Sessions (compilation series)

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Sessions
Remix album / DJ mix album series by various artists
Released 1993 (1993)–present
Genre Dance
House
Big beat
Electronica
Drum and bass
Techno
Hard house
Trance
Chill-out
Label Ministry of Sound
Compiler Various

Sessions is a series of DJ mix albums, each album normally by a different DJ who also compiles the tracks, released by the London-based electronic dance music label Ministry of Sound. Alongside The Annual it is one of Ministry of Sound's better-known compilation album series. Not the first ever DJ mix album released, or at least first to chart in the UK.

History[edit]

The Ministry of Sound record label began in 1993, and the first release on it was The Sessions Volume One, a 12-track mix compiled and mixed by Tony Humphries. It was critically acclaimed and more Sessions were released to critical acclaim and even charted higher in the UK Compilation Chart. Sessions 5, by Masters at Work, was the first double album in the series and every volume since has either been a double or triple album. In 1995, 1997, 1999 (and two later editions in 2003, and one in 2011) is the Late Night Sessions series. The first edition from 1995 was mixed by DJ Harvey. In about 2000, the Sessions series was a joint release between Ministry of Sound and Defected Records. This lasted for volumes 10-15. Volume 12 was the last of the original series of Sessions. It had become more of an Defected release than a Ministry of Sound release evidenced by the fact the Ministry of Sound's logo wasn't even present on the twelfth Sessions cover. Volumes 13, 14 and 15 actually didn't feature a number in the title.

After focusing on the spin-off series Chillout Sessions, which ran initially for 8 volumes between 2001 and 2003 (plus a 9th volume in 2006), Ministry of Sound "rebooted" the Sessions series with a brand new album released in 2005. This was the entirely live recording from Tim Sheridan and Smokin' Jo. This rebooted Sessions lasted for fifteen volumes until 2007. The last five albums of the 15 in this reboot had the issue number as a suffix to the title. 2007 also saw the release of Sessions Summer 2007. Another Summer edition was released in 2009. Various other Sessions were released such as Funky House Sessions.

Spin-offs[edit]

The Chillout Sessions series is perhaps the best-known "spin-off" to the series, beginning in early 2001 when Ministry of Sound started get digital mixers to mix their albums as opposed to big name DJs like Tall Paul, Pete Tong or Paul Oakenfold.

Series overview[edit]

Note: These refer to the albums released in the UK under the Ministry of Sound label, and not any of the alternate releases from other countries or labels (unless it's Defected Records)

All releases that are a jointed release between MOS and Defected are mentioned in the notes sections.

Main series (UK)[edit]

