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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

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Notes

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.

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Cover of Lifeforms, 1994-05-20, CDLifeforms
2×CD, Album
Astralwerks – ASW 6113-2, Virgin – 7243 8 39433 2 6, Caroline Records – 7243 8 39433 2 6
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US1994US1994
Recently Edited
Cover of Lifeforms, 1994-05-23, CDLifeforms
2×CD, Album
Virgin – CDV 2722, Virgin – 7243 8 39433 2 6UK & Europe1994UK & Europe1994
Recently Edited
Cover of Lifeforms: Extracts, 1994, CDLifeforms: Extracts
CD, Promo
Virgin – FSOL1UK1994UK1994
Recently Edited
Cover of Lifeforms, 1994-05-23, VinylLifeforms
2×LP, Album
Virgin – 7243 8 39433 1 9, Virgin – V2722, Virgin – V 2722, EBV – 7243 8 39433 1 9, EBV – V2722, EBV – V 2722
+4 more labels...
UK & Europe1994UK & Europe1994
Recently Edited
Cover of Lifeforms, 1994, CDLifeforms
2×CD, Album
Virgin Music Canada – V2 7243 8 39433 2 6, Virgin Music Canada – 7243 8 39433 2 6Canada1994Canada1994
Recently Edited
Cover of Lifeforms, 1994-05-23, CDLifeforms
2×CD, Album
Virgin – 7243 8 39433 2 6, Virgin – CDV 2722, EBV – 7243 8 39433 2 6, EBV – CDV 2722
+2 more labels...
UK & Europe1994UK & Europe1994
Cover of Lifeforms, 1994-05-23, CDLifeforms
2×CD, Album, Stereo
Virgin – CDV 2722, Virgin – 7243 8 39433 2 6UK & Europe1994UK & Europe1994
Cover of Lifeforms, 1994-05-23, VinylLifeforms
2×LP, Album
Virgin – V2722, Virgin – 7243 8 39433 1 9UK1994UK1994
Cover of Lifeforms, 1994-05-23, CDLifeforms
2×CD, Album
Virgin – 7243 8 39433 2 6, Virgin – CDV 2722, EBV – 7243 8 39433 2 6, EBV – CDV 2722
+2 more labels...
Europe1994Europe1994
Recently Edited
Cover of Lifeforms, 1994-05-23, CassetteLifeforms
Cassette, Album
Virgin – TCV 2722, Virgin – 7243 8 39433 4 0UK1994UK1994
Recently Edited
Cover of Lifeform, 1994, CassetteLifeform
Cassette, Album, Promo
Virgin – ASW 6113, Astralwerks – ASW 6113US1994US1994
Cover of Lifeforms, 1994, CDLifeforms
2×CD, Album
Virgin – CDV 2722, Virgin – 7243 8 39433 2 6Australia1994Australia1994
Recently Edited
Cover of Lifeforms, 1994-05-20, CDLifeforms
2×CD, Album
Jacksonville
Astralwerks – ASW 6113-2, Virgin – 7243 8 39433 2 6, Caroline Records – 7243 8 39433 2 6
+1 more label...
US1994US1994
New Submission
Cover of Lifeform, 1994, CassetteLifeform
Cassette, Advance, Album
Pre-Cut
Virgin – noneUK1994UK1994
New Submission
Lifeforms
Cassette, Album, Stereo
Dolby
Virgin – TCV 2722, Virgin – TCV2722, Virgin – 7243 8 39433 4 0
+1 more label...
Europe1994Europe1994
New Submission
Cover of Lifeforms, 1994, CassetteLifeforms
Cassette, Album
Astralwerks – ASW 6113-4, Virgin – 7243 8 39433 4US1994US1994
Cover of Lifeforms, 1998-05-00, CassetteLifeforms
Cassette, Album, Unofficial Release
Moon Records (2) – noneUkraine1998Ukraine1998
Cover of Lifeforms, 2017-10-00, VinylLifeforms
2×LP, Album, Reissue, Test Pressing, White Label
Universal Music – noneUK2017UK2017
New Submission
Cover of Lifeforms, 2018-01-25, VinylLifeforms
2×LP, Album, Reissue
180g
Virgin – 0602557787078, Virgin – 5778707 , EBV – 0602557787078, EBV – 5778707
+2 more labels...
UK & Europe2018UK & Europe2018
Recently Edited
Lifeforms
19×File, WAV, Album, Reissue
Virgin – none, EBV – none20182018
Cover of Lifeforms, , CDLifeforms
2×CD, Album
Virgin – 0946 3816122 6, Gala Records (5) – 0946 3816122 6RussiaRussia
Recently Edited
Cover of Lifeforms, , CDLifeforms
2×CD, Album, Repress
Virgin – CDV 2722, Virgin – 7243 8 39433 2 6UK & EuropeUK & Europe
Recently Edited
Cover of Lifeforms, , CDLifeforms
2×CD, Album, Unofficial Release
Astralwerks (2) – ASW 6113, Virgin (2) – 7243 8 39433 2 6, Virgin (2) – 7243 8 39684 2 8, Virgin (2) – 7243 8 39683 2 9
+2 more labels...
RussiaRussia
Cover of Lifeforms, , CDLifeforms
2×CD, Album
Astralwerks – ASW 6113-2, Virgin – 7243 8 39433 2 6USUS
Recently Edited
Cover of Lifeforms, , FileLifeforms
19×File, MP3, Album
320 kbps
Virgin – noneUKUK
New Submission
Cover of Lifeforms, , CDLifeforms
2×CD, Album, Unofficial Release
Not On Label (The Future Sound Of London) – noneRussiaRussia
New Submission
Expansive09's avatar
Expansive09
Brilliant doesnt come to describe what the duo set forth on the masses. This wasn't dance music(nor focused on that mal-abused genre) tho it's tentacles wrapped around danceable beats but at a greater depth and with more eloquence than anything of its time and since.
Lo-fi samples and synthesizers in the hands of audio alchemists. After Papa New Guinea's brilliance we captive listeners where privileged to experience electronica that was light years ahead of anything in the 90s. Mood,texture, pulse and dynamics all dripping with mystique. After the 90s I really could care less for their output EXCEPT for Yage which was krautrock influenced silicon based musical yumminess!
jaqueslehomme's avatar
jaqueslehomme
Brilliant album, with Omnipresence, Lifeforms and Cascade as the stand out tracks. Both Lifeforms (especially track 4) and Cascade (just... all of it) EPs are excellent; I really feel FSOL were at their best at this time. However I might just be saying that because I stopped buying their music after being so disappointed with both ISDN and the My Kingdom EP. Papua New Guinea will forever live in my heart though!
telwin5000's avatar
telwin5000
Got the system set up behind my arm-chair, this is perfect in the background when watching the TV.
rw's avatar
rw
Edited one year ago
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's avatar
goldencalves
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's avatar
Eric6807
Edited one year ago
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's avatar
chefchaouen
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's avatar
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's avatar
jackthetab
Edited one year ago
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's avatar
For a band called Future Sound Of London they sure are luddites offering this in .wav instead of .flac.