For an Angel

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"For An Angel"
Single by Paul van Dyk
from the album 45 RPM
Released Germany December 5, 1994 (1994-12-05)
United Kingdom August 24, 1998 (1998-08-24)
Format 12", CD, CDM
Genre Trance
Length 7:01 (45 RPM Album Mix) [1994]
7:43 (PvD E-Werk Club Mix) [1998]
3:50 (PvD Angel In Heaven Radio Mix) [1998]
Label MFS
Producer(s) Paul van Dyk
Paul van Dyk singles chronology
"For An Angel"
"Beautiful Place"


"For An Angel"

"Another Way/Avenue"

"For An Angel" is a trance debut track by German DJ Paul van Dyk. His most famous track, it was initially released in 1994 as a track on 45 RPM on the MFS record label, which was van Dyk's first album. It was later reworked and re-released in 1998 as "E-Werk Remix" on Deviant Records, a homage to the E-Werk nightclub where van Dyk used to be the resident DJ, charted around the world, reaching #1 on the UK Dance Chart for several weeks. Since its release the track has become one of the most influential and greatest trance tracks of all time. In 2009, van Dyk retooled the track once again on "For An Angel '09".

Three videos exist for the track, one from 1994, filmed in the Riviera Maya in Mexico; the other from 1998, featuring footage from the Love Parade in Berlin; the third from 2009, filmed in an exhibition in L.A. and Berlin. The first video is available on Global.

This song and another Paul van Dyk song "Buenaventura" shares the similar subtle synth riff. "Buenaventura" is on a slower tempo, and adds lot of reverb to the original riff.

Music video[edit]

The original For An Angel was filmed in the Riviera Maya in Mexico, in which Paul Van Dyk, dressed in Malibu clothing, is seen relaxing on the beach, in a river & other various locations. Also appearing are various short clips of the scenery surrounding Van Dyk. At the start of the video, Paul Van Dyk is seen sitting under a palm tree, while later in the video he watches local children playing football on the beach.

The 1998 Video Version of For an Angel was filmed on the Lighthouse Lovefloat initiated by Peter Cayton. The E-Werk Version of the Track was played by Paul first time to audience on the truck. Nearby 100.000 people followed the truck. It was the most successful float on the 1998 Loveparade. The float was equipped with a huge Kling & Freitag Access System, which was never used before for techno / electronic music audiences.

The later For An Angel 09 video shows a highly edited selection of shorts from one of Paul Van Dyk's many tours, culminating in a live performance to a Los Angeles crowd.

The song was featured on the Gigi D'Agostino compilation album Il programmino di Gigi D'agostino.[1]

Track listings[edit]

  • 12" single (UK Release)
  1. "For An Angel" (PvD E-Werk Club Mix) - (7:43)
  2. "For An Angel" (Way Out West Mix) - (5:48)
  3. "For An Angel" (Terry Lee Brown Jnr Mix) - (6:28)


Chart (1998) Peak
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 74
German Singles Chart 44
Belgium (Flanders) 45
Netherlands 54
UK Singles Chart 28
UK Dance Chart 1