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James Holden - Balance 005 album

James Holden - Balance 005 album

  • Performer: James Holden
  • Genre: Electronic
  • Title: Balance 005
  • Released: 06 Oct 2003
  • Style: Progressive House, Techno, Electro, Tech House, Progressive Trance
  • Label: EQ Recordings
  • Catalog: EQGCD008
  • Country: Australia
  • MP3 version size: 1732 mb
  • FLAC version size: 1097 mb
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 674


1Petter Tonediary
Written-By, Producer, Arranged By – Petter Nordkvist
2Zeta ReticulaTool 1
Written-By, Producer – Umek
3The MFAThe Difference It Makes (Original Mix)
Written-By, Producer, Arranged By – Alastair Douglas, Rhys Evans
4AvusReal (Original Mix)
Written-By, Producer, Arranged By – Scott Edwards
5Carl A. FinlowGhetto Server
Written-By, Producer – Carl A. Finlow
6Baby Ford & The Ifach CollectiveBad Friday (Beats)
Written-By, Producer – Peter Ford
7Gill NorrisForme
Written-By, Producer – Gwill Morris
8Fort DaxFortune Telling Fish, Curled To Suggest 'Home'
Written-By, Producer – Darren Richard Durham
9Baby Ford & The Ifach CollectiveBad Friday
Written-By, Producer – Peter Ford
10DJ ESPNo Future (Soundburnt Mix)
Written-By, Producer – Woody McBride
11AvusYour Body (Original Mix)
Written-By, Producer – Scott Edwards
12Scape OnePFX Tokyo
Written-By, Producer – Kurt Baggaley
13Nathan FakeOuthouse (Fluffy Mix)
Written-By, Producer, Arranged By – Nathan Fake
14Zeta ReticulaTool 3
Written-By, Producer – Umek
15Nathan FakeOuthouse (Original Mix)
Written-By, Producer, Arranged By – Nathan Fake
16Petter These Days (Instrumental)
Written-By, Producer, Arranged By – Petter Nordkvist
17Herrmann & KleineLeaving You Behind (Without Knowing Where To Go)
Written-By, Producer – Christian Kleine, Thaddeus Herrmann
18Jake FairleyOshawa
Written-By, Producer – Jacob Fairley
19Kotai + MoBlack Acid Pt 1
Written-By, Producer – Klaus Kotai
20Jase From Outta Space Feat. ClaireDo What You Want (Infusion's Sky Mix)
Featuring – ClaireRemix, Producer [Additional] – InfusionWritten-By, Producer – James Robinson, Jase FOS
21Meta.83End Titles
Written-By, Producer – Christoph Wieland
22PQMYou Are Sleeping (PQM Meets Luke Chable Vocal Pass)
Remix, Producer [Additional] – Luke ChableWritten-By, Producer – Prince Quick Mix
23Meek Happy
Written-By, Producer – Meek
Written-By, Producer – Aidan Lavelle
25HoldenThe Wheel (Pass 1)
Written-By, Producer – James Holden
Written-By, Producer – Christoph Wieland
27Epsilon 9Lifeformation (Infernal Machine Mix)
Remix – Infernal MachineWritten-By – Simon Haynes
28MeerkatColours (JH Re-edit)
Remix – JHRemix, Producer [Additional] – James HoldenWritten-By, Producer – Joshua Trout
29Form & FunctionWonderland (Original Mix)
Written-By, Producer – Hywell Dunn-Davies
30Petter All Together
Written-By, Producer, Arranged By – Petter Nordkvist
31FC KahunaHayling (Kosmas Epsilon Mix)
Co-producer – Jon CollyerProducer – FC KahunaRemix, Producer [Additional] – Kosmas EpsilonVocals – Haftis HuldWritten-By – Ormondroyd, Huld, Collyer, Nowell


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
EQGCD008James Holden Balance 005 ‎(2xCD, Comp, Mixed, Unofficial)EQ Recordings EQGCD008Russia2003
EQGCD008James Holden Balance 005 ‎(2xCD, Comp, Mixed, Promo)EQ RecordingsEQGCD008Australia2003


  • Artwork By, DesignDefine74, Richard De Silva
  • Concept ByTom Pandzic
  • DJ MixJames Holden


℗ & © 2003 EQ / Stomp Pty Ltd
Manufactured, marketed and distributed in Australia by Stomp Pty Ltd.

