ShpongleNothing Lasts... But Nothing Is Lost

Label:Twisted Records – TWSCD28
CD, Album, Mixed
Style:Breaks, Future Jazz, Ambient, Dub, Downtempo, Tribal


1Botanical Dimensions4:37
2Outer Shpongolia2:33
3Levitation Nation3:40
4Periscopes Of Consciousness1:54
5Schmaltz Herring2:21
6Nothing Lasts...4:28
7Shnitzled In The Negev4:18
8...But Nothing Is Lost4:39
9When Shall I Be Free?4:37
10The Stamen Of The Shamen4:11
11Circuits Of The Imagination3:12
12Linguistic Mystic1:36
15Molecular Superstructure4:47
16Turn Up The Silence3:22
18Connoisseur Of Hallucinations3:31
19The Nebbish Route3:36
20Falling Awake1:50

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Difference between this release and Shpongle - Nothing Lasts... But Nothing Is Lost is the Matrix / Runout on the CD.
Matrix / Runout: IMPRESS TWSCD28 01 or IMPRESS TWSCD28 02 (This)
Matrix / Runout: CA TWSCD28 @ 02/04/10 07:46:45 PM

Misprinted Catalog# on CD: TWSCD22

Dedicated to the memory of Terence McKenna

Distributed in the UK by SRD
℗ & © 2005 Twisted Records Ltd

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 630883004125
  • Label Code: LC 02112
  • Matrix / Runout (Variants 1 and 2): IMPRESS TWSCD28 01
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): IMPRESS TWSCD28 02
  • Mastering SID Code (Variants 1 and 2): IFPI L136
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1, outer): IFPI 04AS
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1, inner, embossed): IFPI 0475
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2, embossed): IFPI 8724
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3, embossed): IFPI 04AM
  • Other (Variants 1, 2, 4, inner mould, embossed): MADE IN THE UK
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4, embossed): IFPI 0463

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Nothing Lasts... But Nothing Is Lost (CD, Album, Mixed)Solstice Music InternationalSOLMC-053Japan2005
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Nothing Lasts... But Nothing Is Lost (2×LP, Album)Twisted RecordsTWSLP28UK2005
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Nothing Lasts... But Nothing Is Lost (CD, Album, Mixed, Unofficial Release)Twisted Records (4), East Records (3)TWSCD28, TCD 0605026Russia2005
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Nothing Lasts... But Nothing Is Lost (CD, Album, Mixed, Unofficial Release)EKO Music, Twisted Records (4)none, TWSCD28Russia2005
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Nothing Lasts... But Nothing Is Lost (CD, Album, Mixed, Unofficial Release)Twisted Records (4)TWSCD28Russia2005



  • lambdastorm's avatar
    This is without a doubt the most creative shpongle album. It's like seeing the world through a kaleidoscope, so colorful and so beautifully distorted that you can't help but admire what's happening around you. Tunes flow into and out of each other effortlessly for a whole hour. Like many others have said, this is acid trip in music form, stripped of all the impurities and condensing only the most wonderful of moments.
    • surmanvirta's avatar
      It's a pretty terrible album to be honest. Even Tales of the Inexpressible was pretty lousy and I hoped they had just made the first album and called it quits but these people do love their money.
      • Candy_Guru's avatar
        Listening to this album is like travelling in a bullet train accross the world.
        • singlecellsniper's avatar
          More recently on NL…BNIL Simon Posford has said: “Yeah we fucked up with that track splitting malarky. Seemed like a good idea at the time... consequently i don't know the names of any of the tracks...”. A couple of posts on the web still quote the provisional tracklist announced in 2004; I have put in brackets the track numbers which I believe are incorporated in each, and the track length. These would appear to match the splitting on the vinyl release and the passages sometimes performed in live shows:

          1. Beija Flor (tracks 1-3) (10:51)
          2. Periscopes Of Consciousness (tracks 4-5) (4:14)
          3. TBC (tracks 6-8) (13:25)
          4. When Shall I Be Free (tracks 9-10) (8:58)
          5. Mentalism (tracks 11-13) (7:31)
          6. G Kinda Guy (tracks 14-15) (7:26)
          7. Connoisseur Of Hallucinations (tracks 16-17) (5:38)
          8. Nothing Lasts (tracks 18-20) (8:57)

          Anyway, a beautiful album and, depending upon the day of the week, the one I’d call my favourite (Tales… being the alternate). Even the tracks I initially dismissed as filler sooner or later float into my subconscious until I’m unable to resist diving back in again. World music influences are still on display, leaning mainly towards Latin America (the ‘oh mei Brasil’ sample in track 3 comes from ‘Beija-Flor de Nilopolis 2003’), and while Shpongle’s albums always show off an increasingly polished technical accomplishment (which, to be fair, was already ahead of the curve on their previous efforts), on NL…BNIL it is never at the expense of musical content.
          • Michinio's avatar
            Edited 6 years ago
            Yes, this is Shpongle album and it is not really too bad... and yes - this is the weakest album, despite the weakness of the 5th one. But in case of Museum the expectations were already not so high, honestly really low. In case of NLBNIL the expectations were as high as possible and releasing such a mediocre album was an epic fail. Sure, it's a matter of the taste, but the first two albums and some tracks from the fourth one are so exceptional, that comparing to them you expect any other track from Shpongle to be if not much, less at least in the same range of quality. However they are still humans and sometimes fail. Fortunately when Shpongle fails, it means what they produced maybe not magic, but still good album.
            • alby88kk's avatar
              I doubt kindly that an album better than this could exists! The richness and the effort that shpongle's duo put in this work are really matchless! Every track fit perfectly with the others, despite the variety of melodies,rythms and styles. A masterpiece technically and artistically.
              • hurtakCT's avatar
                Edited 17 years ago
                I hope that Nothing Last.. would not be the end of Shpongle project. However I do not dare to estimate which way of musical expression they would follow next. Common opinion is that the first opus was more psy and deep ambient, while the second one was more world music-like. The third one seems to be combination of them both.
                It´s not about the amount of tracks. For me, every album has been one long track - and I usually don´t listen to it separately, because then it loses a bit of its magic.
                Especially whole Nothing Last.. is one, complex piece of art. You can find everything and anything you want. No genre or style has appropriate name for Simon & Raja, and if you still doubt what style is Are You Shpongled? and what is the difference on Tales Of Inexpressible, listen to Nothing Last.. and you will get lost completely. Outstanding.
                • murari's avatar
                  Edited 13 years ago
                  Many are not happy with Shpongle's turn away from World music (Tales of the Inexpressible). But this is their return to roots. There's not many albums this close to defining a psychadelic experience. Others are not happy with the concept of 20 tracks. I find it very interesting... If you read an interview with Simon he talks how the idea for this album was to bring back the dream experience with recurring themes. Therefore some tracks sound similar to the other.

                  All in all this is a great Shpongle album. I couldnt have asked those guys more. Shpongle is definitely a part of my life...
                  • costa_percussion's avatar
                    Edited 18 years ago
                    Well, another beautiful item in my cd collection. Very good album. Good quality of music but i have a couple of objections like, I'd prefer that the music in it was not devided to 20. I don't understand the artist's statement in this. Another thing is that, ok the album has ups and downs, but when you listen to the great ups then the downs Simon & Raja created to use are very difficult for my ears to accept and understand (please note that i do not want to critisize the artist's creation, I'm just expressing my impression). To be real the album captured me and this is why I got into the trouble to submit my comment! In the end I suggest it to everyone who has open mind to music and music's borders although I find it less inspired than their previous (must-have) masterpiece!


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