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Sasha Involver 3 [Double CD]

Various Artists Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (18 Mar 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Ministry of Sound
  • ASIN: B007IGG0GM
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,208 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Growing Forehead (Feat. Kicki Halmos) (Sasha Involv3r Remix) - Taragana Pyjarama
2. Turn the Tide (Feat. Arrow Down) (Sasha Involv3r Remix) - ThermalBear
3. Crystal Film (Sasha Involv3r Remix) - Little Dragon
4. Chained (Sasha Involv3r Remix) - The xx
5. Battleships (Feat. Abigail Wyles) (Sasha Involv3r Remix) - Benjamin Damage & Doc Daneeka
6. Smalltalk (Sasha Involv3r Remix) - Ultraista
7. Moment Before Dreaming (Sasha Involv3r Remix) - The Ananda Project
8. The Healing (Sasha Involv3r Remix) - James Zabeila
9. Wine (Sasha Involv3r Remix) - Blondes
10. DIY (Sasha Involv3r Remix) - Keep Shelly In Athens
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Growing Forehead (Feat. Kicki Halmos) (Sasha Beatless Remix) - Taragana Pyjarama
2. Turn the Table (Feat. Arrow Down) (Sasha Beatless Remix) - ThermalBear
3. Crystal Film (Sasha Beatless Remix) - Little Dragon
4. Chained (Sasha Beatless Remix) - The xx
5. Battleship (Feat. Abigail Wyles) (Sasha Beatless Remix) - Benjamin Damage & Doc Daneeka
6. Smalltalk (Sasha Beatless Remix) - Ultraista
7. Moment Before Dreaming (Sasha Beatless Remix) - The Ananda Project

Product Description

Product Description

DJ/Producer Sasha is recognised as one of the world’s most innovative icons in the electronic dance music world and has remained on the cutting edge of dance music for well over two decades. Sasha’s 3rd edition of Involver includes exclusive remixes of artists such as The XX, Ultraista, Keep Shelley in Athens, Little Dragon, Foals and more, specifically for this album.

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CD W/James Zabiela/Ananda Project/Blondes/A.O.

Customer Reviews

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars You can't even tell it's Sasha 9 April 2013
Format:Audio CD
There was a time when all Sasha had to do was stand in the back of the booth while another DJ was finishing their set and it would change the way the music sounded. There would be a palpable electric atmosphere of anticipation in the room - and when he played he would take you to musical places that touched your soul and leave you begging for more.

From early 90's Italian piano scream-ups, hardcore, breakbeat and thumping early motorbass techno through early German trance, progressive, progressive trance and then the early 2000's deepness before pioneering CD and Ableton mixing from around 2005 and then the fine-tuned whole experiences of Fundacion and Involver - the quiet Welshman, who became a DJ almost by chance, pioneered and defined every movement that was important.

Throughout this gigantic musical landscape there were landmark sounds and themes: twinkling synths, hypnotic melodies, cheese-free "proper" trance (aka. Sasha-trance), intense emotional swings between high and low, long periods of tension, tease, effects-laden breaks, exciting percussive rhythms and great big dirty riffs that seemed larger than the universe. There was something symphonic about how he played; his sets dared to create something larger any of the individual tunes he sought out (or, to be fair, was often sent first, so revered were his hands). His genius was in spotting how to stitch it all together into the famous Sasha "journey".

The plain truth of "Involv3r" is that these musical themes, which Sasha defined and which define him, take such a back-seat as to feel absent.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unfinished 20 Mar 2013
By Zeezi
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have left this review until 4 days after release to give the album enough time to sink in, I have now listened to it in it's entirety approximately 15 times so I feel I am in a decent position to offer a balanced and educated view on the record. I have been listening to Sasha since the TDK days and go and see him play live regularly so I'm not new to electronic music or Sasha for that matter.