Track 1-08 title is listed as "Real" on the cover and as "Real (Original Mix) in the booklet.
Track 1-09 is listed as "DJ ESP - No Future EP: No Future (Soundburnt Mix)" on the release.
Track 2-14 is listed as "Meta.83 - Metalgroove EP: End Titles" on the release.


  • Barcode: 823867482235
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1): AAV REGENCY 59481 EQGCD008/1 P14611
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2): AAV REGENCY 59483 EQGCD008/2 P14612
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 1 & 2): IFPI 6Z07
  • Mastering SID Code (Disc 1 & 2): none


  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – EQ Recordings
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Stomp Pty Ltd.
  • Copyright (c) – EQ Recordings
  • Copyright (c) – Stomp Pty Ltd.
  • Manufactured By – Stomp Pty Ltd.
  • Marketed By – Stomp Pty Ltd.
  • Distributed By – Stomp Pty Ltd.
  • Mastered At – Stepford Audio
  • Pressed By – AAV Regency – 59481
  • Pressed By – AAV Regency – 59483



Whitestone Whitestone
New copies (a reissue?) of this are available direct from the Balance Music label - i ordered & received a new copy this week :)
Whitecaster Whitecaster
That is helpful. I want a copy and plan to do that.
superstar superstar
I was suprised when I found available. So I ordered directly from the label on July 19, it took 1,5 week to arrive to Europe :)Edit: I'm not sure, but I think this is not a repress :) On Balance site, there were no any info or something to explain if this is a reissue. But it could be anything...Anyway I'm so glad to have this masterpiece!
Gralmeena Gralmeena
aeons passed, but it is still the best mix ever
Wiliniett Wiliniett
It’s so cool to see that this has 35 random comments due to its complexity, brilliance and timelessness. I would love a remaster.
Enalonasa Enalonasa
If only a vinyl version of this existed... ;)Label listen!!
Dusho Dusho
Definitely great mix. CD1 was one of the best mix i ever listened with. Seems another balance series have vinyl release, why not give a chance in this compilation?
Akisame Akisame
I got to agree, this is one of the best mixes I have heard as far as taking you on a Journey, but enough common ground so most people will like it, but it get's really deep at times.
Kajikus Kajikus
I understand that Holden was known as a Progressive House DJ at the time this was released, but in listening to this again for the millionth time, I really wouldn't describe this as Progressive House at all. It's definitely leaning more toward techno with a lot of melody, which is what I tend to enjoy the most. This compilation is a timeless classic. I'll always be in awe of it.
watchman watchman
Would you recommend any other mixed albums that are similar to this? Melodic, minimal on vocals, deep? Hernan Cattaneo, Guy J, and Nick Warren seem to cover that range. Cheers!
Clandratha Clandratha
quite simply one of best electronic mix albums I've listened to.
Biaemi Biaemi
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.
Tebei Tebei
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.
Dishadel Dishadel
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.
interactive man interactive man
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.
Umdwyn Umdwyn
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.
Efmprof Efmprof
Drelahuginn Drelahuginn
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.
Pettalo Pettalo
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 . . . :)
Uranneavo Uranneavo
Glad you found it! It's my favorite mix, EVER!
grand star grand star
people still talking about this 9 years after it was released - classic mix!
Burilar Burilar
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".
Kiutondyl Kiutondyl
Listened to this mix (CD1) today while coming back from school on the bus. Not the first time, maybe the fiftieth, but I am telling you I have rarely felt so relaxed and driven by the music! Just timeless!
Siralune Siralune
Somebody passing through my house ripped this CD onto my computer and for years I had no idea what it was because the tracks and CD were all listed as 'Unknown'. Finally, today with the help of Shazam and some clever Google searching, I solved the mystery - hooray! This is a genius, trippy, gorgeous mix and my absolute favourite of all time. James Holden you are on my radar now!
Tojahn Tojahn
