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The Not Forgotten FAQ v1.2 (last updated 26 April 2002)

1.  Where can I get MP3 files of Leftfield tracks?
2.  Where can I buy old/deleted Leftfield records?
3.  Where can I get live recordings / Essential Mixes from?
4.  Where can I see videos of Leftfield songs?
5.  Where can I find Leftfield lyrics?
6.  Why are there two versions of "Leftism"?
7.  What is "Cut For Life"?
8.  What is "Half Past Dub"?
9.  What bootleg mixes of Leftfield tracks are there?
10.  What is the 'Rhythm and Stealth' font used on this site and where can I get it?
11.  Is there a Leftfield Mailing List?
12.  Where can I get Sasha / John Digweed's "Renaissance" CD?
13.  How can I contact Leftfield?

1.  Where can I get MP3 files of Leftfield tracks?

If you're after files of material that is still available in the shops, then go and buy the CD and make your own! If you're after the more obscure remixes, b-sides or bootleg tracks then Audiogalaxy is a good place to start...

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2.  Where can I buy old/deleted Leftfield records?

Well, you could start at one of these places...

Ebayhttp://www.ebay.com (warning, this site is highly addictive!) – click here for a Leftfield specific search.
Hard To Find Recordshttp://www.htfr.com
Dance Music Finderhttp://www.dmf.co.uk
Esprit Mail Orderhttp://eil.com - there’s also a special Leftfield section here
Opal Musichttp://www.opalmusic.com
Map Recordshttp://www.maprecords.co.uk
Sister Rayhttp://www.sisterray.co.uk

here's a huge list of UK shopshttp://www.moremusic.co.uk/links/uk_shops.htm

You'll find the early Outer Rhythm releases are rather tricky to get hold of, while anything released on Hard Hands is pretty much still-available. As for Leftfield's collaborations and remixes of other artists – you’ll find the more famous the artist, the easier it is to get. For example, the David Bowie single is easy to come by, while the Yothu Yindi one didn’t sell so well...

Oh, and good luck finding the following items! The (in my humble opinion) Top Five rarest Leftfield records:

 
1:  'Leftism' double 12" promo

features an extended version of "Black Flute"
which is unavailable anywhere else...
 
 
2:  'Open Up' German remix CD

features the legendary Sabres Of Paradise and
Dust Brothers (i.e Chemical Brothers) mixes.
The 12" of this is fairly common, but there
weren’t many CD’s made of it...

3:  'Tour 2000' promo CD

multimedia CD released to coincide with the UK tour
- packed full of goodies... :)
 
 
4:  'Release The Dubs' 12"

released on Hard Hands but not subsequently
re-issued like all the other singles...

5:  'Backlog' CD

collects the "Not Forgotten" and "More Than I
Know" tracks, plus Djum Djum's "Difference"
– all unavailable elsewhere on CD...
 
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3.  Where can I get live recordings / Essential Mixes from?

Most of these have been broadcast in the UK on Radio 1 but not officially released. There are bootlegs though – your best bet is to try the forum or the mailing list to see if anyone has a copy...

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4.  Where can I see videos of Leftfield songs?

It depends... If you want to see the proper videos on a TV then MTV2 is your best bet... Unfortunately, none of Leftfield's promo videos have ever been commercially released anywhere. "Afrika Shox" was rumored to have an official release due to it's being banned, but only promo copies made it out...

If you're after video files that can be viewed on a PC, then all three "Rhythm and Stealth" promos are available:

"Afrika Shox" is on the UK CD2 of the single and the "Stealth Remixes" CD. It’s also hidden on the US "Rhythm and Stealth" CD
"Dusted" is only available on the "Stealth Remixes" CD
"Swords" is only available on the UK CD1 of the single

If you’re after older pre-"Rhythm and Stealth" videos, there are streamed 30-second clips of all the singles from "Open Up" onwards on the official site – however the quality of them is terrible!

The "Tour 2000" promo CD has Quicktime videos of all Leftfield's singles up to "Dusted" - alas, only "Open Up" is on there in its entirety - the rest are just clips of the first two minutes....

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5.  Where can I find Leftfield lyrics?

The official site has the lyrics from "Rhythm And Stealth" listed - whether they're accurate or not is another matter entirely as they seem to be riddled with spelling mistakes... The Japanese CD of the album also has a translation booklet but you can see for yourself how completely inaccurate that is!

