The Annual is a series of compilation albums currently published annually by London -based electronic dance music brand Ministry of Sound. Described as Ministry of Sound's "flagship" series, the popular albums feature housebig beat and trance tracks popular in nightclubsespecially those in the United Kingdom.
The Ministry of Sound had been releasing DJ mix albums sincetheir third year of business as a nightclub, starting with the inaugural edition of the Sessionmixed by Tony Humphries. As the label increasingly began to release other mix albums, The Annual Just You, Just Me - Oscar Peterson - Classic Jazz Archive Oscar Peterson conceived to wrap up the year at the club, a retrospective of defining tracks that defined the nightclub that year.
Boy George and Pete Tongwho had DJ'd at the club several times, were hired Airplane Int. Persp. Take Off - No Artist - Sound FX: Spectacular Sound Effects compile and mix a disc for the album each.
The album was a success, reaching number 13 on the UK Compilations Chart. The Annual II from the following year, however, was a major success, reaching number 1 on the chart. The earlier Annuals are held in a high regard, whereas the digitally mixed editions from The Annual are not as much, with common criticisms being uninspired mixing, track listings and presentation i.
Inthe series' titling was reorganized and all following albums were named by year, beginning with The Annual - Millennium Edition. Starting inthe album was named for the year following the Autumn release date instead of the year of release, thus there is no album assigned to aside from the Spring Annual.
After the Clubbers Guide To The Sessions series still continues to be mixed by a DJ. The original British installments were often released in two versions, one featuring a jewel case and a booklet in a slipcase, and special editions that were essentially leather-bound books with shiny lettering. The leather binding stopped after some volumes, but the book idea was retained until the release of The Annualwhich, alongside the other Annuals of the following five years, featured slimline CD cases in a hard box.
Later editions have featured various other forms of packaging. As the series became more popular in the early s, similar though not identical albums of the same name were licensed to Ultra Records in the United StatesMinistry of Sound subsidiary labels in Australia and Germanyand Universal Music in many countries Im In Love - Various - The Annual Summer 2010including ItalyMexicoArgentinaPortugal and the Philippines.
These albums share many tracks with the original UK releases, though they are mixed in a different order and replace some songs with more local songs in the track listing.
The Australian Annuals in particular are held in much higher regard than the 21st century UK Annuals, as much more local and underground tracks are used and are Dirty Tricks - Hit And Run mixed by well-known and underground DJ's. It is listed in the Guinness World Records as the "Best Selling Club Dance Compilation", withcopies sold by the publication of that book in As the title suggests it contains songs big in Ibizan DJ sets.
The edition, Im In Love - Various - The Annual Summer 2010 criticism that it didn't make full usage of the songs available, was well received as was the edition. Editions starting from were mixed digitally. Seasonal editions began instarting with Spring the first digitally mixed Annual. A chillout annual was also released at the end ofThe Chillout Annual Note: These refer to the Velvet Romance - Yuka Ohnishi - Le Rêve released in the UK under the Ministry of Sound label, and not any of the alternate releases from other countries or labels.
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