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Northern Exposure: Mixed By Sasha & John Digweed (UK 2 Disc Edition)


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  • Audio CD (27 Sep 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Ministry of Sound
  • ASIN: B000005RDN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,057 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By gary.mcf on 11 Mar 2006
Format: Audio CD
I told myself at the outset of writing this review; 'Gaz, don't go all gushy and nostalgic on this one, that approach has been done time after time.'
But I just can't help it.

When these mixes first appeared back in the August of '96, a lot was written about the musicality and approach from the mighty Lord Sasha and Sir John Digweed. Negative, I hasten to add.
Up until this point, both of them had been steadily building flourishing careers from pioneering Progressive House (and the fact that they share the same musical structures in their mixing, they really are quite separate from each other. John being the darker of the two.) But the Northern Exposure approach got quite a few people jittery with regards to where Sasha and Diggers were heading musically.
'It's too slow' said one, 'What's happened to Sasha and Digweed? Said another.
All I know is, from the day I bought it (28-8-96. Yes, I remember the date!) to right now. It has basically defined my life. That may sound a bit wet but, really, I don't care.
From the opening of mix 1, to the closing of mix 2, (I have to say, I am referring to both mixes, and not just 'North', which is offered here.) You honestly are sent on a journey. Something which D.Js time after time have strived to achieve since when releasing mix albums, but have NEVER quite succeded.
It took years for many into this type of music and these D.Js to fully appreciate what Sasha and Diggers were trying to do with this album. Create something timeless within these genres. I think both of them knew exactly what they were doing with these mixes and were fully expectant and prepared for the criticism they received.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dan Carver on 22 Aug 2002
Format: Audio CD
The title "Northern Exposure" perfectly encapsulates the voyage that this mix takes you on. From the opening sample of David Attenborough on "Satellite Serenade" you are transported to a beautiful, icy wilderness. The extremely rare opening record sets the mood for the rest of the mix, with its meandering introduction and crisp strings and it is then perfectly complemented by the (seamless) mix into "Cascade" by Future Sound of London".
And so it goes on. Each evocative record is complemented by the next and the set weaves and deviates, breaks and builds as a result of Sasha & John Digweed's thoughtful, effortless mixing.
The beauty of this compilation is that it stands alone from the other anthem upon anthem sets that flood the market. Sasha and Digweed have carefully selected lesser known progressive classics from as early as 1992 from thoroughbred stables such as "Guerilla" and "Fluid" and blended them to create a timeless classic.
The records that particularly stand out are "Obsession" by Fuzzy Logic, "Phoenix" by Evolution, "Liquid Cool" by Appollo 440 "Heliopolis" by Banco De Gaia and "These Waves" by Young American Primitive. However, all of the records featured, slot neatly into the theme of the mix, bar "Dark & Long" by Underworld. Although it's a fantastic tune, it doesn't sit well with the rest the of the mix and the compilation could have ended on the crescendo of "East". However, this is a minor observation and overall this compilation is without doubt the most polished, most evocative and most original mix that I have ever bought. It has to be heard to be believed and should be in the collection of anyone who appreciates early progressive house and breaks.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nod Toilet on 8 Jan 2001
Format: Audio CD
Mark my words, this is a truly outstanding mix compilation that is as brilliant as it is unique.
I've owned this album since it came out and I'm still going back to it on a regular basis.
Forget the deep, driving, tribal minimalism of 2000's "Communicate" album. With Northern Exposure , Sasha and Digweed have created a lush, timeless collection of light, epic house tracks perfect for easing the listener back down to earth after a hard night's clubbing.
This is an album that is understated in it's brilliance. It never demands listening to, yet one does because the beauty of the tunes and the smooth seamless mixes that hold the attention of the listener all the way through to the very last tune.
I can't recommend this album enough. It really is worth it's weight in gold. Once you've bought it, expect to see it entering your top five pretty quickly.
They just don't make albums like this anymore. Get it.. before someone buys the last copy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By musicfan on 14 Aug 2007
Format: Audio CD
Just managed to get hold of a copy of this, (my original got stolen along with another 300+ CDs (ouch) about 5 years ago and I've never been willing to pay silly money to replace it until now.

A lot of dance music becomes dated and cheesy relatively quickly. I listen to a lot of different styles of music from Cannibal Corpse to Force and Styles and anything in between. I think this has one thing lacking from a lot of dance music. Class. It just oozes subtlety and is complex and layered enough to be able actively sit and listen to (a feat which i find few dance records ever manage). Seamlessly mixed, it takes you on a journey through many different states of mind from blissfully chilled to big grinningly euphoric. Sit down and chill or get up and dance. My favourite dance album and i expect one of the only ones which will remain in regular rotation on my playlist forever.
My favourite dance record of all time.
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