Sasha + John Digweed* ‎– Northern Exposure: Expeditions

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This is the 3rd and last release of the Northern Exposure series.
The North American version of this release did not include the Disc 1 track 'Silence (Sanctuary Mix)' by Delerium.

Tracklist

Expedition 1
Breeder Tyrantanic (Breeder's Underexposed Mix) 9:16
Space Manoeuvres Stage One (Total Separation Mix) 8:09
Space Manoeuvres Stage One (Separation Mix)
Union Jack Morning Glory 4:26
Jayn Hanna Lost Without You (Edge Factor Dub) 8:09
Jayn Hanna Lost Without You (Edge Factor Journey)
The Light Expand The Room (Four Storeys High Mix) 7:28
Sasha Belfunk 7:55
Delerium Silence (Sanctuary Mix) 10:05
Chris Raven I Know You Love Me Too! (Van Bellen Remix) 5:45
Blue Planet Corporation Micromega (Choo-Choo Remix) 4:19
Mono Culture Free (Extended Vocal Mix) 6:50
Expedition 2
Head Honcho Waters Of Jericho 8:48
Movement Perpetual* Sexuel Mouvement 4:09
Stef, Pako & Frederik Seaside Atmosphere 5:15
Der Dritte Raum Polarstern 7:51
Pure (2) Pure (Frictions Groove) 4:24
Red Devil Gamelan 5:08
RR Workshop Mess With Da Bull 5:54
Humate Love Stimulation (Oliver Lieb's Softmix) 4:24
Breeder Rockstone 6:22
Delta Lady Anything You Want (The Delta Belter Vocal Symphony) 8:04
Mike Koglin The Silence (Tekara Remix) 7:46

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Rich.C

Rich.C

November 18, 2016
referencing Northern Exposure - Expeditions, 3xLP, Comp, Ltd, INC4LP
Wicked triple pack and along with the GU series, Communicate and digweeds bedrock 3x12 release a sad reminder that progressive house/trance...dare i use that word? just isn't made like this anymore ;( Rockstone in particular was a bit of a rarity when it first came out, but a bit of a tricky one to cue up on this release...i dont know why? Sasha played quite a few of these in his NYE set @ Ally Pally 1998 and Digweed played a gamelan and stage one @ Homelands in 1999, just shows you the strength of these releases and how good an ear sasha and digweed have for good music.
My copy of this triple pack is signed by John Digweed, ive uploaded a photo of it! but...why they didn't release a triple/quadruple pack of NE 2 is beyond me instead of 2 double packs??? and they were released seven years after the cd release? wtf? Just for the record i think as an "album" this is better than NE2 but not surpassing NE1...to be fair it'd have to be pretty special to top that ;)
androgyny

androgyny

February 12, 2013
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Northern Exposure - Expeditions, 3xLP, Comp, Ltd, INC4LP
One thing that has always frustrated me about this vinyl version of expeditions is that they decided to include the vocal versions of “Lost Without You” and “Silence” instead of the dub versions that are also used in Sasha & Digweed’s mix. Of course I understand that including the vocal versions makes more commercial sense, but both of these tracks were readily available to even the cursory record buyer in their vocal versions, whereas the Edge Factor dub of “Lost Without You” was only available on the initial DJ Promo double pack, and the Fade dubs of “Silence” were NEVER released in any format at all.

However despite not being the elusive dub, the version of Fade’s remix of “Silence” included here is in fact unique to this release.
A couple of years ago I had the immense good fortune to see Chris Fortier play an old school set at a small, intimate club here in Melbourne, Australia. At the end of the night Chris was gracious enough to talk with me about their remixing of Delerium, and it was during this conversation that he told me that the version included here was different.
To be honest I had never listened to this particular pressing, as at the time of purchase I already owned the Nettwerk 12” of “Silence” but following my interaction with Chris I gave this one a spin, and it is indeed subtly different to the version that saw commercial release. The basic structure is the same but various elements come in at different times, the most noticeable difference being that the kick drum continues right to the end of the track. The pressing of the track is pitched up by around +2.0 compared to the Nettwerk version. Chris said they never played with the tempo and that this version is faster only because they probably used the exact file from their NE mix session in protools that was sped up to fit into the mix, and didnt adjust it back down
The remix went through a number of revisions leading up to the final mix and apparently this version was a ‘work in progress’ that they had given to Digweed, along with the dub, as an early demo.
SYSTEM-J

SYSTEM-J

January 25, 2013
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Northern Exposure: Expeditions, 2xCD, Mixed, INC4CD
Expeditions is arguably the weakest of the Northern Exposures, if only because it is (for the most part) a fairly standard mixture of up-front progressive from the period, whereas the previous NE mixes were an attempt to play an eclectic selection of music in more of an after-party context. With that said it's still an extremely strong and very trancey mix from the duo, with the opening of Tyrantanic melting into Stage One being a high-point of the whole series.

