The Future Sound Of London ‎– Lifeforms

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There are several unique variations of the UK & Europe double CD release with only minor differences:
*Lifeforms Version 1 has "Made in the UK" on discs, "Printed in the UK" on back cover, rights societies "BIEM/MCPS" on discs and distribution code "PM 518" on discs and back cover;
*Lifeforms Version 2 has "Made in the UK" on discs, "Printed in the UK" on back cover, rights societies "BIEM/MCPS" on discs and distribution code "PM 548" on back cover (code on discs is unknown);
*Lifeforms Version 3 has "Made in Holland" on discs, "Printed in Holland" on back cover, rights societies "BIEM/STEMRA" on discs and distribution code "PM 518" on discs and back cover;
*Lifeforms Version 4 has "Made in Holland" on discs, "Printed in Holland" on back cover, rights societies "BIEM/STEMRA" on discs, distribution codes "PM 518" on discs and "PM 548" on back cover;
*Lifeforms Version 5 has "Made in EU" on discs, "Printed in Holland" on back cover, rights societies "BIEM/STEMRA" on discs, distribution codes "PM 518" on discs and "PM 548" on back cover;

The track, Among Myselves, features samples from the movie, Scanners, with the voice of Stephen Lack.

Tracklist

Cascade
Ill Flower
Flak
Bird Wings
Dead Skin Cells
Lifeforms
Eggshell
Among Myselves
Domain
Spineless Jelly
Interstat
Vertical Pig
Cerebral
Life Form Ends
Vit
Omnipresence
Room 208
Elaborate Burn
Little Brother

Versions (19)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
V2722, 7243 8 39433 1 9 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xLP, Album, Gat) Virgin, Virgin V2722, 7243 8 39433 1 9 UK 1994 Sell This Version
ASW 6113 The Future Sound Of London Lifeform(Cass, Album, Promo) Virgin, Astralwerks ASW 6113 US 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 39433 2 6, CDV 2722 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xCD, Album) Virgin, Virgin, Electronic Brain Violence, Electronic Brain Violence 7243 8 39433 2 6, CDV 2722 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
ASW 6113-2, 7243 8 39433 2 6 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xCD, Album) Astralwerks, Virgin, Caroline Records ASW 6113-2, 7243 8 39433 2 6 US 1994 Sell This Version
CDV 2722, 7243 8 39433 2 6 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xCD, Album) Virgin, Virgin CDV 2722, 7243 8 39433 2 6 UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
CDV 2722, 7243 8 39433 2 6 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xCD, Album) Virgin, Virgin CDV 2722, 7243 8 39433 2 6 UK 1994 Sell This Version
CDV 2722, 7243 8 39433 2 6 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xCD, Album) Virgin, Virgin CDV 2722, 7243 8 39433 2 6 UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
CDV 2722, 7243 8 39433 2 6 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xCD, Album) Virgin, Virgin CDV 2722, 7243 8 39433 2 6 Australia 1994 Sell This Version
V2 7243 8 39433 2 6, 7243 8 39433 2 6 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xCD, Album) Virgin Music Canada, Virgin Music Canada V2 7243 8 39433 2 6, 7243 8 39433 2 6 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 39433 1 9, V2722, V 2722 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xLP, Album, Gat) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin, Electronic Brain Violence, Electronic Brain Violence, Electronic Brain Violence 7243 8 39433 1 9, V2722, V 2722 UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
TCV 2722, 7243 8 39433 4 0 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(Cass, Album) Virgin, Virgin TCV 2722, 7243 8 39433 4 0 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
FSOL1 F.S.O.L.* Lifeforms: Extracts(CD, Promo) Virgin FSOL1 UK 1994 Sell This Version
none Future Sounds Of London* Lifeforms(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Moon Records (2) none Ukraine 1998 Sell This Version
none The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(19xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Virgin none UK Unknown
ASW 6113-2, 7243 8 39433 2 6 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xCD, Album) Astralwerks, Virgin ASW 6113-2, 7243 8 39433 2 6 US Unknown Sell This Version
0946 3816122 6 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xCD, Album) Virgin, Gala Records (5) 0946 3816122 6 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
CDV 2722, 7243 8 39433 2 6 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xCD, Album, RP) Virgin, Virgin CDV 2722, 7243 8 39433 2 6 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
none The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xCD, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (The Future Sound Of London) none Russia Unknown Sell This Version
ASW 6113, 7243 8 39433 2 6, 7243 8 39684 2 8, 724 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xCD, Album, Unofficial) Astralwerks (2), Virgin (2), Virgin (2), Virgin (2) ASW 6113, 7243 8 39433 2 6, 7243 8 39684 2 8, 724 Russia Unknown Sell This Version

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Chelsea1979

Chelsea1979

October 28, 2017
edited 25 days ago
referencing Lifeforms, 2xLP, Album, Gat, 7243 8 39433 1 9, V2722, V 2722

