Leftfield ‎– Leftism

Hard Hands ‎– HANDCD2, Columbia ‎– HANDCD2
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Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Release The Pressure
Vocals – Earl SixteenVocals [Ad-libs] – Papa DeeWritten By – Barnes / P. Daley / E. DaleyWritten-By – E. Daley*, Barnes*, P. Daley*
2 Afro-Left
Berimbau – Kevin HaynesVocals – Djum DjumWritten By – Barnes / Daley / ColeWritten-By – Barnes*, Cole*, Daley*
3 Melt
Written-By – Barnes*, Daley*
4 Song Of Life
Written-By – Barnes*, Daley*, Rupkina*
5 Original
Vocals – Toni HallidayWritten-By – Barnes*, Daley*, Halliday*
6 Black Flute
Written-By – Barnes*, Daley*
7 Space Shanty
Written-By – Barnes*, Daley*
8 Inspection (Check One)
Vocals – Danny RedWritten By – Barnes / Daley / ClarkeWritten-By – Clarke*, Barnes*, Daley*
9 Storm 3000
Written-By – Barnes*, Daley*
10 Open Up
Vocals – John LydonWritten By – Barnes / Daley / LydonWritten-By – Lydon*, Barnes*, Daley*
11a 21st Century Poem
Vocals – Lemn SissayWritten-By – Barnes*, Daley*Written-By [Uncredited] – Sissay*
11b (silence) 0:30
11c Untitled 0:38

Companies, etc.



Comes in a transparent tray jewel case with a 8-panel fold-out booklet. In credits for track 2, Berimbau is mis-spelled "Berimbou". For track 10 publishing credits, Warner Chappell is mis-spelled "Warner Chapell".

Hidden track after track 11 starts at around 5:08. Total track 11 duration is 5:46.

All titles ℗ 1995 Hard Hands except,
Track 10 ℗ 1993 Hard Hands,
©1995 Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
Columbia is the exclusive trademark of Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

Publishers (from inlay):
All titles published by Hard (UK) Hands Publishing Ltd. except:
Tracks 1 & 8: Hard (UK) Hands Publishing Ltd. / Lamps On Your Ears Music / BMG Music Publishing Ltd.
Track 2: Hard (UK) Hands Publishing Ltd. / Copyright Control.
Track 4: Hard (UK) Hands Publishing Ltd. / Rykomusic Ltd.
Track 5: Hard (UK) Hands Publishing Ltd. / Anxious Music Ltd. / Polygram Music Publishing Ltd.
Track 10: Hard (UK) Hands Publishing Ltd. / Warner Chapell Music Ltd.

There are several UK/Europe pressings with identical artwork but CD matrices showing manufacturing of different periods:

Sony Music 01-478142-10 (no SID codes) (first pressing)
Sony Music 01-478142-10 (Mastering SID but no Mould SID)
Sony Music S4247814210-0101 xx yy (repress) <-- THIS VERSION
Sony Music S0147814210-0101 xx yy (the most common repress)

The latest version has slightly changed artwork with "4781422010" variant catalogue number and different codes on the back cover:

S0147814210-0101 xx yy

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 099747 814228
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5099747814228
  • Other (Manufacturing code ): 01-478142-10
  • Rights Society: MCPS / BIEM / SDRM
  • Label Code: LC 0162
  • Price Code: CB 791
  • Other (Code): CDC
  • Other (Code): CX
  • Other (Code): 58
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): Sony Music S4247814210-0101 54 A4
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI L554
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 945P
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): Sony Music S4247814210-0101 31 A4
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L551
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 944C
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): Sony Music S4247814210-0101 54 A1
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI L554
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 94V8
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): Sony Music S4247814210-0101 61 A2
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI L551
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI 941A

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
HANDLP2T Leftfield Leftism(3xLP, Album, Ltd) Hard Hands HANDLP2T UK 1995 Sell This Version
88985388501, HANDLPT Leftfield Leftism(3xLP, Album, RE, RM, S/Edition, 180) Columbia, Hard Hands, Sony Music, Columbia, Hard Hands, Sony Music 88985388501, HANDLPT Europe 2017 Sell This Version
CK 67231 Leftfield Leftism(CD, Album) Columbia, Hard Hands CK 67231 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
HANDMC2, 01-478142-30 Leftfield Leftism(Cass, Album) Hard Hands, Columbia HANDMC2, 01-478142-30 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
HANDCD2 Leftfield Leftism(CD, Album) Hard Hands, Columbia HANDCD2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version