The omission of Fade's remix of Silence on some editions is a point of debate. On the one hand, Silence has become such an overplayed track it feels incongruous in this context, but on the other hand Fade's remix is unquestionably the best version, and without it the first disc's structure is compromised, the mid-section devoid of that big moment that brings the rest of the programming sharply into focus.

Perhaps most surprising of all is that down all the years, with all the hawk-eyed Discogs contributors and Sasha and Digweed fanatics who pass through this corner of the Internet every day, nobody before me has noticed that the version of Blue Planet Corporation's Micromega is actually the Choo Choo Remix. Now that really is INCredible.

jasonainsworth75

jasonainsworth75

November 9, 2011
referencing Northern Exposure: Expeditions, 2xCD, Mixed, INC4CD
Years later this remains my all time favourite mixed set. It is everything this music should be: feeling like space travel, with high energy and subtle glory. The vocal tracks have always helped to set it apart. I've never found another mix like it. Many fine memories of cruising around Los Angeles nights, often back from a gig, with this CD playing on the stereo.
skopp

skopp

January 12, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Northern Exposure: Expeditions, 2xCD, Comp, Mixed, UL 1040, UL 1040-2

I believe only a true Sasha and/or Digweed fan (or critic!) will understand this comp. It is the other half of S & JD, the wild-side if you will. This is the duo letting their hair down. The first disc builds with a slight, almost unnoticeable progression, then bursts at the seams with Sasha's Belfunk. Thereafter it returns to its previous near-consistency.

Disc two is the monster. This is a club at 2am, tearing the roof down. Expect no pretentious 'we don't do trance, only straight progressive house...' from the boys this time, because they really will feed it to ya in this set. In large doses.

A rather splendid comp, but only for listeners with open minds.
skopp

skopp

January 8, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Northern Exposure: Expeditions, 2xCD, Mixed, INC4CD

Looking back, this album is actually brilliant. You do not find sheer class like this anymore. The first disc is a brave, and refreshing venture from the traditional NE direction. The second, a truly exceptional, timeless piece of mixing.

Looking back, people will regard this more and more as an omnipotent classic as time goes on.
cmdrdeathguts

cmdrdeathguts

July 6, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Northern Exposure: Expeditions, 2xCD, Comp, Mixed, UL 1040, UL 1040-2

The 'edit-out' of Delerium's Silence (in its sanctuary mix) from this edition of NE:E is a double-edged sword - on the one hand, it muddles up the flow of the first disc somewhat, and leaves it feeling a bit light at only nine tracks...on the other, that tune really does blow!

In general, the first disc is the weaker of the two. There doesn't really seem to be a progression, and sasha + digweed's normally pristine mixing chops seem a bit lacklustre. Disc 2, however, is one of those mythical übermixes where every track is a winner, and the midsection of the set is mixed so excellently that you genuinely do not notice the tracks changing at all. Only the slightly weedy 'Anything You Want' lets the side down, although that tune's 'classic Renaissance' overtones may appeal to some. All in all, a fine purchase, if not an essential one.
nicoagudelo

nicoagudelo

April 10, 2005
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Northern Exposure: Expeditions, 2xCD, Comp, Mixed, UL 1040, UL 1040-2

I personally like very much the fact that the "silence" track by delerium was not included in this edition (which is the one I own). And not because the track is bad at all, on the contrary I like it very much, but what I dislike is the fact that it has become an extremely mainstream anthem.

Maybe at the time of the recording "The Silence" was fairly unpopular, but now it has become part of every collection named "The definitive ultimate 120 greatest dance anthems / hits of all time part 232". I'm glad that my edition of NE3 doesn't have that song, which helps to keep a nice, soft, underground profile to this album.

Am I the only one who thinks that?
flamman

flamman

January 26, 2005
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Northern Exposure: Expeditions, 2xCD, Mixed, INC4CD
What a shame that this album was not released as a single cd, that being only cd 2! This cd is very solidly mixed with a constant drive & it has one of my alltime favorite tracks on it: Polarstern. Towards the end a bit trancey, but mostly deep progressive.

The first cd on the other hand is the type of trance cr*p that the likes of Tiesto seem to be throwing out at a rate of 10 cd's a day; useless, boring & lacking in originality. Really start to wander who mixed what & more, who chose what tracks.....
ravecore99

ravecore99

April 4, 2003
referencing Northern Exposure: Expeditions, 2xCD, Mixed, INC4CD

Disc 1 is the more dance-y of the two, whilst Disc 2 is the more dreamy sounding mix.

Overall these 2 cd's make one of the best mix cd's ever, second only to Northern Exposure 2.

A great mix of old and new traxx, mixed to perfection as usual.

4 stars for Disc 1 and 4.5 stars for Disc 2.