Year Title DJ/compiler UK Comp. Chart position[1][2] Notes
1993 The Sessions Volume One[3] Tony Humphries 16 The first ever DJ mix album. Also the first album released on Ministry of Sound's label.
1994 The Sessions Volume Two Paul Oakenfold 6 First Released Paul Oakenfold DJ mix.
1994 The Sessions Volume 3[4] Clivilles & Cole 8 Also released across Europe
1995 Sessions 4[5] C.J. Mackintosh 9 Last single-disc album in the series.
1995 Late Night Sessions[6] DJ Harvey Not the same album as the Late Night Sessions released in 2003 or 2011
1995 The Sessions Volume 5[7] Masters at Work 15 First double album in the series
1996 Sessions Six[8] Frankie Knuckles 8 Disc 1 is Song Disc, Disc 2 is Track Disc.
1997 Sessions Seven[9] David Morales 4 Allmusic rating: 3/5 stars[10]
1997 Late Night Sessions II[11] X-Press 2
1997 Sessions Eight[12] Todd Terry 11 Allmusic rating: 4/5 stars[13]
1998 Sessions Nine[14] Erick Morillo 17
1999 Late Night Sessions III[15] Farley & Heller 49
2000 Sessions Ten: Subliminal Sessions[16] Erick Morillo, Harry "Choo Choo" Romero, José Nunez 18 First three disc album in the series and first mixed by multiple DJs.
2001 Sessions Eleven: The R-Senal Sessions[17] Roger Sanchez First release on the Defected label.
2001 The Chillout Sessions[18] ? 1 First of the Chillout Sessions
2001 Sessions Twelve: The Magic Sessions[19] Little Louie Vega, Tony Humphries and Tedd Patterson 36 Only some copies featured the Ministry of Sound logo. Released with Defected Records.
2001 The Chillout Session 2[20] ? 2
2001 Ibiza Chillout Session[21] ? 12
2001 Kings of Tomorrow Sessions[22] Sandy Rivera 43 Released with Defected Records.
2002 Defected Sessions[23] Full Intention and Smokin' Jo Released with Defected Records.
2002 The Chillout Session Ibiza 2002[24] Alex Macnutt 4 Allmusic rating: 3/5 stars[25]
2002 Soulfuric Sessions[26] Jazz 'N' groove Final release with Defected Records.
2002 The Chillout Session 2003 - Winter Collection[27] Dave 'Deadly Turner' 20
2003 Late Night Sessions[28] ? 9 Not the same album as the Late Night Sessions released in 2003 or 2011.
Allmusic rating: 3/5 stars[29]
2003 The Chillout Session Summer Collection 2003[30] Alex Macnutt (compiler), Steve Canuento, Dipesh Parmer (mix producers) 10
2003 The Chillout Session Ibiza Sunsets[31] ? 11 Disc one is As the Sun Sets, Disc two is After Sunset.
Allmusic rating: 3.5/5 stars[32]
2003 Late Night Sessions Autumn Collection[33] ? 28
2003 The Very Best of Chillout Session[34] ? 48 "Best of" for the Chillout Sessions.
2004 Saturday Sessions[35] John Carter & Mark Hughes ? Artwork is similar to the Australian Sessions series.
2005 Funky House Sessions [36] Dipesh Parmar 5
2005 Sessions $[37] Smokin Jo and Tim Sheridan First release in the June 2005 – present revival
2005 Sessions $[38] Derrick Carter
2006 The Chillout Session[39] Unknown 15 Not the same album as that of the 2001 release.
The liner notes for this album list the producer, mixer and compiler in a "This album was brought to you by ..." list, but it is not stated which job applied to which person.
2006 Sessions$[40] Steve Angello
2006 Funky House Sessions 06[41] ? 2
2006 Sessions $[42] DJ Sneak
2006 Sessions $[43] Josh Wink
2006 Sessions $[44] Mark Farina
2006 Sessions $[45] Seamus Haji
2006 Sessions $[46] Axwell Disc one is The Club, disc two is The Villa.
2006 Sessions $[47] Cajmere vs Green Velvet
2006 Sessions $[48] Andy Cato Final "$" album
2007 Sessions 11[49] Fedde le Grand The numbering system returned on this album at volume #11,
The volumes 1-10 in this system were the Sessions $ albums.
2007 Electro House Sessions[50] Unknown 3 Subtitled The Sound of Electro House.
2007 Sessions 12[51] Mark Knight
2007 Funky House Sessions 07[52] ? 2
2007 Sessions 13[53] D. Ramirez
2007 Sessions 14[54] Sebastian Ingrosso Contains a hidden track.
2007 Sessions Summer 2007[55] Seamus Haji, Dave Spoon, Chris Coco ?
2007 Sessions 15[56] N.Y.N.C. Project
2007 Sessions 16[57] Harry "Choo Choo" Romero The final album of the 16-part Sessions series of 2005–2007.
2008 Sessions 8.1[58] Meat Katie
2009 Summer Sessions[59] ? 4 Disc 1 is Summer Dance, Disc 2 is Summer Funk, Disc 3 is Summer Chill.
2009 The Chilled House Session[60] ? 13
2011 Chilled House Session 2[61] ? 40
2011 Late Night Sessions[62] ? ? Not the same album as the 1995 or 2003 albums.
2012 Chilled House Session 3[63] ? ?
2012 Saturday Sessions[64] TBC TBC Released 14 May 2012.

