce has written a short foreword in each album, as well as providing the sleevenotes on the major club happenings of that year.