(5 out of 5 stars)
"I generally don't give anything five stars but I can't give this compilation anything less. It came out in 1996, hence "Tribal Gathering 1996" and even after four years of use, it still has a place in my disc rotation. If I had to sum up this album in one word it would be *diversity*. It includes so many classics from so many styles it would be hard for anyone who appreciates dance music to dismiss the whole thing. You get three cds all with very unique styles, and a color booklet outlining the history of the Tribal Gathering celebration. From Marshall Jefferson's (Disc 1) rendition of "Samba Magic" (Basement Jaxx) to Gayle San's (Disc 2) own immortal "Tribal" you get Chicago house to proper UK techno and everything in between. On Disc 3, James Levelle (Mo Wax founder) brings us deep trance and techno in it's best form.While I give this album five stars, it certainly isn't for everyone. If you don't like dance or "electronica", (while you probably wouldn't be here in the first place) your not gonna get much from this album, and I don't recommend it. Furthermore if your looking for really loud pounding drum and bass or jungle, or if you want really light trance with cheerful vocals than this isn't what your looking for either. However, if you don't fit into the two categories above this album is an absolute must. Even if your a bit new to the whole "electronica" scene don't get scared off, the compilation is a good starting place and has more than enough for the open mind."