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  • Audio CD (October 3, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002B7I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,502 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Release The Pressure
2. Afro-Left
3. Melt
4. Song Of Life
5. Original
6. Black Flute
7. Space Shanty
8. Inspection Check One
9. Storm 3000
10. Open Up
11. 21st Century Poem

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Product Description

1 x CD Album
US 1995

1Release The Pressure7:39
2Afro-Left7:33
3Melt5:13
4Song Of Life7:01
5Original6:22
6Black Flute3:46
7Space Shanty7:15
8Inspection (Check One)6:29
9Storm 30005:43
10Open Up6:52
1121st Century Poem5:45

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Meet Neil Barnes and Paul Daley, the two crafty Englishmen that comprise Leftfield. Their debut, Leftism, is amazingly diverse, ranging from chunky electro, complex textures of beats, to radio-friendly accessibility. The album's 1995 US release helped open up the states for techno-electronic music: The classic single "Open Up," which features ex-Sex Pistol/PIL ranter John Lydon, was one of the first dance singles to push popular radio barriers with its high energy beats and b-line hooks. "Original," with a guest vocal from Curve's moody crooner, Toni Halliday, delves deep into breakbeat territory with purging lyricism and rhythms. --Daniel Shumate

Customer Reviews

One of the best buys you will ever make..
"joaquim57"
Not many albums produced have such an eclectic range of music(and that too great music) in just one album.
the i in me
I recommend this album to any music connoisseur.
Cookie Jones

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Clarissa on July 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Next to Robert Mile's DREAMLAND, Leftfield's LEFTISM is one of the best dance albums to ever be created. You may not know it yet but when you listen to this album for the first time ever you are likely to have heard at least 3-4 of these songs before for most of these are national anthems when it comes to the dance and electronic field. To put this under one catagory, however, would be wrong, for this album is quite diversified. You've got your aggressive techno (Black Flute) as well as your dreamy trance beats (21st Century Poem, Melt) along with some african and reggae influences (Release The Pressure, Afro-Left) along with the occassional breakbeat (Storm 3000). The 3 most rememberable songs, however, would have to be "Original", which features the moody vocals of Toni Halliday from Curve, "Inspection (Check One)", which pulsates with the most addicting beatlines ever heard, along with their huge dance single, "Open Up", which features the ex-punk singer John Lydon from the Sex Pistols whom is electrifying here with the high-energy beatlines.
I don't know what else to say other than my prompt to persuade you to buy this, for this is the ultimate dance party all rolled up into a single CD.
This is HIGHLY recommended... ENJOY!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ian Creamer on May 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This in my opinion would have to be ranked as the best dance album of the entire 90's.Recorded between the years 1993-95 this c.d. would have the major influence in the direction dance music would go by the end of the decade.It's variety and different styles could be heard in so many groups(Prodigy,Orbital,Underworld and of course The Chemical Brothers to name but a few) towards the end of the decade.
There are so many good tracks on this c.d. that it is impossible to single out just one or two.Unlike many dance albums it didn't require long,repetitive drawn out beats.This goes from a reggae influenced opening,to African rhythms fused with techno in the second.Then we have the ambient style of tracks like Space Shanty.You can hear the early beginnings of trance in tracks like Song Of Life complete with it's Eastern style vocals.The aggressive dance/punk of the John Lydon sung Open Up.In fact there are plenty of excellent guest vocalists on this c.d.,including Curve's Toni Halliday on the almost trip-hop track Original.Fast,fat-beat techno in track 6 Black Flute-indivdual tracks on this c.d. were to create entirely new dance genres!The ragga feel of Danny Red's vocals on the heavy rumbling bass of Inspection.Basically this c.d. in my opinion has no flaws,no dud tracks,no "weakest links".The production is also magnificent.
From start to finish this c.d. is an audio feast.It is the best c.d. from Leftfield and one that may prove almost impossible to surpass.If you have any interest in dance music,this is an essential purchase.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert G. Serafini on December 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album combines exceptional, interesting, stylistically disparate tunes, luscious electronic orchestration, unrelenting drive and an uncanny sense of artistic unity. It is a "dance album" pretty much in a class by itself. Leftfield, before disbanding, also created a formidable body of EP releases and remixes. Their second album, Rhythm and Stealth, is also full of shimmeringly beautiful cuts - though without the unifying "comet ride" impulse of this album and the easy acceptance that often greets the familiar - in the case of Leftism, it's comfortable place in the dance bin.

To repeat: if you like hard-driving dance music and glorious electronica, this is a truly distinguished disk.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Josephll on May 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Don't just this album by the cover, it's actually very good. "Leftism" is Leftfields masterpiece in music, not only a exellent techno/electro album before it's time but it also lead the way for band/artists like The Chemical Brothers, Basement Jaxx, Prodigy and Moby. "Leftism" was perhaps not as big commercially as the others but it's a original album with many good songs and influents, never cared for their other albums and eventually they split up in 2002 but this one is topclass. The sound is a mix of diffrent genre's, the best songs are however the slow beautiful ambient tracks like "Release the Pressure" and "Melt". Some of the songs also has other influents like african music and ragga. The album never get's boring and still wouldn't feel dated even if it's from 95. I remember it as it was yesterday. "Leftism" is class.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
For danciness, melodicism, non-repetitiveness, and sheer excellence, there is no better techno album than Leftism. "Release the Pressure" is a great album-starter, while "Afro-Left"'s African influence makes for a unique techno romp. "Song of Life" is one of the most original techno songs I've ever heard, with the first half soothing and ambient before yielding to a pounding beat. "Original" is awesome trip-hop that must rank as one of the best vocal-oriented techno songs ever. "Black Flute/Space Shanty" is a teeny-tad more standard techno than the rest of this album, but it works perfectly. "Storm 3000" is excellent instrumental, and "Open Up" is great vocally. In this review, I just gave massive thumbs-up to 8 of the 11 songs on here - they're masterpieces that you can't miss. The songs are all fresh from beginning to end, and they don't grow stale - I've had this album for close to a year now and love it just as much as when I first got it. It's one of the top 10 CDs in my collection, period, but certainly my best dance album. Buy it!
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