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Involver

October 25, 2004

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  Song Title Artist
Time
Popularity  
1
Talk Amongst Yourselves Grand National
9:41
2
Dorset Perception Sphongle
10:07
3
These Days / What Are You To Me Petter
9:23
4
Belong Spooky
11:56
5
In A State Unkle
5:39
6
Burma Lostep
12:03
7
Watching Cars Go By Felix Da Housecat
8:11
8
On My Own Ulrich Schnauss
11:13

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 25, 2004
  • Label: Global Underground
  • Copyright: 2004 Global Underground Ltd
  • Total Length: 1:18:13
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  • ASIN: B001VEEBPY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,575 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHEER CLASS: Sasha raises the bar (yet again) August 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
By its very moniker, "progressive house" has symbolized music in flux: a constantly changing, consistently evolving soundscape, the foundation held intact by kick-drum and snare, the melodic and harmonic elements as potentially free-ranging as a producer's imagination. From its earliest inceptions, DJ Sasha (Alexander Coe) has dominated this particular medium of electronica, touring the world over to spin ear-candy to the scions of the upper-middle, producing an array of tracks that encapsulate the serotonin-soar of the genre, and experiment beyond: from Arkham Asylum to Xpander to Airdrawndagger, Sasha's studio work always attempts to push the boundaries, raise the bar.

Yet times have changed, and with file-sharing networks available to any and all, DJ white-label exclusivity is now a legend of a decade past. Aware of this, Sasha has embraced new technology in an attempt to stay fresh and relevant. With software-based Ableton Live, the DJ can now move beyond mere beat-matching transition to full-blown track remixing, live and in-the-flow: and this CD, the first of a proposed three, is Sasha's blueprint of intent, ten of his favorite tracks remixed with a personal sonic fingerprint. And, to no real surprise, it is a progressive house masterpiece, the deepest and most nuanced of his work since, arguably, the first two Northern Exposure albums.

*Involver* begins with ambient atmosphere, sound-clouds morphing into a single chord. A backwards-looped riff emerges from the ether, and at its peak the hard drum of Grand National's "Talk Amongst Yourselves" slams in, augmented by slow, churning bass.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not a typical Sasha fan, but loved this one!! July 24, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I have to say, I am not the biggest Sasha fan, having only his Xpander EP in my collection. I've had his Ibiza, Airdrawndagger, and San Francisco CD's in the past, but decided not to keep them, because they just didn't motivate me.

This one is a keeper and I love the track selection and flow of this CD. I also liked the limited's notes for each song, where Sasha tells you what he did with each track. It's a little annoying opening that plastic pillow case up every time you want to play this, so I actually pulled the CD out and put it into a blank CDR case for easy access (because Lord knows I am dropping this one in the player a ton).

The remix of Watching Cars Go By by Felix Da Housecat is incredible. It essentially makes the CD and lifts it to an enormously groovy feel toward the end. It's so much better than the original version, and truly shows how Sasha's touch greatly enhances each and every track in this mix.

This is one of the best and most innovative mixes of the decade, so go out and buy it!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this January 7, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I'm mostly writing this just to give the album my 5 stars since the last few reviewers gave it less, but this album is one of the most beautiful electronica albums I know. It's even up there with my favorite albums of all time. It's a little on the slower side; it's very surreal and beautiful, and a mellow album for the most part. Probably not something people will want to dance to, but rather to get lost in thought while listening.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Involved December 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
In the electronic music world, a remix is something exceedingly usual. It is quite common for DJs to pick up a song from a peer and remix it. Sasha dared to choose some songs that were already acclaimed and revamped them into a single remixed set. The result is delightful - It feels like a concept album, although the original songs do not have that much in common. It must be said that this album is not for dancing, and it differs alot from Sasha's previous work (don't expect and airdrawndagger 2.0 here) - Some people didn't like the change - I personally think this is plain evolution. You can just hit the play button on your stereo and dive into 75 minutes of pure electronic joy. I recommend this for everyone, even those who are not really into the genre.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Northern Exposure Reborn... August 15, 2004
By h0bbes
Format:Audio CD
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Sasha seduces the listener with his uncanny production and mixing skills. "Involver" brings forth some of the elements in the original "Northern Exposure" compilation, albeit with considerable refinement and finesse. Every note in "Involver" is carefully placed with the intent of creating a certain atmosphere and to evoke emotion. It is a rich tapestry of delicate, ephemeral sounds underpinned by solid bass-lines.