Australian albums[edit]

Year Title DJ/compiler ARIA Position (Dance album chart)[65] Notes
2001 The Chillout Session - Was also released in the UK, reaching #1 on the UK compilation chart.
2001 The Chillout Session 2 1
2002 The Chillout Sessions 3 1
2003 Chillout Sessions 4 1
2003 Late Night Sessions Mark Dynamix 7
2003 House Sessions Grant Smillie & Tim McGee 8
2004 The Chillout Session: Summer Collection 2004 1
2004 Chillout Sessions 5 1
2004 Sessions One John Course & Mark Dynamix 1
2004 Chillout Sessions 6 1
2005 Chillout Sessions 7 1
2005 Sessions Two John Course & Mark Dynamix 1
2005 Kid Kenobi Sessions Kid Kenobi 6
2005 Chillout Sessions 8 1
2006 Sessions Three John Course & Goodwill 1
2006 Chillout Sessions 9 3
2007 Sessions Four John Course & Dirty South 1
2007 Kid Kenobi Sessions 2007 Kid Kenobi 4
2007 Electro House Sessions Tommy Trash & The Stafford Brothers 1
2007 Chillout Sessions 10 2
2008 Electro House Sessions 2 Tommy Trash & The Stafford Brothers 1
2008 Sessions Five The Potbelleez & Goodwill 1
2008 Chillout Sessions XI 1
2009 Ministry of Sound Sessions Six Goodwill, Tommy Trash & Dirty South 1
2009 Chillout Sessions XII 3
2010 Electro House Sessions 3 Klaas & The Only 3
2010 Sessions Seven Stafford Brothers, Tommy Trash & Steve Aoki 1
2010 Chillout Sessions XIII 2
2011 Electro House Sessions 4 Timmy Trumpet & Rob Pix 2
2011 Sessions Eight Sam La More & Tommy Trash 1
2011 Chillout Sessions XIV 4
2012 SessioNZ General Lee & Daniel Farley - New Zealand exclusive released by Ministry of Sound Australia
2012 Electro House Sessions Vol. 5 The Only & Rob Pix 3
2012 Sessions Nine Timmy Trumpet & Tom Piper 1
2012 Chillout Sessions XV -
2013 Sessions 10 Timmy Trumpet & SCNDL -