James Holden's 'Balance 005' CD1 is what EDM and a mix CD is 'supposed' to be (well at least for me). I can't begin to stress how good the track selection in CD 1 is from the beginning to the end, but here's a sample. It's blissful, but gets you dancing at the same time; something very hard to achieve with complete success.My highlight begins at Jase From Outta Space 'Do What You Want (Infusion's Sky Mix)', an earlier progressive house bomb produced over 7 years ago still sounding fresh pushing you towards dancefloor. It is then transitioned to Nathan Fake 'Outhouse (Fluffy Mix)', a loose yet strong tune building onto it's original classic. The 8 minute long original Nathan Fake 'Outhouse' is what Border Community represents to me: dancefloor movers and intelligent music. It is only until Fort Dax 'Fortune Telling Fish, Curled To Suggest 'Home'' that brings you back to earth, giving a chilling feeling down your spine. The next component deserves its own paragraph and sentence. PQM 'You Are Sleeping (PQM Meets Luke Chable Vocal Pass)'Although both mix CDs are amazing, this stands out. It is the lone bald eagle perched on a branch. It's the alpha male of the pack. I have to admit, it did take me a while to appreciate the acapella. Just have a listen and let it grow on you. If you don't see it now, you soon will notice the spark and ignition in this song.More people in the current generation must discover this beauty.
Wetiwavas Wetiwavas
Uh huh. I'm in my 20s and I know literally no one who listens to underground dance music.
Goldendragon Goldendragon
Its nice to see some teens today have good taste in music. If u like this then check out Henry Saiz new Balance 019, its one of the best mixed comps I've ever heard and I have over 300.
I do still think this mix is one of my favourite and I use to listen to it even when it's "old" in terms of the date of his release but stands the test of time amazingly well.With this mix I discover a lot of artist and a wide range of the best of the genre called "progresive". As a techno Dj,I love the touch of techno in this mixt that, by the way, was unusual in the vast majority of the progressive releases at that time.On the other hand, there´s something that made me sad (even angry...) about James Holden ,it's his ability for disappointme when he come to my city to play as a DJ. I don't understand why his sets are so bizarre and undanceable to the point of make me going out of the club in one particular set on New year's eve 2005.Anyway this mix is a gem, and you don't find a gem easily
Dianazius Dianazius
In my opinion still the best DJ mix of all time. It was groundbreaking at the time it came out and still sounds fresh today. The concept of a mix CD is fading as podcasts rise in popularity but at the time of its release I think it did have a profound effect on the electronic music world, introducing everyone to a fresh new sound that was so much more emotional and interesting than all the "progressive" monotony that was coming out at the time. Many of the artists featured on this mix like Nathan Fake have went on to become stars in their own right but were virtually unheard of at the time this album was released. You can hear aspects of the Border Community sound copied throughout just about all forms of 4/4 electronic music. I really think this album is the result of that. I still consider it the benchmark for any “mix” compilation.
Urtte Urtte
I've heard James Holden's "Balance 005" mix-compilation firstly in 2003. Since that time, I've listened it hundreds and hundreds times... James Holden has done really the hardest work. He has choosen thirty different tracks in different styles and made the greatest mix-compilation from them. Two red-coloured CDs sound lyric and atmospheric from the beginning to the end although there are some dark-style tracks in the first CD. It is the only mix-compilation which is a masterpiece for me. I've heard many mixes but no one was such interesting like the Balance 005. Thank you, James!
Zuser Zuser
I became a James Holden fan 3 years ago when I purchased this CD. His vision is unbelievable and his brilliance and putting it all together in one glorious mix is evident on this Balance compilation. CD1 is absolutely one of my 'essential' mixes when people ask me for suggestions. I have not run across many others that can "speak" the way this one does. Holden continues to stretch his sound and vision into unchartered territory if you have continued to follow him. He is a talent. A must have for anyone looking for something extraordinary.
Dagdage Dagdage
A pivotal, essential release. Possibly solely responsible for turning the prog types onto the more minimal side of things (what was Sasha's Fundacion if not a straight copy of this?), this is an extraodinary set in anyone's book, taking in ambient IDM (Outhouse), lush techno (End Titles), avant-acid freakouts (Holden's own The Wheel) and 'conventional' prog stompers (Lifeformation). The only weak moment is Do What You Want, marred by a dreadful cheesy vocal. This is that rarest of things, a DJ mix which transcends the usual aim of tricking you into thinking you're in a club, becoming instead an essential artistic statement.
