The Life In A Day single was issued as a taster for the
forthcoming album and the band's first UK tour
supporting Magazine. Its release also coincided with
their first TV appearance on The Old Grey Whistle Test.
The master tape was produced at The Townhouse on the 4th March 1979 by
John Leckie and George Chambers. It included a copy of the
title track from the album's master tape; and the master of Special View
(which was recorded during the album sessions as a B-side).
The lacquer was
then cut at Abbey Road Studios.
The B-side was the album out-take Special View which was recorded during
the album sessions. It remained unique to this release until the X5 boxset
Special View was initially given the incorrect track time of
4:00 on the master tape box, which led to the incorrect running time being added to the single's labels. (Although
the track's running time of 4:14 is correctly written on the acetate.)
The packaging was exceptionally plain and just featured the band's name and the single's title. Most of the pressings
also featured red die-injected labels but some copies had light blue labels instead.