A very worthy re-release
Evil. P | Toronto, Canada | 06/15/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Its been six years since Insomnia initially blew-up to become one of the more important dance songs of the late 90s. Like several other BMG/Arista dance songs, this has been re-issued. There are no new mixes of the track, just mixes included on the 1997 US release. Does it really matter? No.I find it hard to believe that anybody could top the Monster Mix of "Insomnia" no matter how hard they try. I also find it hard to believe Rollo & Sister Bliss together could ever produce anything as classy as this. This is one of the few songs that only gets better with age. Included on the CD are mixes by Armand Van Helden and De Donatis (one half of DJ Quicksilver), both taking "Insomnia" in different directions, with Armand's actually sounding like it would fit into many DJ's sets today. The highlight of course is the Monster Mix - the one that inspired the Future Breeze remix of "Encore Une Fois", among many other tracks. This is the mix where Maxi Jazz's vocals fit in best, "talking about tearing off tights with his teeth" etc. Doesn't appear good in writing, but with smooth vocals its easy to get away with.You may be asking yourself why I am bothering to review this in 2001, and I am for one reason. To tell anybody who missed out on the original to pick this up IMMEDIATELY. This is a classic track, plain and simple. I already own a copy of the original 1995 release, but may get another copy to spare. It *is* that good."
Amlan Majumdar | 04/03/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Definitely the best mix on this CD. Wait till about the 3 min. mark for the signature sound sample that made this song big."