The MFA The Difference It Makes (Original Mix) 6:26
Meta.83 Antrieb 1:53
Jake Fairley Oshawa 2:20
Zeta Reticula Tool 1 1:19
Petter (5) All Together 7:03
Baby Ford & The Ifach Collective Bad Friday 1:46
Zeta Reticula Tool 3 1:00
Avus Real (Original Mix) 5:02
DJ ESP No Future (Soundburnt Mix) 2:14
Jase From Outta Space Feat. Claire* Do What You Want (Infusion's Sky Mix) 7:35
Nathan Fake Outhouse (Fluffy Mix) 3:16
Nathan Fake Outhouse (Original Mix) 8:50
Fort Dax* Fortune Telling Fish, Curled To Suggest 'Home' 2:07
PQM* You Are Sleeping (PQM Meets Luke Chable Vocal Pass) 6:33
Petter (5) These Days (Instrumental) 8:03
Baby Ford & The Ifach Collective Bad Friday (Beats)
Herrmann & Kleine Leaving You Behind (Without Knowing Where To Go) 5:46
Meek (3) Happy 4:49
Meerkat Colours (JH Re-edit) 1:28
Avus Your Body (Original Mix) 1:34
Scape One PFX Tokyo 0:58
FC Kahuna Hayling (Kosmas Epsilon Mix) 6:53
Holden* The Wheel (Pass 1) 5:54
Kotai + Mo Black Acid Pt 1 0:59
Epsilon 9* Lifeformation (Infernal Machine Mix) 6:53
Carl A. Finlow Ghetto Server 4:42
Gill Norris Forme 7:03
Ficta Eli 4:53
Petter (5) Tonediary 5:55
Form & Function Wonderland (Original Mix) 5:38
Meta.83 End Titles 4:31

Versions (3)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
EQGCD008 James Holden Balance 005(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) EQ Recordings EQGCD008 Australia 2003 Sell This Version
EQGCD008 James Holden Balance 005(2xCD, Comp, Mixed, Unofficial) EQ Recordings (2) EQGCD008 Russia 2003 Sell This Version
EQGCD008 James Holden Balance 005(2xCD, Mixed, Comp, Promo) EQ Recordings EQGCD008 Australia 2003 Sell This Version


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September 1, 2016
referencing Balance 005, 2xCD, Comp, Mixed, EQGCD008

I still remember the day I got this at Virgin Mega Store in Dallas. I popped it into my cd player in my car and drove around until both cd's were done. I think this is probably the best progressive mix comp of all time, they don't make them like this anymore. It really made me sad when he went so experimental because he was my favorite producer and after his DJ-Kicks album I never really got into much of his stuff after that, though he does have some good techno cuts still.


April 14, 2015
referencing Balance 005, 2xCD, Comp, Mixed, EQGCD008
Great mix, but the successor to Northern Exposure? PAH! I fart in your general direction for saying such drivel. It's a good mix, but then the music on tap during the golden era of prog wasn't short of classics. The album peaks with the almost unbelievably good Luke Chable remix of PQM's 'you are sleeping'.

Worth a purchase, but hardly the god sent album people are cracking it out to be, many of the GU and Nubreed albums walk all over this.

Holden has, sadly, turned into a right pretentious whelp. Performing the most erratic, skittish noise possible. The twisty moustached whoppers love it, but us die hards want him back in the house music fold - but he'll never do it, especially after heavily criticising his prog fan base in that ill fated X-fade interview.


February 27, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Balance 005, 2xCD, Comp, Mixed, EQGCD008

One of the most beautiful emusic's albums I've ever listened. Simply perfect, elegant, gorgeous.
I really love it. I've listened for the first time 10 years ago and even today it stills in my heart.


April 26, 2014
referencing Balance 005, 2xCD, Comp, Mixed, EQGCD008
I really hope that it won't be true someday, but still it's the last true progressive generation (2003-2005). It changes its hooj choons style to the style of such labels as Border Community & Yoshitoshi. Sometimes this style reminds me of Kompakt CD's. This progressive wave seems more minimalistic than a kind of sound landscape.

As for CD. It takes the whole progressive sound from those years. Still sounds great, top quality mixing, one of the best 2000's DJ Mixes.


December 13, 2013
referencing Balance 005, 2xCD, Comp, Mixed, EQGCD008
Its hard for me to explain what this mix CD means to me. For me the perfect mix. CD1 and CD2 is also amazing. Really great music.


May 12, 2013
referencing Balance 005, 2xCD, Comp, Mixed, EQGCD008

First CD now and forever! Exciting journey from start to end, impossible to turn your attention away from it. I will never ever forget MFA's 'The Difference It Makes', Nathan's huge 'Outhouse', and Petter's soundtrack of heaven 'These Days'. Must have for everyone who's really into pure electronic music.


March 24, 2013
referencing Balance 005, 2xCD, Comp, Mixed, EQGCD008

Where the f*** have I been??? Stumbled across this release a couple of weeks ago on discogs, and given all of the glowing reviews, I thought I would give it a try, although I can't say that I was really expecting much, given all of the superlatives thrown around these days. After the first listen . . . Wow, just awesome. Definitely of the same quality (and probably import as well) as Oakenfold's original Goa Mix. Absolutely classic. I now know what I will be listening to for the next few weeks . . .

As for some of the young'ins who lament below about how no one knows about this CD, well, just accept it as a private pleasure, and be happy that _you_ found it . . . :)


September 28, 2012
referencing Balance 005, 2xCD, Comp, Mixed, EQGCD008
people still talking about this 9 years after it was released - classic mix!


June 2, 2012
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Balance 005, 2xCD, Comp, Mixed, EQGCD008

A lot of techno-heads like to turn their noses at progressive, calling it "bog standard prog fodder" and such. Let it be known there is nothing "standard" about this release. An exceptional progressive journey. In many ways this mix reminds me of the classic Goa Mix from Paul Oakenfold.

I was late to the party on this CD, and by that time I had heard quite a bit of lofty praise for this mix. Some called Balance 005 the "best mix of all time", or the spiritual successor to "Northern Exposure". In this case, the hype is justified. Holden has pieced together one of the defining mixes of the 2000s. Even the second disc isn't as bad as reviews would make you think.

The first disc starts with an upbeat song, "The Difference It Makes". Don't let that fool you, as starting with the second track, the happy undertones disappear and give way to a darker feel. Petter's "All Together" is the climax of this dark mood, with its hard, driving bassline. Holden brilliantly transitions between these two moods. Then we enter the techno phase of the mix, where the repetitive rhythms of Tool 3 and Avus's "Real" slowly build up the atmosphere again. The euphoric vocal trance track "Do What You Want" finally releases all this energy. But the mix isn't over - we plunge back into the darkness with Nathan Fake's "Outhouse", which starts softly as the Fluffy mix, and then the original version ups the tempo and adds a danceable beat. At this point, the mix begins to wind down, with a track from FortDax serving as the bridge between the dark "Outhouse" and the relaxed "You are Sleeping". The mix continues to slow down more and more with the next track, and completes the journey with a somber, nostalgic, and reflective song in "Leave you Behind".