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Northern Exposure 1

John Digweed, Northern Exposure (Ultra Series), SashaAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (July 22, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ultra Records
  • ASIN: B000003SFN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,186 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Satellite Serenade - Keiichi Suzuki
2. Cascade - Future Sound Of London
3. These Waves - Young American Primitive
4. Raincry - God Within
5. Out Of Body Experience - Rabbit In The Moon
6. I'm Free - MORGAN KING
7. Ultraviolet - Kites
8. Obsession - Fuzzy Logic
9. Water From A Vine Leaf - William Orbit
10. Liquid Cool - Apollo 440
11. Last Train To Lhasa - Banco De Gaia

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The Rolls Royce of trance-house mixes, and every bit as cool as the polar bear on the sleeve, this first edition of Sasha and John Digweed's Northern Exposure sets is the tightest and most effortless of the series. With 11 superbly arranged cuts from the likes of William Orbit, Rabbit in the Moon, and the Future Sound of London, not one moment is wasted. The disc's flavor is decidedly organic and wholly evocative of all-night mountain raves or desert parties. Starting with the early-morning stretch of Keiichi Suzuki's delightfully sunny "Satellite Serenade," the duo swiftly build the tempo up to the breezy ambient plateau of Morgan King's "Free" before heading into harder house territories. The metronomic pulse and atmospheric chanteuse vocals of Fuzzy Logic's "Obsession" form an incremental crescendo with Orbit's "Water from a Vine Leaf." Being a condensed version of the European release, the closing salvo from Banco de Gaia's "Last Train to Lhasa" confirms the since-validated fact that these Exposure journeys have infinite potential; Sasha and Digweed are among the first DJs to create mix sets that tap into earthy, human emotions. It is precisely this unique flavor that will make you yearn for a dance floor, beach, or campsite, packed with deliriously dancing bodies. Yes, really. --Steffan Chirazi

