Thursday, March 19, 1998

Unreleased/Rumored Material

There is a small amount of rumored/unreleased material related to Rank 1 that has popped up on the net throughout the years. Here you can see them listed with added comments as to why they were never released or when they were rumored to be circulating. Some reasons are based on mere speculation, hopefully the guys can clear up some of these rumors themselves one day! [Last update: December 4th 2017]
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Short list (for quick reference)

Rank 1 - Untitled 2017 Track #4
[Live performed] [Unreleased]
Rank 1 - Untitled 2017 Track #3
[Live performed] [Unreleased]
Rank 1 - Untitled 2017 Track #2
[Live performed] [Unreleased]
Rank 1 - Untitled 2017 Track #1
[Live performed] [Unreleased]
Conjure One vs. Rank 1 - ??? [Rumor]

Rank 1 - Untitled 2012 Track [Live performed] [Unreleased]
Rank 1 feat. Jeza - ??? [Rumor]
Rank 1 vs. Jochen Miller - The Great Escape (Rank 1 Remix) [Rumor]
Rank 1 vs. Lucid - I Can't Help There Be Light (Rank 1 Mash-up) [Unreleased]
Ton T.B. - Evolve As One (Rank 1 Remix) [Rumor]
Rank 1 - 2 Drunk 2 Funk [Rumor]
Rank 1 - Brairwave (Rank 1 Mash-up) [Unreleased]
Rank 1 - Untitled [Hardstyle] Track [Unreleased]
Gouryella - Ligaya (Rank 1 Remix) [Unreleased]
Chakra - Home (Rank 1 Remix) [Unreleased]
Rank 1 vs. Marco V & Benjamin Bates - Untitled Track [Unreleased]
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Rank 1 - Untitled 2017 Track #4 [Live performed]
Unreleased | Unknown
Revealed: 2017 (Dreamstate SoCal)
Created: 2017?
16. BPM: ??? | Key: ? ??? | ??:??

*Following Awakening, the pen-ultimate track of the performance seemed to have a very deep beat. Echoing percussion marked the build phase, hinting at the likes of 7 Instead Of 8 / L.E.D.. The low quality made it hard to really tell the deep end apart but there was some wicked percussion element that appeared at one point, sounded very tribal! The synth melody in the breakdown sounded very rich and also very Rank 1-like. Melody wise it vaguely reminded me of Armin van Buuren - Precious. The climax moment appeared to have some wicked sounds and the drop was DEEP! You could hear the crowd go pretty wild over it! That wicked tribal percussion returned followed by a reverbed tech synth of sorts. Next up was the reprise starring those delicious Trance 1 synths... 2nd climax unleashed not just the tribal perc, but also the tech synth and some other element I can't properly describe because you can't hear it clear enough.

Without doubt, alongside the intro, my favorite new tune in this performance. Like Untitled 2017 Track #1 it sounded like they had thought the track through quite a bit. It sounded like it was made to be released in the future. If so, it would be a refreshing tune too with Tech, Tribal and Trance elements all blended into one, in typical Rank 1 fashion.
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Rank 1 - Untitled 2017 Track #3 [Live performed]
Unreleased | Unknown
Revealed: 2017 (Dreamstate SoCal)
Created: 2017?
15. BPM: ??? | Key: ? ??? | ??:??

*After Untitled 2012 Track, they played this one. The bassline and overall groove seemed a bit more similar to Untitled 2017 Track #2, until the main lead was introduced. That main lead used those peak "Miller/De Goeij" synths instantly associated with the likes of Jochen Miller - Chromatic / Lost Connection / Eclipse / Face Value / Red One, though Piet & Benno already used a variant of it themselves back in 2005 as far as I can tell: check the main lead in Humanity (Rank 1 Remix).

Overall, like Untitled 2017 Track #2, this one felt a bit more "simplistic", especially compared to Untitled #1. This is another track I don't expect to see turning into a release, not in its current form anyway. It's just a wee bit "too simple" compared to previous releases. Even a straightforward track like Floorlifter had a strong element to fall back on (its ability to lift the dancefloor).
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Rank 1 - Untitled 2017 Track #2 2017 [Live performed]
Unreleased | Unknown
Revealed: 2017 (Dreamstate SoCal)
Created: 2017?
14. BPM: ??? | Key: ? ??? | ??:??

