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Armin van Buuren, born in Leiden, Holland on December 25, 1976, is one of the most popular DJ’s around: voted number one, three times by DJ Mag, has 30 million listeners to his radioshow, sold-out shows for Armin Only in 2005, 2006 and 2008 and worldwide gigs. His ‘76’, ‘Shivers’ and ‘Imagine’ artist albums are award-winning, his Armada Music label ... Read more in Amazon's Armin Van Buuren Store

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  • Audio CD (26 Mar. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Armada Music
  • ASIN: B0072PUC7W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,556 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Omnia & IRA - The Fusion (Armin van Buuren s Intro Edit) - Omnia & IRA
2. VillaNaranjos - Granadella - Villanaranjos
3. Sunlounger feat. Zara Taylor - Try To Be Love (Roger Shah Naughty Love Mix) - Sunlounger
4. The Blizzard - Piercing the Fog - The Blizzard
5. Audien - Keep This Memory - Audien
6. Alexander Popov - When The Sun (Eximinds Remix) - Alexander Popov
7. Nash & Pepper - Ushuaia Memories - Nash & Pepper
8. Mike Foyle & ReFeel - Universal Language - Mike Foyle & Refeel
9. Tenishia - Always Loved, Never Forgotten (The Day Will Come) - Tenishia
10. Andy Moor feat. Jessica Sweetm - In Your Arms - Andy Moor
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Disc: 2
1. Ashley Wallbridge - Mumbai Traffic (Club Mix Armin van Buuren's Intro) - Ashley Wallbridge
2. W& - Invasion [ASOT 550 Anthem] (Club Mix) - W&W
3. Alexander Popov - Attractive Force - Alexander Popov
4. Orjan Nilsen - Amsterdam - Orjan Nilsen
5. James Dymond - Overthrow (Protoculture Remix) - James Dymond
6. Abstract Vision & Elite Electr - Kinetic - Abstract Vision & Elite Electronic
7. Armin van Buuren presents Gaia - JÃâ°ai Envie De Toi - Armin van Buuren pres. Gaia
8. Abstract Vision & Elite Electr - Blossom - Abstract Vision & Elite Electronic
9. Wiegel Meirmans Snitker - Nova Zembla (Armin van Buuren Remix) - Wiegel Meirmans Snitker
10. Andrew Rayel - 550 Senta (Aether Mix) - Andrew Rayel
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Product Description

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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Alan on 1 April 2012
Format: Audio CD
I'm beginning to consider whether the definition of 'trance' is changing. The trance I hear on ASoT 2012 is not what I would have associated with trance a few years ago. As the other reviewer mentioned, the latest Trance Nation album mixed by Cosmic Gate was fairly horrendous; it wasn't trance but was really just noise and actually played to the more stereotypical opinion of trance, which to anyone who doesn't listen to it in any great depth, is often perceived as 'repetitive noise.' Trance was always filled with great emotion and energy, especially trance tracks that were chosen by AvB for his ASoT instalments.
However, 2012, whilst marginally better than Trance Nation, doesn't really contain any decent trance until the last four tracks on CD2. Much of the first CD and particularly the second up to track 14 all sound fairly similar and none of them contain that emotional, uplifting energy that I associate with trance and indeed with previous ASoT albums. They could be classed as 'emotional and energetic' but in a more violent and disturbing way.
Maybe this is just the way trance is going, and to that end, maybe Armin didn't have any choice in what to use on the album. Indeed, these albums are designed to depict the 'State' that trance is in during the given year; a pretty alarming one, if this is anything to go by.
I was ready to write off the album as a 2 or even 1-star flop, until the last four tracks came on. All of them, especially track 14 by Gareth Emery, are fantastic, and to me show trance in its true light. Driving, smooth basslines, uplifting pads and complimentary vocals. Sticking with the positives, Armin's mixing of the whole album is also exceptional, but then that's hardly surprising.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Big Al on 24 May 2012
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Good CD. Don't think it is worth 5 stars though as it is not quite Armins best but if you are a fan of his or Trance in general, it is worth adding to your collection
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By 923martin on 4 July 2014
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By G. Sexton on 12 Jan. 2014
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There was a time when all DJ's had to do was play the tunes. This progressed very quickly into lots of areas such as production, sound engineering, marketing, branding, re-inventing and of course perspective. I personally have never been able to keep up with Armin van Buuren's hungry appetite for producing such a vast array of music productions, but the one thing that I have always liked is his simple approach of just playing the tunes. It is only in recent years that the question of CD v's Vinyl has started to be questioned. Lots of defining factors prevail and it may be a few years before the preference for CD starts to dwindle but one thing is for sure... there are a lot of Trance fans out there who prefer the 'older' sound and there are probably just as many who prefer the 'newer' sound. My personal opinion is that the time that was spent cueing vinyl needs to be questioned. Anyways, what does Armin van Burren have to say about all this?? CD 1 spins up a slightly more laid back pace of quality signature sounds and the entire mix revolves around two very contrasting tracks - Alex M.O.R.P.H. & Protoculture - Waking Up The Stars & Susana & Max Graham - Down To Nothing. Modern electronic beats gently tip-toe their way around the set and some fine examples of time spent producing rather than turning dials include Nash & Pepper - Ushuaia Memories and Mike Foyle & ReFeel - Universal Language. A good modern mix that will appeal to a broad range of listeners. CD 2 is more full on and instead of reflecting the underground club scene that so many of us can relate to, AVB paints a much more modern large arena atmosphere where sound acoustics play such an important role.Read more ›
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I've had this for a couple of months now - I don't like to review music too quickly as opinions change in the first couple of weeks. I wrote a very enthusiastic review of ASOT 2011 on amazon and I'm very reluctant to become one of those "this is the best one yet" reviewers every year a new album comes out. But I have to say, upon reflection, that this is the best ASOT I've heard and I own pretty much all of them. In the last 2 years (2011 and 2012) AVB seems to have rediscovered what trance is all about - long build ups, some vocals but not too cheesy, catchy base lines etc. I really put the 2011 and 2012 head and shoulders above the previous albums.

CD1, the beach, is as usual my favourite of the 2. Again though, as with 2011, there is less of a gap between the 2 styles. It used to be super chilled followed by hard beats, but now the 2 are much closer. There are more lyrics on CD1 which those who don't like lyrics will clearly enjoy less. But for me, CD1 on 2012 is the best CD of the whole lot and is worth the money alone. Tracks #10 and #12 are really stand-out for me. CD2 for me, though one of the better ones with no awful tracks, slips a little bit into the "samey" category of modern trance which a lot of his CD 2s seem to do.

But then this is where music is great - I read one of the previous reviews saying the only good songs on the album were the last 4 of CD2! Doesn't mean he is or I am wrong, it's just different tastes. As I say though, in my opinion, CD1 is the best CD1 he has released to date and CD2 isn't bad at all, so for me it's 5 stars.
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