Oh hell yeah, that's some of the best news I've heard so far! It's most definitely about time that this utter masterpiece was repressed on vinyl! It's sincerely one of the greatest pieces of IDM music ever composed. Can't tell you how long I've been waiting as well as equally wanting to get my hands on this without having to shell out a shit-ton of money for an OG pressing, if you know what I mean. The first time I heard this timeless album, I was completely blown away, if not so completely mesmerized to the point to where I couldn't help but just get lost in the sound and let it subsequently submerge me. Ahh, the memories!
mjb

mjb

October 14, 2017
edited about 1 month ago
referencing Lifeforms, 2xCD, Album, ASW 6113-2, 7243 8 39433 2 6

As reviewed by me in May 1994 (see also my less charitable review from 2005):

Summary: I didn't need of change of underwear after I first heard it, but I think I just didn't have enough to eat that day. If you like electronic music at all, any kind, you must, I repeat, you MUST buy this album. If you don't like it, I'll send you a free gift in the mail.

I'm sorry. At the risk of being dipped in the Bog of Eternal Stench, I have to say that Future Sound of London are as overrated as Richard D. James and their new album Lifeforms, although it is the best thing they've ever done and I really do like it, is actually in some respects a turd of a CD that gives electronic music a bad name. Now before I get a flood of hate mail from the Intelligent Dance Music mailing list, hear me out. In a recent interview in MixMag promoting the album, Gary Cobain stated that he felt ambient music was 90% bollocks, full of bandwagon-jumpers, and that it was all a bunch of regressive crap, sounding like Tangerine Dream. Anyone who knows me knows that I am rather fond of Tangerine Dream, so I didn't take to this lightly. But what really struck me as odd is that their album is so full of artificial squawks, burbly galoops, zaps and pointless "hey, listen to this novel sound! oo! wasn't that cool?! buwahaha!" distractions that I have to compare it to early electronic music, like from the 50s and 60s, when self-righteous academics played artsy-fartsy noisescapes for each other. At times while listening to Lifeforms I think that without the extra effects, the links between the proper songs are extracts from those old compositions. It's like being stuck in a noisy aquarium.

On the other hand, I must say that I also listen to it and think, "This is also some of the most advanced electronic music I've ever heard." When the songs get going, man, parts of my brain I didn't even know existed turn on and start to hum, and goosebumps light across my neck. The press release says they blur the lines between ambient and techno to the point where you can't say it's either, and they're right. These two men are perfectionists of the highest order, and it shows. Taking the "noisy aquarium" analogy with a grain of salt, the textural merits of the less appealing parts are blessedly sweet, and every track is a standout. Absorbed in whole or in part, I don't come away unsatisfied. I think they don't realize that regression, no matter how unintentional, is a form of progression, and when they come to grips with that they'll be able to avoid the recklessness of making noise for the sake of noise. Perhaps with their next album, Amorphous Androgynous: Environments. As you can see, I've got mixed feelings about Lifeforms... but in the end I have to give it the highest rating. After all, I'm not one to complain. :)
en_avant

en_avant

October 2, 2017
referencing Lifeforms, 2xLP, Album, Gat, V2722, 7243 8 39433 1 9
Repress soon. November i heard
5 more words please blah blah
mancio1269

mancio1269

July 30, 2017
referencing Lifeforms, 2xLP, Album, Gat, 7243 8 39433 1 9, V2722, V 2722
The best ambient's album of this genre, good 1994 release...but, I think it's about time for a repress!
inverted6

inverted6

May 17, 2017
referencing Lifeforms, 2xLP, Album, Gat, V2722, 7243 8 39433 1 9
Genuis Album . If anyone asks me where to start with regards to collecting Electronica I always tell them
to start with these guys.
vinylsvinyls

vinylsvinyls

May 10, 2017
referencing Lifeforms, 2xLP, Album, Gat, 7243 8 39433 1 9, V2722, V 2722

Lifeforms 2xVinyl limited edition re-release by Virgin in October 2017.
vinylsvinyls

vinylsvinyls

March 30, 2017
edited 6 months ago
referencing Lifeforms, 2xLP, Album, Gat, V2722, 7243 8 39433 1 9

Just want to thanks real FSOL experts that made light on this release. In a first moment i thought it was bootleg but it seems a genuine version from 1994 so...99.99% possibilities that is not a counterfeit. Many apologies for my wrong point of view - apologies also to Discogs team of contributors on this release.
kasedillz

kasedillz

January 2, 2017
referencing Lifeforms, 2xCD, Album, ASW 6113-2, 7243 8 39433 2 6
The sound, production and mixing is ahead of it's time.
necatiuygun

necatiuygun

January 2, 2017
referencing Lifeforms, 2xLP, Album, Gat, V2722, 7243 8 39433 1 9
the most creative album I've ever listened by now in any music genre. truly an exceptional piece of art.
misterdimond

misterdimond

September 20, 2016
referencing Lifeforms, 2xLP, Album, Gat, 7243 8 39433 1 9, V2722, V 2722
Discovered this album by way of Timothy Leary's recommended trip music from a later edition of 'High Priest'. At 0:58, "Among Myselves" blew my mind and countless friends's minds! I'd blast it right before that loud death ray sound and people would lose their shit. This album is still amazing and sounds like its from the future...(sound of london).