Northern Exposure 1
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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.
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).
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished on August 9, 2014 by Boris
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 on July 21, 2014 by Jamie Winnett
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 on February 14, 2014 by Jason
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 morePublished on September 4, 2013 by Mark
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 morePublished on June 28, 2013 by M. Stieg
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
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!
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 morePublished on December 27, 2011 by M.O.M.