In 1993, drummer Stephen Morris stated in an interview with Select magazine that the album version of "Elegia" was a five-minute edit of a 17-and-a-half-minute recording. As the internet became widely available, a poor-quality mp3, allegedly of this recording, surfaced in the mid-90's. However, it was not until the release of the compilation boxset Retro in 2002 that the full recording officially saw the light of day. The song was used as the conclusion to the bonus fifth disc included with early releases of the set. The mp3 that found its way onto the internet did appear to be the same as the song later released. This version was also released on the 2008 Collector's Edition of Low-Life.