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Product: Audio CD
Title: Northern Exposure II: East Coast
Label: Ultra Records
Artist: Sasha & John Digweed, The Biz
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Euphoric, mid-tempo classic ...


The follow-up to Sasha & John Digweed's Northern Exposure does not disappoint. Similar to Vol. 1, the UK and US versions were released differently. Whereas Northern Exposure 2 was released as a single, two CD set in the UK, the US version was split into separate releases, or different editions: the West Coast and East Coast editions. Don't be fooled however, they are completely different sets with different tracks. And both are absolutely essential purchases!

The East Coast edition is a gorgeous down tempo/break beat mix in the same vein as NE1. The mood and atmosphere is different however. Whereas NE1 was earthy, organic, and spiritual, NE2 East Coast edition is jazzier, funkier, more melancholic, and near the end, more euphoric. The mix starts off phenomenally with an ultra chilly mix of Gus Gus' "Believe", which perfectly segues into Chicane's mix of Furry Phreaks' "Soothe". After we're transitioned with Violet's "Burn The Elastic", we're treated to the less memorable funky breaks of Prana's "Geomantik" and Acoustic Hoods "Cycle Of Time". Frontside's "Dammerung" brings a more serious tone back with its beautiful melancholic melody, which sets up for the mixes first and last 4/4 numbers. The trickling melody of Doi-Oing's "Blue" perfectly sets-up Spooky's classic "Little Bullet, Pt 1". The version included here is even better than the original with washing synths and several layers melody that bring the album to it's first peak.

Having already reached heaven 8 tracks in, the funky breaks of Uberzone's "Botz" is dropped bringing the mix back to the earth before slowly climbing back up with some of the most euphoric electronic tracks ever recorded. The tinkley melody of Fluke's "Reeferendrum" builds perfectly into Lost Tribe's gorgeous "Angel" (incorrectly listed as "Distant Voices" on the back cover), which out of nowhere turns into Gus Gus' mid-tempo masterpiece, "Purple". The final track, Hybrid's "Symphony" is perhaps the most emotional electronic music I've ever heard. A perfect closer to a near perfect album.

While perhaps not as strong as NE1 (the one disc American version), the East Coast Edition of NE2 does not disappoint. The weak moments are when the mix goes for the more abrasive, funky numbers, but in the scope of the album as a whole and it terms of setting up the more serious melodic songs, they work. Progressive house and trance fans may find this album lacks the dance floor appeal of other mixes. This shouldn't deter you from purchasing this album. Unless you despise melody, this is an essential pick-up for every electronic music fan's collection.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Anastasia: Music From The Motion Picture (1997 Version)
Label: Atlantic
Artist: David Newman, Stephen Flaherty, Marx Richard, Donna Lewis
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
increadibly heartwarming


While I must admit to being partial to Walt Disney when it comes to animation and the soundtracks that accompany their films, ANASTASIA caught me by surprise. A classic tale, told in an uncomplicated way that children can follow easily, it's score and songs are a perfect compliment. "Once Upon a December" is a touching and beautiful song, worthy of it's "music box" box stature,and sung wonderfully by Liz Callaway and, while I'm no fan of country music, Deana Carter also delivers a fine version. "Journey to the Past " is another great song , performed by Liz Calloway as Anastaisia's singing voice and also by Aaliyah. The score itself is a wonderful mix of flavorsand influences, acknowledging the settings of both Russia and Paris . All in all, it's a wonderful CD, pleasing enough for children of all ages. Highly recommendable.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Russell Watson · The Voice
Label: Decca
Artist:
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
Makes a great coaster


I think this is one of the best CD's I have ever purchased. My wife and I listen to it at least three times a week And we never get of it.
I look forward to a DVD live performance release.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Patience [UK]
Label: Sony Int'l
Artist: George Michael
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5
Pass the toilet paper


This Greek Goddess needs to cruise new rest areas for fresh ideas! It's starting to stink the CD player. The singles that did not fair so well on the charts and went by US soil unnoticed, even by the DJ's (remixes were bad too!), GM should take some more time off and come back with his best!. Or maybe we have seen his best and there's no way up for him. I'm sure he will do well in Europe, because Europeans are familiar with Eurotrash. So what ever possesed him to write an uninteresting song about Elvis and John?