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.
The track "Elaborate Burn" was previously released on 1993's Cascade single as Cascade part 3.

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 (25)

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
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
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
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
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
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 UK 1994 Sell This Version
TCV 2722, TCV2722, 7243 8 39433 4 0 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(Cass, Album, Dol) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin TCV 2722, TCV2722, 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) Virgin, EBV none 2018
0602557787078, 5778707 The Future Sound Of London Lifeforms(2xLP, Album, RE, 180) Virgin, Virgin, EBV, EBV 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
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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rw

rw

February 10, 2021
edited 4 months ago
referencing Lifeforms, 2xLP, Album, RE, 180, 0602557787078, 5778707

Yes as said in the comments although it is sealed, the vinyl surface needs to be cleaned which is surprisingly dirty. But then when it’s done it's happiness, the basses are very deep, the details are there, dead silent background, the sound density is higher than on the CD and yes thanks for not remastering the vinyl digitally. The Pachelbel's Canon can be found in the track "Domain". Great copy from 2018 as it was in 1994. Go for it!
goldencalves

goldencalves

February 1, 2021
referencing Lifeforms, 2xLP, Album, RE, 180, 0602557787078, 5778707
Another bad pressing from Optimal. "Non-fill" all over every side of my copy; if you've got "surface noise" its probably because of this. Mastering sounded great to me, only problem to my ears was the pressing quality. I guess I'll wait for the XXth anniversary release and hope they go with a different plant or save up for the OG.
Eric6807

Eric6807

October 8, 2020
edited 7 months ago
referencing Lifeforms, 2xCD, Album, ASW 6113-2, 7243 8 39433 2 6

This is the best album from FSOL. Excellent experimental music with elements of ambient and sounds of nature. Still sounds pretty fresh even by today's standards. A+
chefchaouen

chefchaouen

September 18, 2020
referencing Lifeforms, 2xCD, Album, 7243 8 39433 2 6, CDV 2722

A double-disc effort that ranks as one of the best experimental techno releases of the '90s.
There are grooves and tempos included, but the attempt at creating psycho-acoustic space is the main concept here. Main problem: it's tuneless and fails to communicate a point to the listener. One nice thing is that the album's packaging is better than the bad 90s sci-fi-television image used for Dead Cities.
jurassicmarc77

jurassicmarc77

September 11, 2020
referencing Lifeforms, 2xLP, Album, RE, 180, 0602557787078, 5778707

Reissue or Remaster I don't know but it sounds great on vinyl having only had the original release on cassette and later CD. Very impressed classic album and well deserving of a re-release.
jackthetab

jackthetab

August 20, 2020
edited 10 months ago
referencing Lifeforms, 2xCD, Album, ASW 6113-2, 7243 8 39433 2 6
This is truly one of the best FSOL disc's to date. The music took a few listens to appreciate it back in the day. Even today, this disc was way ahead of its time. The mixing is so masterful. I picked this up after seeing them live in NYC back in 1994/1995. The visual show was enough for me to buy the double album. This is truly a classic techno ambient release that really sounds as fresh today as it did when it was first released.
wildblunthickok

wildblunthickok

July 4, 2020
referencing Lifeforms, 19xFile, WAV, Album, RE, none
For a band called Future Sound Of London they sure are luddites offering this in .wav instead of .flac.
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 year 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...