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 price 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 price 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 price 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, price 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, price 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 (24)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
V2722, 7243 8 39433 1 9 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xLP, Album) Virgin, Virgin V2722, 7243 8 39433 1 9 UK 1994 Sell This Version
none The Future Sound Of London Lifeform(Cass, Advance, Album, Pre) Virgin none 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
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
7243 8 39433 2 6, CDV 2722 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xCD, Album) Virgin, Virgin, EBV, EBV 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 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
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
7243 8 39433 2 6, CDV 2722 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xCD, Album) Virgin, Virgin, EBV, EBV 7243 8 39433 2 6, CDV 2722 UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
ASW 6113-2, 7243 8 39433 2 6 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xCD, Album, Jac) Astralwerks, Virgin, Caroline Records ASW 6113-2, 7243 8 39433 2 6 US 1994 Sell This Version
7243 8 39433 1 9, V2722, V 2722 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xLP, Album) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin, EBV, EBV, EBV 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(2xLP, Album, RE, TP, W/Lbl) Universal Music none UK 2017 Sell This Version
none The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(19xFile, WAV, Album, RE) Universal Music none 2018
0602557787078, 5778707 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xLP, Album, RE, 180) Universal Music, Universal Music 0602557787078, 5778707 UK & Europe 2018 Sell This Version
none The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(19xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Virgin none UK Unknown
0946 3816122 6 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xCD, Album) Virgin, Gala Records (5) 0946 3816122 6 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
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
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
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
none The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xCD, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (The Future Sound Of London) none Russia Unknown Sell This Version

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CyberMonkey

CyberMonkey

June 5, 2020
referencing Lifeforms, 2xLP, Album, RE, 180, 0602557787078, 5778707
Surely I'm not the only person having difficulties redeeming the free digital version with the code provided with the vinyl?
romanNYC

romanNYC

May 18, 2020
edited about 1 month ago
referencing Lifeforms, 2xLP, Album, RE, 180, 0602557787078, 5778707

Great repress (and obviously, the album is amazing) but my discs were filthy! Once they are properly cleaned, I'm sure the surface noise will go away but come on! New sealed vinyl shouldn't be like that. Arghh 😖
cywilsmith

cywilsmith

March 30, 2020
referencing Lifeforms, 2xLP, Album, RE, 180, 0602557787078, 5778707

Great Vinyl Release! Sounds Fantastic! Heavy Records! Timeless Masterpiece for sure...
vinylsvinyls

vinylsvinyls

January 10, 2020
edited 6 months ago
referencing Lifeforms, 2xLP, Album, V2722, 7243 8 39433 1 9

Just for your info: if you look at the statistics, the items sold in the marketplace are almost all not belonging to this release The Future Sound Of London - Lifeforms. Sellers are selling The Future Sound Of London - Lifeforms mainly, so ask for some details like barcode or matrix/runouts before buying it since The Future Sound Of London - Lifeforms is way uncommon than the stickered one (The Future Sound Of London - Lifeforms).
Triple-Diamond

Triple-Diamond

July 4, 2019
referencing Lifeforms, 2xCD, Album, 7243 8 39433 2 6, CDV 2722
Voted the best Electronic album of 1994 by the members of The World’s Greatest Ever Electronic Music Albums group.

https://www.twgeema.com/best-electronic-albums-of-1994
farfromthesun

farfromthesun

May 23, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Lifeforms, 2xLP, Album, V2722, 7243 8 39433 1 9
Today - May 23rd 2019 - is the 25th anniversary of the release of The Future Sound Of London's seminal "Lifeforms" album.

A true monolith of electronic music, Lifeforms provided the soundtrack to chill out rooms, the drive home, "all back to mine" after parties and in some respects, the dancefloor itself - the place that this album was seemingly designed in contrast to, and to provide an alternative and hallucinogenic escape from.

The interpretations of "Lifeforms" vary, but for me, it always created visions of a murky, alien swamp, with fleeting glimpses of it's inhabitants. Then, as now, I find it completely immersive, with the claustrophobic sequences interspersed with moments of dazzling and euphoric beauty.

It's often criticised as a rip off, or a sample fest, and whilst I can understand why someone may think that, I would argue that looking beyond the samples - and indeed FSOL themselves have never made any secret of the fact that they utilise them extensively - Lifeforms as a whole equates to something that is far, far greater than the parts that have been foraged to create it.

I was lucky enough to grow up when electronic music, and in particular UK electronica was coming of age and there's no doubt that Lifeforms was an undeniable, monumental epiphany for those seeking a release and an escape from mainstream music and media. As a teenager beginning their journey into club culture, learning to DJ, experimenting with drugs, this album provided a gateway and stepping stone that proved to be the start of an entirely different way of life.

It's importance within electronic dance music, modern culture and the true spirit of escapism cannot be understated.

My favourite album of all time - I don't think that will ever change.
BJW414

BJW414

May 10, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Lifeforms, 2xCD, Album, ASW 6113-2, 7243 8 39433 2 6
i just downloaded it. i like FSOL. but 'lifeforms disc 1' is a mix a rip-offs and generic techno.
'cascade' is a rip-off of 'transient generator' by spacetime continuum.
'dead skin cells' is a rip-off of 'A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld' by the orb.
'eggshell' is a rip-off of 'midnight' by orbital.
'lifeforms' is a good, original song. but every other song on disc 1 is a rip-off and / or generic, unoriginal techno.
i haven't listened enough to disc 2 to review it.
p.s. 'dead cities' is my favorite FSOL album.
nateuptoolate

nateuptoolate

February 19, 2019
referencing Lifeforms, 2xCD, Album, ASW 6113-2, 7243 8 39433 2 6
Ah, rolling all night in the early 90s... joyful electronica. Just add Papua New Guinea 12 inch with Lisa of DCD, and you've got playlist to reach ecstasy. The single Cascade has a 40 minute remix / journey thru the song with sampled Cocteau Twins' Liz.
Numanoid

Numanoid

November 8, 2018
referencing Lifeforms, 2xLP, Album, V2722, 7243 8 39433 1 9
One of many releases that made 1994 such a magical year for ambient/techno
japedumarie

japedumarie

September 15, 2018
referencing Lifeforms, 2xLP, Album, RE, 180, 0602557787078, 5778707
Excellent repress. Sounds fantastic - no ticks or pops in my copy. Great artwork sleeve and sounds original and not remastered - love it. One thing though: has anyone noticed that side A is A-symmetric ? So the needle goes from left to right (it's not straight). It's a press fault - but I think it's barely notice-able in playing the music from this side (a little bit) - thank God for that. My 2nd album has a small wobble - but doesn't effect playing at all… transport damage or storage. After all I am very happy with this excellent album on vinyl !! A must-have for the collector !!