The BooksLost And Safe

Label:Tomlab – tom 50
CD, Album
Style:Leftfield, Folk Rock, Experimental


(one)A Little Longing Goes Away3:30
(two)Be Good To Them Always4:51
(three)Vogt Dig For Kloppervok3:54
(four)Smells Like Content3:41
(five)It Never Changes To Stop4:01
(six)An Animated Description Of Mr. Maps.4:38
(eight)None But Shining Hours2:42
(nine)If Not Now, Whenever3:35
(ten)An Owl With Knees4:41
(eleven)Twelve Fold Chain4:44

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  • Lyrics By, Composed By, Performer, Recorded By, Mixed By, Mastered ByThe Books


Sounds/words, found/written, performed/recorded, mixed/mastered at home in North Adams, MA and New York, NY.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 789397785027
  • Mastering SID Code: L385
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 6100
  • Matrix / Runout: A 9902 C120704K FAILSAFE C50314-07
  • Label Code: lc 11168

Other Versions (5 of 10)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Recently Edited
Lost And Safe (LP, Album)Tomlabtom 50Germany2005
New Submission
Lost And Safe (CD, Album, Promo)Tomlab, Tomlabtom 50, tom50Germany2005
Recently Edited
Lost And Safe (CD, Album)Tomlabtom 50Germany2005
New Submission
Lost And Safe (CD, Album)Tomlab, Spunk, InertiaURA148Australia2005
Recently Edited
Lost And Safe (LP, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered, Green W/ Black Splatter)Temporary Residence LimitedTRR182 LPUS2011



  • krhamrick's avatar
    Anyone know if the remaster sounds any better than the Tomlab original?
    • rhorhorho's avatar
      Edited 7 years ago
      My copy has Matrix / Runout: HOA235478 - and Mastering SID Code IFPI LL21.
      • scoundrel's avatar
        Edited 18 years ago
        After the folk-glitch wonder of THE LEMON OF PINK, The Books continue to push their experimental side with LOST AND SAFE. This time out, however, they focus on a new musical texture: vocals. And the final results are mixed: while the quiet hope of “A Little Longing Goes Away” conveys a languorous emotion, but “Be Good to Them Always” seems to be trying too hard for a poetic quality by echoing a spoken-word repetition over the original sample. “Vogt Dig For Kloppervok” doesn’t benefit from the snippet of ‘Jabberwocky’—it seems more unfocused than most, and “Smells Like Content” just tries too hard. But, on the positive side, the guitar of “It Never Changes To Stop” harkens to their earlier album with an authoritarian sample that turns the track almost sinister, and the busy percussion of “An Animated Description of Mr. Maps” gives that track a solid backbone. “An Owl with Knees” thrums, and “Twelve Fold Chain” takes the album out on a drifting, quiet note. It’s nice to see The Books continue to experiment—even if it’s only partially successful. But it’s the experiment counts as much as the results.


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