State of Trance 2012
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To Armin van Buuren, music is a natural state of mind. The Dutch DJ and producer lives, breaths and sleeps on the wonders of the 4-to-4 beat and has been at it for more than 15 years. Nine of those years have involved the annual release of his A State of Trance compilation. A highlight for the trance-minded and dance addicts, now reaching for its 2012 edition. This is A State of Trance 2012, mixed by Armin van Buuren.
2012 is a year much discussed, both in and outside the dance scene. It's the year in which the dance society celebrates the 550th episode and therefore 11th birthday of A State of Trance, Armin's beloved radio show. With 7 shows planned for March, it's another climax in the career of the Dutchman. 18 million listeners tune in every week, to enjoy Armin's selection of the latest in trance and progressive, as well as a blend of exclusive tracks and remixes. With each compilation representing a new year in trance on a special 2 disc mix, Armin brings his fans the A State of Trance compilation. A series going strong since 2004, winning several IDMA awards for 'Best Full Length DJ Mix'
For 2012, Armin has found the perfect balance and track selection. From tracks produced especially for the ASOT series to new found gems from the upcoming league of dance producers. After weeks of preparation, A State of Trance 2012 is a fact !
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So many great tunes.
Disc 1: The new Roger Shah/Sunlounger tune Try to Be Love is one of my favorites. Always love Roger Shah and Sunlounger and this song continues his great Sunlounger Series.
In your arms by Andy Moor features the smooth, creamy vocals of Jessica Sweetman-a hands in the air tune for sure.
Don't miss "Always Loved, Never Forgotten" by Tenishia and Suddenylt Summer by AVB. Classic Trance.
Disc 2: This WHOLE CD is EPIC. Starts off with Ashley Wallbridge (Look for his new CD-it's amazing too!) and proceeds to steal your mind for the next 60+ minutes.
0rgan Nilsen's Amsterdam, the dance floor favorite "Kinetic" by Abstract Vision & Elite Electronic and the Trance Anthem "Concrete Angel"-Gareth Emery remixed by John O'Callaghan will simply steal your consciousness.
I too was fortunate enough to attend Beyond Wonderland in March. What an amazing event. Music lovers from all over the world experiencing a truly one-of-a-kind and once-in-a-lifetime event. Thank You AVB, Aly & Fila, John O'Callaghan, Sied van Riel, Arty, ATB, and Gareth Emery. All of your music has changed my life. Gotten me out of my "comfort zone", taught me to let go on the dance floor, and opened my mind to a world I didn't even know existed.
Get this CD-Go see these people live, your life will never be the same.
It's been the only one so far that after going through it twice, still I don't feel the need to skip around.
Lots of great tracks, though more vocal tracks would be nice.
I have every State of Trance since 2004, and while I'm not sure this is the best, I'd definitely say it's in the top three or four for sure. I always like to listen to mix-sets several times before making up my mind on how I feel about it and before I review it here.
I wanted to review ASOT 2012 to show some support for an awesome set by Armin, and I hope he can get back the #1 ranking on DJ Mag Poll. It makes me wanna puke that a house DJ has number one. Thanks, Armin, and I'll be ready for ASOT 2013!
UPDATE: I cannot stop listening to CD2 (In the Club)! It may be up there with the greatest single disc of Trance I have ever heard. George Acosta's Miami CD2, Ferry Corsten Once Upon a Night (Vol. 1) CD2, The Thrillseekers Nightmusic Vol 3 (CD1), and most of Christopher Lawrence's CDs come to mind as absolute treasures. The second CD on ASOT 2012 is right up there. The final track on it is the only slightly weak track, but this CD is so amazing! I just had to share more of my thoughts.
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