Virgin ‎– CDV 2755, Virgin ‎– 7243 8 40066 2 4
CD, Album, Limited Edition, Cruciform Velcro-Sealed Embossed Card Case With Separate Card Sleeve

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Original limited edition release of 10,000 copies. Later reissued as CDVX 2755 with an amended tracklist (tracks 12, 13 and 15 are exclusive to this release). Packaged in cruciform velcro-sealed embossed card case which unfolds to reveal a standard card sleeve inside containing the disc. The outer case is embossed with the text "FSOL ISDN" on the front.

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Recorded live at Earthbeat Studios, London, 1994 during various ISDN transmissions:
Live to Holland via VPRO Radio 9/9/94: tracks 1, 4, 6, 11 & 13
Live to Europe via Radio 1 FM 14/5/94: tracks 9, 14 & 15
Live to The Kitchen New York 5/11/94: tracks 3, 7, 8 & 10
Track 3: acoustic bass loops sourced from the album "Cavatina", put through the machines.

Published by Sony Music Publishing
The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Virgin Records Ltd.
℗ 1994 Virgin Records Ltd.
© 1994 Virgin Records Ltd.
Printed in UK

Synth string loop on track 3 is taken from "Entrance (Hohner Afternooning)" by Sun Electric, from the album "Ahhh!"
Both the title of track 7 and the vocal sample on the intro of track 8 ("You know the way everybody's into weirdness right now? Cosmic unconscious.") are taken from the 1984 movie "Repo Man".

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 24384 00662 4
  • Barcode (Scanned): 724384006624
  • Matrix / Runout (Variations 1, 2 and 3): 840066 2 . 1 : 1 : 6 EMI SWINDON
  • Matrix / Runout (Variation 4): 840066 2 . 1 : 1 : 4 EMI SWINDON
  • Rights Society: BIEM/MCPS
  • Label Code: LC 3098
  • Other (Distribution Code): PM 527
  • Other (SID Code, Variation 1): ifpi 1404
  • Other (SID Code, Variation 2): ifpi 1405
  • Other (SID Code, Variation 3): ifpi 1420
  • Other (SID Code, Variation 4): (none)

Other Versions (5 of 22) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none FSOL* ISDN(15xFile, AAC, Album) Virgin none US Unknown
PMT011 FSOL* ISDN(CD, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (The Future Sound Of London) PMT011 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
TCVX 2755A/B FSOL* ISDN(Cass, Album, Promo) Virgin TCVX 2755A/B UK 1995 Sell This Version
CDVX 2755, 7243 8 40387 2 4 FSOL* ISDN(CD, Album) Virgin, Virgin CDVX 2755, 7243 8 40387 2 4 UK & Europe 1995 Sell This Version
VX2755, 7243 8 40387 1 7 FSOL* ISDN(2xLP, Album) Virgin, Virgin VX2755, 7243 8 40387 1 7 UK & Europe 1995 Sell This Version


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June 8, 2018
edited 5 months ago
This wrecked-in many, many heads back in the day and probably keeps doing so. Something of an apex in the 'sample the living sh*t out of everything and process it' approach to production of the early-mid 1990s. Captures the post-Cold War early-internet head space very well; as though you are peering into a mad laboratory of EMS engineers on a LSD-drenched post-MKUltra freakout (the 2003 German documentary 'The Net' is a perfect visual companion to this) . It also sounds as cinematic, and more 'Blade Runner' than just about any other ambient-techno record you'll ever find. VERY Essential.


June 24, 2017
Just A F*ckin Idiot contain's samples from the old Disney sci-fi movie The Black Hole. Not sure of the "Stop flashing your lights" bit at the start, sounds like Stone Roses Ian Brown, can anyone confirm that???


December 29, 2012
excellent ambient house of the 90s, out there w Mixmaster Morris,The Orb,Aphex Twin & Orbital..

Other samples used are 'Everybody online-looking good!'from Aliens & some crunching sounds from Terminator I or II(when the exoskeletons crush real skeletons in the future scenes..).


May 19, 2004

<I>ISDN</I> is not just a high-speed internet connection, it’s a compilation of live recordings that the Future Sound of London did, merged seamlessly into one another. It’s futuristic in the best way possible with sounds and textures and sonic images floating in and out of cyberspace. There’s the super-futuristic jazz of “The Far Out Son of Lung and the Ramblings of a Madman” (led in by a sample from <I>Aliens</I>) and “Smokin’ Japanese Babe.” “Slider” is as dark funk as any I’ve heard, while “Eyes Pop – Skin Explodes – Everyone Dead” sounds like electronic Baroque music. “Tired” starting with a delicate guitar before going into some chugging beats, then some icy synths. That’s what’s so wonderful about this album: it’s a journey in the best sense, with new things to hear and see around every corner. “Egypt” goes for ethnic electro, while “A Study of Six Guitars” has the guitars, definitely, but also some industrial percussion too. Plug in to <I>ISDN</I> today.


December 15, 2003
the pictures provided here are only of the front and back of the inner cd sleeve--the outer sleeve is not pictured here (as of 12/2003).

the inner sleeve is itself wrapped in a folded cardboard outer sleeve (basically a tri-fold type of sleeve) which is held shut with velcro tabs. the inside of this sleeve is a panaramic of slick 3d graphics, with a glossy finish, while the outside of the sleeve is a tougher laminate type of finish to protect the cardboard. "FSOL ISDN" is embossed in large letters across the center of the front cover, with a sticker affixed along the top indicating "a limited edition of 10,000 copies".

by today's standards, this release will probably seem very cheesy and dated to many listeners. it's worth checking out if you haven't ever heard it: this was an important release for FSOL, and FSOL were very influential artists at that time (early 90's). to understand where "electronic listening music" (or ambient, or idm) is today, one needs to be familiar with the work of FSOL.