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The mix CD. Whereas the market is flooded with a bunch of substandard, cookie-cutter, no-name DJ garbage, it's comforting to know that we can always turn to the true masters of the Art. While the pace of Northern Exposure 1 may be a little slower than their individual Global Underground sets (which are also excellent), the technical prowess displayed within this mix by Sasha & Digweed is extraordinary. While listening to it - even when I was paying attention - it was difficult to discern just when they were mixing in the next track and when they weren't. No mistimed beats, no unbalanced mixing levels, no mismatched tracks. The songs blend together so seamlessly that they can't help but stir your emotions. The problem with most of today's mixes is that while they are accurately mixed, they're rarely seamless. This CD belongs in every aspiring DJ's collection, for both inspiration and study of technique.
I love both CDs in this set, but if you're more into the faster sound of today's trance mixes, buy the import, since disc 2's considerably faster than disc 1, although expect songs from the mid-90s, as this mix was created in 1996. However, disc 1 has some of the most amazing mixing around to date, and is definitely my favorite of the two, making the purchase of the US release (which doesn't come with disc 2) a great choice regardless... and a more economical one if the import price gives you second thoughts.
Bottom line is that if you're a fan of these guys, you already have this set. But if not, click that "Add to Cart" button NOW! You won't be disappointed.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In case you are replacing your original copy.... May 17, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Just wanted to point out that this compilation is meant to be (by which I mean when it was originally released in the UK) a 2 disc set, one called North and one called South. I ordered this only to find out that on this US version you only get the one disc (North). It is still very good, but just thought I would warn those expecting a two disc set.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First of a fantastic trilogy March 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Two warnings: 1. This is NOT a trance album, not even a "real" house album. This album takes you more to the chillout side of dance (i.e. Ambient-House). 2. This album is addictive. You may find yourself in a position when you can't click the eject button to take the CD out.
Sasha & Digweed are considered to be the most respected and of the most sophisticated DJs today. Listen to this CD and you'll know why.
The CD is a chillout mostly, begining with two 'real' ambient tracks (FSOL's "Cascade" is their best track ever) and slowly builds up to a harder beat with tracks like "Obsession" and a fantastic remix for William Orbit's "Water from a vine leaf" (yes, Orbit existed before "Ray of light"). Surprisingly, the tracks begin to mellow down a little towards the end, unusuall for mixed CDs - but puts you in the right mood, with tracks from Apollo 440 and Banco de Gaia (a very fast mix for "Last Train To Lhasa"..).
One thing that I must mention : This is only half of the story. This edition (the US edition) contains only one CD! I have the UK (original) edition that comes with two CDs. The second CD is a bit more trance like, but is as good as the first. I wonder why they sell it a single CD here (probably to sell two seperate CDs and make more money).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably one of the best DJ albums . . . ever January 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Simply incredible. There is no way to describe this album without using the word incredible. Listening to this cd from start to finish can be one of the most relaxing moments in your life, or can be one of the most intense moments just as easily. DJs Sasha and Digweed, two geniuses, have so flawlessly mixed songs together that you can't tell where one stops and the other starts. Every track compliments each other in a unique and superb way, in a way that is beyond description. Each track was so carefully picked out that for the first two years that i owned this album i thought the whole CD was all created by the same electronic music artist. Just as any symphony or jamband gig would have you looking at the album as a whole composition of elements, Northern Exposure forces you to focus on its layout in terms of track composition. Simply amazing, I have no more words that i could use to describe the experience I have when listening to this album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow ! February 4, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Just like the second installment of this series, this first edition is a masterpiece. This is one of those very rare electronica albums that actually does not feel repetitive at all. Instead, the sound is very rich and complex, and the melodies are absolutely hypnotic. I have to warn those of you who do not know anything about the series that this is not really dance music. A good chunk of this CD is not fast: It is more for your headphones than for the dance floor. Having said that, the CD still has some nice beats. Close your eyes and listen to this 80 minute electronic symphony and you will find yourself in another world. I wish all DJs were as good as these too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Northern Exposure: Sasha and Digweed's talents exposed January 26, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Sasha (whom British reviewers have called such things as "The Son of God" and "The Man Like") and John Digweed are the two finest DJs on Earth, amazing crowds at clubs and listeners with headphones for ten years now. Their first big hit in the U.S. was NORTHERN EXPOSURE, an awesome project that is the quintessential trance mix, transporting the listener to new realms of sound and emotion.
Although the selected tracks are worked into a trance context (mostly retaining house music's 4/4 beat), they are very ambient and transcendental. A lot of eco-trance can end up sounding cheesy or pretentious, but Sasha and Digweed have arranged every beat carefully. The disc quietly opens with Suzuki's "Satellite Serenade," and by Young American Primitive's "These Waves" the beat is established. Then, these two deities of DJing let loose a string of pounding, explosive tracks, from God Within's "Raincry" to Rabbit in the Moon's "Out of Body Experience" and then the twin climaxes of Morgan King's "I'm Free" and Fuzzy Logic's "Obsession." By the last of these, the listener has gone through an incredible catharsis, and the aural ride smoothly returns to the quiet nature groove of William Orbit's "Water From a Vine Leave" and on, ending with the trippy babblings of Banco de Gaia's "Last Train to Lhasa."
This is quite possibly the best mix CD ever taken off vinyl, and it's a shame that the American edition is just this one CD. It's even more of a shame that the British 2-CD release is getting almost impossible to find.
This, the first in the Northern Exposure series, is much different from the two volumes that came after it, which were much more evocative of Sasha and John Digweed's live sets. Nonetheless, the series is excellent and every disc is worth buying.
Sasha and John Digweed are masters of their art.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This Album Needs A Remaster
This is one of best and important albums of its genre without any doubt. While it endures, the sound quality is rather poor and the album is screaming for a remaster, the way... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Boris
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have!
Bought this CD when it first came out and was played all the time. Didn't take care of it had to get again. Totally worth it. Love Digweed.
Published 2 months ago by Jamie Winnett
5.0 out of 5 stars North 1
John Digweed and Sasha's Northern Exposure 1. This had been difficult to find and paying 45 for a used edition kinda threw me off but all well it came to me in perfect shape.
Published 7 months ago by Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
What can I say, this CD arrived to me in a quick and timely manner. This CD is possibly the greatest techno / trance mix ever! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars As said, this is 1 CD, not 2 discs. Still Great!
Per the other comments, I was also surprised to only get 1 CD not 2 when I bought this years ago. Very good album regardless. Read more
Published 14 months ago by M. Stieg
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply my favorite trance mix
My favorite DJ overall is Oakenfold closely followed by Tiesto and then Acosta. Digweed and Sasha both separately and together don't beat this trio for me.

Except here. Read more
Published 15 months ago by stuartm
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece!!
This album is beyond incredible. Sasha and Digweed truly created a masterpiece. I need more music like this.

Do yourself a favor and just buy it!
Published on July 14, 2012 by U. Umeh
5.0 out of 5 stars Over 15 Years Later, And Still A Stunner
Wow. I first listened to this album only a few years ago, and it is by far one of the best mix albums I have ever listened to. Absolutely stunning. Read more
Published on December 27, 2011 by M.O.M.
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a classic!
It's difficult to find many of these tracks anywhere else, so strongly recommended for anyone interested in the "roots" of trance and the Florida/euro trance beginnings.
Published on February 3, 2011 by John Bergstrom
5.0 out of 5 stars Hands down
One of the best if not THE best mix cd ever made. A then and still groundbreaking style that hasn't lost any of it's power to this day. Read more
Published on December 30, 2009 by M. J. Willet
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