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Level 42 - superb.
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Just dug out their first album 'Level 42' and the sound qaulity is mind-blowing.

The whole album really sounds impressive but the track 'Starchild' really tests the hi-fi to the full; detail and insight is immaculate, while Mark King's bass playing is fabulous - you can hear every pluck of the guitar.

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I have that somewhere, but it's gone AWOL.

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CD or vinyl?

 

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stevebrock wrote:

CD or vinyl?

 

Probably rubber

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stevebrock wrote:

CD or vinyl?

 

Mines on cd.

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CnoEvil wrote:

I have that somewhere, but it's gone AWOL.

Download it again! It sounds epic on my system so I shudder to think how it'll sound on your bundles.

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plastic penguin wrote:

stevebrock wrote:

CD or vinyl?

 

Mines on cd.

Cool! a lot of CDs from the 80s & early 90s sound soo soo good! 

A lot of early INXS sound absolutely fantastic! The Smiths too........ I wish new CDs sounded as good!

 

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Ah, but mine's on Rubber!  Dirol

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Ah, but mine's on Rubber!  Dirol

 

even better - my preference everytime now!

 

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Cool! a lot of CDs from the 80s & early 90s sound soo soo good! 

A lot of early INXS sound absolutely fantastic! The Smiths too........ I wish new CDs sounded as good!

I'm a big INXS fan, and almost all of the CDs sound awful to me. Which ones do you think are good? I maybe need to have another listen. Might save me a few bob, I was just thinking of buying the remasters box set.

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Level 42's first album is superb and even better on vinyl, loads of good copies kicking about too.

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I always test gear with 80's music..its the music that sounds best, bass treble wise balance .very tuneful era os music.

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stevebrock wrote:

Cool! a lot of CDs from the 80s & early 90s sound soo soo good! 

A lot of early INXS sound absolutely fantastic! The Smiths too........ I wish new CDs sounded as good!

I'm a big INXS fan, and almost all of the CDs sound awful to me. Which ones do you think are good? I maybe need to have another listen. Might save me a few bob, I was just thinking of buying the remasters box set.

 

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I would say a fair chunk of 80s original recordings sound lousey on cd. Overall, that period, is far better on vinyl.

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I was a big fan of Level 42 in the 80's, and still am, but for me they were a live band. There's many bands out there that just come into their own when playing live. Seen them many times including a great gig at Ronnie Scotts in Brum, and their supposedly "final" gig on the Isle Of Wight all those years ago.

I'll have to dig out my remasters and bung them on the AVA so I can give them a go on the Blades and see what the CD recordings can really do Smile

Reading this thread has made me want to listen to A Physical Presence now....

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Oddly enough I've recently rediscovered Level 42, I've really been enjoying World Machine on CD, I just love the way that album kicks off from track 1. Pretty sure that was the last album I bought on vinyl many years ago, still got it somewhere - just haven't got a working vinyl spinning machine to play it on. I never bought their eponymous first album, but I think I might now.  Dirol

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