Lifetime lasted just two years. McLaughlin left the group in 1970 in order to pursue his own career and after "Ego" the group fell apart completely. The original formation recorded two albums ("Emergency!" and "Turn It Over") + a single called "One Word" - a McLaughlin composition that was also included to huge success in his second Mahavishnu Orchestra album.
Lifetime's sound was on the very cutting edge of fusion, for most listeners at the time far beyond anything that was acceptable. Loads of distortion, psychopathic lyrics and erratic drumming were the trademarks of this remarkable project. Once Lifetime opened a concert for The Who and were almost beaten off the stage by the bewildered crowd.