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Complete Book of the British Charts p. 1283. Book released in 2003 and therefore only contains chart positions from that year and before
  2. ^ Only certain listings have used this as a source
  3. ^ "Tony Humphries - Ministry Of Sound (The Sessions Volume One) (CD)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  4. ^ "Clivilles & Cole* - The Sessions Volume 3 (CD)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  5. ^ "C.J. Mackintosh* - Sessions 4 (CD)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  6. ^ "DJ Harvey - Late Night Sessions (CD)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  7. ^ "Masters At Work - Sessions 5 (CD)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  8. ^ "Frankie Knuckles - Sessions Six (CD)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  9. ^ "David Morales - Sessions Seven (CD)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  10. ^ "Ministry of Sound Presents: The Sessions, Vol. 7 - David Morales | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. 1997-02-17. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  11. ^ "X-Press 2 - Late Night Sessions II". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  12. ^ "Todd Terry - Sessions Eight". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  13. ^ John Bush. "Sessions, Vol. 8 - Todd Terry | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  14. ^ "Erick Morillo - Sessions Nine (CD)". Discogs.com. 1998-08-10. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  15. ^ "Farley & Heller* - Late Night Sessions III (CD)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  16. ^ "Erick Morillo, Harry "Choo Choo" Romero & Jose Nunez* - Sessions Ten (Subliminal Sessions) (CD)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  17. ^ "Roger Sanchez - Sessions Eleven (The R-Senal Sessions) (CD)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  18. ^ "Various - The Chillout Session (CD)". Discogs.com. 2001-02-05. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  19. ^ ""Little" Louie Vega*, Tony Humphries And Tedd Patterson - Sessions Twelve (The Magic Sessions) (CD)". Discogs.com. 2014-11-09. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  20. ^ "Various - The Chillout Session 2". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  21. ^ "Various - Ibiza Chillout Session (CD)". Discogs.com. 2001-08-27. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  22. ^ "Sandy Rivera - Kings Of Tomorrow Sessions (CD)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  23. ^ "Various - Defected Sessions (Vinyl, LP)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  24. ^ "Various - The Chillout Session Ibiza 2002 (CD)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  25. ^ Rob Theakston (2002-05-07). "Chillout Sessions: Ibiza 2002 - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  26. ^ "Soulfuric Sessions (Mixed By Jazz 'n' Groove)". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  27. ^ "Various - The Chillout Session 2003 (Winter Collection) (CD)". Discogs.com. 2016-04-01. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  28. ^ "Various - Late Night Sessions". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  29. ^ "Late Night Sessions 2003 - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. 2003-04-15. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  30. ^ "Various - The Chillout Session Summer Collection 2003 (CD)". Discogs.com. 2003-05-19. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  31. ^ "Various - The Chillout Session: Ibiza Sunsets (CD)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  32. ^ Andy Kellman (2003-09-30). "The Chillout Session: Ibiza Sunsets - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  33. ^ "Various - Late Night Sessions (Autumn Collection) (CD)". Discogs.com. 2003-09-20. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  34. ^ "Various - The Very Best Of The Chillout Session (CD)". Discogs.com. 2007-01-16. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  35. ^ "Various - Ministry Of Sound - Saturday Sessions (CD)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  36. ^ "Various - Funky House Sessions (CD)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  37. ^ "Smokin Jo* & Tim Sheridan - Sessions (CD)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  38. ^ "Derrick Carter - Sessions". Discogs.com. 2010-03-24. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  39. ^ "Various - The Chillout Session (CD)". Discogs.com. 2006-01-30. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  40. ^ "Steve Angello - Sessions (CD)". Discogs.com. 2006-01-30. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  41. ^ Various Artists (Artist). "Funky House Sessions 06". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  42. ^ "DJ Sneak - Sessions (CD)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  43. ^ "Josh Wink - Sessions (CD)". Discogs.com. 2011-02-06. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  44. ^ "Mark Farina - Sessions (CD)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  45. ^ "Seamus Haji - Sessions (CD)". Discogs.com. 2006-08-01. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  46. ^ "Axwell - Sessions (CD)". Discogs.com. 2006-10-29. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  47. ^ "Various/ Sessions Green Velvet Vs Cajm". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  48. ^ "Sessions Andy Cato". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  49. ^ "Fedde Le Grand - Sessions (CD)". Discogs.com. 2007-01-26. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  50. ^ "Various - Electro House Sessions". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  51. ^ "Mark Knight - Sessions (CD)". Discogs.com. 2007-03-12. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  52. ^ "Funky House Sessions 07". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  53. ^ "D. Ramirez - Sessions (CD)". Discogs.com. 2015-06-15. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  54. ^ "Sebastian Ingrosso - Sessions (CD)". Discogs.com. 2007-06-24. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  55. ^ "Seamus Haji / Dave Spoon / Chris Coco - Sessions Summer 2007 (CD)". Discogs.com. 2007-07-30. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  56. ^ "M.Y.N.C. Project* - Sessions". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  57. ^ "Sessions Mixed By Harry Choo Choo Romero by". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  58. ^ "Meat Katie - Sessions Vol. 8.1 Mixed By Meat Katie (CD)". Discogs.com. 2008-08-11. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  59. ^ "Various - Summer Sessions (CD)". Discogs.com. 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  60. ^ "Various - The Chilled House Session (File, MP3, MP3)". Discogs.com. 2009-10-19. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  61. ^ "Various - Chilled House Session 2 (CD)". Discogs.com. 2011-02-13. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  62. ^ "Various - Late Night Sessions (CD)". Discogs.com. 2011-04-03. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  63. ^ "Various - Chilled House Session 3 (CD)". Discogs.com. 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  64. ^ "Saturday Sessions". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  65. ^ "Pandora Archive - Preserving and Accessing Networked DOcumentary Resources of Australia". Pandora.nla.gov.au. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 

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