Leftfield ‎– Song Of Life

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Song Of Life 9:13
Dub Of Life 5:08
Fanfare Of Life 6:08

Versions (5)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
HAND 002T Leftfield Song Of Life(12") Hard Hands HAND 002T UK 1992 Sell This Version
HAND 002R Leftfield Song Of Life(12", Bar) Hard Hands HAND 002R UK 1992 Sell This Version
HAND 002R Leftfield Song Of Life(12", No ) Hard Hands HAND 002R UK 1992 Sell This Version
HAND 002 T LeftField Song Of Life(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Hard Hands HAND 002 T UK 1992 Sell This Version
hand 002 cd Leftfield Song Of Life(CD, Single) Hard Hands hand 002 cd UK 1992 Sell This Version

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stylus80

stylus80

July 23, 2017
referencing Song Of Life, CD, Single, hand 002 cd

I have the PDO reissue of this release which has the original inlay sleeve, but the disc has no print, just silver both sides.
GUINNESS

GUINNESS

February 13, 2017
referencing Song Of Life, 12", No , HAND 002R
As said many times before. I can't believe no one has written a review of this.. As if song of life couldn't get any better. Steppin' Razor mix is more dubby and a huge stabbing version of this track. While the Lemon Interrupt version is very slow and quite useless in its original energy. Release the horns is a superb underrated and vastly overlooked track, could have taken its own 12" for its originality has a leftfield vs reggae style and using the vocals to great effect. A great addition to any dj set.
Universe

Universe

November 8, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
referencing Song Of Life, 12", HAND 002T

'Song Of Life' is certainly one of the all time classic progressive house anthems, but can easily find favour amongst the smoother trance and techno floors.

It expertly uses many of the 'old skool' progressive house staples (i.e. dub, echoes, epic whooshes, and something approaching a banjo!) to great effect. The production is nigh on perfect. What really makes this stand out though is the excellent marriage of a cool groove with infectious understated melodies that are at once joyous and ponderous.

Watch out for the ending that like many a great record (i.e. 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' by Joy Division) finishes off with strings that hint at something altogether different and warmer than that which has preceded it.

Make no mistake, 'Song Of Life' is to progressive house what 'Pacific' by 808 State is to techno and what 'Acperience 1' is to trance.
SamPope

SamPope

December 24, 2004
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Song Of Life, 12", Bar, HAND 002R

Of all the versions of Leftism's 'Song Of Life' that are out there, Underworld's Steppin Razor mix would probably get my vote for the best of the bunch. In my opinion, it is the most timeless and progressive sounding of any mix (though, I still love the original mix's bouncy bassline). Of course, if Sasha & Digweed's immortal 'Song Of Life' medley featured on the Renaissance The Mix Collection were considered a legitimate version, then it'd be a different story. Anytime I listen to the Lemon Interupt or Dub For Life mixes, I feel like something is missing (those familiar with the above mentioned medley and unmixed versions as well will know what I'm talking about).
SamPope

SamPope

December 24, 2004
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Song Of Life, CD, Single, hand 002 cd

Those familiar with Leftfield's classic album Leftism, will find that the original 'Song Of Life' featured here, and the version featured on the Leftism album are much different. The original 'Song Of Life' (circa 1992) is upbeat, with a chunky bouncing bassline, heavy helpings of funk, dub, and of course, those yearning chants. The Leftism mix on the other hand, is downtempo during the first portion of the song, and sounds very similar to the Fanfare Of Life mix featured on this release. Also of note, the two versions of the original mix featured here are edits. The original mix featured on the vinyl release is in excess of 9 minutes long, where as the extended mix featured here is almost 30 seconds shorter.