Jonide Jonide
The first CD is one of the few mixes that actually makes me fall apart. Sometimes it even makes me cry. It's so indescribably powerful... it works from groove to groove so well, progressing to a higher and higher emotional force. It finally just kills me when Jase From Outta Space - Do What You Want (Infusion's Sky Mix) is dropped. And this mix doesn't just die at a high point, it progresses back down to a gentle landing and leaves you satisfied, yet leaves you totally mind blown to such an extent that you wish it would have never ended. I love all kinds of dance music that is pumped with emotion... this goes right along masterpieces like Shpongle - Tales Of The Inexpressible. It's that kind of CD that never gets old. That you will always reach into your pile of CD's for. That CD that just doesn't not leave you, and becomes a part of you. The second CD... I don't honestly care for. It just doesn't give me the same magic that the first one does. So get it for the first mix, but my oh my, its more than worth it.
Kajishakar Kajishakar
This mix is still very actual and to my knowledge the best "progressive" mix set of the past few years. I have no doubt that I will still listen to this album in 10 years time and associate it with some of the best mind states I've had this year. A very powerful and emotional set but none of that cheesy shit that sounds old after a few listens. Essential album!
Quinthy Quinthy
This is awesome! First heard of James Holden, because of Sven Väth playing the track "holden - a break in the clouds" .. After a few listenings to this impressive Mix, i decided to hear this before i sleep.. i woke up at nathan fake`s outhouse and it was really scaring me ;) after this, the softer tracks appeared, and it fell asleep. the next morning ( i got auto repeat on ) i woke up with PQM -you are sleeping ;) it seems the cd fits to any situation, at least to bed-going and standing up- always a good mood :) after i first heard these amazing CDs, i visited james holden`s Border Community every day to check out the new impressive releases of the master himself and his friends.
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I bought this album after reading the above comments. And yes they are right : excellent mixing, beautiful melodies, hypnotising feel all way long, no rythm clashes, this one I've been waiting for for ages. The tracks are all by obscure artists (bar one track and one remix from the man hiself), but god do they shine when played! This one is getting more and more interesting with each listening, and I think I will listen to this one for a long time. The only criticism (if I have to express a criticism) is juste that is misses a bit some peaks and valleys, the perfect mixing and selection of tracks making it a little to samey over the course of the two records. But despite this (very) minor complain, this album is up ther with the best.
Paster Paster
between Sander Kleinenbergs' Rennaissance compilation and James Holdens' Balance cd both are very close to the cds of year 2003.This is cutting edge electronic music filled with lush melodies,hypnotic in parts and produced exceptionally well.You don't expect anything less from Holden but, now do you?.These tracks have real soul to them.
Reddefender Reddefender
All i can say is thank you James Holden for producing one of the best mix comps. in recent years. After years of waiting for a true melodic, floaty, progressive journey mix, finally one has made the shelves. To be compaired to Sasha is something of an honour for this young DJ but then to live up to the comparison is justified with this CD. I could mention all the tracks i love but i'd name all 30!. If you want something that expresses what beautiful dance music is and how it should be mixed, buy this record.....If there are any DJ's in Sydney that play this music for hours and not half an hour of Prog. and 3 hours of bangin trance please let yourself be known
Mejora Mejora
One of the best mix CDs I've ever heard. Absolutely wonderful. One of the few mixes that I can say takes me on a journey, from atmospheric prog, to techno, to electro, to trance, to housy stuff, while never getting boring or cheesy. I've played this for people who consider "progressive" a dirty word and they've loved it.
Arcanefist Arcanefist
Prepare yourself for something different this time from one of the best djs around ... James did it again : a quality, atmospheric mix, prooving that "He is the MAN!", as Sasha himself, said. Don't search for labels for the style of tracks, just pure electronic music at its best. Over and OUT..