There is something strange about Involver 3 and it's taken me a few days to figure it out but I've now realised that it's an unfinished project. I base this opinion primarily on the overall flow of the album and the mixing. Sasha does not release many mix albums and when he does release studio albums they are usually phenomenal in flow and mixing execution, this album bears all the hallmarks of Sasha's latest sound but the transitions from track to track are appalling at times. Take for example the transition from the Ananda project into the Zabiela track!!!.... Give me a break! Sasha does not mix like that! It's lazy, it's choppy, I thought my CD had jumped when i first heard it.... Again if you listen to the penultimate track mix into the Keep Shelly in Athens track... Choppy, lazy and completely un-Sasha like. He doesn't mix like that live so why would he do it on a studio album... My theory is that he was rushed into releasing this by the label or he forgot to listen to the final version all the way through because he was sick of working on it... Another reviewer suggested that the absence of Charlie May had a detrimental effect on the album, I can only think an absence from Sasha himself from the studio caused the mixing to be so poor because he should be embarassed to put his name to it when we know he can do so much better....
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No diamond in the rough 24 Mar 2013
By Lazarus
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had got wind of Involver 3 beiong released some time early in 2012 and was straight on Amazon to pre-order. Didn't even need to think about it; GU Ibiza and Involver 2 are permanent residents on my iphone. Xpander, one of the best prog tunes ever. The Ableton Live Essential Mix on Radio 1, still a fine listen today.

Some 12 months later as part of a lengthy delay (from the sleeve notes it seems perfectionist Sasha wasnt happy with the way the initial mix was working) here it is.

It's average at best.

Now I may be way over the wrong side of 30 but I'm not quite ready to hang up the Sennheisers and reach for Mumford & Sons just yet. Like previous reviewers I completely agree this is stodgy, badly sequenced and has absolutely none, nada, zip of the magic of Involver 2 in particular. Sasha was promising great vocals and melodies here, where are they? I was expecting at the least a dark and pulsing re-work or two of some of the epic sounds on Ghosting Season's "Very Last of the Saints", a superb first release on Sasha's new Last Night on Earth label. It seems Sasha was happier to eke out some plodding and well worn 4/4 beats in the studio.

Was thoroughly looking forward to this to recollect some great old times and remember what Sasha was so great in the first place, hasn't happened though. The lazy sleeve art evoking a diamond in the rough is not going to make up for the fact this is a raging disappointment.

Check out Ghosting Season for some spectral melody and spine tingling moments of a more ambient kind. I'll take that any day over this serving.

A let down because we know what heights the man can scale (and so often has).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Music to the ear
If your a fan there is no need for a review but for the uneducated the quality of this music is awesome as for the seller good quick reliable
Published 12 days ago by sandra froggatt
5.0 out of 5 stars A real grower
I was fairly indifferent when I heard this for the first time. But after numerous repeat listens, the melodic sound of the mix really got in my head and it's become a classic -... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jonnym81
5.0 out of 5 stars Sasha Involver 3
Bit ropey mixing at times was my first impression.

Overall, a fantastic CD though and well worth adding to your collection.
Published 2 months ago by Joseph McQuade
3.0 out of 5 stars Really not his greatest work.
As I say, a bit disappointing after the last 2 albums in the same series. Still worth a listen, but borrow someone else's copy....
Published 4 months ago by Rolski.
4.0 out of 5 stars Give it time
I have been listening to DJ Sasha since my teenage years when he started. I still listen to Sasha Volume 1, his sets from the Hacienda, Shelleys and the Eclipse etc and Mixmag... Read more
Published 5 months ago by dan75
5.0 out of 5 stars great
It's great. It's that, that I waiting for ;)
I recommend this everyone who like Sasha's mixes an simiilar music.
Published 7 months ago by Piotr
5.0 out of 5 stars The Involver Journey
To date the Involver Trilogy has shown how untouchable Sasha is and how he is the mastermind of the progressive sound. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Matthew Drury
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better
I've got all three of Sasha's Involver albums and this is probably the worse one. The previous two were better. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Attilio D'Alberto
5.0 out of 5 stars Involver 3
Great addition the the trilogy, some weird transitions but overall a pleasure to listen to, Sasha still no 1 in my opinion.
Published 7 months ago by Kev
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much vocals
This is a good CD. Some have complained about a few of the transitions, saying they are abrubt. I don't think so, I like the mixing style. Read more
Published 7 months ago by rubez
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