No official lyrics have been published for any of the "Leftism" songs. Stay tuned though as this site will hopefully have something soon...

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6.  Why are there two versions of "Leftism"?

In case you're not aware, on the first track "Release The Pressure" (at times 3:19 and 6:23) there should be a sample which sounds like "gimme a selection". Initial copies of "Leftism" had this, however the sample wasn't cleared and someone noticed and started to kick up a fuss. On subsequent pressings the sample was removed and replaced with a siren.

(a similar thing happened to Björk in 1995 when her "Post" album was withdrawn on the same week of release. The track "Possibly Maybe" had an uncleared sample nicked from the artist, Scanner, who objected to its use. The album was quickly re-issued minus the offending sample, though later on Scanner relented and let her have the sample anyway, as he didn't like all the legal hassles... Unlike "Leftism", versions of "Post" in the shops now are back as they were to start with, while the sample-less versions are now collector's items!)

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7.  What is "Cut For Life"?

"Cut For Life" is an extended re-working of "Song Of Life" that until recently was a bit tricky to get hold of... It was released only on the initial triple album of "Leftism" (apart from a promo double 12" that is now nigh on impossible to find…) A section of it (but not much) was also included on Carl Cox's set on the first "Essential Mix" CD.

In May 2000 "Cut For Life" was included as a bonus track on the double CD re-issue of "Leftism" - this was supposedly a limited release but there still seem to be plenty of copies on the shelves whenever I look, even though it's been two years since it's release... Funnily enough, it sounds like it was recorded from one of the original promo 12"'s! Maybe they lost the master tape..?

The track was also re-issued in 2001 along with "Open Up", on the Sony 'Vinyl Junkie' label (featuring 'classic' tracks by other artists such as Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire, Jamiroquai, Apollo Four Forty and Fugees)

Click here for a clip...

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8.  What is "Half Past Dub"?

"Half Past Dub" is a very strange, er, dub track and was only released on the "Leftism" triple album - it's very rare now....

Click here for a clip...

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9.  What bootleg mixes of Leftfield tracks are there?

I've come across two white-label versions of Phat Planet, though there are probably more... One of them (time 6:43) is a tranced-up version which features the 'Moby Dick' dialogue from the Guinness Advert. Click here for a clip. It has another mix on the b-side (time 7:13) which is similar, but has all the original 'Phat Planet' bits removed (i.e. no trace of Leftfield whatsoever...)!

The other white-label (one-sided - time 6:43) is much closer to the original - this version (which features the drum loop from 2 Bad Mice's "Bombscare") was featured in Paul Daley's "Breezeblock" set around the time that "Rhythm And Stealth" was released. The white label I have seems to have a 'flaw' where the record seems to skip 3:49 mins into it - it's not the record though, it's the actual recording... Click here for a clip.

"The Phat Monster" is supposedly a remix by Armand Van Helden

"Release The Pressure 2000" (time 7:36) is a trance version. Click here for a clip.

"Never Forgotten" is a 1999 remix of "Not Forgotten".

More bootleg info to follow soon...

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10.  What is the 'Rhythm and Stealth' font used on this site and where can I get it?

It's unofficial name is "BlokShox". It's not a real True Type font, at least not yet... Each word on this site has been manually pieced together (and it took hours!) A proper font is being worked on though it's not quite finished - a rough version is here... (thanks to Al C for this)

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11.  Is there a Leftfield Mailing List?

Not at the moment!

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12.  Where can I get Sasha / John Digweed's "Renaissance" CD?

A bit of a surprising query this one which is not strictly Leftfield-related but I get asked at least once a week... This triple CD was released in 1995 on Six6 Records - and was one of the very first (and IMHO one of the best) mix albums. The first three tracks on it are three different mixes of "Song Of Life" superbly mixed together... It's been deleted for several years now and is pretty tough to buy - unless you've got a very healthy bank balance, in which case get yourself over to Ebay as copies pop up fairly regularly (but they usually go for megabucks!)

Click here for an up to date search on Ebay.

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13.  How can I contact Leftfield?

Unfortunately not by contacting me! This is an UNOFFICIAL site and unfortunately I have no connection with Leftfield whatsoever. You can try at the official site but the forum there doesn't seem to work anymore - and you never get a response from the e-mail address there...

Another place you could try is the official Sony site.

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