*About halfway through the performance, following Floorlifter, this one was played. Boasting a pretty funky and defined bassline, I've been wondering if Piet dropped some version of this in the past as it sounded sort of familiar. Then again, this type of bassline was pretty prominent over the course of 2010-2011, during the whole Trouse "revolution". Definitely sounded like a Rank 1's Radio Rush track. The track had a simple melody line and a nice groove to it, said melody was boosted by a somewhat stronger synth a little further one before it climaxed and revealed ONE HELL OF A DROP! The quality of the video might have been low but make no mistake, this was a heavy hitter.

Bit of a clubby track, but unlike the opener it lacks "Rank 1 sophistication" (though I do hear a L.E.D.-like reverbed clap shortly before the 2nd break) so if you were to ask me if I expect a release out of this one my answer would be no. It did fit with the sound/style they used for the 2014 Airwave & 2016 Superstring reworks though so don't quote me on this.
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Rank 1 - Untitled 2017 Track #1 [Live performed]
Unreleased | Unknown
Revealed: 2017 (Dreamstate SoCal)
Created: 2017?
13. BPM: ??? | Key: ? ??? | ??:??

*This track kicked off their live performance at Dreamstate SoCal. Opening with a gentle piano melody and some harps in the background and some lower range guidance, an electro guitar was added before a powerful snare hit every few measures. Soon Benno started playing a typical Rank 1 riff similar to what they did during the L.E.D.-TGE era. It swelled up and the drop that followed was deliciously Modern Anthem Trance Rank 1 at its finest!

There was a certain level of detail and variation in the elements present as well as the way they were arranged that makes me think this track has the potential to be a future release. Mere speculation on my end, mind you.
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Conjure One vs. Rank 1 - ???
Rumor | Unknown
Mentioned: 2012 / Possibly hinted at: 2016
12. BPM: ??? | Key: ? ??? | ??:??

*Mentioned once by Conjure One on October 9th 2012 [https://twitter.com/conjure_one/status/255731073496014848], this collab might actually be a serious thing again after this Benno tweet on November 17th 2016 [https://twitter.com/BennoDeGoeij/status/799339632156610560] and this Retweet by the end of January 2017 [https://twitter.com/rhysfulber/status/825029775798308865].
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Rank 1 - Untitled 2012 Track [Live performed]
Unreleased | Unknown
Revealed: 2012 (EDC Las Vegas, Sunrise Festival & Nature One) & 2013 (Back In The House), 2017 (Dreamstate SoCal)
Created: 2012?
11. BPM: ??? | Key: ? ??? | ??:??

*During their live performances at EDC Las Vegas and Nature One over the course of summer 2012, the guys performed an unknown track with a gritty bassline. The melody had a vague Format #1 - Solid Sessions vibe to it. It had a pretty short and simple melody but it was the unrelenting energy and variation between the elements that made it work well imo. You can find it here, it's the track right after Dutch Force - Deadline: [http://soundcloud.com/edmtunestv/rank-1-live-at-electric-daisy-carnival-las-vegas-06-09-2012]. In 2013, at the Dutch Dance Classics event "Back In The House" they performed this track live in its longest form so far. 4 years later they performed it once more at Dreamstate SoCal 2017.

Despite its simple set-up, the fact they performed this one again after 4,5 years, I have a bit of a feeling this one might see the light of day in the future as a dancefloor-oriented single. Much like Floorlifter followed Elements Of Nature, this one could follow after a very Trancey/light release. In fact, it could be the next single even, seeing how the last one was This World Is So Amazing? Time will tell...
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Rank 1 feat. Jeza - ???
Rumor | Unknown
Mentioned: 2011
10. BPM: ??? | Key: ? ??? | ??:??