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October 17, 2016

Melt (track 3) was a life changing experience! Never heard such a fascinating ambient tune before that. I heard it for the first time during vacation in Belgium in the mid-90s, when going into a clothing shop near the beach, and they played "Melt" while I tried some new trousers or pullover. Then we asked the sales girl which song they are currently playing, because it sounds awesome! And they showed us the Leftism CD. We never heard about Leftfield before. That was such a great thing! I can recommend buying the CD just for this track! I remember I even emailed Leftfield in 1995 or 1996 too, congratulating them on the album and asking them what equipment they used, especially on "Melt". And the reply was very friendly and I remember the sentence "About the equipment; we won't tell - keep guessing! :-)" Absolutely great! :)


August 9, 2015
edited over 3 years ago

Blown away by this CD. I own a few singles on 12 inch, and have of course heard of Leftfield. I picked up this CD today at a second hand market for a great price and put it onside outside with a few mates. Each track amazed me. Really asked myself when last I could listen to a complete album and enjoy EVERY track. Fantastic sound.



April 28, 2013

Leftism is obviously one of the best-known long players to have come from the club scene, selling over a million copies in the UK alone and still regularly propping up the Dance rack of any high store music chain. But while it is undoubtedly a good album in its own right, I personally found Leftfield by 1995 guilty of making their sound more "NME friendly" after they'd been picked up by the UK guitar press, and Leftism is basically an attempt to make a rock album out of electronic music, with lots of vocals and radio-friendly arrangements. The real genius of Leftfield was the hard percussive alchemy of their early work on Outer Rhythm and Guerilla, tracks that completely blew apart the paradigm of British house music, hence "progressive house". There are some great tracks here (my personal favourite being Space Shanty) and the album has a suitably cohesive mood, but I challenge anyone to listen to Leftfield's 1994 Essential Mix, one of the greatest DJ sets ever recorded, and then tell me that Leftism doesn't sound decidedly tame by comparison.


October 28, 2011
edited over 5 years ago
This album is a true celebration of what it is to be alive and human in the late 20th century.


October 19, 2010
there's nothing mindblowing about this album. it's influential, but that's where it ends. leftfield's better when they're remixing.


May 12, 2004

The first I heard of these guys was Open Up on a good compilation called Chemical Reaction, and I knew I'd love the rest of their music. I've often heard from people that they think Rhythm And Stealth is better, but they are WRONG. There is a nice variety throughout, with different male and female vocal tracks as well as sick instrumentals. Song of Life is one of my top 10 tunes, but Inspection and Original are up there, and if Space Shanty & Afro-Left don't make you want to get up and move, check your pulse.


July 11, 2003

Possibly a life changing experience when I heard this album....yes it is that good. Confirmed that house, specifically progressive, was here to stay. Although 'Song of life' is the stand out track, '21st century poem' is a haunting track that completely moves outside of house territory and showed the level talent of Barnes and Daley. Sad that they split, but this is a testament to their fine work.


May 12, 2003

1 my of top 10 too - this album covers a menagerie of styles yet comes together to form a sound that is distinctively Leftfield's own. Along with Underworld, Orbital and to a lesser extent the Chemical Brothers they brought dance into the awareness of the masses (not necessarily a good thing!)
This was recently listed by Arcam Hifi as one of their listeners' best 3 albums (all genres!) to show off the capabilities of their top end hifi equipment. As an Arcam owner myself I could not agree more - the production on Release the Pressure, for example is awesome.


February 9, 2003

One of my favorite CDs of all time. Rates #2 in my personal top ten behind The Prodigy's 'Experience'. The term 'Progressive House' was coined almost specifically to describe Leftfield's unique brand of music. John Digweed has commented that his favorite track of all time is 'Song of Life', and I've personally had the pleasure of hearing him drop it into his sets twice. Leftfield is one of THE MOST influential dance groups ever.