99 posts / 0 new
Last post
Anonymous
Anonymous's picture
RE: Level 42 - superb.

plastic penguin wrote:

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.

Indeed a Level 42 classic the keyboard on Starchild are excellent. Put the volume right up for Heathrow , the way it jumps out of the speaker is startling.

MajorFubar's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 week 5 days ago
Joined: 03/03/2010 - 00:01
Posts: 3556
RE: Level 42 - superb.

plastic penguin wrote:

I would say a fair chunk of 80s original recordings sound lousey on cd.

I agree, even though Level 42 are an exception. This is where remasters should come in. They should be the recipe for nirvana.  Trouble is we know what happens all too regularly don't we.
plastic penguin's picture
Offline
Last seen: 21 min 43 sec ago
Joined: 28/04/2008 - 10:56
Posts: 16667
RE: Level 42 - superb.

Mirren Boy wrote:

plastic penguin wrote:

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.

Indeed a Level 42 classic the keyboard on Starchild are excellent. Put the volume right up for Heathrow , the way it jumps out of the speaker is startling.

Phew! I thought I was only one on here with this album.

Amp; CDP; Turntable; Tuner; Speakers

plastic penguin's picture
Offline
Last seen: 21 min 43 sec ago
Joined: 28/04/2008 - 10:56
Posts: 16667
RE: Level 42 - superb.

MajorFubar wrote:

plastic penguin wrote:

I would say a fair chunk of 80s original recordings sound lousey on cd.

I agree, even though Level 42 are an exception. This is where remasters should come in. They should be the recipe for nirvana.  Trouble is we know what happens all too regularly don't we.

Mine is the remastered version. Had it as a birthday present and I've only really played as background music while I'm cooking or other chores around the house. The rest of the time it's stored amongst the also-rans.

Agree - some remasters are wonderful while others sound distinctly naff.

Amp; CDP; Turntable; Tuner; Speakers

MajorFubar's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 week 5 days ago
Joined: 03/03/2010 - 00:01
Posts: 3556
RE: Level 42 - superb.

:clap:  Excellent.  Perhaps slowly it's dawning on mastering engineers that the people who are most likely to but this stuff (again, for the second or third time) don't want compressed, mastered-for-AM rubbish.

David@FrankHarvey's picture
Offline
Last seen: 19 hours 54 min ago
Joined: 27/06/2008 - 11:03
Posts: 11382
RE: Level 42 - superb.

Anyone who likes Level 42 or in particular Mark King, I'd strongly recommend his solo album "Influences" from 1984. It's a less 'poppy' album on which he plays most of the instruments, save for a few guest appearances. And yes, it's better on vinyl   Smile

DavidF @FrankHarveyHiFi, Coventry.

"Long is the way, and hard, that out of hell leads up to light"

edplaysdrums42's picture
Offline
Last seen: 5 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 02/05/2009 - 20:01
Posts: 215
RE: Level 42 - superb. RE: Level 42 - superb.

FrankHarveyHiFi wrote:

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

In my opinion its their best album. If you haven't got a copy and you are a fan you must get it!. The version of Kansas City Milkman has got one the best grooves i have ever heard.  :rockout:

Cheers, Ed

GSB's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 year 2 months ago
Joined: 27/03/2011 - 19:54
Posts: 1355
RE: Level 42 - superb.

I havn't any leval 42 albums but i do have one of their tracks on an 80's mix cd.

The sq of the perticular track realy moves me,if i could explain a perfect mix,it would be this.

The track is one of my all time fav's,was in my eary teen's when it came out but i loved it then...love it more now.

The track is leaving me now.

I will defanatly search for the album you are all talking about.... :cheers:

toyota man's picture
Offline
Last seen: 21 hours 19 min ago
Joined: 22/04/2009 - 22:55
Posts: 1631
RE: Level 42 - superb.

Hi all I must have missed a big chunk of level 42 I have got Standing in the light Running in the family and Staring at the sun all of which are on cd if anybody could  recomend what I should add to these I would be greatfull many thanks TM

Musical Fidelity M6500i Musical FidelityM6 CDP ATC SCM 40s Cord Chameleon plus XLRs Tellurium Q Black speaker cables

Diamond Joe's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 month 2 weeks ago
Joined: 01/03/2008 - 14:35
Posts: 1297
RE: Level 42 - superb.

GSB wrote:

The track is leaving me now.

... and that track's off World Machine - thoroughly recommend a listen  Smile
David@FrankHarvey's picture
Offline
Last seen: 19 hours 54 min ago
Joined: 27/06/2008 - 11:03
Posts: 11382
RE: Level 42 - superb. RE: Level 42 - superb.

edplaysdrums42 wrote:

FrankHarveyHiFi wrote:

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

In my opinion its their best album. If you haven't got a copy and you are a fan you must get it!. The version of Kansas City Milkman has got one the best grooves i have ever heard.  :rockout:

Cheers, Ed

Agreed Smile

I saw them at the London Apollo in 1990 and they did Love Meeting Love, and the bass bit later in the song was pretty awesome - even better than KCM. I've been trying to find a live performance that sounds the same, but to no avail Sad

DavidF @FrankHarveyHiFi, Coventry.

"Long is the way, and hard, that out of hell leads up to light"

David@FrankHarvey's picture
Offline
Last seen: 19 hours 54 min ago
Joined: 27/06/2008 - 11:03
Posts: 11382
RE: Level 42 - superb.

Diamond Joe wrote:

GSB wrote:

The track is leaving me now.

... and that track's off World Machine - thoroughly recommend a listen  Smile

Best track on World Machine is Physical Presence in my opinion.

DavidF @FrankHarveyHiFi, Coventry.

"Long is the way, and hard, that out of hell leads up to light"

David@FrankHarvey's picture
Offline
Last seen: 19 hours 54 min ago
Joined: 27/06/2008 - 11:03
Posts: 11382
RE: Level 42 - superb.

toyota man wrote:
Hi all I must have missed a big chunk of level 42 I have got Standing in the light Running in the family and Staring at the sun all of which are on cd if anybody could  recomend what I should add to these I would be greatfull many thanks TM

Things had got a bit poppy by Running In The Family, so my last favourite album of theirs was World Machine. You really should get them all, but get True Colors, The Pursuit Of Accidents, and Level 42. True Colours is one of my favourites.

DavidF @FrankHarveyHiFi, Coventry.

"Long is the way, and hard, that out of hell leads up to light"

plastic penguin's picture
Offline
Last seen: 21 min 43 sec ago
Joined: 28/04/2008 - 10:56
Posts: 16667
RE: Level 42 - superb.

FrankHarveyHiFi wrote:

toyota man wrote:
Hi all I must have missed a big chunk of level 42 I have got Standing in the light Running in the family and Staring at the sun all of which are on cd if anybody could  recomend what I should add to these I would be greatfull many thanks TM

Level 42. .

Have you given a once over?

Amp; CDP; Turntable; Tuner; Speakers

GSB's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 year 2 months ago
Joined: 27/03/2011 - 19:54
Posts: 1355
RE: Level 42 - superb.

Diamond Joe wrote:

GSB wrote:

The track is leaving me now.

... and that track's off World Machine - thoroughly recommend a listen  Smile

Just had a look on amazon...what release date would you recomend,and there is a delux addition...any good? Smile

Pages

Log in or register to post comments