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RE: Level 42 - superb.

If you can get any of their albums which haven't been remastered you can't go wrong. Everything they did up to World Machine is excellent. There are a couple of decent tracks on Running in the Family. Influences by Mark King which has already been mentioned is definitely worth getting too. Marks drumming is amazing and one one my favourite drum sounds too, IMO of if the best snare drum sounds on record!

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I'll order the '95 album then,and the Mark King solo album... :cheers:

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in my local record shop they have copies of all Level 42 on vinyl for £2-4 each, im off in on Monday to pick em up, I wish I had ot them now when I had the chance!

 

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RE: Level 42 - superb.

I never denigrate other people's music because tastes differ and times change.  Personally I think nothing musical of any significance happened in the 1980s (or indeed 1990s or since) but I'm an old fogey.

The only true test is time.  Will anybody be listening to this music in 100 years time?  I don't (and can't) know.

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I'll order the '95 album then,and the Mark King solo album... :cheers:

Hope you enjoy them  :cheers:
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They should be delivered early next week Smile

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I have made some notes and will be going into hmv tomorrow many thanks for your help guys:cheers: :cheers:

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Covenanter wrote:

I never denigrate other people's music because tastes differ and times change.  Personally I think nothing musical of any significance happened in the 1980s (or indeed 1990s or since) but I'm an old fogey.

The only true test is time.  Will anybody be listening to this music in 100 years time?  I don't (and can't) know.

Chris

I suppose it depends on your definition of "significance"... Smile

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RE: Listening to Blood Sugar Sex Magic, by Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Marks drumming is amazing and one one my favourite drum sounds too, IMO of if the best snare drum sounds on record!

Cheers, Ed

Must be some stuff competition from Chili Pepper's Blood Sugar Sex Magic - some great ones on there! Smile

(or are you talking 'unprocessed'?)

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Well... you can't over the piece go wrong with 80's music as a whole.... It's WAY better than ANY other era, full stop.

Add to that ... many a song sung ... epecially by females was not as today... it was not all about taking off your clothes and inuendo about body-parts.... today's artists (we'll call em) should act in a like manner instead of so many coming across as tarts.... or like mannered descriptive.

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stevebrock wrote:

bigblue235 wrote:

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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Ta, Steve.

I guess there must be different batches about. My 'Welcome...' sounds OKish, but 'Kick' is pretty awful.

Remasters it is, then!

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RE: Listening to Blood Sugar Sex Magic, by Red Hot Chili Peppers

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edplaysdrums42 wrote:
Marks drumming is amazing and one one my favourite drum sounds too, IMO of if the best snare drum sounds on record!

Cheers, Ed

Must be some stuff competition from Chili Pepper's Blood Sugar Sex Magic - some great ones on there! Smile

David,  we must have similar tastes because strangely enough that's Is probably one of my favourite albums of all time including the drum sounds, I love that big room sound Chad Smith gets on that album, no effects needed!  it was recorded in mansion in L.A. The intro on the title track is to die for, if you ever want to show of a system, put a vinyl copy oif that track on and crank it up!!

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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.

If you like Level 42's earlier stuff, prefer 'live' performance, and have some AV gear(!), I'd suggest their Live in Holland 2009 DVD is well worth a look - 148 minutes/19 tracks, v. good 16-bit/48khz sound, it seems to be mastered to BR standards and upscales to 1080p brilliantly. Seeing Mark King slapping the heck out of his bass on Pursuit of Accidents is a special treat! Like me, Mark King may have gotten a little podgy in 2009 and a lot older, but he's lost absolutely nothing in performance terms! Since this DVD arrived, I just don't bother playing those Level 42 CD's any more, good though they are...

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RE: Listening to Blood Sugar Sex Magic, by Red Hot Chili Peppers

edplaysdrums42 wrote:
FrankHarveyHiFi wrote:
edplaysdrums42 wrote:
Marks drumming is amazing and one one my favourite drum sounds too, IMO of if the best snare drum sounds on record!

Cheers, Ed

Must be some competition from Chili Pepper's Blood Sugar Sex Magic - some great ones on there! :)

David,  we must have similar tastes because strangely enough that's Is probably one of my favourite albums of all time including the drum sounds, I love that big room sound Chad Smith gets on that album, no effects needed!  it was recorded in mansion in L.A. The intro on the title track is to die for, if you ever want to show of a system, put a vinyl copy oif that track on and crank it up!!

There's a documentary on the making of the album, and they hired a big empty mansion in somewhere like Beverley Hills and recorded it there over a period of a few months. The rooms were big with tall ceilings, and empty with no carpets, which explains the sound they got on that album. I use the album for demoing and auditioning stuff for a number of reasons. I love the snare on My Lovely Man. The whole album sounds amazing on the KEF Blades with the Chord Electronics system comprising the Red Reference CD player, CPA5000 pre and SPM1400 monoblocks - I was quite surprised how smooth and listenable it sounded! Maybe that was the Chord. Fantastic detail and insight though.

Maybe snare drums should be the subject of another thread rather than taking this one off topic, but I won't start it as I'm a retailer, and that's seen as shameless self promotion... Smile

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RE: Listening to Blood Sugar Sex Magic, by Red Hot Chili Peppers

edplaysdrums42 wrote:

FrankHarveyHiFi wrote:

edplaysdrums42 wrote:
Marks drumming is amazing and one one my favourite drum sounds too, IMO of if the best snare drum sounds on record!

Cheers, Ed

Must be some stuff competition from Chili Pepper's Blood Sugar Sex Magic - some great ones on there! Smile

David,  we must have similar tastes because strangely enough that's Is probably one of my favourite albums of all time including the drum sounds, I love that big room sound Chad Smith gets on that album, no effects needed!  it was recorded in mansion in L.A. The intro on the title track is to die for, if you ever want to show of a system, put a vinyl copy oif that track on and crank it up!!

Flipped this album today, and the drums are amazingly driving and times very well. However, never been one of favs, as such, tends to get pushed to the bottom of the rack.

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