LeftfieldSong Of Life

Label:Hard Hands – HAND 002T, Hard Hands – HAND 2T
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Style:House, Progressive House, Leftfield


Other Side
ASong Of Life9:13
This Side
B1Dub Of Life5:08
B2Fanfare Of Life6:08

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Dedicated to the memory of Steve Walters whose support, friendship and encouragement will never be forgotten

Made in Great Britain.

B side ends with a locked groove.

Plated at Broadcrest Ltd.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned (Sticker on rear sleeve)): 5016557060263
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout): HAND-002 (T) A-1 BC2289
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout): HAND-002 (T) B-1 BC2289

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Song Of Life (12", Barcode on label)Hard HandsHAND 002RUK1992
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Song Of Life (CD, Single)Hard Handshand 002 cdUK1992
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Song Of Life (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Promo, White Label)Hard HandsHAND 002 TUK1992
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Song Of Life (12", No barcode on label)Hard HandsHAND 002RUK1992
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Song Of Life (CD, Single)Hard Handshand 002 cdUK1992



  • paul.hobbs's avatar
    This needs a reissue, maybe a remastered double pack with all the mixes.
    • tobymessy's avatar
      Edited 2 years ago
      Anybody else try and recreate the beginning of renaissance vol one album mixing together the various mixes of this, then scrambling to cue in rhythm invention and then disco evangelists!
      • Prisoneer's avatar
        The vocals are from a Bulgarian traditional song.
        10 words to post.
        • chimushi's avatar
          I don't know if the track Song of Life stands out because it is so great or because most of the other house and progressive house was so unimaginative, retro and boring at the time.
          • Booj1Boy's avatar
            One of the most influential tracks released in dance music history
            • 8611's avatar
              Future Sound of London - Papua New Guinea? Havana - Ethnic prayer?
              • GalacticGinga
                There is another track out there that is very similar to this in the sense that it has a female voice doing the "AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHaAAAHHH" thing but it is more trancy, I think it came out in 1991 or 92 not sure. If you know it can you lead me to it? DB's "Pure Trace" tape had it as one of the first songs on it on one of the sides, he sold it at NASA in NYC.
                • Universe's avatar
                  Edited 17 years ago
                  '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.


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