*In this interview [http://pureblissvocals.blogspot.nl/2011/05/interview-with-jeza-jess-bennett.html], Jeza mentioned she'd be working with Rank 1 in the near future. As of December 2017, nothing has been revealed about the state of this collaboration though and sadly the PureBlissVocal site no longer directs to this interview.
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Rank 1 vs. Jochen Miller - The Great Escape (Rank 1 Remix)
Rumor | Possibly cancelled
Mentioned: 2010
09. BPM: ??? | Key: ? ??? | ??:??

*Briefly mentioned on Twitter [https://twitter.com/bennodegoeij/status/8957522614] back when TGE was still going to be released, only to never be spoken about again...
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Rank 1 vs. Lucid - I Can't Help There Be Light (Rank 1 Mash-up)
Unreleased | Unknown
Revealed: 2009
Created: 2009
08. BPM: ??? | Key: ? ??? | ??:??

*The reasons as to why this mash-up was never released are unknown. It was most likely meant to spice up the sets.
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Ton T.B. - Evolve As One (Rank 1 Remix)
Rumor | Possible tracklist error
Mentioned: 2007
07. BPM: ??? | Key: ? ??? | ??:??

*When the Trance Energy 2007 compilation was about to be released, this site [http://www.liquid-motion.nl/news.php?item.1940.7] mentioned that it would contain a Rank 1 Remix of Ton TB's 'Evolve As One'. Whether this was merely a mistake or a 'slip of the tongue' is unknown.
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Rank 1 - 2 Drunk 2 Funk
Rumor | Possible album track
Mentioned: 2006
06. BPM: ??? | Key: ? ??? | ??:??

*Was an album track at one stage during 2006, as mentioned here [http://www.dontstayin.com/uk/london/heaven/2006/feb/10/article-1211]. Sadly, no more info about this track is available.
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Rank 1 - Brairwave (Rank 1 Mash-up)
Unreleased | Unknown
Revealed: 2006 (ASOT #250, in the Asta -The Hague)
Created: 2006
05. BPM: ??? | Key: ? ??? | ??:??

*The reasons as to why this mash-up was never released are unknown. It was most likely meant to spice up the sets.
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Rank 1 - Untitled [Hardstyle] Track
Unreleased | Experimental
Revealed: 2004 (ASOT #147, ID&T Radio)
Created: Possibly 1999/2000
04. BPM: ??? | Key: ? ??? | ??:??

*During their ASOT #147 interview the guys explained that this was never released because it was an experimental track. Piet said they had "the harder work" in mind while creating this track. Soundwise it's similar to Jonah - Sssst... Listen, only harder. I guess this track would be as old as 1999/2000?
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Gouryella - Ligaya (Rank 1 Remix)
Unreleased | Cancelled after being postponed
Revealed: 2002 (Rank 1 set at Go!Park)
Created: 2002
03. BPM: ??? | Key: ? ??? | ??:??

*This Remix was never released since the Ligaya release pack coincided with the making of the Symsonic Album's title track and the guys gave priority to their album. [http://www.ivibes.nu/index.php?article=1294] They played it as the Retro Record in Radio Rush Episode #007.
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Chakra - Home (Rank 1 Remix)
Unreleased | Rejected
Revealed: 2004 (ASOT #147, ID&T Radio)
Created: 2000
02. BPM: ??? | Key: ? ??? | ??:??

*During their ASOT #147 interview the guys explained that this was never released because the label bosses thought the break was too long. Piet & Benno shortened it but didn't like the result so the release was blown off. They played it as the Retro Record in Radio Rush Episode #005.
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Rank 1 vs. Marco V & Benjamin Bates - Untitled Track
Unreleased | Just for fun
Revealed: 2000 (Marcel Woods Marco V at Trance Energy 2000 set)
Created: 2000
01. BPM: ??? | Key: ? ??? | ??:??

*According to Piet [http://www.dontstayin.com/uk/london/heaven/2006/feb/10/article-1211] this was never released because the four guys merely wanted it as an extra in their sets. As he said: "It shouldn't always be about the money". On Youtube this track is usually titled "Surprisingly" or "(The) Awakening". They also performed this track live at Sensation 2001.
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