One is gently drawn into the album with the otherworldly beginning of Grand National's "Talk Amongst Yourselves". The aural fog clears about two minutes into the track, which is when the beats start in earnest. With tasteful vocals and ensnaring melody, this remix of "Talk Amongst Yourselves" is bound to become the favourite of many. The pace then ramps up a bit with the balearic notes and haunting vocalisations of Shpongle's "Perception". The use of acoustic guitars in this track certainly makes for an interesting listen. Like a dying ember, "Perception" slowly burns out, giving way to Petter's "These Days". This version sharply contrasts with the original mix featured in James Holden's "Balance 005" compilation, consisting of austere, melancholy and bittersweet tones. "These Days" is then skillfully entwined with the introspective lyrics of UNKLE's "What Are You to Me?". This is where I usually find myself tapping the <REPEAT> button. "These Days" and "What Are You to Me?" are, in my humble opinion, absolute gems. These tracks affect one in a similar way that God Within's "Raincry" and Rabbit in the Moon's "Out of Body Experience" did in the original "Northern Exposure".
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5.0 out of 5 stars This music gets me from a to b, and mentally to z
I listen to this album often while driving my hour long commute to work, I think its one of his finest albums and has little qwerks in it like sound bytes from famous hollywood... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Daniel Bowen
4.0 out of 5 stars Get the CD and not the MP3 album
I used to own the CD version, and it is a good mix (worthy of 5 stars). However the MP3 album is just individual songs hacked up by a butcher (3 stars). Read more
Published 4 months ago by Erik Furby
5.0 out of 5 stars Top album, top music
This album is something very special that touches your soul...anything else needed to say? Just choose the right moment, lay down and let the magic of this music involve you.
Published 11 months ago by Joaquin
5.0 out of 5 stars Audio Perfection
Funny, I had planned to write a review of this back in 2004 when there were none here. Most everyone has already elaborated on why this is album is so great though. Read more
Published on October 26, 2011 by Gene B.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best mixes ever still in 2011!!!
I just can't say enough about this album so I won't just that its if not the best its in the top 2 or 3 EDM albums of all time (oh how I wish he would go back to this sound). Read more
Published on March 29, 2011 by DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Sends a chill down your spine like a choir of angels
Light years away from his masterpiece hit "Xpander", in a remote and dream-haunted universe, drifts a flawless and silky smooth mix we come to know as "Involver", volume 1. Read more
Published on October 5, 2010 by BGP
5.0 out of 5 stars 1
Easily nominated for the top 10 electronic albums of all time.

...IT'S JUST THAT SIMPLE.
Published on May 10, 2009 by Boony
1.0 out of 5 stars THE TRACK LISTING IS WRONG! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
I bought this specifically to get a copy of CD2 Track 2 - Secret Star (Renaissance Dub) by House of Zakkariyas. Read more
Published on December 31, 2008 by Wenche Volsdal
5.0 out of 5 stars it amazes me how you can rate this any less than 5 stars....
you remember those moments, when you listen to something so profund, you just sit there and can't move. It really busts your a$$ to pieces. Read more
Published on June 19, 2008 by Shyam
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is meant for tripping.. I don't necessarily mean drugs but I have found that road trips with this cd are quite moving. Read more
Published on March 7, 2008 by Quentin McCrakken
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